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Halloween Party at Grant's Farm

By Deborah O'Brien

Grant's Farm is a popular summer attraction in St. Louis, but it's also a great place to go in the fall for a little Halloween fun. Each year, Grant's Farm hosts a family-friendly Halloween celebration complete with costumes, decorations, food, music and more.

For more ideas on celebrating Halloween with the kids, see Top Family-Friendly Halloween Events in St. Louis.

Dates and Admission:

The Halloween celebration at Grant's Farm is held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in October. In 2013, the festivities are October 4-5, 10-12, 17-19 & 24-26. The celebration runs each evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Last entrance is at 9 p.m. There is a parking fee of $20 for cars and $50 for buses. Walk-ins are $5 a person.

What You'll See:

The Halloween celebration begins with a tram ride in the the dark to the center of the park. Along the route, there are a variety of ghosts, gobins and other decorations lighting the way. The decor is spooky, but still designed to be kid-friendly for the most part. After the tram ride, you can walk around and see the animals as always. But if you're looking for a good place to hang out and enjoy the evening, head over to the Bauernhof. That's where you'll find a DJ playing music, a variety of food for sale and free samples of Anheuser-Busch beers for those 21 and older.

For the Kids:

The Grant's Farm Halloween celebration also has plenty of fun for the kids. Children can feed the goats or ride the carousel. You do need to buy tickets for the carousel. They are $2 a person per ride. There's also a $3 fee for the milk bottles to feed the goats. Other options for the kids include pumpkin decorating and Halloween themed shows. Also keep in mind, there is no actual "trick or treating" for kids at Grant's Farm, so if that's what your children are really interested in, you may want to check out one of the other kid-friendly Halloween celebrations around town.

More Halloween Fun:

Grant's Farm is just one of the local attractions hosting special Halloween events. Kids can also enjoy a safe evening of Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo at the St. Louis Zoo, or the Not-So-Haunted House at the Magic House in Kirkwood. There's also the big party in the Central West End on the Saturday before Halloween. There's trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids during the day, with adult events in the evening. More more information, see Central West End Halloween Party and Costume Contest.

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