Halloween is over a month away, and fellow Springfieldians are ALREADY getting their costumes and decorations out! Could it be that we love Halloween more than Christmas? For the people over at the Rountree neighborhood, this may be so! I found this link on Reddit whereby people absolutely rave about visiting the houses on Grand and Pickwick during this spooky holiday – guess where I’ll be taking my daughter for her first-ever Halloween extravaganza?
The cool thing about Springfield is there is so much more to do on Halloween than simply trick-or-treat with your kiddos. If tooth decay isn’t something that tickles your fancy, you could always get the crud scared out of you instead. Though this sort of entertainment is high on my list of “nopes,” many people actually seek out opportunities which usually end with a need to change your shorts. To each their own I guess!
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Have you heard of the Haunted Bus Tours of Downtown Springfield? Hosted every year before Halloween by John Sellers, Director of Springfield’s History Museum, this tour visits some of Springfield’s most haunted buildings and houses. The next one is October 20th – October 22nd, so be sure to get your tickets now!
Tour the castle whilst listening to ghostly tales – sure! This tour lasts for about an hour and a half and is around $17 per person. The minimum amount of people needed per tour is eight (8), and you can check time availability on their “book now” button here.
$8 per admission online and $9 on the farm, this haunted corn maze is available for a limited time. And if you are anything like me, and need an odd Disney movie to calm your nerves before bed after an evening of scares, you can destress with a hay ride or by chilling next to a bonfire. No Disney princesses for me this year!
Is this place still here? I went once as a teenager and though it does get your heart pounding, it is more fun and games. Who doesn’t like a random stranger jumping out of the shadows at you decked up in their finest Halloween attire?
In all honesty, I don’t know the difference between Hotel of Terror and Dungeons of Doom. The good news is there are packages available whereby you can visit both in one night, via a hearse. Does it get any better than that?
Other Things To Do On Halloween in Springfield
Gore, screaming and blood not your thing? Mine either! Let’s talk about it at a nice time festival…over a seasonal harvest pint, shall we?
Happening the third Tuesday of each month until November, this dress-up event is where participants get to star in an interactive role-play game for the low low price of $18…unless you are 12 – 18 years old in which it is $12. Subsequently, children under 12 are $5.
While this isn’t held on Halloween itself, it is good for people like me who freak out at winged bugs, and can’t handle the thrills and scares that Dungeons of Doom and Hotel of Terror offer. My little heart just can’t take it! From 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on C-street on October 15th, this is a family and PET-friendly event with marshmallow roasting, trick-or-treating, games and inflatable jumping rooms – now this sounds like my kind of event!
October 22nd, 10am – fun for the whole fam! Rutledge Wilson Farm Park is hosting this fun event. And BONUS! Your entry fee covers the admission costs for Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s “Fall Festival” as well! Check out the details here.
In summary, Halloween is one of my favorite pagan holidays, though I am not a fan of being snuck up on by a guy in a clown costume getting all up in my business. Whether you are looking to get scared out of your mind, or have some fun with your littles, Springfield hosts a plethora of different events for people from all walks of life, and with different tastes.