For the kids who like spooky things, Halloween in Wichita brings many can’t-miss family-friendly celebrations. Experience the transformation of many Wichita attractions and head out for a fun night of tricks and treats.
Botanica Wichita joins in on the Halloween fun each year with BOOtanica, an event bringing together children of all ages. With pumpkin patches and decorating, a petting zoo, live owls from Great Plains Nature Center, a bounce house and photo booth, there is something for everyone. Head through the Haunted Woods on a scavenger hunt or meet Botanica’s Bee Man, Randy King. You can also get your fortune read by friendly fortunetellers. BOOtanica is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 7. Tickets are $6 for members and $9 for non-members.
For the first time, Towne East Square is hosting the Kids’ Fall Festival. Equipped with a pumpkin patch, BBQ, face painting and children’s activities, organizers encourage families to come out and enjoy the harvest celebration. Kids’ Fall Festival happens 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Towne East Square. This is a free event.
At Exploration Place, kids can enjoy a hands-on experience in the lab, working on Spooky Science. There are activities for the whole family, so dress up and get ready to help the mad scientist perform experiences. Experience this awesome educational event 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 21. Tickets are included in general museum admission and the event is free for Exploration Place members.
Just west of Wichita lies a wildlife park that comes alive each Halloween with children’s activities and spooky events. Pumpkins at the Park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park brings ghoulish games, creepy crawlers, fire performers and fun for all ages. Brave the cage maze or join in on the Zombie Task Force Tactical Laser Tag experience. Head out on a Haunted Hay Ride or watch Dr. Frank N. Stein brew up crazy concoctions in his lab. Older kids and adults even have the unique opportunity of getting their scary monster makeup done by a professional makeup artist and become part of the show by scaring others in the Cage Maze of Doom, Zombie Laser Tag or Haunted Hay Ride. Pumpkins at the Park happens 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29. Tickets range from $6-$30 based on which experience package you choose.
The Sedgwick County Zoo turns ghostly after dark when you join the Night of the Living Zoo festivities. But don’t worry; it’s not too scary. Enjoy outdoor activities like pumpkin bowling and bean bag tosses, or take a stroll down Jack-O-Lantern Lane. Visit Dracula, learn about nocturnal animals and maybe even catch some outside in their exhibits. Wear your costume for some fun trick-or-treating. Night of the Living Zoo is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27-29. Advance tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and are $7 at area Quik Trip locations or online. Tickets purchased at the gate are $7 for members and $9 for non-members. Children 2 and under are free.
Old Cowtown Museum is rumored to be haunted and becomes ever more eerie during the annual Hay, Hooves & Halloween event. Keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman riding through the ghost town and witness apparitions appearing in historic buildings. Be sure to wear your costumes and bring your treat bags to collect candy. This annual event happens 4-8 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at Old Cowtown Museum. Tickets are only $5.
Pretend to be your favorite princess this Halloween with a Princess Masquerade Party at Abode Venue in downtown Wichita. This positive event allows children to decorate masks, be part of a princess fashion show, dance, sing and listen to stories. This event happens 2-3 p.m. Oct. 29 and costs $45 for one adult and one child.