Update: Oct. 3, 2020: Grant’s Farm Halloween Nights is a huge hit, and sold out by opening day. BUT GET ON THE WAIT LIST! I talked to a rep from the farm’s media team and they are super excited by the turn out and are looking to add more days or more time slots to the event.
Halloween is STILL a big deal for St. Louis in 2020. The CDC might say that trick or treating needs WAY more safety precautions and traditional haunted houses are something you might want to skip.
But you know what’s super safe this Halloween? A trip through Grant’s Farm (mildly scary) haunted forest! It’s a perfect Halloween event for families, and serves up just the right dose of fright for smaller kids in the safety of their back seat.
Mitch and I drove through Grant’s Farm Friday night and it was so much fun! Mitch (who’s 13 and unscared of skellies) thought the decorations were great and the alien scene was AMAZING.
Grant’s Farm Halloween Nights
Grant’s Farm has always been my favorite place to take the kids for halloween.
We’ve been really missing Grant’s Farm during this troubling 2020 year, but they have finally announced that they will open up for a super special Halloween event that will last all October!
“The Grant’s Farm new Halloween Drive-Thru Experience offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive through both the Tiergarten and Deer Park in their own vehicles, something we’ve never done since opening to the public in 1954,” said Jeff Knapper, Director of Heritage at Anheuser-Busch. “Our new, ghostly adventure allows guests to drive through more than a mile of the Grant’s Farm property, covered in spooky decorations and lights, including pumpkins, ghosts, spiders and so much more – it’ll leave you saying, ’Oh my gourd!’”Press Release
Drive Your Car Through Grant’s Farm
This event will be WAAAAY different from previous years.
Because they are allowing guests to drive their own vehicles through the deer park, they’ve taken a few safety measures for the critters. The animals will be shoo’d into a separate fenced part of the farm so no one needs to worry about the bison sneaking up on them at night.
You may not be seeing the cattle and deer, but what you will see are many haunted scenes staged through out the wooded park. Expect knights, haunted archeologists, a spooky campground and…aliens!
You will get to wave to some of your favorite farm animals when you drive — yes, drive — through the Tier Garten.
What’s the Route again?
I was pretty excited to drive through the park…I think I’d want to be a tram driver when I retire!
If you’re curious, here’s the route: You’ll enter the parking lot like a normal visit. Don’t try to come from Pardee Road, you’ll get turned away by a police officer. They’re keeping the road clear for the event, and you’re not allowed to sneak into the line without a ticket.
In the parking lot you’ll show your ticket and get any extras you might have bought.
Then you’ll EXIT the parking lot the normal way and line up on Grant Road, pointing toward the employee entrance. You’ll enter the park and drive by the tram station (no we don’t get to drive through it), then up “pumpkin hill” directly to the Tier Garten.
If you’re familiar with the tram route, we’re basically doing it backwards. You drive past the beer garden — sorry, no samples this year — and drive pass the paddocks where you’ll see a few camels, horses, cows and goats.
Then around the gift shop building and right into the park. You’ll take a right at the covered bridge and enter a part of the wooded park you don’t normally see during daytime visits. (I assume the rest of the park has been left open for the animals.)
You’ll exit the park at a backgate on Pardee Road and be directed towards Gravois.
Unfortunately you don’t get to drive by Grant’s Cabin.
But is it SCARY?
This spooky drive is made especially for families. It’s similar to what we’ve seen from the Farm in previous years, but since they’re not open during the day right now (and the deer are keep away so they don’t eat the decorations) they’ve put a lot more effort into the haunted scenes.
More smoke, more lights, more torches. More STUFF.
The themes aren’t really THAT scary: there’s a pumpkin hill, a medieval village (keep your eyes peeled for the Bud Light Knight), a haunted farm and so forth. Real people in dark clothes (and face masks) are standing around the scenes, but they’re just there to make sure you don’t take a wrong turn or hold up traffic.
The people don’t jump out and try to scare you. They might even wave.
Most scenes are populated by Grant’s Farm traditional skeleton horde. In fact, I spotted the hearse and skelly horse I’ve seen in previous years… The nice thing is skeletons are properly spooky, but not bloody.
Oh, an make sure you tune your radio in to 88.5FM. The Farm set up a local station to play a spooky sound track to enhance your journey!
Mitch and I toured the Halloween experience by ourselves. Probably the scariest part for ME was navigating my big honking SUV through the farm’s narrow tram path IN THE DARK WITH NO HEADLIGHTS. BOO!
Yes, for the best experience, everyone is asked to turn off their headlights. The road is lit with tiki torches on the twisty bits, but there was lots of fog machines going…and I wanted to take pictures. (Ah, hem.)
The smart move if you want some pics is to have one person driving and the other gawking with a camera.
Also, make sure your windshield is clean…like on the inside. It helps.
Dates and Time
Grant’s Farm Drive-Thru Experience happens every weekend in October!
- Oct. 1 through Oct. 11
- Thursday and Sunday from 7-10 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday from 7-11 p.m.
- Oct. 15 through Oct 31
- Thursday and Sunday from 6:30-10 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday from 6:30-11 p.m.
Do you Need Tickets?
YES! Grant’s Farm is traditionally a free place to visit, with a bit of paid parking. They’ve alway charged a bit more for their Halloween events. This year Grant’s Farm Halloween Drive-Thru Experience is $40 per car.
Kids in the car will get a goody bag of treats from Storybook Sweets. You can also buy an optional snack pack that includes light up toys and kettle corn, pub chips and some bottled water.
No buses are allowed.
Should we Wear Costumes?
Costumes have always been welcome at Grant’s Farm Halloween nights. But you’re not leaving the car, so…meh.
Is there a Bathroom?
Nope. I just wanted to point that out. You will not be getting out of your car at ANY point during this drive through event. So maybe leave the drinks for later.
Are there beer samples?
Nope again. While we’ve always enjoyed a few Anheuser–Busch samples in the hospitality room, they’re not going to serve you IN YOUR CAR. Think about it.