Published October 27th, 2022 at 7:00 AM
What’s better than Halloween weekend? All the spooks, plus KC Current treating the town to yet another championship.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The waters of the Ocean Exhibit at Sea Life Kansas City, 2475 Grand Blvd., have become enchanted with mermaids. Kids can come face-to-face with mermaids as they swim the same waters as sharks and sea creatures above the reef each weekend through Nov. 13. There will also be a chance to take a photo with a mermaid on dry land. Tickets to Sea Life are $23.99. Be sure to check online for specific mermaid dive times.
6 – 8 p.m. Kids can get in on the candy haul early with Trunk OR Treat Friday evening at Macken Park, 1002 Clark Ferguson Drive in North Kansas City. Organizers plan for bouncy houses, a bag of treats for the first 300 children, plenty of trick-or-treating, plus a complimentary snow cone or hot cocoa for each guest. Be sure to wear a costume. Admission is free.
8 p.m. – Midnight If scary movies are your thing, consider stepping into one. It’s the final weekend of the season for Kansas City’s famous West Bottoms haunted houses, including the horror-movie inspired Macabre Cinema, 1222 W. 12th St. The haunted attraction takes the fear-seeking through an abandoned movie theater, where moviescreen murderers like Michael Meyers and Freddy Krueger run rampant. Enter if you dare for $35.
9:30 – 4 p.m. Boo at the Zoo is back at the Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Saturday and Sunday and free with admission. Trick-or-treat bags will be provided and family-friendly costumes are encouraged. Be sure to get in on the pumpkin toss and photo ops around the zoo. General admission is $17 to $20. Jackson County residents can get in for $8.50 to $10.
Noon Planet Comicon and KC Live! at the Power & Light District are teaming up to put on Tricks & Treats Around the District, 50 E. 13th St. The family-friendly day of trick-or-treating will take place across more than a dozen participating businesses within the district, including No Other Pub, Johnny’s, B&B Theatres and more. The afternoon of candy collecting is free to attend.
5:30 p.m. Kansas City can add to the trophy case Saturday and Union Station is throwing a watch party. Reserve your spot (for free) to watch the KC Current take on the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Championship Game from the Haverty Family Yards at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road. Join what should be an electric atmosphere as soccer fans root on the squad seeking its first title in club history this weekend in Washington D.C. There will be food trucks and bars from Boulevard Brewing set up throughout the space, plus giveaways, KC Current swag and more. The game kicks off at 7 p.m.
7 p.m. Lemonade Park, 1628 Wyoming St., is throwing a concert fit for Halloween weekend with Magnificent: A Tribute to The Cure and Haunted Creepies in the heart of the West Bottoms. Local musicians taking on hits from The Cure include members of Knife Crime, Hip Shot Killer, Emmaline Twist and more. Arrive early to check out Halloween rockers the Haunted Creepies. Tickets are $10.
8 p.m. Fire eaters, aerial artists, a contortionist and all kinds of creepy is coming to Terror in Electric Park at J. Rieger & Co. Distillery, 2700 Guinotte Ave. The distillery’s Garden Bar is the spot for Halloween beats by DJ CQUENCE, drink specials, carnival food, a costume contest and more. Cover is $25. Walk-ups are welcome.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There’s a Día de los Muertos Festival Sunday at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. The free festival will have dance and musical performances, art activities and artist demonstrations and poetry readings throughout the day. There will be a variety of Mexican bites available for purchase to choose from.
2 – 4 p.m. The John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Road, will host a Historic Howl-o-Ween party Sunday afternoon, with a focus on the four-legged friends. The afternoon includes a pup Halloween costume parade with doggy trick-or-treat bags going to the winners of multiple categories, plus plenty of fun activities, dog vendors, demonstrations and more. Arrive early to register for the parade. It kicks off at 3:15 p.m. The event is free.
Clarence Dennis is audience and digital content strategist with Flatland.