9 Ways to Fight Zombies and Nail Octoberfest in KC

No adult in KC should rest easy the next 30 days because it’s time to dress up and participate in Zombie Crawls and stein-hoisting Octoberfests. Halloween is no longer just child’s play. It’s blossomed into a $5 billion holiday with adults spending the lion’s share of it.

Today 50% of adults don costumes and spend on average 42% more on their costumes compared to their kids (Monday magazine).

1. End of the World Pub Crawl

five zombies entering building
Fight zombies Oct 23rd at Martini Corner in Kansas City. Photo 67598053 / Zombie © Hgabric | Dreamstime.com

Help save Martini Corner by dressing in your bloodiest zombie attire and gathering at 400 E. 31st Street in Kansas City at Noon on October 23. Tickets start at $35 and KC Crew will award the best costume and the person who survives the post-apocalyptic zombie takeover. Good luck making it through the gauntlet.

💀 Route 1 – Brick House 💀 Route 2 – Sol Cantina 💀 Route 3 – Tower Tavern 💀 Route 4 – Cliff’s Taphouse

2. KC Oktoberfest

2 women dressed for Octoberfest
Oktoberfest 2021 is Oct. 1 & 2 at Crown Center. Sponsored by KC Bier. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Modeled after the Munich Oktoberfest in Germany, KC Oktoberfest is Kansas City’s largest traditional Oktoberfest. Come and enjoy KC Bier’s authentic German-style beer, lively entertainment, exceptional Bavarian and American cuisine. General admission tickets are $10. Participants must show proof of vaccine or negative Covid test to enter.

3. Kansas City Halloween Bar Crawl

It’s no secret that adults love to dress up as zombies, witches, devils, and superheroes as much as kids. Social Scene gives you your chance to fly your Halloween freak flag on Oct. 30 beginning at The Well at 7421 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo., 64114. Tickets are $14-$18 and include transportation to Waldo/Brookside bars and pubs.

4. Sip Earthly Autumn Craft Brews

Crane Brewing is one of the most creative brewing companies in Kansas City. This fall Crane Brewing brings back its Beet Weiss brew. Enjoy your vegetable serving in this special brew. Crane also has a fresh batch of  Apple Spice Goose, which is made with the apples from Weston Orchard and Vineyard. For a taste of Autumn in your glass, try some Apple Spice Goose, which Wine Magazine claims tastes like a freshly baked apple pie with the aroma of beer.

Want a more traditional October favorite? Try a pint of Bob’s 47 Octoberfest from Boulevard Brewing.

5. Trick or Treat on KC’s Streetcar

colorful street car in downtown KC

Thanks to the KC Streetcar and Russell Stovers Candies, you and your kids can be safe while celebrating Halloween. Rusell Stover will treat each rider to candy made in Kansas City. The one-day event runs on Oct. 31st from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Use the hashtags #kcstreetcar and #makehappy in your social posts.

Currently, the KC Streetcar runs from the River Market to Union Station. The streetcar line will expand to the UMKC campus in 2025.

6. Brave the Trail of Terror

Where: Bonner Springs (12829 Loring Dr, Bonner Springs, Kansas, 66012)

The Trail of Terror is Kansas City’s only haunted forest. Exiled is a one-mile haunted house hike of horror deep in the dark woods of Bonner Springs. Face your worst fears by clawing your way through the dark woods infested by our deranged freaks. WARNING: This is a rugged, dark trail not for the faint of heart. If you are scared of getting dirty, sweaty, or hiking through the dark, uneven terrain outside, then Exiled is not for you. Recommended age is 12 and up.

7. Enter the Stull Gateway to Hell

dark dungeon
Photo: JumpStory

Stull Gateway to Hell is the ultimate haunted house located in the Historic Masonic Temple in downtown Lawrence at 1001 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Be tormented by professional actors hiding throughout 20,000 square feet of horrors, including Zombie Land, Devils Last Supper, Missing Person, Alien Autopsy, Krampus Christmas Devil, and Insane Clown Asylum. Enjoy a drink at one of two bars after you’ve wet yourself.

NOTE:  Must be 21 or older to enter after 8 p.m. Gateway to Hell is handicapped accessible (literally).

8. Endure the 1859 Jail & Ghost  Tour

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Apex Paranormal will lead you on a guided tour of the amazing 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home in Independence, MO (217 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050).

You’ll hear of the history and all the ghostly tales and apparitions inside the museum. Tickets are $25 per person on Eventbrite.

The limestone jailhouse was used to hold prisoners from 1859 to 1933 when it was decommissioned.

9. Party with the Dead

Apparition is a Halloween pop-up bar, which will be serving chills and thrills in two Kansas City locations (1) Vignettes at 2376 Armour, North Kansas City, MO, 64114 and (2) 3 Trails Brewing at 111 N. Main St., Independence, MO, 64050.

 Apparition Spookeasy’s brand promise:

A bar for the dead by the dead.

Apparition Spookeasy partnered with 3 Trails Brewing to open a pop-up bar on the Historic Independence Square.  Guests will be handed a lantern as they begin their descent into the underground bar.

Drinks at both locations are designed to stun and thrill the senses. Six new drinks created by Scott Helling will showcase KC liquors, including Tom’s Town Distilling, J. Rieger & Co, Restless Spirits Distilling, S.D. Strong Distilling, Lifted Spirits and Mean Mule Distilling.

Be prepared to enjoy a mesmerizing melody of taste as you cross into a land not meant for the living. Enjoy pints of blood and live music.

Brenda Geiger
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