St. Louis is no slouch when it comes to Halloween bashes! Celebrate the macabre of a haunted mansion, party in the streets with bottomless beverages, dance the night away on one of the largest dance floors in the midwest or brush up on your “Rocky Horror” screen interactions in an historic theater. Whatever your Halloween preferences, the Lou has a party for you.
Lemp Mansion Halloween Bash
3322 Demenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
Price: $55, reservations required
Date: October 27 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Lemp Mansion, one of the most haunted mansions in the country, is home to St. Louis’s favorite Halloween party. This is the place for people who like their Halloween as spooky and macabre as possible. Dress up in your most creative costume and mix with Lemp’s authentic ghosts and poltergeists for a rowdy bash filled with food, music and tasty adult beverages. The $55 admission price includes multiple buffets spread throughout the rooms of the house, live music by several top local bands, an open bar and costume contests with cash prizes.
South Grand Creepy Crawl
Grand Avenue, south of Arsenal
St. Louis, MO 63118
Price: $30 for a wristband
Date: October 26 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
For Halloween, the eclectic restaurants and bars of South Grand invite you to walk the street in costume and sample their specialty drinks. This party, known locally as the king of all pub crawls, emphasizes the pure silliness and creative fun of Halloween over the spookier elements. Participating establishments include Sekisui, Mojo Tapas, Absolutli Goosed, Urban, Cafe Natasha, Mangia Italiano and City Diner. Your wristband entitles you to bottomless beverages, live entertainment, contests and treats.
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Central West End Halloween Party and Costume Contest
13 Maryland Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63108
Price: Free, $20 to enter the costume contest
Date: October 27 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The Central West End’s Halloween bash goes on all day, beginning with a kids costume parade and party at 11 a.m. followed by trick-or-treating until the canine costume parade begins at 1 p.m. But the grownup fun begins at 8 p.m. when the adults come out for the annual CWE Costume Contest & Party. The costumes at this contest are legendary for their creativity, complexity and outrageousness. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. The more bawdiness and pageantry the better.
Casa Loma Ballroom Halloween Costume Dance
3354 Iowa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Price: $15 per person
Date: October 27 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Casa Loma Ballroom has been a St. Louis landmark for 85 years, waxing and waning with the popularity of big bands and swing music. For Halloween, Casa Loma is bringing in That 80s Band to rock the house and offering $500 in costume contest prizes. Dancers really enjoy the huge “floating” dance floor, one of the largest in the Midwest, and the surrounding balcony that offers a bird’s eye view of the festivities. Cash bar and snack bar will be available. Call to reserve advance seating.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Tivoli
6350 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Price: $10 tickets; prop bags available
Date: October 26-27, November 2-3 at 12 a.m.
The midnight showing of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Tivoli has been a St. Louis Halloween tradition for generations. The Tivoli offers prop bags so even virgin moviegoers will have the necessary newspapers, toilet paper rolls and other props needed to interact with the screen. (Don’t try to bring in your own props, it’s not allowed.) The Samurai Electricians will be enacting a live “shadow cast” performance. Dress as your favorite character, of course.
Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.