This is super spooky…Halloween is on a MONDAY and the kids (at least mine) are off school. Now I know this doesn’t apply to everyone, but Rockwood is taking the day off, so that means there are at least 20,000 other kids who will be bouncing off the walls waiting for trick-or-treat time!
The really bad news is that a lot of our favorite St. Louis attractions are packing it in on October 30–they’re all having their Halloween festivities over the weekend. Grant’s Farm’s last day of the season is October 30, and the Magic House is closed on Mondays! Most of the pumpkin patches will be open, but I’m sure they will be picked over by then. So what are you going to do with the kids all day?
Places to Go (or not) in St. Louis with the kids
The following attractions are open for regular business and are great places to take the kids on a day off school!
- St. Louis Zoo
- The St. Louis Science Center
- The History Museum (have you been to the History Club House yet?)
- Gateway Arch
- Any park you like!
- All the pumpkin patches!
In case you forgot, here’s the super fun places that are NOT open on a Monday in the “winter.”
- Magic House
- Butterfly House/Faust Carousel
- Powder Valley Nature Center
- The Transportation Museum
Other Fun things to Do with the Kids on Halloween Day
- Take the kids out to breakfast
- Make pumpkin pancakes at home
- Finish up that costume, or make repairs
- Make a pumpkin craft!
- Make spooky eyeballs to decorate the yard
- Take a picture with their costume on (and before it gets dark!)
Go over Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is old hat for us, but if your kids are little, a whoooooole year is a long time to remember. Even if they aren’t little, make sure they know the rules before they leave the house. This is also a good time to double check that costume for safety and visibility. Make sure the kids have a working flashlight–and not one on a smart phone!
Watch a (not so) Spooky Movie
As you might remember, I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team, and I happen to know that Netflix has a whole bunch of Halloween movies that kids can watch while gearing up for Halloween night. So why not watch a good movie while you wait for dark?
Just head over to Netflix, click the search and type Halloween. Then pick Halloween FAMILY Favorites to get just the safe kiddie movies. If you’re handling the remote and have older kids, then go for Halloween Favorites. There’s some good, not really scary stuff in that list, like the Corpse Bride and The Addams Family. But there’s also Rated R Halloween films like Scream 2, Jaws, and the Amityville Horror in there too…so you’re warned.
Now if you DO have teens at home and you want to watch something awesome, funny and totally Halloween appropreate…may I suggest Tucker & Dale VS Evil? It’s an R and it’s gory, but it’s also the funniest Halloween movie you’ll ever watch. It features my favorite Firefly pilot, Alan Tudyk as a friendly redneck guy just trying to enjoy his newly acquired fishing cabin. A bunch of college kids go camping across the lake and, as they say, hilarity ensues.
My favorite line from Tucker & Dale vs Evil: “Oh hidy ho officer, we’ve had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.”
If your kids are too young for R rated movies, just go watch this one yourself. They can watch The Magic Puppy.