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Halloween Fun for Kids

Halloween Fun for Kids

Where in Joplin and the surrounding areas can you take your kids for some 2013 Halloween fun? See the list below – just click on the orange links to take you to the event websites for detailed info.

*To see where these places are located on a map, click here and you will be taken to Joplin MO Life’s interactive map. Choose “Halloween” and then “Fun for Kids” in the dropdown menus, and you’ll see where they are located.


Children’s Halloween Party at the Joplin Public Library:  Games, crafts, a Halloween-themed reading nook and more. Plus, take a trick-or-treat parade throughout the building to collect more treats! Located at in the large meeting room, 300 S. Main St., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-623-7953. (OCT 31, 9:30-11:00 AM)


Costume Contest at Buffalo Wild Wings: There will be a costume contest for different groups: Pre-Kindergarten – Kindergarten at 6 PM, 1st – 2nd grades at 6:30 PM, and 3rd – 5th grades at 7 PM. Plus, 10% of all food sales will benefit Joplin Schools Foundation. Located at 430 Geneva Ave., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-206-9464. (Monday, OCT 28)


Decorated House on Wall St. (no website): Be sure to drive by this house during the Halloween season to see the awesome decorations. Free tours of the yard are offered, too. Located at 2828 S. Wall Street, JOPLIN. (Tours run from 7:00-9:00 PM through Halloween).


Halloween Costume Skate: Wear your Halloween costume at Roller City and pay only $2.50 for admission. Located at 2800 E. 24th St., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-781-4043. (OCT 29, 6:00-8:00 PM)


Halloween Walk (no website): Located on the downtown square. COLUMBUS, KS. Phone: 620-429-1492. (OCT 31, 5:30-7:00 PM)


Harvest Party at Byers Avenue United Methodist: Trunk-or-treat, petting zoo, cookie decorating, bounce house/obstacle course, face painting, free hot dogs (for the first 500), and balloon creations. All kids 5th grade and under are welcome. Free admission. Costumes are not required. Located at 1730 Byers, JOPLIN. Phone: 417-624-3647. (NOV 2, 3:00-5:00 PM)


Harvest Party Calvary Chapel: Victory Ministry & Sports Complex, Calvary Chapel, Impact Life, Oasis Church and Forest Park Baptist host this free, safe and fun alternative to Halloween. Located at Victory Ministry & Sports Complex, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd., JOPLIN. Phone: 417- 206-6886. (OCT 31, 6-9:30 PM)


Joplin Trick-or-Treating (no website): According to the City of Joplin, there are not any set hours for trick-or-treating but parents should use their discretion (skip houses where the lights are out, don’t stay out too late, etc).


New Creation Church Trunk or Treat: Hamburgers, hot dogs, candy, games and even a live DJ. Event is open to all. Located at 1831 S. Connor Ave., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-782-8200. (OCT 31, 5:00-8:00 PM)


Northpark Mall: Trick-or-treating at participating retailers. JOPLIN. Phone: 417-781-2121. (OCT 31, 5:00-6:00 PM)


Post Mortem Hall: Every October, the Post Memorial Library at the Joplin Public Library transforms into Post Mortem Hall with spooky decorations. Located at 300 S. Main St., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-623-7953. (All of OCTOBER)


Trail of Treats (no website): Located on the downtown square. NEOSHO. (OCT 31, 3:00-5:00 PM)


Treats on the Square: Located on the downtown square. CARTHAGE. Phone: 417-358-2373. (OCT 31, 3:00-5:00 PM)


Trunk ‘n’ Treat & Carnival Time: Food, prizes, bouncing, games, candy and a maze. Located at Blendville Christian Church, 2201 S. Picher, JOPLIN. Phone: 417-623-7312. (OCT 31, 5:30-8:00 PM)


* For some fun and easy Halloween treats to make for the kids, check out Halloween Graveyard Pudding Cups and Mummy Cookies.

*For older kids and adults who want to get scared out of their wits, click here to see a list of spook houses and trails.

Living Life to The Fullest!

Joplin MO LifeI love seeking out new experiences and finding places off the beaten path. I started Joplin MO Life in August 2013 as a way to share my discoveries with others in the Joplin community so that they can learn about the resources that exist right in their own backyards.

I have worked in education and event planning, and have always loved to write. I hold a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Tulane University.


  1. Is there a children’s Halloween Event at Freeman Hospital Saturday October 26th? Thank you

    • I have not heard about it and there is not a Halloween event listed on the Freeman website for that date. I’ll see if I can find out more tomorrow.

  2. Thank you! It’s so hard to find info on happenings in & around Joplin prior to it occurring.

    • I’m glad this guide was useful for you! More guides are on the way, especially as we enter the busy holiday season.


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