It seems like every year, more and more events pile up toward the end of October beckoning your costumed kids out to the sugar-filled landscape of Topeka during Halloween season. Here are some of the events we’ve got our eyes on for trick-or-treat fun this year. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Happy Haunting Party at the Boo Planet Cafe
Sun. Oct. 30 | 2-4 p.m. | Reservations required
The Blue Planet Cafe (110 SE 8th Ave.) is planning some Halloween fun as part of the Mulvane Art Museum’s Artful Dining series, and invites you to come along for spooky storytelling, crafts, treats and more. Read about the plans for the big party and get your tickets today ($35 for an adult w/ one child, $10 per additional child).
Boo It Downtown
Thurs. Oct. 27 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Downtown Topeka
Bring your kids in their Halloween costumes and enjoy a stroll along the avenue.
With fun activities including:
Wolfes Camera: Free pictures and prints of kids in costumes
PC911: Temporary tattoos and candy (for kids young and old)
The BreakRoom: music and candy
Emergency Management: will have a truck and hand out candy
Marion Lane Candles: Children 15 yrs and younger make a free candle
The Merchant will be giving out cotton candy. Glow sticks for the first 120 kids. PINATA @7pm. They will also have a clown and a face painter. The face painter will be charging $1 per face. Meet XYZ staff here and pick up a magazine!
Hazel Hill will be handing out their store-made marshmallows and will have music.
Kansan Grill will have meatball subs with one side for $7.99 and any kid who eats here will receive a dirt cup for dessert. Plus, $2.50 22 oz domestic beer draws and $1 off house wine. Also handing out candy.
London’s: Keeping “all things music,” London’s will host “Spoken Word & Scary Poems” along with Open Mic Night. The place will be decked out with glow in the dark furniture.
Check out the Facebook event for more details.
IHOP Scary Face Pancake Day
Fri. Oct. 28 | All day
Trick or Treat All-you-can-eat buttermilk pancakes and “design your own” scary face pancakes are free all day on Friday, October 28.
Rees Fruit Farm Fall Festival
Open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11a.m.-5p.m. | 785-246-3257 for more info.
At Rees Fruit Farm (2476 K4 HWY.) families can enjoy face painting, pumpkin painting and hayrack rides to the pumpkin patch through the orchard.
Gary’s Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Gary’s Pumpkin Patch | Open Wed. and Thurs. 5 -9 p.m., Fri. 4 -10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 12 -6 p.m.
Gary’s Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch features an corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides and more! Open until Oct. 31
Located eight miles east of Topeka on U.S. Hwy. 24, then south on Decatur
Scary on the Prairie
Sat. Oct. 22, 4-6 p.m. | school-aged children | Admission: $2 per person | Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade ( 124 NW Fillmore )
Activities start with eerie sounds and ghoulish stories in the haunted schoolhouse, spicy cookies straight from the campfire with cold apple cider, and trick or treating in all the vintage buildings. Geared toward elementary school aged children (must be accompanied by parent or guardian). Call (785) 368-2437 for ticket information.
Crestview’s Creepy Carnival
Sat. Oct. 29 | 4-6 p.m. | Crestview Community Center (4801 SW Shunga Dr.) | ages 2-7 | $5 for activity bracelet
Join Crestview Community Center and Journey Church for the 4th Annual Creepy Carnival with fun, games and activities. Costumes are encouraged. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Boo at the Zoo
Sat. Oct. 22 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 29 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost of admission to the zoo | Free for Friends of the Topeka Zoo members and children 2 and under
Children of all ages are invited to come out to the Topeka Zoo and wear their costumes to gather treats of all sorts throughout the zoo grounds. There will be festive decorations, activities, prizes, and media personalities to meet! Cost is regular zoo admission: Friends of the Topeka Zoo members and children 2 and under are free. Call the Topeka Zoo at (785) 368-9180 for more information.
Haunted Path of Halloween Fun
Tuesday Oct. 25 -Sunday, Oct. 30 | 3 – 5 p.m. | Kansas Children’s Discovery Center (4400 SW 10th Ave in Gage Park)
Traverse the spooky outdoor path at KCDC to encounter:
- Roving Magician
- Gypsy Storyteller
- Find the elusive Phantom Pumpkins
- Mad Science Experiments
- Spooky Crafts
- Costume Photo shoot
Trunk or Treat sponsored by Shawnee Heights at Applewood BBQ
Monday Oct. 31 | 4-6pm
Applewood Smoke House (BBQ) will be participating in a trunk or treat sponsored by Shawnee Heights district. They are located on 29th Street by Lake Shawnee (next to Glory Days Pizza). They will be handing out candy and free kids’ meal coupons!
Many sponsors/restaurants will be participating.
Costume contest/trunk contest/ and prizes are a part of the event.
Trick or Treat off the Street at Washburn University
Monday, Oct. 31 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Washburn University’s Living Learning Center
Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and kings. Come Trick or Treat Off the Street in the Living Learning Center. All children up to age 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Those trick or treating should start at the front desk in the main lobby area of the Living Learning Center. From there, they will be led to various trick or treating stops. This event is sponsored by the Washburn Residential Council. For more information, call 785-1065.