Many Halloween events in St. Louis
happen in the days and weeks leading up to the holiday. But if you're still looking for ways to celebrate when the big day rolls around, you do have some options. Here are Halloween events in St. Louis on October 31.
You'd expect the "Most Haunted Small Town in America" to celebrate Halloween with style. Each year, Alton hosts a big parade on Halloween night. The parade features dozens of floats, bands and costumed characters. It begins at 7:30 p.m., at Broadway and Washington.
After the Alton Halloween Parade, you have the chance to go on a ghost hunt. The Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center team will lead a two-hour investigation in one of the most haunted buildings in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. This event is for those ages 13 and older.
Families can enjoy an afternoon of trick-or-treating along historic Main Street in St. Charles. Local businesses hand out candy to kids ages 12 and younger from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., on October 31. After trick-or-treating, kids are invited to the Halloween Children's Theater in Frontier Park.
The Edwardsville Halloween Parade is a Metro East tradition. Every year, some 25,000 people line the streets to see more than 100 floats, marching bands, entertainers and more march by. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., in downtown Edwardsville.
The Old Rock House in St. Louis will be buzzing on Halloween night with music from This Must Be The Band, a tribute to the Talking Heads. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
The area's top haunted houses like The Darkness in Soulard, Creepyworld in Fenton and the Lemp Brewery are open on Halloween night. They are also open the following weekend, November 2 and 3, so there's still time to enjoy a a little scary fun. For more information on these haunted attractions, read my article on Haunted Houses in the St. Louis Area.
The Dropkick Murphys headline an evening of live music at The Pageant on the Delmar Loop. Opening acts include The Mahones and Teenage Bottlerocket. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $27.50 at the door.
The residents of the 5300 block of Nottingham Avenue in South St. Louis thrown a Halloween Block Party each year. They decorate their homes and pass out candy to thousands who walk through the neighborhood on Halloween night. The party on Trick or Treat Street runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.