Season of Screams
Stumble through a foggy werewolf forest, come face to face with the world’s largest anaconda in captivity, feel what it’s like to be buried alive—it’s all possible this Halloween season in Kansas City. If you love a good old-fashioned scare (like I do), you’ll want to pay close attention to the list I’m about to share.
Fright fanatics: Did you know KC has been called the Haunted House Capital of the World? Check out these five bone-chilling adventures that will send shivers down the spines of even the bravest visitors.
THE BEAST | through Halloween
- Founded in 1991, The Beast is America’s largest haunted house. It pioneered the open-format design that allows for ghosts, spooks and other creatures to lunge out at you at any time. It takes roughly 40 minutes to get through The Beast if, of course,you don’t get lost in the foggy werewolf forest.
- Edge of Hell—KC’s oldest haunted house—features bats, alligators and the world’s largest anaconda in captivity. Trudge past vampires through the quarter-mile route before sliding down a five-story spiral slide into the arms of the Devil himself.
HALLOWEEN HAUNT AT WORLDS OF FUN | through Oct. 30
- Head to KC’s thrilling themepark if you dare to experience nine horrifying haunts this Halloween season. “Master McCarthy’s Doll Factory” takes you to a toy factory gone horribly wrong while “Lore of the Vampire” will have you running from blood-thirsty Dracula and his friends.
NIGHTSTALKERS SCREAM PARK | through Halloween
- Take the “Hellevator” down to the creepy Cavern of Terror, America’s largest haunted cave. If that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, hop into a used coffin at the Burial Simulator and feel/hear/smell what it’s like to be buried alive.
GHOSTS & GANGSTERS TOUR | through Dec. 17
- Jump on the ghoul bus and tour historic Kansas City landmarks with legendary paranormal activity and infamous mafia mayhem. Stop by the Hotel Savoy, rumored to be haunted by a woman who passed away in room 505 and never moved out. Or search for the ghost of Father Henry David Jardine who supposedly roams the halls of St. Mary’s Church.
Looking for something a little less frightening? Check out these kid-friendly Halloween events for scare-free family fun.
- Let your little goblins run free through the seven not-so-scary attractions until 6 p.m. Kids will love hunting for prizes at Snoopy’s Big Treasure Hunt and showing off their Halloween costumes at Captain Kitty’s Costume Contest.
BOO AT THE ZOO | Weekend of Oct. 29
- Safari meets spooky at the Kansas City Zoo’s annual Boo at the Zoo event. The kiddies will enjoy everything from trick-or-treating amid wild animals to spooky animal shows.
For more spooky adventures, go to VisitKC.com.