Published October 29th, 2020 at 11:10 AM
A busy Halloween weekend across Kansas City offers plenty of ways to celebrate, whether it’s from the comfort of your home or on the dance floor of a Monster Mash.
Just don’t forget your mask(s). That would be really scary.
2 p.m. Servaes Brewing Co. in Shawnee, 10921 Johnson Drive, is opening early Friday afternoon for the release of some sweet beers. The Halloween Candy Party will have four special-release candy-inspired beers on tap, including the Empty Canvas hard fruit candy cream ale, Distant Light Burst of Stars gose, Rise Up Under the Milky Way sweet stout and the Like Butterflies Soured Patches sour witbier.
3 – 10 p.m. Celebrate the diversity of Black music in Kansas City with the first-ever Troostival, happening at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee St. Catch back-to-back performances from artists like Kadesh Flow, Kemet Coleman, Crystal Rose, The Black Creatures, We The People and more either online or in person. Live stream tickets are $12, in-person passes are $25. The festival is free for residents living in ZIP codes 64109, 64110, 64127, 64128, 64130, and 64132.
6 p.m. There’s a free virtual trick-or-treat adventure for the kids running all weekend long, thanks to the folks at Camp Supernow. The Supernow Halloween Spooktacular is inviting all kids to try and solve the mystery of the missing Halloween candy from the Supernow Hallows Hotel, all while playing games, transforming into different Halloween characters, and dropping some spooky dance moves. Recommended for children ages 5-11.
Noon – 2 p.m. A fair Halloween forecast might call for daytime trick-or-treating. Downtown Overland Park is inviting kiddos to for a socially distanced experience near the Overland Park Farmers’ Market Lot, 7980 Marty St. Local businesses will hand out the candy along a designated path for social distancing. Wearing PPE is required.
6 – 10:30 p.m. SHOCKTOBER at Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City, 408 Armour Blvd., will close its Halloween series with a Halloween ‘78 and ‘18 double feature. The outdoor movie series allows for social distancing with a bring-your-own chair policy. No outside food or drinks allowed. No guarantees Michael Myers doesn’t sneak up behind you. Tickets for two guests are $30. Groups of three to six can reserve a spot for $65.
7 – 11:30 p.m. If you’re ready to mask-up and hit the town on Saturday night, Chicken N Pickle in North Kansas City, 1761 Burlington St., has plans for an 80s Halloween Rooftop Party and Costume Contest for those 21 and older. Party goers can look forward to drink deals, live music from Retro KC, food off the Chicken N Pickle menu and more.
8 p.m. Terrifying funk from Here Come The Mummies is coming to a living room near you, courtesy of Knuckleheads KC. If staying in is the plan this Halloween, consider streaming the Here Come The Mummies ‘Ween Stream 2020 show from the couch. Livestream tickets start at $20.
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. What to do with that soggy jack-o’-lantern… Friends of Lakeside Nature Center have a plan. Take your old pumpkins to Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., for Smash ‘Em, Don’t Trash ‘Em for an environmentally friendly way to get rid of pumpkins. You can drop off pumpkins with no contact or get in on the smashing, then Lakeside will take composting from there. Be sure to apologize to the neighborhood squirrels in advance. A donation of $5 is appreciated.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Can’t get enough spooky season? Bring your four-legged friend to Faulkner’s Ranch, 10600 Raytown Road, for Pups & Pumpkins. There will be adorable photo ops, a doggy costume contest with prizes, plus plus pumpkin spice delights. Tickets are $12.89 plus fees.
7:30 p.m. Kansas City’s world-famous The Beast and Edge of Hell haunted houses in the West Bottoms, 1401 W. 13th St., are open for business and the day after Halloween might be the best way to beat the lines. Ticket prices and packages vary, so be sure to check online. Masks are required and social distancing measures will be implemented.