Check out these local haunts for chills and thrills this Halloween season.
1207 Rogers St.
For those looking for heart-pounding scares this Halloween, check out NecroPlanet. The site is composed of three separate haunted houses, the classic and original Necropolis, and two new additions this year, The Pit and Chaos in 3D. The Pit is a haunted house entirely in a pitch-black environment, and Chaos in 3D allows attendees to wear 3D glasses while walking through the house. You’re bound to be scared at some point. Necroplanet is open Thursday through Sunday, and closes on Halloween Monday. Tickets vary in price from $8 to $25.
“Dracula, the Musical”
Sept. 29–Oct. 16
1800 Nelwood Drive, 573-474-3699
“Twilight” may have reinvigorated the vampire market, but Dracula is the original vampire story. Relive this classic and get an early start on Halloween fun with the Columbia Entertainment Company. The performance will run on three weekends: Sept. 29–Oct. 2, Oct. 6–9, and Oct. 13–16. Ticket prices range from $10 to $12.
Fearfest Haunted House
Sept. 30–Oct. 31
6402 W. Highway 40, 573-446-3327
If you’ve been waiting for the chance to put your zombie-takeover plan into action, Fearfest Haunted House has all you need: Zombie Paintball. Hurry up if you want a seat because only a limited number are available for the paintball safari. There are also two separate haunted houses on-site. Ticket prices range from $18 to $30.
Haunt Cuisine At Les Bourgeois
14020 Highway BB, Rocheport
Les Bourgeois Vineyards is putting a Halloween spin on its exclusive dinner series. Pop open limited-release and reserve wines while dining on local cuisine. Tickets are $65 per person, and the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
If you’re looking to bring along the kids for the evening, take a stroll through downtown Rocheport at the Monster Munch. True to the trick-or-treat style of the season, vendors will be giving out free samples of AgriMissouri products from 5 to 8 p.m. Nibble on a bit of Grandpa Joe’s Chocolate or a handful of Osage River Popcorn and wash them down with a savory sip of Fitz’s Root Beer. Sponsored by Les Bourgeois Vineyards, AgriMissouri and Missouri Wines, the family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Les Bourgeois at 800-690-1830.
In The District, 573-442-6816
On Oct. 28, The District invites you to bring your teeniest family members to Halloweenie. Downtown stores and restaurants will open their doors to children in costume and their families. Participating businesses are teaming up with the United Way for fun window decorations and special surprises. Look for signs in the windows of Halloweenie participating businesses. The District’s treat collecting starts at 4 p.m. and lasts until 6 p.m.
CMU Halloween Organ Concert
409 N. Church St., 660-248-7317
Let the sound of the organ narrate your Halloween this year at Central Methodist University’s annual Halloween Organ Concert. Each year, students and faculty unite to put on a concert featuring the organ (of course), plus piano, singing and even some poetry. The traditional altar and choir area will be transformed into a Halloween-inspired world with orange lights and pumpkins, to make any Halloween enthusiast proud. Audience members are invited to dress up and partake in the fun. The concert is free to the public and starts at 7:30 p.m. at Linn Memorial United Methodist Church.
[HALLOWEEN Arrow Rock]
Spirits, Shadows & Secrets of Arrow Rock
Arrow Rock’s history is full of spirited people, and it seems some of those spirits are lingering. On Oct. 28 and 29, the historic village is inviting the public to get acquainted with the history of Arrow Rock and some of the ghosts who live there. This year’s event will feature professionally led paranormal investigations of three historic properties and a guided tour of the Sappington Cemetery. Participation is limited to 40 per night and Saturday evening tickets sold out in September, but space remains available for Friday. Tickets are $100 per person and include a meal and post-event refreshments, transportation during the evening and professional paranormal investigation instruction from the T.A.P.S.-affiliated Sedalia Ghost Hunters.
Tiger Night of Fun
Hearnes Center, 573-874-7460
So your daughter doesn’t want to wear a turtleneck with her princess costume? Take Halloween fun inside and bring the entire family out to the Hearnes Center Field House on Halloween night. A bunch of community organizations will have booths with a variety of games and activities, plus plenty of candy. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.
“Beauty and the Beast”
Jesse Hall on the MU Campus, 573-882-3781
There’s no need to be afraid of beasts, as this Disney production shows us. This Halloween, the musical will be coming to Jesse Hall for a one-day-only show at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $38 to $53. No need to fret about missing out on other Halloween activities because there will be a costume contest for all audience members, and children can trick-or-treat inside of Jesse Hall around 6 p.m.