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Wichita always has an array of pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and fall in Wichita also means an excellent crop of Halloween events and other activities. If you’re looking for a fun-not-scary October, take a look at these family-friendly things to do in Wichita:
Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station: Dinosaurs – Oct. 2-31
Fridays and Saturdays evenings throughout October, pay your age pricing ($12 max/nonmembers, $10 max/member) gets young explorers in to Field Station: Dinosaurs. They’ll take a spooky-not-scary walk along the darkened trails with an expedition guide as they pass recognizable movie monsters while trying to find the source of paranormal activity happening at the park. Expect a fun filled night of songs, activities and take home treats.
Halloween themed workshops at Mark Arts – Oct. 9, 24, 29, 30
Celebrate Halloween with one of Mark Arts’ workshops: cupcakes with mini cookie toppers (beginners and kids), mini monster cake decorating (beginners and kids), pumpkin engraving, and sugar cookie decorating (beginners and intermediates). Register in advance as space is limited for these hands-on classes.
Pumpkin Fest Trunk or Treat at Eastside Marketplace – Oct. 10
Join in on the Halloween fun and games from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 Activities include a scarecrow making contest, pumpkin carving contest, face painting, farm animal display, live music and more fun.
Virtual 5K Pumpkin Run & 1K Little Pumpkin Fun Run – Oct. 10-24
Normally held on the Wichita State University campus, the Pumpkin Run and Little Pumpkin Run are going virtual in 2020. Register by Oct. 24 and pick the day when you feel the best to run. As a Pumpkin Run participant you will receive a customized T-shirt, special edition face mask and a finisher medal. The 1K Little Pumpkin Fun Run is for ages 0-12 who will get a customized T-shirt, finisher medal and a surprise.
Halloween Laser Spooktacular at Exploration Place – Oct. 16-31
Exploration Place is rolling out a Halloween laser show in its Digital Dome Theater that’s filled with fun rather than scary graphics and music that is appropriate for any age who can sit still for the show. It includes singalongs (think “Ghostbusters” and “Monster Mash”), floating laser caricatures and animations of legendary Halloween personalities. Admission to the theater is separate from and does not require admission to the science center.
Movies at the Park: Hocus Pocus at Naftzger Park – Oct. 23
Bring your blankets and chairs for this family-friendly, free outdoor movie at the redesigned Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita. Distancing squares will be setup in the park for families. You can bring your own snacks and drinks (non-alcoholic).
Boo at the Zoo at Sedgwick County Zoo – Oct. 24
Bring your ghouls and goblins to the Zoo! Wear your costumes, take lots of photos, gather candy and enjoy some spooky Halloween fun at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Regular admission applies; members free.
Drive-Boo Trick-or-Treat at O.J. Watson Park – Oct. 24
Enjoy trick-or-treating from the safety of your own car with more than 30 vendors handing out candy and prizes as you drive through O.J. Watson Park. Bring a treat bag, wear a costume and decorate your car. The event begins at 4 p.m. and runs until 7pm, or until candy runs out. Cost is $5 per vehicle.
Pumpkin Drop at Stearman Field – Oct. 24
Not scary but very entertaining, the Stearman Airfield is hosting its 8th annual Pumpkin Drop at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. There’s limited seating at the restaurant, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets to watch airplanes drop pumpkins onto targets on the ground. This is a free family event, and there’s a kids costume contest at 3:30 p.m.
Family Halloween-themed night at Paint the Towne – Oct. 24
Everyone in the family, ages 5 and up, can come out to Paint the Towne and enjoy a family paint session. Bring your own food or drinks, they provide all supplies needed to complete the painting.
Halloween Spooktacular at Chicken N Pickle – Oct. 24
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, families can not only enjoy Chicken N Pickle’s airy spaces throughout the entertainment complex, but also their kid-friendly Halloween Spooktacular. The event will feature a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, a kids costume contest, trick or treat bags and more.
Coffins and Cobwebs at Old Cowtown Museum – Oct. 24-25
See the Headless Horseman, watch interesting dances and see the living history museum's buildings decorated for Halloween. The Cowtown event is noon to 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
Final Friday with Phlox - Halloween Edition at Old Town Square – Oct. 30
Join the Phlox troupe in Old Town Square around dusk on Friday, Oct. 30 to watch a dazzling and possibly dizzying display of fire, LED and dance. The fire breathing and other flow art will be accompanied by music from DJ Karetaker. This is a family friendly event but you’ll need to keep an eye on your little ones around the fire.
Trick or Treat Days at Tanganyika Wildlife Park – Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Pay regular admission to enjoy the wildlife park west of Wichita and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout Tanganyika Wildlife Park on Halloween weekend from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.