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Friday–Sunday, Oct. 4–27
Shepherd’s Spooktacular Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. at The Shepherd of the Hills. Cost: $8, includes playground, petting zoo, tree houses, hay bale maze, play barn, obstacle course, corn pit, and bounce houses. Great Pumpkin is $20 and includes Spooktacular activities plus Inspiration Tower, rope course and rock wall. Haunted Hollow is $30 and includes both Spooktacular and Great Pumpkin activities plus haunted hayride and Bald Knobber Zombie Paintball (Friday and Saturday after sunset). For information, call 417-334-4191 or visit theshepherdofthehills.com. The Shepherd of the Hills, 5586 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson.

Friday, Oct. 18
Batman's 80th birthday, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Nixa Branch Library. Wear your costume and enjoy food, friends and Batman fun. Remember your pumpkin bucket or bag to collect treats. For information, call 417-724-6100 or visit christiancountylibrary.org. Nixa Branch Library, 208 N. McCroskey St., Nixa.

Friday, Oct. 18
Boo Bash Halloween Dance for students in grades 5–8, 6–9 p.m. Hosted by Willard Parks and Recreation. Enjoy dancing and prizes for best Halloween costumes. Halloween treats and snacks available for purchase. Cost: $5/person. Younger students may attend with parent or guardian present or permission. For information, call 417-742-2262 or visit willardparks.com. Willard Recreation Center, 233 N. State Hwy Z, Willard. 

Saturday, Oct. 19
Rock4Kids Zombie Run/Walk, 10 a.m. Run or walk the Zombie race, and then enjoy the activities at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Registration includes many activities at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park’s fall festival: corn maze, hayrides, and bounce houses. To register or for information, visit fitness.basspro.com. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 19
Kids in the Kitchen: Halloween Party hosted by Hy-Vee, 11 a.m.–noon. Halloween-themed recipes for ages 4-12. Cost: $10/child. Seating is limited. Call customer service at 417-881-1950 for information or to sign up. Hy-Vee, 1720 W. Battlefield, Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 19
Fall Festival Trunk or Treat for families, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., at Crossway Baptist Church. Games, food, fun, and Bible Trunk and Treat. For information, visit crosswaybc.org. Crossway Baptist Church, 2900 N. Barnes Ave., Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 19
Pets and Pumpkins, noon–5 p.m. Kid and pet event includes costume parade/contest, activities and vendors. Cost: $2/child, adult and pet. For information, visit petsandpumpkins.com. Located on Park Central Square in Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 19
Monster Mash, 2-3 p.m. Wear your costume and join the Clever Branch Library in following clues as a team to solve mysteries using a treasure map. Registration is required, and available online with your library card or by calling 417-743-2277. Registration closes Oct. 11. For information, visit christiancountylibrary.org. Clever Branch Library, 7450 W. Veterans Blvd., Clever.

Saturday, Oct. 19
The Great Halloween Bash, 6–8 p.m., at Fiction, Facts, and Fun. Wear your Halloween costume and explore the spooky science lab, eat pizza, and watch a magic show by Marty the Magician. Cost: $45/child. Register early because spots fill quickly. To register or for information, call 417-860-3361, email tinastevenson@me.com, or visit fictionfactsandfun.com. Fiction, Facts, and Fun, 1638-L E. Republic Rd., Springfield.  

Saturday, Oct. 19
Night at the Haunted Library, 7–8:30 p.m., for all ages. Hang out at the Midtown Carnegie Branch after hours for games, crafts, prizes, cupcakes, and punch to turn your fright to fun at this haunted library event. Families welcome; all children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. For information, call 417-862-0135 or visit thelibrary.org. Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St., Springfield.

Monday, Oct. 21
Spooky Symphony performed by Springfield Symphony Orchestra, 6 p.m. Your kids will shriek with delight as you listen to spooky sounds and Halloween favorites at this FREE Halloween concert. Costume contest during the concert. Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. For information, call 417-864-6683 or visit springfieldmosymphony.org. Event at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, 525 S. John Q. Hammons Pkwy, Springfield.

Thursday, Oct. 24
Spooktacular Bingo Night for all ages, 5:30–7 p.m. Bring the whole family for a night of spooky book bingo. Small prizes for the winners, and a grand prize for the champions. For information, call 417-742-4258 or visit thelibrary.org. Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard.

Thursday, Oct. 24, or Friday, Oct. 25
Halloween Happening, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Favorite superheroes visit and come to the rescue in this action-packed Halloween hike at the Nature Center. Expect a few surprises, learn a conservation fact or two, and laugh out loud as these unlikely characters save the day. Guided hikes led on a first-come, first-served basis; last hike leaves at 9 p.m. Other activities in the building. For information, call 417-888-4237. Springfield Conservation Nature Center, 4601 S. Nature Center Way, Springfield.

Friday, Oct. 25
BOOgie Bash family event, 5:30–7:30 p.m., hosted by Republic Parks and Recreation. Games, hayrides, face painting, and balloon art. Costume contest at 6:30 p.m. Two short films will play on the outdoor movie screen after the activities. For information, call 417-732-3500 or visit republicmo.com. The Amp at J.R. Martin Park, 300 E. Hines, Republic.

Friday, Oct. 25
YMCA Boo Bash, 6–8 p.m. Un-BOO-lievable fun with games, hayrides, inflatables, candy and a costume contest. Bring a canned food item to support Ozarks Food Harvest. For information, visit facebook.com/patjonesymca. Pat Jones YMCA, 1901 E. Republic Rd., Springfield.

Friday, Oct. 25
Halloween Spooktacular, 6–8:30 p.m. Hosted by Nixa Parks and Recreation, Nixa Fire District, Nixa Police, and local businesses. Donate a canned food item. For information, call 417-725-5486 or visit nixaparks.com. The X Center, 701 N. Taylor Way, Nixa.

Friday, Oct. 25
Trunk-or-Treat, 5-7 p.m., Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. 2200 W. Republic Road, Springfield. For information, visit seaschurch.org

Saturday, Oct. 26
Trick Art Treat, 10 a.m.–noon, at Springfield Art Museum. Halloween-themed art projects, games, pumpkin decorating, spooky stories and a costume contest. FREE drop-in event for all ages. For information, call 417-837-5700 or visit sgfmuseum.org. Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr., Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 26
YMCA Boo Bash, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Un-BOO-lievable fun with games, inflatables, candy and a costume contest. Bring a canned food item to support Ozarks Food Harvest. For information, visit facebook.com/DowntownWardYMCA/. Ward Downtown YMCA, 417 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield.   

Saturday, Oct. 26
Monster Mash Costume Parade for all ages, 11 a.m. Show off your costume at The Library Station’s annual parade. Meet in the Frisco Room for not-so-scary stories and dance the Monster Mash, then parade through the library and collect treats. For information, call 417-865-1340 or visit thelibrary.org. Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway, Springfield.  

Saturday, Oct. 26
Good to Be Bad Halloween Spooktacular, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at the Discovery Center. Spooky villains, the Mad Scientist’s haunted lab and trick-or-treating. FREE activities with paid museum admission. For admission fees or information, call 417-862-9910 or visit discoverycenter.org. Discovery Center, 438 E. St. Louis St., Springfield.   

Saturday, Oct. 26
Halloween Fest, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. Wear your costume and join in the family scavenger hunt, games, and crafts in the classroom. Everyone is a winner with prizes and candy at each activity. The pumpkin patch, corn maze and hayride are open for an additional fee (hayride may be canceled in the rain, but all other activities will proceed). Some activities have a small fee. For information, call 417-837-5949 or visit parkboard.org. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Halloween Trunk or Treat from 1–3 p.m., at Hy-Vee. Wear your costume and enjoy trunk-or-treating, a coloring activity, and pumpkin decorating. FREE event. For information, call 417-881-1950. Hy-Vee east parking lot, 1720 W. Battlefield, Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Thriller on C-Street will perform a daytime pre-show of The Dr. Deadalous Traveling Zombie Show at 3:30 p.m. and Thriller on C-Street: Epidemic X at 4 p.m. Stay and play on C-Street between shows with games and a DJ. For information, visit facebook.com/ThrilleronCStreet/. Located at 224 E. Commercial St., Springfield.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Creepin’ at the Crossroads, activities from 4-8 p.m., for kids. Hosted by the Nixa Downtown Revitalization Committee. For details and information, visit facebook.com/downtownnixa/. Located at Main St. and Hwy 14 in Nixa.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Safe Halloween Trunk or Treat, 5–7 p.m., hosted by Willard Parks and Recreation. FREE family event with candy, trunk-or-treating, bounce houses, and games. The Haunted House will be open from 7-10 p.m. Admission: $5/person. For information, call 417-742-2262 or visit willardparks.com. Willard Recreation Center, 233 N. State Hwy Z, Willard.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Trunk or Treat, 5–7 p.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Springfield Campus. For information, visit growsharecare.org. Redeemer Lutheran Springfield Campus, 2852 S. Dayton Ave., Springfield. 

Saturday, Oct. 26
Halloween Boonanza, 5–8 p.m., hosted by Branson Parks and Recreation. Trick-or-treating, games, inflatables, a hayride, dancing, face painting, a spooky walking adventure, spooky barn, and a costume contest. Cost: $1/person. For information, visit bransonparksandrecreation.com. Branson RecPlex, 1501 Branson Hills Pkwy, Branson.

Saturday, Oct. 26
Festival of Frights, 5:30–9 p.m., hosted by the Ozark Community Center. Trick-or-treating, carnival games, hayrides, s’mores, a spooky movie, a haunted trail, MILO shooting simulator featuring spooky zombies, and a rock wall. Trick-or-treating, 5:30–7 p.m.; haunted trail from 8–10:30 p.m. For information, call 417-581-7002 ext. 2005 or visit ozarkmissouri.com. Ozark Community Center, 1530 W. Jackson St., Ozark.

Sunday, Oct. 27
Sensory-Safe Trick-or-Treat, 3–7 p.m., hosted by Include Ozarks. Free community event for children with special needs to trick-or-treat in a safe, calm environment. Games, candy, and non-candy options. Admission is free, but registration is required to keep sensory stimulation to a minimum. For information, call 417-890-4656 or visit facebook.com/includeozarks/. Event is at Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, 601 E. Saint Louis St., Springfield.  

Sunday, Oct. 27
Kids Fall Fest, 4–6:30 p.m., at South Gate Baptist Church. Games, inflatables, indoor trick-or-treat, free food, door prizes, and guest ventriloquist Doug Mickan. For information, call 417-886-3851. South Gate Baptist Church, 5701 S. Farm Rd. 157, Springfield.

Sunday, Oct. 27
Fall Fest, 5–7 p.m., at High Street Baptist Church. Familiar characters, inflatables, hayrides, carnival games, photo booth, hayride, balloon animals, and candy. Dinner and desert available for purchase. For information, call 417-862-5502 or visit highstreet.org. High Street Baptist Church, 900 N. Eastgate, Springfield.

Sunday, Oct. 27
Trunk-or-Treat, 5–7:30 p.m., at Countryside Christian Church. Food, games, inflatables, crafts for kids, and a raffle for adults. For information, call 417-581-6290 or visit ccc4him.com. Countryside Christian Church, 3350 W. Jackson Rd., Nixa.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Monster Mash Storytime, 10 a.m. for infants-age 6, Willard Branch Library. Bring your treat pail to the library for a special Halloween-themed story time with monster stories, crafts, and candy. Costumes are welcome. For information, call 417-742-4258 or visit thelibrary.org. Willard Branch Library, 304 E. Jackson St., Willard.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Truck or Treat, 4:30–6:30 p.m., hosted by the Springfield Fire Department and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Enjoy a FREE Halloween event with costumes, candy, firefighters and fire trucks. For information, call 417-864-1049 or visit parkboard.org. Ewing Park across from Fire Station No. 8, 1400 S. Scenic, Springfield.

Tuesday, Oct. 29
Trunk or Treat Toys for Tots Fundraiser, 6–8 p.m., hosted by The Smoking Guns and Quiznos. Games, bounce house, 50/50 drawing, and candy. FREE admission. For information, call 417-877-0606. Quiznos, 2043 E. Independence, Springfield.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Wednesday, Oct. 30
Monster Mash Storytime for infants-age 6, 10 a.m., Republic Branch Library. Dress up for a monster of a story time celebrating Halloween. For information, call 417-732-7284 or visit thelibrary.org. Republic Branch Library, 921 N. Lindsey, Republic.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Frightfully Fun Storytime for infants-age 6, 11 a.m., Fair Grove Branch Library. Wear your costume and have a spooky good time with not-so-scary stories, make a craft, and go on a candy hunt through the library and city hall. For information, call 417-759-2637 or visit thelibrary.org. Fair Grove Branch Library, 81 S. Orchard Blvd., Fair Grove.

Wednesday, Oct. 30
Trunk or Treat, 6–8 p.m., at East Grand Church of Christ. Firefighters with their fire truck, mini bikes doing stunts, and music. For information, call 417-883-7464 or visit eastgrandchurch.org. East Grand Church of Christ, 2220 E. Grand St., Springfield.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Boo in the City, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at Itty Bitty City. Dress in costumes; special spooky activities all day. Boo in the City is included with regular admission, and each child receives a Halloween treat. For regular admission and information, call 417-202-2025 or visit ittybitty.city. Itty Bitty City, 3640 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Halloween Storytime for infants-age 6, at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., at the Library Center auditorium. Wear your costume for a story time that’s a little bit spooky and a lot of fun. Parade and trick-or-treat through the library. For information, call 417-882-0714 or visit thelibrary.org. Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Trunk or Treat, hosted by CoxHealth. 5–8 p.m., at the Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital (west entrance), and 5–7 p.m., at Cox Medical Center Branson from 5-7 p.m. CoxHealth employees will set up Halloween-themed, kid-friendly booths and distribute treats indoor. For information, visit coxhealth.com. Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, 3535 S. National Ave., Springfield. Cox Medical Center Branson, 525 Branson Landing Blvd., Branson.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Treat Yourself in Republic, 5:30–8:30 p.m., coordinated by Republic Parks and Recreation. City-wide, safe Halloween event for children in Republic. Trick-or-treat at local businesses, churches, and organizations. A map of participating places will be available one week prior to the event. For information, visit republicmo.com/365/Treat-Yourself.

Thursday, Oct. 31
Country Fall Fest, 6–8 p.m., at Oak Grove Assembly. Games, candy, and giveaways. For information, call 417-881-6528 or visit oakgroveag.org. Oak Grove Assembly, 1320 S. Oak Grove Ave., Springfield.

Thursday, Oct. 31
October 31st Party, 6–9 p.m., hosted by James River Church. Free event with candy, inflatables, rides, snacks, games, and photo opportunities with favorite characters. Kid-friendly costumes welcome. At James River Church’s four locations: South Campus, 6100 N. 19th St., Ozark; West Campus, 3953 W. Farm Rd. 168, Springfield; North Campus, 3225 N. Farm Rd. 123, Springfield; and Joplin Campus, 3405 Hammons Blvd. in Joplin. For information, visit jamesriver.church.

 

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