2022: Trunk or Treats, Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals, Oh my!

A Complete Guide to Fall and Halloween in the Kansas City Area

August 30, 2022

Figuring out what to do with young children or an entire family during the Fall Season and Halloween week might seem harrowing. There are so many advertisements for trunk-or-treats, ghost tours and festivals that it would make anyone's head spin. Kansas City Macaroni KID is here to take the scare out of Halloween planning and provide you with a comprehensive list of what's happening in each city in the area so that you can plan your family fun in advance! (Each link in red below provides more information about each event). 

Hayrides/Pumpkin Patches/Orchards

Trunk or Treat/Trick or Treat/Halloween Decorations

Haunted Houses/Ghost Tours/Haunted Hayrides and Trails

  • Kid Friendly Ghost Tour -"Families will enjoy a ghost tour of the Alexander Majors House led by the museums’ junior volunteers."- October 7th, Kansas City, MO
  • Night of the Living Farm - "Scary & non-scary activities and entertainment for all!" - October 21st, Overland Park, KS
  • Enchanted Forest - "For one night only, Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park is transformed into The Enchanted Forest, where there is something to delight even the smallest of Halloween revelers." - October 27th, Lenexa, KS

Fall & Halloween Theme Nights/Special Events

Fall Themed Festivals & Fairs

  • GloWild at the Zoo - Fall Lantern Festival - "GloWild is a lantern festival like no other, featuring massive handmade steel and silk works of art depicting animals, local landmarks, botanicals, and Asian cultural creations." September-December, Kansas City, MO
  • Fall Family Festival-"Located in the magical Beanstalk Children's Garden, families can enjoy a day of fruit and veggie tasting, garden crafts, bug exhibits, face painting, yard games, scavenger hunt, free basil plants, and more!"-September 17th, Kansas City, MO
  • Waldo Fall Fest 2022- "Join us for the 30th Annual Waldo Fall Festival."-September 17th, Kansas City, MO
  • Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival-"Join us for the 46th Annual Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival, featuring over 140 vendors showcasing their handmade, homemade and re-purposed items!"-September 17th, Shawnee,KS
  • Overland Park Fall Festival-"City of Overland Park annual Fall Festival, food, fun, and arts and crafts."-September 23rd, Overland Park, KS
  • Scarecrow Festival-"Scarecrow Festival is a children's focused fall crafting event hosted in downtown Shawnee in the parking lot at City Hall!"-October 1st, Shawnee,KS
  • Strawberry Swing Fall Fest - West Bottoms-"We'll set up under the I-670 bridge greenspace with our artists and makers, food trucks, live music, and live muraling with Spray KC."-October 1st, Kansas City, MO
  • 46th Annual Fall Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music-"Historic interpreters, artisans, musicians, and crafters will bring to life the hard work and celebration that took place as the crops came in."-October 1st, Lees Summit, MO
  • Fall Festival-Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church-"Join us for our Annual Fall Festival Fundraiser!"-October 2nd, Kansas City, MO
  • KC Octoberfest 2022 -" Kansas City’s largest traditional Oktoberfest features authentic German-style bier, lively entertainment, exceptional Bavarian and American cuisine, games and competitions, and family-friendly activities, which transform an iconic regional destination in downtown Kansas City, Crown Center, into the “Munich of the Midwest."-October 7th, Kansas City, MO
  • Fall Festival: Shawnee Indian Mission-"CELEBRATE THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANTA FE TRAIL WITH US."-October 8th, Fairway,KS
  • Cornucopia: KC's Ultimate Fall Festival- "Enjoy a fall-filled District boasting with family-friendly activities, live entertainment, food/drink tastings and more." -October 14th-16th, Kansas City, MO
  • Holiday Treasures Craft Festival-Beat the crowds this holiday season and pick up some unique, hand-crafted holiday gifts while you are at it!."-October 22nd, Shawnee,KS
  • Spookfest Union Station-"Science City at Union Station Kansas City invites you to celebrate our annual Spookfest. Featuring a night of educator-led activities, hands-on demonstrations, and a special laser Spooktacular Music Show."-October 29th, Kansas City,MO
  • Spookfest-"Wear your costumes and trick-or-treat along the trail for treats and goodies."-October 31st, Shawnee,KS
  • Union Cemetery Fall Bazaar-"Come one, come all to a vendor fair full of local artisans, food trucks, music, and more."-November 5th, Kansas City, MO

Other Festivals & Fairs

  • Kansas City Renaissance Festival-"The Kansas City Renaissance Festival has grown to be one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the United States." September & October -Bonner Springs, KS
  • Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival-"You Are Invited to experience the creation of these street paintings, interact with the artists, enjoy street performers, Children's Creative Corridor and Workshops."-September 2nd-September 5th, Kansas City,MO
  • 60th Annual Greek Food Festival-"Live entertainment, music and delicious food. Come for the FOOD, enjoy the FUN, leave as FAMILY! "-September 9th-September 11th, Kanss CIty, MO
  • Shawnee KidsFest Business Fair-"KidsFest will provide kids ages 6-16 the opportunity to be entrepreneurs -- boosting their confidence, teaching valuable lessons, and giving them an experience they will never forget."-September 10th, Shawnee, KS
  • Lenexa Spinach Festival-"The family-friendly Lenexa Spinach Festival is packed with food, music, entertainment, hands-on activities, craft vendors and more!"-September 10th, Lenexa, KS
  • 2022 KC Moon & Water Lantern Festival-"Activities: Lantern riddle guess, Tai-chi, Dragon and Lion dance, Chinese medicine, Culture showcases, Family games, Karaoke, Movie, Food, Moon cakes, Launch water lanterns, etc."-September 10th, Shawnee, KS
  • 91st Plaza Art Fair-"Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is a top-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 20 featured restaurant booths."-September 23rd-September 25th, Kansas City, MO
  • American Royal Fall Livestock Show-"The American Royal hosts many of Kansas City's premier fall events including the World Series of Barbecue®; the world's largest barbecue competition, their Livestock Show; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo, and 6 prestigious horse shows including the UPHA National Championship Horse Show."-Throughout the month of October, Kansas City, MO
  • Greater KC Japan Festival 2022-"Look forward to traditional Japanese musical performances, Japanese candy artist, traditional Japanese food, traditional Japanese snacks and sweets, bazaar shopping extravaganza, exhibits, Japanese cultural village for kids, martial arts, anime & manga, workshops, demonstrations, and cultural presentations."-October 8th, Overland Park, KS
  • Troostapalooza-"Troostapalooza aims to celebrate the community by bringing together neighbors, small businesses, and supporters for a practice in Creative Placemaking."-October 8th, Kansa City, MO

From pumpkin patches to ghost tours to cultural festivals, the Kansas City area has it ALL and Macaroni KID Kansas City has all of the details for you! This comprehensive Fall Guide is ever-growing and will be updated daily with new events. Have an event you'd like to let us know about? Tell us about it here! 

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It's Fall Yall! Happy Haunting!