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Neighborhood Halloween Events On Tap This Month

Halloween celebrations in the Central West End are an annual event with activities for kids and adults alike. file photo (click for larger version)
October 19, 2011
It's time for Halloween and there are several ways to celebrate in the area. The following is a partial list of what's happening at some local haunts.

Central West End

The streets of the historic Central West End will once again come alive with one of the area's biggest and best Halloween parties on Saturday, Oct. 29.

There's something for everyone, including a costume parade for the children, a parade and contest for the dressed-up dogs with their owners during the day and a huge adult costume contest and party in the evening.

It all happens on the streets of the Central West End at Maryland and Euclid Avenue.

The day kicks off with a Children's Costume Parade that begins at McPherson and Euclid at 11 a.m. The parade route runs from McPherson Avenue south on Euclid Avenue to Maryland (four blocks) with police escort courtesy of the Ninth District police.

At the conclusion of the parade, at the main stage, a costume parade on the stage will be held for the children. There is no entry fee and it is free to participate. Last year over 350 children participated in the parade.

Following the parade and contest, at noon, children may trick-or-treat at area participating businesses who are displaying a TREAT STOP sign in their window. At 1 p.m. pet owners will gather their dogs at McPherson and Euclid for the annual CWE Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest Presented by Wolfgang's Pet Stop. The parade will begin at McPherson Avenue and travel south on Euclid Avenue to Maryland for the dog costume contest. Canines of all shapes and sizes come dressed to impress in this fun and free event. Last year over 300 dogs participated in the event.

Finally, it's the adults' turn to party in what is known as the legendary CWE Halloween Party. Weird, wild and fun, this event is for adults only as the costumes tend to get risky and wild. The adult costume contest gets underway at 8 p.m. at Maryland and Euclid avenues. The entry fee for the adult costume contest is $20 and $40 for groups. First place prize is $1,500, second $1,000 and third is $500 Ė making it the biggest cash reward contest in the area.

Area merchants participating include Culpeppers, Bar Italia, Liluma, Sub Zero, Lesters, Drunken Fish, Bar Louie, Coffee Cartel, and Wolf Gangs; other sponsors are Miller Lite, Red Bull, The RFT, MetroMix.com and Johnny Brocks. For more information visit www.cwescene.com and metromix.com.

Boo at the Zoo

Mercy Children's Hospital Boo at the Zoo Nights is a family friendly, non-scary Halloween experience with spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories, night hikes and hauntingly fun entertainment, held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night Oct. 21-30, at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Admission is $4 for Zoo members and $5 for non-members. Each child between the ages of 2 and 12 dressed in costume will receive a $1 discount on admission. Children under 2 are free. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org or call 781-0900.

Bowood Farms

Bowood Farms, located at 4605 Olive St., is hosting its fourth annual Boo-Wood from 3 to 6 p.m. The free family event will host pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt and snacks. Renowned pumpkin carver Craig Sanders will be carving personalized pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged.

The Grove

The Grove, located along Manchester between Kingshighway and Vandeventer, is hosting Halloween festivities between 3 and 9 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating, costume contests, entertainment and more.

White Flag Projects, 4568 Manchester Ave., is hosting a Halloween Eve Dance Party for guests ages 18 and over on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. Admission is free and masks are encouraged. For more details visit www.whiteflagprojects.org.

The Black Rep

The Black Rep will present "Hip Hop Halloween," 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Monsanto Center for the Performing Arts at 1717 Olive St., 4th Floor, in downtown St. Louis. The safe, non-scary Halloween celebration features a presentation of The Black Rep Touring Company's Hip Hop Aesop Jazzed, Bopped and Beat Box, followed by a costume parade, prizes for creative costumes, and free popcorn, candy and fun. Space is limited and parents are requested to RSVP by calling The Black Rep at 534-3810.

Kramer's Marionnettes

Kramer Marionnette Theatre presents Halloween Follies 2011, with a cast of over 30 that will entertain the whole family, through Oct. 31, at 4143 Laclede Ave. in the Central West End. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for children. Call 531-3313 for reservations. For more information visit kramersmarionnettes.com.

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