Halloween Fun for Kids
Where in Joplin and the surrounding areas can you take your kids for some 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 a search page. Choose “Halloween” and then “Fun for Kids” in the dropdown menus, and you’ll see where they are located.
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)
Pumpkin Pult: Participants will put together pre-cut catapults, decorate them, and then compete against each other for the longest Pumpkin Chuck of the day! The winner of each age group will take home a trophy and a large pumpkin to carve. This is parent/child team event. Located at Joplin Athletic Complex, 3301 W. 1st St., JOPLIN. PHONE: 417-625-4750. (Oct. 11, 11 a.m.)
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 last two weeks of October, 7 – 9 p.m.)
Hayride and Campfire: Roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate, cook a hot dog and go on a hayride. Located at McClelland Park, JOPLIN. Phone: 417- 625-4750. (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.)
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. Free admission. Costumes are not required. Located at 1730 Byers, JOPLIN. Phone: 417-624-3647. (Oct. 25, 3 – 5 p.m.)
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. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.)
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 300 S. Main St., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-623-7953. (Oct. 31, 10 – 11:30 a.m.)
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). (Oct. 31)
Trail of Treats (no website): Located on the downtown square. NEOSHO. (Oct. 31, 2 – 4 p.m.)
Treats on the Square: Located on the downtown square. CARTHAGE. Phone: 417-358-2373. (Oct. 31, 3 - 5 p.m.)
Trunk R Treat for the Whole Family: Located at New Creation Church, 1831 S. Connor Ave., JOPLIN. Phone: 417-782-8200. (Oct. 31, 5 – 8 p.m.)
Halloween Walk (no website): Located on the downtown square. COLUMBUS, KS. Phone: 620-429-1492. (Oct. 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m.)
Trunk ‘n’ Treat & Carnival Time: Food, prizes, bouncing, games, and candy. Located at Blendville Christian Church, 2201 S. Picher, JOPLIN. Phone: 417-623-7312. (Oct. 31, 5:30 – 8 p.m.)
Northpark Mall: Trick-or-treating at participating retailers. JOPLIN. Phone: 417-781-2121. (Oct. 31, 6 – 8 p.m.)
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 p.m.)
Want to make your own yummy treats? Check out the recipes for Halloween Graveyard Pudding Cups and Mummy Cookies.
For those of you too old for trick-or-treating, click here for a list of places where you can get scared out of your wits.
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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.