The month of October is unlike any other in Hannibal.
There’s something spooky to look forward to every weekend, whether that’s haunted houses at dusk or the Batfest at Sodalis Nature Preserve.
There’s always something fun going down in H town, including beer sampling, pumpkin carving and more. And without a doubt, the month of excitement leads up to one of the best holidays of the year, Halloween!
During the day, get a feel for what Mark Twain’s early life was like when you visit the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and check out the newly opened Becky Thatcher House. Stroll down Main Street and enjoy the brightly painted historic buildings that house specialty shops and cafes.
When evening rolls around, head over to the Hannibal Jaycees Warehouse of Nightmares, the area’s largest haunted attraction. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. If storytelling is more your style, sign up for the Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tour.
Be sure to stick around at night, when the fun really starts to happen. On the weekend of October 21-22, the City of Hannibal will host Batfest to dedicate the new Sodalis Nature Preserve, which is home to around 168,000 endangered Indiana bats, the Myotis sodalis.
The bats hibernate in a cave network in a former limestone mine that can be viewed along the two-mile paved trail at the park. At dusk, the bats have been known to fly out of the caves through the specially-constructed gates built by the Fish & Wildlife Service.
On Friday, guests can participate in a guided hike, enjoy live music and experience thousands of bats making their way out of the caves as night comes. Saturday will be filled with family-friendly activities and informational talks from some of the experts at the Missouri Bat Census, the Cave Research Foundation and more.
Weekends in Hannibal are too good to miss. Get in on the spooktacular fun while you still can!
Written by Annie Lambesis, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.