Halloween Events 2016

Stock image courtesy of PhotoPinHalloween is here this week, that means candy, parties, and fun. We’ve brought together all the Halloween happenings in the area so you’re sure to have a hauntingly good time. Whether you're looking for a party, a trick-or-treat location, a 5K, or any other Halloween fun, we have it all.









Make your own trick-or-treat tote

Osage Center, Cape

October 26, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Children, ages 5-10, can make their own tote for all the candy they’ll get on Halloween night! Event organizers will provide all the materials needed to decorate a tote and put it together to get ready for your night of trick or treating fun. Cost is $13 for Cape Girardeau residents and $16 for non-residents.



Mask Making Workshop

Catapult Creative House, Cape

October 29, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Introduction to relief painting and mask making. Ages 8 and up. All supplies are provided, and participants can take their mask home. Cost is $8. Registration required, call 651-2742.

Fright Night Costume Contest  

River Town Labs Pokestop, Cape

October 29, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

River Town Labs and Coffee and Cat Computer Repair are proud to present Fright Night Costume Contest!

To enter the contest you must simply walk into the shop on Saturday, Oct. 29 in your best costume. This is not a Pokémon costume-only contest, so dress up however you wish. Three winners will be selected based on creativity, originality, and spookiness. Costumes from all age groups will have a chance at prizes too. These prizes will range from Pokéshop merchandise to huge savings on repair services.


Pumpkin Palooza  

The Glenn House, Cape

October 30, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) party! At this event patterns, tools, tarps, paints, paintbrushes, and all the accouterments, including a candle will be provided! Just bring your creativity! Beware…this isn’t your average Halloween event, there will be spooky science, scary stories, and haunting history. This event is free. You must pre register.

Pumpkin Path  

Carterville Chamber of Commerce

October 31, 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Sign up is at 4:30 p.m.. Costume judging at 5 p.m. Costume awards then parade at 5:30 p.m. Start at the First Baptist Church parking lot. Bring canned good to participate. All food will be donated to the Carterville Food Pantry. Costume contest awards for ages 6 months to 2 years, 3 - 5 years, 6 - 9 years and 10 - 12 years.

Pumpkin Path runs from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. starting at First Mid-Illinois Bank and finishing at the Fire Station.

Call CCC office at 985-6942 or visit for more information.



Night Before Halloween Trunk or Treat

Calvary United Pentecostal Church, Jackson

October 30, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Free trunk or treat event the night before Halloween. Hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, drink, candy. Located on a safe paved church parking lot.


Trick-or-treat walk  

Liberty Village in Carbondale.

October 27, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.


Moonlight Madness Trunk or Treat  

Perry Park Center in Perryville.

October 27, 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Area businesses will be set up to host trick-or-treaters at the Perry Park Center Parking lot. There will be prizes for the best costumes, best decorate pumpkin, and a pet costume contest. In the case of rain, the event will still be held inside the Perry Park Center.


Murdale Safe Halloween  

Murdale True Value, Carbondale

October 29, 10 a.m. - 2p.m.

Trick or Treating and more! There will be inflatables for the kids to play on and hayrides for free. Carbondale Fire and Police Departments will be there to teach safety. The lunch fundraiser will go towards Crimestoppers.


Sikeston Outlet Store, Sikeston

October 31, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

21st Annual Trick-or-Treating event! Bring the kids out to enjoy trick-or-treating outside each store's door in a safe atmosphere right on the sidewalk. Local police and fire departments will be on site with demonstrations and information. Plus the Sikeston Humane Society will be there with some of their furry friends!


Trunk or Treat

Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis

October 31, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Looking to have a spooktackular good time? Come join a night of games and prizes, free food, drinks, and of course CANDY!


Halloween Boo Bash

Illinois Star Centre Mall, Marion

October 31, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Take part in Illinois Star Center Mall's free Halloween Boo Bash. There will be a mall-wide trick-or-treat and costume contest in a safe, family-friendly environment. Contest is only open to first 20 entrants so come early.


Trunk or Treat

Elkville City Park, Elkville

October 31, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The whole family is invited to a Trunk or Treat in the park. There will be a kid-friendly Haunted Bus ($5), and a Haunted Hayride to the cemetery and back. Entry to the event is free.


Candy Walk

Downtown, Carbondale

October 29, Noon - 2 p.m.

Visit Main Street Carbondale for trick-or-treating at participating businesses.




Ghost Walk & History Tour  

The Gazebo, Perryville

October 27. 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Meet at the Gazebo for a journey through haunted and historic Perryville, MO. Your tour guide will tell stories of local spirits and legends. Cost is $5 per person.


Haunted Carbondale Tours  

Castle Perilous, Carbondale

October 28, 29, and 31, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Take a walk through the dark side of Carbondale every Friday and Saturday in October. Cost is $10 per person. Children are free. Well-behaved pets are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society. Call 529-5317 for details.


Monster Mash:


Party at Rhymer's on the Plaza

Cape Girardeau, October 29 at 9 p.m.

Live music by the Hollerboys.


Party at Rude Dog Pub

Cape Girardeau, October 29 at 9 p.m.

Live music by Evan Webb. 


Party at Blue Diamond Sports Bar

Cape Girardeau, October 29 at 4 p.m.

9 Metal bands will be performing throughout the evening. The costume contest will have a grand prize: tickets to see Trans Siberian Orchestra. 


Halloween Party

Knights of Columbus Hall, Jackson

October 28, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This party is for all Ghost and Goblins and Parents for free, just come and enjoy. Games for the kids, and  Halloween Costume judging for ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9 and up. Plenty of chili, hot dogs and corn dogs. There will also be a bonfire. For more info contact Karlios Hinkebein 382-1802.


Halloween Costume Party and Dance

Frisco's Bar and Grill, Chaffee

October 29, 8:30 p.m. - midnight

Come enjoy an event-filled evening. There will be tunes for your dancing pleasure. Come dressed in your favorite costume, there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the best costume. Please no full face mask. Must have ID to enter. Drink and shot specials all night.


Halloween Hoopla  

Shawnee Park Center, Cape

October 28, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Ages 12 and under. costume contest, crafts, Halloween games, snacks, and much more spooky fun!


Wine and Witches  

Blue Sky Vineyard, Makanda

October 28, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Food, music, costume contest, raffles, auction, vendors, and more! Wine & Witches is a fundraiser that benefits the mission and work of JamReads International, Inc.



StarView Vineyards, Cobden

October 28, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Costume contest, live music by Jeff Bradley and the Twang Kings, chili and nacho bar, and wine tasting! Admission is $10/ticket or 2 for $15.


Masquerade Ball

American Legion, Cape

October 28, 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Cape Ballroom is hosting a Masquerade Ball. Wear a mask and dress to impress, there will be a costume contest, plus dance lessons. $5 entry.


Halloween Party

Pin Oak Pub, Carterville

October 28, 9 p.m. - midnight

Enjoy a Halloween party at Pin Oak Pub. The costume theme is 80s/90s. Live music with Party Pants.


Halloween Party

Papas Vineyard, Farmington

October 29, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Come enjoy some family-friendly fun with hayrides, scavenger hunts, games, and a costume contest. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the 21 and over party begins with all the same fun but geared towards adults with live music all night!


Boo at the Park

Devil's Backbone Park,  Grand Tower

October 29, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Games, costume contest, hayride, trick or treating, music, and more.


Halloween Party

Metropolis Public Library, Metropolis

October 29, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Join the library for a fun, kid-friendly Halloween Party. There will be a costume contest for parents and kids, as well as spooky games and ghoulish snacks. Call (618) 524-4312 to register in advance.


Hallo-wine Party

Twin Oaks Winery, Farmington

October 29, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Enjoy drink specials and appetizers while participating in the costume contest, and enjoying music by Stingray.


This is Halloween

Mary Jane Burgers and Brew, Perryville

October 29, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Live music by Livin Tale. Raffle, costume contest, and more! Tickets are $5, or $10 for VIP. Purchase in advance at Mary Jane Burgers and Brew.


Halloween Party

Lou's Room, Anna

October 29, 7:30 p.m. - midnight

Live music by Beak & Co. The bar will be open until 1 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at Kiki's Coffeehouse.


Halloween Party

Cheers, Sikeston

October 29, 8 p.m. - midnight

Halloween party with live music by Used & Refused. There will be a costume contest, plus games and prizes.


80s Halloween Party

Just One More Bar and Grill, Marion

October 29, 8:30 p.m. - midnight

Annual Halloween Party. Music in Motion will be playing the best of the 80's dance hits! Halloween themed shot and drink specials, costume contest with prizes for scariest, funniest, sexiest, and best 80's costume.


Halloween Party

Lounge 5:05 , Perryville

October 29, 9 p.m. - midnight

Halloween party with live music by Us Instead.


Halloween Bash

Rhymer's on the Plaza, Cape

October 29, 9 p.m. - midnight

Live music by the Hollerboys. Come in costume and enjoy a Halloween party.


John Brown's on the Square Halloween Party

John Brown's on the Square, Marion

October 29, 9 p.m. - midnight

Live music and Halloween Party.


Pre-Halloween Bash

Rustic Lodge, Zalma

October 29, 9 p.m. - midnight

Come get your Trick-or-Treat on at the Rustic Lodge! Come dressed up, come dressed down, come dressed any way you want. If you wear a costume, there will be a contest judged by the band (who will be dressed up) featuring a few prizes ranging from tee shirts to some awesome vouchers. So dance, drink, and enjoy a little pre-Halloween bash with Paragon and the Rustic Lodge.


Creepy and kooky:


Super Zombie Walk

8th and Market St., Metropolis

October 28, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Wear your frightful fearsome zombie clothes and rattle your bones in the street. This is a flash mob dance party! Follow the link for details, how to dance The Thriller, and more.



Villainous Halloween Comic Fest

Villainous Grounds, Perryville

October 29, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

All day Comic Fest - free Halloween comics for kids and adults.

Guest artist and author - Jeremy Haun (Beauty, Constantine, Batwoman, Wolf Moon) from noon to 4 p.m. Kids coloring contest 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (4-8 and 9-13 age groups)

Costume contests 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Kids up to 15, adult 16 and over, handmade categories)

All day sale on comics and merchandise.


Goblin Gallop

Bootheel Counseling Services, Sikeston

October 29, 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Wear your Halloween costumes to this 5k/1 mile fun run!  This helps support  Bootheel Counseling Services. For more info Contact Jennifer at 573-471-0800.


Halloween Comic Fest

Castle Perilous, Carbondale

October 29, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Halloween ComicFest and annual Halloween Party. Get one free comic for coming in, one more if you are in costume and/or have a Prefered Customer card. Get one for each 10 cans of food you bring in for Good Samaritan House and one for each stamp you get on your Castle Card.

Author Brian K. Morris and Artist Matt Miller will attend, as will the Humane Society of Southern Illinois and the Southern Illinois Roller Girls.

Yu Gi Oh Invasion: Vengeance Sneak Peek at noon. Raffle at 7 p.m.


Roar Fest

Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary,  Ste. Genevieve

October 29, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

$10 admission per person, $5 for kids in costume. Reservations not required. Participate in the costume contest and have a spooky fun time watching the tigers receive Halloween goodies!


Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race

The Mill Street Underpass, Carbondale

October 29, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a chance to have fun and raise money for a local charity by designing, building, and racing your very own Pumpkin Racer! Build the fastest racer you can, or go nuts with the most original design you can think of! There is a $100 grand prize, but most people just race for the fun of it.



The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Live

Marion Cultural and Civic Center, Marion

October 29, noon - 2 p.m.

Come see the cult classic live on stage.



Halloween Art Exhibition and Concert

Lost Cross House, Carbondale

October 31, 10 p.m. - midnight

Lost Cross is hosting its first art exhibition! The theme, which is open to artist interpretation, is 'religious.' There will also be live music.


Historic Halloween Instameet

Old Lorimier Cemetery, Cape

October 26, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Cape Girardeau's first (that we know of, at least) Instameet! Old Lorimier Cemetery will be open for history-filled, Halloween-themed Instagrams galore. Get to know your local Instagrammers, eat some cookies and capture pictures of Cape Girardeau's first cemetery. #InstaMeetCG will be used to organize pictures taken at the event!


Wedding of the Dead

6Pence, Carbondale

October 29, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

A wedding for all to witness! Come see Daisy Days and John Robert as they re-live one of their greatest nights-their wedding night. The night that Daisy was later found murdered. Come join them as they reunite with a wedding as it was on the actual day. Complete with live performance, live band, appetizers, refreshments and a delicious wedding cake! Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.


Full Moon Halloween Show

The Varsity, Carbondale

October 29, 7 p.m.

Live music Halloween show featuring Ivas John, The Dustcovers, The Gordons, Free Range Chicks, and many more! Tickets are $15. For more info 618-549-4222.


Halloween Shredfest

Pitters Cafe and Lounge, Cape

October 29, 6 p.m. - midnight

Live music from Emaciation, Eurydice, Shugyo, Cycle of Ruin and many more. Plus costume contest.

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