Top 10 Things To Do This Halloween In Wichita

Published On: Oct 31 2013 10:21:32 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 10:23:02 AM CDT
Top 10 Things To Do This Halloween In Wichita


If you would like to get some extra use out of your Halloween costume this year, there are plenty of Halloween-themed events in and around Wichita that both adults and children can enjoy. In fact, there are so many Halloween events this week that we had to add an additional 5 events to our list.

To find even more Halloween activities, including information on local Pumpkin Patches and Haunted Houses, go to FetchToto’s Halloween 2013 Guide:

1)      Night of the Living Zoo

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Date: Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27
Where: Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd, Wichita
Cost: $6.00 Zoo Members, $8.00 Non- Members
Info: 316-660-WILD (9453)

Why you should go: The Sedgwick County Zoo will open its gates once again this year for a ‘not-too-scary’ evening of Halloween fun. Dress your children up in their Halloween outfits and take them on a casual stroll throughout the zoo where several ghoulish creatures will be passing out sweet treats.

Besides the candy, children will also get to enjoy plenty of ghoulish activities, including a jack-o-lantern lane, pumpkin beanbag tosses and bowling, and tons of spook-tacular Halloween displays and decorations throughout the zoo.

Children 2 and under do not need a ticket. Also, some animal in outdoor exhibits may be seen during the event, but most animals will not be in attendance for this event.

2)      Hay, Hooves and Halloween

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Date: Saturday, October 26
Where: Old Cowtown, 1865 W. Museum Blvd., Wichita
Cost: $5 for youth & adults
Info: 316-219-1871

Why you should go: If you’re looking for an inexpensive Halloween event for the kids, checkout Old Cowtown’s Hay, Hooves, and Halloween in downtown Wichita. Not only do the kids get to come dressed-up in their Halloween costumes, but there’ll be candy stations offering sweet treats throughout the museum!

The event has a long list of kid-friendly activities, including face painting, a costume contest, Halloween dancing, s ’mores by the campfire, Halloween crafts and more! For ticket information please call (316) 350-3317.

3)      Pumpkins in the Park

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Date: October 18 – 20, October 25 – 27
Where: Tanganyika Park, 1000 S. Hawkins Ln., Goddard
Cost: $10 per child & adult, limit of 3 children per paying adult

Why you should go: Tanganyika is celebrating Halloween with more thrills and chills than ever before with its annual event, Pumpkins in the Park. Tanganyika will get a ‘spook-tacular’ make-over with gigantic Halloween blow-ups and over 400 lighted pumpkins along the park’s pathways.

Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and collect sweet treats from 15 candy stations located throughout the park. Enjoyable kid activities this year include: an inflatable haunted houses, painting pumpkins, photo opportunities with some of the park’s ‘creepy crawlers,’ and watching a mad scientists experiment.

For those looking for something a little more frightening, try the park’s haunted hay ride or cage of doom. Both of these attractions are meant for older children. And for adults, there will be ‘magic potions’ (a.k.a. beer and mixed drinks) available for purchase.

4)      Orpheum Theatre’s Weekend of Horror Films

The Orpheum will be playing two separate horror films over the Halloween weekend. Night of the Living Dead (45th Anniversary Screening of this horror zombie film) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (the notorious 1975 horror parody and bizarre musical).

You must be 17 years old or accompanied by an adult to view the midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Night of the Living Dead
Time: 7:00 PM
Date: Thursday, October 24
Admission: $5 at the door, $4 for seniors, military & students

Rocky Horror Picture Show Midnight Screening
Time: 11:59 PM
Date: Friday, October 25
Admission: $8 at the door

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5)      Trunk or Treat at Eastminister

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Date: Thursday, October 31
Where: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N. Webb Rd., Wichita
Cost: FREE
Info: 316-364-0337

Why you should go: Looking for a fun, yet safe, area to go trick-or-treating on Halloween? Eastminister Church is hosting ‘Trunk or Treat’ which will offer families a safe alternative for trick-or-treating.

The event will take place in the church’s parking lot, which will be filled with decorated cars. Each vehicle will be decorated in a variety of fun Halloween themes for children to ‘trunk or treat’ for sweet treats.

In the past, fun characters like Dorothy and her gang and David and Goliath were present to hand out candy to children. This year, you can expect to see even more fun characters, along with other activities like face painting, hay rack rides, concessions and Halloween inflatables!

6)      Trick or Treat Street

Date & Time:
Friday, October 25 - 6:30 PM – Pizza Show / 7:00 PM Show Only
Saturday, October 26 - 10:00 AM Show Only, 1:00 PM Show Only, 12:30 Pizza Show, and 3:30 PM Show Only
Sunday, October 27 - 2:00 - Show Only
Where:  Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center, 201 Lulu, Wichita

Why you should go: The Wichita Children’s Theatre’s “Trick or Treat Street” is a great event if you’re looking for a non-scary event that young children can enjoy. The Halloween-themed, fund-raising event is meant for children 10 and younger.

Children can come dressed-up in their Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating at sixteen doors along an imaginative street. Costumed volunteers will be handing out candy and sponsor-related items at each door.

Along with receiving LOTS of candy, children will get to enjoy Halloween-themed music, games, Soapy the Clown, entertainment, and special activities.

7)      Halloween in the Park

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Date: Friday, October 25
Where: Edgemoor Park, 5815 E. Ninth St., Wichita
Cost: FREE
Info: 316-962-8291

Why you should go: Kids of all ages are invited out to Wesley Medical Center’s 4th Annual Halloween in the Park. This FREE event provides an enjoyable night of trick-or-treating for children, while educating them on how to have a safe and pleasant Halloween.

Children will have a chance to participate in a variety of entertaining activities, including participating in a Halloween crafts project, getting your photo taken in a photo booth, and touring an ambulance, police car and fire truck. There will also be an opportunity to receive a FREE bear at Wesley’s Bear Clinic.

8)       Mall-O-Ween

Date: Thursday, October 31
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Towne West Square, 4600 W. Kellogg Drive, Wichita
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Info: 316-945-9374

Why you should go: Bring your children to Towne West Square, dressed in their costumes, for a ‘howling’ good time at Malloween. Children 12 years old and younger are invited to come search the mall for candy, all while being in a safe environment.

This FREE event will include a variety of frightfully fun activities for children of all ages. No masks or face paint on anyone over 12 years of age.

9)       Lights on David Street Halloween Music and Lights Show

Date: Sunday, October 27 – Thursday, October 31
Time: Evenings after dark
Where: 409 N. David Street, Wichita
Cost: FREE

Why you should go: The kids don’t even have to get out of the car for this one! Lights on David Street will light up the fall nights leading up to Halloween with a residential light and music show.

The light show will be synchronized to music on 106.9 FM. This is a “terror free” show that kids of all ages can enjoy.

10)  Fall Craft Fair and Flea Market

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Date: Saturday, October 26
Where: Riverside Christian Church, 1001 N.  Litchfield, Wichita   
Cost: FREE to enter

Why you should go: There’s something for adults and children for this one! Adults can shop the flea market’s various vendors selling items like furniture, jewelry, baked goods, homemade craft projects, accessories, specialty items and greeting cards. Food can also be purchased.

While the adults shop, the children can play. Come in costume and do some free trick-or-treating from vendors. For an additional $4 you can paint your own pumpkin, and for $5 you can take a pony cart ride.