Fright Night Fun: Local Halloween Activities

The spookiest season of the year is upon us at William Jewell College: midterms. While stressing over your borderline course grades, don’t forget to take a break and get your Halloween on. Halloween is the only time of the year when you can dress up in ridiculous costumes, eat copious amounts of candy and not be judged for it. Take advantage!

Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

Although heading to the pumpkin patch may be one of the most basic activities you can participate in during the fall, Carolyn’s Country Cousin Pumpkin Patch and the neighboring Liberty Corn Maze have the potential to provide a lovely escape from the Hill. Get the squad together, see who can pick the largest pumpkin, get lost in the corn maze and cuddle up with a goat all in one convenient location 10 minutes from campus. Be careful not to miss out on your perfect opportunity to get your own Instagram photos or take your Jewell crush on a simple but cute date. The last day Carolyn’s is open is Halloween.

Haunted Houses

If you are looking for a little bit more thrill than the five miles per hour hay-ride at the pumpkin patch, haunted houses are the obvious go-to. Hit up Kansas City’s West Bottoms and take a tour of the most popular haunted houses in town. The Edge of Hell, Beast and Macabre Cinema haunted attractions neighbor each other and even offer passes that allow you entry to any combination at discount prices.

Tickets can be a bit pricey for the haunted houses in West Bottoms, $27, $45 and $65 for one, two and three different attractions, respectively, so if you want the biggest bang for your buck, consider buying a Worlds of Fun day pass. Commit a Saturday to ride the rollercoasters during the day and experience their Haunt event at night. A regular entry ticket runs for about $59, but if you have a friend who happens to have a gold season pass, your entry for an entire day of Halloween excitement can be as inexpensive as $20.

On-Campus Celebrations

Leaving campus can sometimes be a bit difficult when you’re swimming in Calculus 1 assignments and core curriculum papers. However, that shouldn’t limit you from enjoying your Halloween. Friday Oct. 27, visit the first-year triangle to enjoy fire-pits, smores, pumpkin painting and a classic Halloween movie.

Lambda Chi Alpha’s Pumpkin Smash is Oct. 28,  so you can take your midterm frustrations out on innocent pumpkins.

Top off your on-campus Halloween celebrations by dancing the night away at Phi Gamma Delta’s Halloween party on advising day eve, Oct. 30, without the stress of class the next day.

If you’re balling on a budget, slide over to Savers to create the perfect costume, or, if you’re feeling boujee, hit up the local Party City superstore.

If you are alcohol approved and none of the events above suits your fancy, celebrate your Halloween by cracking open a cold one with the boys and taking advantage of the designated drinking zones under the new alcohol policy while watching some Halloween favorites on Netflix. Currently, Netflix has “The Addams Family,” “Jaws,” “Young Frankenstein” and more. It’s the least you could do to unwind in the heat of the semester.

Photo by Clare Kimmis.

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