There are plenty of family-friendly Halloween events in Wichita, but the heart of the country also has an entire set of haunted houses, shows and events for the older crowd looking for a little more of an adrenaline rush.
Wichita’s Spooky Party Bus Tour
Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 4
Hop on this 90-minute Wichita’s Spooky Party Bus Tour with Road Trip Paranormal and get firsthand insight into the ghostly activities and skeletons in Wichita’s closet. This bus tour picks up and drops off attendees up at River City Brewing Co. and there are two starting times to choose from: 7 or 9 p.m. An area is reserved at the brewery for paranormal enthusiasts to gather and order food and drinks.
“Nightmare on Mosley Street”
Sept. 15-17, 22-24 & 29-30 and Oct. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 27-28
Mosley Street Melodrama’s fall comedic performance, “Nightmare on Mosley Street,” will kick off on Sept. 15 and will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. Following intermission, there is a musical revue celebrating all things Halloween.
Boos and Brews
If ghost tours, lip-smackin’ food from Funky Monkey Munchies and a selection of brews from Central Standard Brewing sound appealing to you, head to Old Cowtown Museum Sept. 29 for Boos and Brews. You can try your hand at investigating for ghosts with the Wichita Paranormal Research Society and enjoy delicious food craft beer from Central Standard Brewing. You might even scare up a Victorian séance while you’re there!
Take a spooky stroll through the haunted gardens of Botanica Wichita for the inaugural Haunted Hops event. Enjoy the attraction’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Haunted Woodland Walk, fire dancers, aerial acrobatics and petting zoo while sipping on 15 spooky-themed craft cocktails and hard ciders by local and regional breweries as well as small bites. Must be 21+ to attend.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Film Screening at Orpheum Theatre
Costumes encouraged for this screening of the cult classic film “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Orpheum Theatre. Choose from two screenings – one at 8 p.m. and second at midnight. No one under 21 is permitted for the midnight screening and anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult for the 8 p.m. show.
Monster Dash 5k
If you are up for the challenge of running (or walking) for your life 650 feet underground, sign up to participate in this year’s Monster Dash 5k at Strataca. Wear your costume for a chance to win the costume contest. Runners will select a heat to participate in and will need to bring a light and wear a helmet. Participants must be 8 years old to participate, and anyone ages 8 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Spooky Night of Treasures
Take a walk through haunted history during Spooky Night of Treasures, a fundraising event for the Museum of World Treasures. Go on a self-guided haunted tour of the transformed museum and a Halloween-themed party. Your ticket also includes signature cocktails, interactive displays and a costume contest.
13 Sinister Souls
Experience a book of horrors at Wichita’s newest indoor haunted house. When you enter into the home at 13 Sinister Souls, you will feel the vengeance and evil intentions of the souls as you make your way through the 20 rooms covering 10,000 square feet. The 10-plus live actors will leave you trembling with fear, screaming in terror and running for an exit! While it may only take 30 minutes to make your way through the attraction, it promises to provide a scare intense enough to take years off your life. The experience is intended for only the bravest of thrill seekers.
The Selfie Spot on Douglas
This normally tame self-serve photography playground, The Selfie Spot on Douglas, has turned spooky just in time for Halloween. All you need is a camera or cell phone to capture every frighteningly fun moment. Available now through Oct. 31, there are Halloween and fall selfie booths to explore for ages 13 and up. Visit solo, plan a night out with friends, have a unique date night or book a private party.
Wicked Island at O.J. Watson Park
The Campbells have been haunting Wichita and its surrounding areas since 2012. They offer an ever-changing treacherous walk through a wooded island where your nightmares may become reality. This perennial favorite among Wichita haunted attractions is Wicked Island at O.J. Watson Park, presented by Plant Kingdom and the City of Wichita. It is recommended for children ages 6 and older begins Sept. 29 and runs Friday and Saturday nights in October. All visitors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Timed tickets are available online and general admission tickets are available on site from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Field of Screams and Clown Town
When most people think Wichita haunted house, they think of Field of Screams, celebrating its 20th year of giving visitors a good scare. It has been the top haunted attraction in Kansas by The Haunt Rater. The creepiness starts where the “fields are sick” for this mostly outdoor haunted attraction in west Wichita. The walk takes approximately 30 minutes and is not recommended for children younger than 8. All tickets are sold online, and you can select a specific time slot when purchasing your tickets. They open Sept. 22 and run through Nov. 4 on some Thursday nights and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the frights start once the sun goes down.
Haunted Cannery Spook House and Lunatic Asylum
A short drive from Wichita, The Haunted Cannery at Walter’s Pumpkin Patch near El Dorado is open Fridays and Saturdays in October. Activities during their 20th haunting season include a hayride that takes you to the Haunted Cannery haunted house, the Lunatic Asylum maze and, of course, the Haunted Cannery itself. They have some add-ons to the experience, including taking a “RIP Mortuary Fast Pass,” a closed lid rolling casket ride to the front of the line. Don’t worry, there is also a scaredy pants ticket for those who want to go through but don’t want a big scare. Tickets available at the door or online.
Klausmeyer Dairy Farm & Pumpkin Patch has plenty of activities for the younger set all week long, but of interest to those looking for a thrill: They offer a haunted package on Saturday nights that includes a ride on the trailer for Zombie Paintball featuring live zombies and a drive through the haunted pasture, which can be creepy in the dark. Zombie Paintball starts Sept. 23 and runs through October on Saturday nights. Tickets are available on site.
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