Halloween at Union Station!

All Aboard! The Union Station Halloween Experience brings family fun to the fall season in St. Louis, October 9 – 31.

Created for children 12 and under and their families, the Union Station Halloween Experience is a themed walking journey through the historic railroad terminal’s stationary rail cars. Each train car features a spooky theme including pirates, witches, dark creatures and a candy wonderland. 
Guests can purchase tickets and start their Halloween journey inside a huge tent filled with a not-so-scary maze, a series of boo-rific decorated rooms and a big barnyard where guests 12 and under receive a free pumpkin.
Onboard the rail cars, characters read a story with clues and interactive elements to solve the Riddle of the Werewolf. Kids get a special treat at the end of the journey.

The Union Station Halloween Experience is open daily, October 9 – 31 from 1 to 9 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 8 p.m.

My two kiddos LOVED the Halloween Experience at Union Station. It was just the perfect amount of scary for them. My son is six and he was holding my hand so tight while walking through the spooky maze. My daughter is ten and wasn’t as scared but just loved how everything was setup.

With a magic show, a balloon artist, and much more, the first part of the Halloween Experience was already worth checking out. The second part, which consists of going through several train cars that are decorated with some crazy Halloween flair was just as fun. Listening to the story and putting together the clues provided a unique experience that kids and adults should really enjoy.

Ticket options allow guests to incorporate package deals with Union Station’s other attractions, adding a visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the 200-foot-tall St. Louis Wheel at a reduced price.

Timed tickets for the Union Station Halloween Experience are $20 per person and may be purchased on site or online at: https://www.stlouisunionstation.com/halloween-train-ticketing.

With normal Halloween plans changed due to COVID-19, the new event has been created with guest safety in mind. Just 12 people will be admitted to each train car at a time to allow for appropriate social distancing. Masks are required and family groups will be seated separately. The train cars and tent areas will be sanitized throughout the day according to Union Station’s strict safety protocols.


STAY AND PLAY
Hotel room packages with Halloween Experience tickets start at $150/night for families that want to continue the Halloween fun with an overnight stay at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel after the event.
Parking for the event is $5 per car.

ACTIVITIES ON THE PLAZA
A fall festival market tent will house shopping and activities on the Purina Performance Plaza. Halloween items will be for sale, including decorating kits for pumpkins distributed during the event. 

Fun festival-style food and drinks will be available on the Plaza and Soda Fountain, Union Station’s popular retro diner, is adding Halloween Freak Shakes to the menu.


HALLOWEEN ON THE WHEEL
Scan the skies for witches and ghosts from the top of the St. Louis Wheel. The 200-foot-tall observation wheel at Union Station will be lighted in Halloween color themes during the event and a scary soundtrack will play on the Plaza. Hourly fire and light shows will entertain families on the Union Station lake. 


UNDERWATER SCARES
The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station gets in on the Halloween fun with underwater pumpkin carving. The Aquarium’s talented divers will create Jack o’ Lantern treats for the fishy residents of Shark Canyon. Carving demonstrations will take place on Saturdays and Sundays during dive shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 4 p.m.

The Union Station Halloween Experience is located under the historic train shed at 201 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63013.

Outdoor Marketing: Tactics to Use for Your Physical Store

Some business owners focus too much on promoting their business online. They believe that the best way to win customers is to go digital. Taking your business online will provide you with impressive benefits.

However, you should never neglect other marketing tactics simply because you want to do better for online customers. If you have a physical store, you will need to make efforts to ensure that you also target local customers. You have to make sure that you can attract more people and encourage them to visit your store. For you to do this, outdoor marketing tactics can help boost your brand’s popularity.

Outdoor Marketing Tactics

Marketing strategies nowadays are focused on increasing website traffic or making more online sales. However, you should still implement outdoor marketing whenever you can, especially if you have a physical store. Online marketing is beneficial for e-commerce businesses. However, local stores and small business owners still need to include outdoor advertising tactics to boost their brand.

Keep in mind that people are still looking for impressive customer experience from stores. To make sure that you meet their expectations, you need to ensure that people can recognize your brand. One of the best ways to do this is by building an impressive store. You need to ensure that this building stands out so that people can see it. Here are other practical ways to implement effective outdoor marketing strategies:

  • Draw more customers through outdoor signages-Let people know that your store exists by displaying large and noticeable exterior signages. Make sure that these signs can quickly grab anyone’s attention. You can also put up LED signage to make your store visible even during nighttime.
  • Place your ads where people can see it-If you are planning to put up a billboard or any other type of large marketing sign, make sure that you place it correctly. That means you have to ensure that you place it in a spot where there is a lot of foot traffic. This way, more people will notice it.
  • Consider guerilla marketing-This type of marketing is still one of the most effective promotional strategies for businesses. If you want to boost brand awareness, you can try this strategy and place your ad in the right locations. Make sure that it will create a strong and lasting appeal to people who can see it. Also, ensure that it gives out the right message.

You can also consider providing your customers with a parking space so that they don’t need to be in a rush when visiting your store. Make sure that you have reflective thermoplastic road marking paint on your parking lot. Place these markings in other areas outside your store as well. That will help increase road safety for your customers. Aside from this, potential customers will not mind if they stay longer while browsing your products or getting your services. Providing them with a space to park their vehicles can help them assure that their cars will remain safe while they are shopping.

Make sure that you always prioritize your customers whenever you have a new marketing strategy in mind. Also, if you will display advertisements outdoors, make sure that people will notice it immediately. It will also help your business if you can create an excellent and lasting impression by using useful outdoor marketing tools. Let these suggestions help your brand get all the recognition it deserves. Always deliver customers quality through products, services, and advertising tools.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Forget The Flowers, Get Dad a Bouquet of Jerky

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