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Haunted Places and Not-So-Scary Places

October 01, 2012

Ghouls and goblins abound in the Kansas City region this autumn and whether you dare to scare or prefer a tamer fright night, KC Destinations has a chilling list of all things Halloween!  Check out these regional activities for all ages:

1859 JAIL & MARSHAL’S HOME | Independence, MO
Friday Night Ghost tours offer a “ghostly” tour of the 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home, followed by a covered wagon historical live narrated ride which shares ghost stories and yarns of haunted places on the Square. Tours are available at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. every Friday in October, with a maximum of 15 in each group. Cost is $18 for adults, $12 for ages 7-11. (not recommended for children under 7). Reservations are required at 816-461-0065 or www.theindependencesquare.com.

3RD STREET ASYLUM | Bonner Springs, KS
Presented by JMS Entertainment, the 3rd Street Asylum haunted attraction is located in the 1918 Building at 3rd and Cedar in historic downtown Bonner Springs, Kansas.  The 3rd Street Asylum brings the fun and thrills of a big time haunted attraction to the suburbs.  There are no cheap or cheesy props; every room has been specially designed for maximum intensity around your darkest fears and will give you a scare you will never forget!  If you think you won’t be scared, think again.  There are multiple scares in every scene. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience at the 3rd Street Asylum.  Open Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00 p.m. to midnight, from October 5 through October 28; October 31 and November 2. Cost is $18 regular admission - $1 off coupon on the website.  Visit www.3rdstreetasylum.com or email 3rdstreetasylum@gmail.com for more information.  For more information on haunted events in Bonner Springs, visit www.bonnersprings.org – visitors

PLEASANT RIDGE HAUNTED HAYRIDES| Franklin County, (Rantoul) KS
This year the haunted hayride takes place on October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets are available at www.kzrt.org. The address is 2710 Vermont Road, Rantoul, KS.  This year, the Kansas Zombie Response Team will be participating in the event. They have contained a group of zombies in an abandoned Christmas tree farm at Pleasant Ridge. People who go to the www.kzrt.org  website and purchase tickets to become KZRT Volunteers will be able to ride the Mobile Tactical Weapons Platform and blast the zombies with paintball guns. Instead of being subject to relentless zombie attacks at a haunted house, KZRT Volunteers get to fight back.  The zombies may be attracted to the area due to its long history of paranormal activity. Local legends say that the early settlers caught and hung a horse thief.  It’s said that his soul still roams the ridge and is responsible for the unusual sights and sounds that seem to peak around Halloween.  Kansas Zombie Response Team…Keeping Kansas safe from zombies since 1854.

DEANNA ROSE PUMPKIN HOLLOW| Overland Park, KS
The 15th Annual Pumpkin Hollow at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead (138th & Switzer) offers fun and games for the entire family. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available as well as pumpkin patch picking and hay maze fun. Gate fees are complimentary during the week and $2 per person on the weekend. Pumpkin Hollow passes are $7 per person (children under age 1 are free). For more information, call 913-897-2360 or visit http://www.opkansas.org/Events/Pumpkin-Hollow

HALLOWEEN HAUNTS IN KANSAS CITY| Kansas City, MO
Did you know, Kansas City is the haunted house capital of the world? If you want to get your fright on this Halloween, check out www.visitkc.com to plan your spooky itinerary of Halloween activities.  From pumpkin patches to ghost hunting, fear farms to daytime scare-free outings, there’s plenty to do in Kansas City this Halloween.

FORT LEAVENWORTH HAUNTED WALKING TOUR | Leavenworth, KS
Leavenworth/Ft. Leavenworth – Fort Leavenworth annual “Haunted” walking tour will take place on October 19, 20, 26, & 27.  Folklore says there are about 32 documented hauntings around the post. Guests will be intrigued by a walking tour through the oldest, historic part of post, with stops in front of 8 to 10 of those haunted buildings.  There will also be ‘campfire’ stories in Zais Park that will share more of the ghostly folklore. Please note: tours are recommended for adults and children over ten years old.  All tours start at the Gazebo in Zais Park, located on Grant Avenue, Ft Leavenworth from 7:00-9:30pm.  If you want to have more spooky fun, there will be an outdoor “Witches” Ball in Leavenworth at Haymarket Square, 7th & Cherokee Streets on October 13 from 6:00-11:00pm. There will be music, food, entertainment and, of course, a costume contest!!  www.visitleavenworthks.com or 1-800-844-4114

SHAWNEE TOWN HISTORICAL HAUNTINGS| Shawnee, KS
Shawnee Towns Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Slither by on Saturday, October 27th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Come to the grounds of Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive, three blocks west of Nieman Road where all activities are free and open to the public. The Optimist Club of Shawnee-Mission will be selling snacks at the “Ghoul Café” and there will be trick-or-treating, hay-rides, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests with five separate categories and awesome prizes! Call Shawnee Town 1929 at 913-248-2360 or visit Shawnee Town for more information.

GHOST TOUR OF KANSAS CITY| Kansas City, KS
Kansas City has over 60 documented places with active hauntings. Featured in the book "Ghosts of Kansas", the tour includes several of the most haunted locations, including a spirited high school, historic Kaw point and a cursed cemetery! Enjoy stories of the brothel ghost and the ghost torn and shredded. Bus departs from Fat Matts Vortex Bar, 411 N. 6th Street in Kansas City, Kansas.  Due to the sensitive nature of the tour, age is limited to 12 and over.  Find dates and ticket information AT 785-383-2925 or visit http://paranormaladventuresusa.com/kck.html.

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS & CANDY SCRAMBLE | Merriam, KS
Bring your little goblins and witches to Merriam’s Halloween Happenings on Wednesday October 24 from 6-8pm at the Merriam Marketplace, 5701 Merriam Drive.  The biggest pre-party Halloween event in downtown Merriam will include FREE activities like Goblin Golf, Costume Contest, Candy Walk, Pumpkin Plop, Spider Craft & Boo Bowling.  Refreshments will be served; this event is recommended for children ages 3-10 and don’t forget your flashlight for the candy scramble after dark!

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