Make Halloween 2015 less scary for your little ones with activities that promote family fun rather than death, blood, and gore. There are a number of family-friend events around St. Charles County this year that are either free or have little cost.
October 23, Lake Saint Louis: Halloween in the Park at Founders Park (7 Freymuth Rd.) runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm with hayrides, bounce houses, pony rides and other activities. Free.
October 23-24, St. Charles: Pumpkins and lanterns light up historic Main Street for Pumpkin Glow. Stores will stay open later than usual for shopping, seasonal samples, and special activities. Free.
October 24, St. Peters: Halloween Carnival from 4-6pm at the city’s Operations Building (135 Ecology Dr., behind Recycle City) will have games, treats, a maze, dinner, and–weather permitting–outdoor hayrides. The indoor event is $5 per person with pre-registration, or $8 at the door. Register online, in person at the Rec-Plex (5200 Mexico Rd.), or by calling 636-939-2386, x1400.
October 24, Wentzville: The Trick or Trot 5K Run and 1.25 mile fun walk begin at 8:30am at Firemen’s Park (203 West Pearce Blvd.). Benefitting the city’s Firefighters Community Outreach, the cost for runners 18 years old and up is $25 for the 5K run; $20 for the 1 mile walk. Participants under 18 are $20 for the run and $15 for the walk. Post-race/walk activities include bounce houses, pumpkin crafts, food, foosball tournament, and live DJ (11am-2pm).
October 24, O’Fallon: Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church will have its 8th Annual Fall Fest at 4-7pm at 835 W. Terra Lane. A kids cake walk, balloon artist, hay maze, snacks, petting zoo, and crafts are part of the fun. Free.
October 24, Defiance: The Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center (1868 Hwy. F) holds Halloween Spirits from the Past tours from 6pm. Tours are geared for kids 7 and up and reservations are recommended. Click here for pricing and other information.
October 24, St. Charles: Crossway Church (420 Hemsath) holds its annual Xcite Nite from 6-8pm. Enjoy face painting, booth games, food, candy, and prizes at this fall festival. Youth can enjoy a scavenger hunt around downtown St. Charles, 8-9:30pm. Free.
October 24, Wentzville: Spooktacular! at The Crossings Church (115 May Rd.) includes various kid-friendly activities from 7-9pm. Click here or call 636-497-6909 for more information. Free.
October 25, O’Fallon: Fall Food Truck & Fun Fest at Cornerstone United Methodist Church (1151 Tom Ginnever Ave.) features–naturally–food trucks. Nosh on various treats at regular food truck prices. Enjoy all other events for free: games, inflatables, hayrides, and first responder displays.
October 25, St. Peters: Life Church’s Trunk or Treat runs from noon to 2pm at 8134 Mexico Road. Enjoy hot dogs, trunk or treating candy, and other entertainment. Free.
October 25, St. Charles: Another Trunk or Treat will be held by St. John United Church of Christ (405 S. Fifth St.) at 3pm. Candy, games, snacks, and crafts contests are part of the fun. Free.
October 25, St. Charles: Ridgecrest Baptist Church holds a Trunk or Treat from 3-5pm at 1731 Zumbehl Road. Enjoy inflatables, games, candy and treats, photos with your favorite princesses and superheroes, wagon rides, face paintings, and prizes. Toddler/preschool play area available. Free.
October 27, St. Peters: The St. Charles Symphony Orchestra holds its annual Halloween Concert at 7pm at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre (1 St. Peters Centre Blvd.). Have the kids dress up in costumes for the indoor parade. Treats included! Free.
October 30, O’Fallon: Capes and Crowns is a party for princesses and superheroes, age 2-5 years, at O’Fallon’s Civic Annex (410 E. Elm St.) from 9:30-11am. A small cost of $10 is charged to O’Fallon residents ($12 for non-residents). Pre-registration is required. Register today through the city’s website, by calling 636-474-8111, or at the Renaud Spirit Center (2650 Tri Sports Circle).
October 30, St. Charles: Trick or Treat on Main Street is a safe event for costumed children 12 or younger in the historic district. It runs from 3-5pm. For more info, call 636-946-7776.
October 30, St. Charles: Harvester Christian Church’s Family Festival will have live entertainment, carnival games, inflatables, and candy. The 6-8pm event is geared for kids through middle school. The church is at 2950 Kings Crossing. Click here for more information. Free.
October 30, Lake Saint Louis: Trunk or Treat, hosted by First Baptist Church of Lake Saint Louis, runs from 6:30-8:30pm on the church’s campus on 2230 Lake St. Louis Blvd. Free.
October 31, Cottleville: The Halloween Howl Run for the Homeless 5K run benefits the hunger and homeless programs of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service. The run–and a 1 mile walk–will be held at the St. Charles Community College campus. Both events begin at 9am and are $33 per participant. Costumed participants can win prizes. Register here. More information is available online or by phone at 636-441-1302, x263.
October 31, Lake Saint Louis: For children under 12 and their families, the Halo-Wing park party from 6:30-8:30pm will be at Boulevard Park (2550 Lake Saint Louis Blvd.). Enjoy balloons, snacks, and the live music of Wings & Angels.