Hello, Halloween!

How exciting! It’s not every day you get the opportunity to be a guest blogger representing Central Missouri on this delicious Missouri travel blog. Fresh off a frightful tour at the MO State Penitentiary in Jefferson City last week, I think I’ll stick to the season and talk about scary events planned for Halloween in Pulaski County, located in Central MO.

Ranked second to Christmas as being the most-anticipated holiday, it is obvious the thrill seekers are looking for activities to rock their socks. Google, Facebook, Yahoo, etc. make them easy to find, but I’ll just serve it up for you here, in the Bistro. Whether you are looking for gut-wrenching good times or family fun with the little goblins, read on!

Haunted Hill Missouri’s Most Frightening Haunted Experience
The long dark road will take you there, be frightened, be alert, be aware. Untamed creatures wait for your arrival. Beg! Plead! Pray for survival! Open October 28-29, 8 p.m.-midnight, until 10 p.m. on Halloween.

Halloween in the St. Robert Park This annual event is a fun-filled night of spooktacular activities for kids of all ages. October 28, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy haunted hayrides on the East Ridge, costume contest for kids, trick-or-treat goodie bags, free food, and photo area, warm up at the bonfire, and visit sponsor tables for games and activities. Make sure and bring your trick-or-treat bag, and a flashlight to participate in the Eggs in the Hay Hunt.

15th Annual Halloween bash at the Pulaski County Shrine Club in Buckhorn October 29, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Come enjoy a fun-filled evening of trick or treating with games, toys, candy from numerous haunted houses, the haunted house of doom and a hay ride through the haunting of Buckhorn Forest.

The B.O.S.S. Haunted House October 27-28, 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m.; October 30, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. The Fort Leonard Wood BOSS Program dares you to enter the 2011 Haunted House*. You’ve heard the stories; now experience it for yourself: the hair-raising, shiver-enticing, unexplained mysteries. Open to the public. *Parental guidance is strongly recommended. This is NOT intended for the young, squeamish, or weak of heart. Scenes portrayed in the Haunted House will be graphic in nature.

Rocky Horror Picture Show October 28, 8 p.m. Time Warp! Come out to the Blackjack Bar and Grill and join in this rock musical send up of an old science fiction and horror film; interactive show, dress the part and bring your props and be ready to have a good time. Ages 18 and up, this if free and open to the public.

5th Annual Pumpkin Fest Halloween, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Calling all kids and parents to the Waynesville City Park for the annual pumpkin fest. There will be live bands, games, a pumpkin patch, hay ride, bon fire, the super slide, hot dogs, drinks, candy, cake walk, bouncy house, pop corn, cotton candy, prizes, and tons of fun. Free admission; free pumpkins. All are encouraged to bring a canned good to help stock up Good Sam’s Pantry.

Written by Karen Hood, marketing relations coordinator for the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

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