Weekend in Kansas City - this one can't be beat!

We make no secret about the fact that we love the city in which we live and work!  And it goes without saying that we love it when folks move to town to take a new job or begin a new career.  

If you're new to #KC, fall is in full swing...and the summers seem to be stretching longer and longer as of late.  This weekend is going to see highs in the 80's!  So what's going on in our town? If you're a carnivore, or simply love a ridiculously fun party, the 2016 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® presented by Smithfield is going on through Sunday at the Kansas Speedway.  It is THE BBQ competition to end all competitions, and tonight (Friday 10/28) is what is known as Kansas City's "biggest and best party of the year."  Imagine hundreds of BBQ teams, tents, bands everywhere, and about 30,000 of your closest friends!  A definite must-see for transplants to our city!

While the American Royal Friday night party is not the most family-friendly event in town (nothing bawdy, just LOTS of beer!) there are tons of Halloween-ish things you can do with the whole family.  Here's a rundown of some local faves!

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • Night of the Living Farm: Every October they transform Deanna Rose Farmstead into a fun-filled, yet eerily spooky place. The 20th annual Night of the Living Farm takes place after dark with lanterns and jack O’ lanterns lighting the way. This event features scary and non-scary activities for all! 6-9pm at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, Overland Park, KS 66221; $10 General Admission, $1 off for Friends of the Farmstead Members, Under age 2 – Free; Oct. 28 & 29
  • Garrison Ghoul House: Come enjoy a Halloween themed scream house guaranteed to send chills down your spine and raise the hair on your head. Participants receive a scare and a popcorn bag! $1/person, 5:30-8:30pm on Thursday, Oct. 27 & Friday, Oct. 28 at Garrison Community Center, 1124 E. 5th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
  • Fall Festival at Gregg/Klice Community Center: This free admission event is open to families to celebrate the fall season and Halloween.  There will be art & crafts, games, entertainment, face painting and goodie bags. 5-8pm at Gregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way, Kansas City, MO 64108

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • Science City Spookfest: Experience spooky science, maker magic, creepy critters, eerie edibles and much more at Science City’s Spookfest, 5-8pm at Union Station. It’s a Halloween HotSpot!
  • Boo-tastic Fun at Crown Center: Have your photo taken with the Wicked Queen from noon-4pm on Saturday & Sunday, October 29 & 30, and enjoy StoneLion Puppet Theatre’s presentations at noon & 2pm both days.
  • Brick or Treat at LegoLand: Build your own pumpkin out of LEGO® brick, search for all kinds of monsters in MINILAND, get fang-tastic prizes, learn to build  your own Great Pumpkin, get an exclusive Halloween factory brick, and much more in preparation for Halloween. Oct. 29&30; Wear your Halloween costume to receive $3 off full price, walk-up admission only.
  • Sea Life Halloween: Visit Sea Life and watch the spooky spectacle of underwater pumpkin carving, vote for your favorite underwater masterpiece, enjoy face painting and more as Sea Life kicks off Halloween Oct. 29&30. Be sure to wear your favorite costume!
  • Boo at the Zoo: Trick-or-treat the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Put on your favorite costume and join the Zoo animals for a trumpeting great day of not so spooky activities, Oct. 29 & 30, 9:30am-5pm.
  • The Great Pumpkin Fest at Worlds of Fun: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with tons of not-so-scary activities in Planet Snoopy at Worlds of Fun. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for Tricks & Treats with the Peanuts gang and Lucy’s Costume Contest. There’s also the hay bale maze, Linus’ Great Pumpkin Patch, Sally’s Creepy Crafts, and Spooky Tales with Snoopy for added fun. Runs through October, 11am-5pm each Saturday and Sunday.
  • Historical Hauntings at Old Shawnee Town: Enjoy trick-or-treating, tractor drawn hayrides, Farmstead tours, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests with five separate categories and awesome prizes! 6-8:30pm at Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th Street, three blocks west of Nieman Road. All activities are free with a $1 suggested donation to benefit Shawnee Town 1929; open to the public.
  • Prowl-O-Ween at Big Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary: See the big cats, brave Cedar Cove’s haunted houses, and get treats with your little ghosts and ghouls! Oct. 29 & 30 at Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary, 3783 K-68 Highway, Louisburg; $8/person

Get out and enjoy this wonderful weekend, KC!  #JoinTheSquad

-RV