Halloween events: A guide to spooky adventures in Columbia

Monday, October 24, 2011 | 8:57 p.m. CDT; updated 11:42 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 31, 2011

A number of Halloween events — including haunted houses, a bicycle ride and trick-or-treating — are scheduled through next Monday. Here is a guide to spooky adventures in Columbia and nearby communities.



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  • "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" story time: 10:30 a.m.; Barnes & Noble, Columbia Mall.

The Peanuts gang celebrates the spooky holiday in this reading event. Treats will be available and costumes are welcome.

  • Trunk-or-Treat: 5 p.m.; Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road; all ages; free.

Church members will distribute treats from the trunks of cars in the parking lot at the church.

  • "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" movie: 6:30 to 7 p.m.; Children's Program Room, Columbia Public Library.

Families with children in costumes are welcome to see a showing of the 1966 "Peanuts" classic. Linus hopes he will finally get a visit from the Great Pumpkin.

  • Haunted Maplewood Home: 6 to 9 p.m.; Maplewood Barn Community Theatre; 3801 Ponderosa St., Columbia; $5 per child (adults accompanying children get in free); 573-443-8936.

Historic Nifong Park is set up as a scary adventure on Halloween, with Maplewood Barn actors as historical characters in the Maplewood Home, which will be haunted for the evening.

  • Tiger Night of Fun: 6 to 8 p.m.; Hearnes Center; sixth grade and younger with a parent or guardian; free.

This is one of Columbia's annual safe alternatives to trick-or-treating. The event includes games, activities and treats. The event is specifically geared to those in the sixth grade or younger with a parent or guardian. It is free for everyone. Children can wear costumes and bring a trick-or-treat bag.

  • Halloween double feature: "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Shock Treatment"; 9 p.m.; The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.; $10 to $12.

The two cult classics will be shown back-to-back. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" puts a lost couple in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his bizarre entourage. Audience participation is welcome. "Shock Treatment" is the sequel, set in the couple's hometown, which has become a giant TV station.


  • Necroplanet: Three haunted attractions in one location — Necropolis, The Pit and Chaos in 3D; 8 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 30, 8 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 28, 29 and 31; 1207 Rogers St., Columbia; $8-$15.

In Necropolis, a factory with a twisted, bloody past stands in the rubble; evil spirits lurk in the darkness, hungry for living souls. In The Pit, cannibals have taken up residence in a crumbling building. In Chaos in 3D, fallout from a nuclear apocalypse has left pockets of nuclear waste and radiation.

  • Fearfest: Columbia's haunted house; 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 and 30, 8 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 28, 29 and 31; 6402 W. Highway 40; $18 to $25 per event, $23 to $35 for a package.

Several attractions are based on the legend of Sarah, a girl who was befriended by a mortician before she died in a blizzard. The mortician closes his funeral home and withdraws from society, never to be seen again, except in spirit. There is also a Zombie Safari hayride with paintballs and a Slash Masters Asylum.

  • Peach Tree Farm:A family-friendly attraction; Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to dark; Sunday 1 p.m. to dark; From Columbia: Take I-70 west past the Missouri River Bridge, take exit 111 onto Highway 179/98 (this is the first exit after the bridge), take a right off of the ramp, at the stop sign turn right, Peach Tree Farm is less than 1/4 mile down the road on the right; General admission $5.

Peach Tree Farm has a wide variety of pumpkins, gourds and squash in their "pick your own" patch. There is also a hayride and a straw maze made up of more than 400 bales. In the barnyard, you can pet and feed the sheep, goats, donkeys, pigs, ducks, chickens, turkeys and bunnies. And, don't forget the peaches if there are any left.



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Mike Bellman October 25, 2011 | 12:52 a.m.

You missed a bit:

* The Arcane Industrial Company
another ongoing Haunted house:
is located at Exit 137 off Interstate 70.
1716 Lindbergh Drive (Also called Lighthouse Lane)
Columbia, MO 65201

* Peach Tree farm - A great seasonal family-friendly place to go:
From Columbia - Take I-70 West, past the Missouri River Bridge and take Exit 111 for Hwy. 179 and 98 (the first exit past the bridge). At the top of the ramp - go right. At the stop sign - go right. Less than 1/4 mile down the road Peach Tree Farm's cabin is on the right.

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Amanda Harrison October 25, 2011 | 10:12 a.m.


Thanks for the information on the other two attractions!

We're working on confirming them and adding them in.

We'd welcome more additions if anyone has them.

Amanda Harrison
Missourian community outreach team

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