FRIGHT AT THE (CITY) MUSEUM OCTOBER EVENTS SCARE UP FUN

St. Louis — Its time for Fright at the Museum, City Museum’s fearfully fun Halloween season events now through October 29, 2023.

Step into a world of spine-tingling wonder at this one-of-a-kind event: Fright at the Museum will amaze, mystify, and thoroughly entertain as guests embark on a journey through a realm of oddities and curiosities that will leave them both thrilled and captivated.

ENTERTAINMENT

Heart-pounding performances will push the boundaries of possibility. Visitors will witness the breathtaking artistry of contortionists as they twist their bodies into unimaginable shapes, blurring the lines between human capability and artistic expression. A mesmerizing display of fire manipulation will leave audiences spellbound as a skilled performer dances with flames in a symphony of light and heat.

Entertainment features: Theater of the Oddities, Doc Terminus’ Odditorium and

Mythical Shift: A Howling Transformation.

EXHIBITS

Special exhibits throughout the museum provide an immersive experience like never before. Dare to venture into the unknown and explore carefully curated exhibits of the bizarre, the enigmatic, and the extraordinary. From artifacts that defy explanation to peculiar specimens that challenge the limits of imagination, Fright at the Museum promises an unforgettable encounter with the unconventional. These special exhibits feature:

Skeleton’s Ball

Mingo Monster Mash

Cemetery Secrets

Insectarium

Web Town

Unfaithful Friends Cemetary

Portrait Passage: Faces of Terror

Lights, Camera, No Action: A Mouse Taxidermy Display

MURDER MYSTERY DINNERS

Dinner Detectives will host murder mystery diners on select Fridays during the season. Guests will solve a hilarious mystery while feasting on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and guests may find themselves as a Prime Suspect before they know it!

Diners will become sleuths, setting their metaphorical magnifying glasses to the trail of a calculated mystery committed by someone in the room. But beware, as one of the guests will meet an unexpected demise. The creative team will set the stage for an exciting evening of crime investigation, where everyone is a suspect and anyone can be the killer.

Each ticket includes an award-winning murder mystery dinner theatre show, along with buffet style dining, waitstaff gratuity and plenty of surprises in the historic Vault Room.

Dates: Fridays 10/6, 10/27, 11/3 and Saturday 11/18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets includes general admission to the Museum on the day of the event.

FEARSOME FOOD & DRINK

Vampire Bar

Guests can step into the shadows and immerse themselves in the allure of the night where darkness and decadence intertwine. In the Vampire Bar, they can indulge in the mystique of vampire lore in a realm of intoxicating ambiance and tantalizing flavors. Unearth the extraordinary with City Museum’s signature blood bag cocktails, meticulously crafted to satiate the senses. Sip on rich, crimson elixirs that transport celebrants to a world where mortals and immortals coexist.

Coven & Cauldron

Magic, mystery, and a dash of the macabre come to life at Coven & Cauldron – the ultimate witches’ pub experience. From enchanting concoctions to brews, this is where the supernatural and the extraordinary converge. Step into this dimly lit pub and embrace the mystic energy for everyone from curious mortals or a practicing witches.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Grab Your Garters — It’s time for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, October 21 , 7 to 11 p.m.. This spooky season, join Flustered Mustard for an evening screening and shadow cast performance of the world’s favorite interactive movie. The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania,” Dr. Frank N. Furter and

Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests. The show will take place on the Rooftop, under the dome. Drinks and food will be available for purchase. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come first-served basis and guests can bring their own chairs. The event is 18+ and member passes are not accepted at this event. Ticket includes admission to City Museum, access to the Rocky Horror event and a prop bag for extra fun during the screening.

ABOUT CITY MUSEUM

Explore the unexpected. City Museum is a 100-year-old warehouse in downtown St. Louis in which artists have repurposed the pieces of old cities to build miles of tunnels, slides, climbers, bridges, and castles. There are secret passages and grand galleries. Playgrounds and ball pits. A circus and a train. A rooftop school bus and a Ferris wheel. City Museum is an ever-evolving, always-thrilling, artist-built playground.

WHEN YOU VISIT

City Museum is located at 750 N. 16th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. City Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during October except for Monday, October 9, Indigenous Peoples Day. The attraction is open at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. CIty Museum stays open until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during October.

www.citymuseum.org; 314-231-2489; @citymuseum

Numbskull Halloween Pop-Up at Westport Social

Halloween is coming early to Westport Social, the classic gaming lounge, bar and restaurant at Westport Plaza.

Numbskull at Westport Social begins October 4 and continues through October 31. The experience is open daily at 11 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis with no reservations needed.

The most-anticipated pop-up bar of the season serves up creepy cocktails created in specialty glassware. A carnival atmosphere envelopes the space with elaborate decor inspired by visions of vintage midway amusements, questionable clowns and paranormal performers.

The event’s specialty cocktails include a creative selection of spooky sips ranging from The Executioner and Inside Out Man to Death By Pumpkin and Human Canvas.

Every Thursday during October, Numbskull activates with fortune tellers, zombie roller skaters and otherworldly carnival fun. Westport Social’s popular games will continue to add to the fun during Numbskull, with guests invited to play hoops, bocce, shuffleboard, darts, foosball, ping pong and more inside and on the expansive patio outside.

Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, guests should dress to impress for a horrifying Halloween costume contest featuring giveaways and a $500 first-place prize each night.

Numbskull Cocktail Ingredients

The Executioner: Rye Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, Allspice Dram, Blueberry Grenadine, Lemon, Coconut.

Human Canvas: Mezcal, Aloe Vera, Ghost Chili, Squid Ink, Falernum, Lime and a Skull Tattoo.

Pennywise Punch: Dry Gin, Rhum, Salted Banana, Coconut, Forbidden Rice, Lemon.

Death By Pumpkin: Vodka, Nutmeg, Coffee Liquor, Half & Half, Averno Amaro, Cardamom, Maple Pumpkin.

Inside Out Man: Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Dried tomato, Fig Leaf, Electrolytes and an Eyeball.

Lobster Boy: Dry Gin, Cranberry Vermouth, Red Bitter, Rhubarb, Lobster Oil.

Westport Social’s dinner menu will be available during Numbskull. A wide range of appetizers, shared plate options and entrees share the menu along with pizza, sliders, tacos and skewers.

Westport Social is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m until 11 p.m. All patrons must be 21 or older after 4 p.m.

The restaurant is located at 910 Westport Plaza Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146. www.westportsocial-stl.com. Follow on social media @westport-stl.

Pirates & Pumpkins Invading the St. Louis Aquarium This Fall

St. Louis —-The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is being invaded by Pirates and a spooky patch of magnificently carved pumpkins this fall.

“Pirates & Pumpkins,” a new family adventure, is open September 15 through October 31, 2023 with special activities on Fridays and Saturdays in October. 

The Aquarium will be decorated with pirate-themed scenes, including a ghost ship with smoking, booming cannons. On the exciting treasure hunt inside the Aquarium, guests will take a self-guided tour through a highly themed wonderland of treasure caves and grottos.

Social media fans will love the Instagram-worthy photo opportunities throughout the transformed Aquarium during their fall journey.

Patches of realistically carved and lighted pumpkins representing the Aquarium’s sea life will greet visitors as they explore the attraction. One of the highlights is a pumpkin shark scene complete with a boat for family pictures and scary selfies.

Guests make their way through the marine habitats and hands-on animal adventures at the Aquarium, learning amazing animal facts and enjoying pun-filled pirate jokes. 

Treasure seekers will explore elaborate pirate scenes and kids can fire the pirate ship’s fearsome cannons.At the end of the quest, only the bravest adventurers can sit at the Pirate King’s Throne for a triumphant picture.

“Pirates & Pumpkins” is included with admission to the Aquarium. Tickets are available online at www.stlouisaquarium.com.

Weekends in October Pirates & Pumpkins will turn into a trick or treat festival on Fridays and Saturdays, October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 from 5 to 8 p.m. (last admission at 7 pm.).

Kids get a free plush pumpkin and a complimentary trick-or-treat bag at the entrance where they learn how to choose their own pirate name. Six trick-or-treat stations will be open.and staffed by the Aquarium’s pirates. Guests will learn to talk like a pirate with Tommy, the Aquarium’s animated Otter mascot, and will meet a real pirate parrot at the Ambassador stage from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Other spooky seasonal animals — including snakes, newts, tarantulas and creepy crawlies — will be highlighted during the evenings. Pirate Story Time in the KidZone offers family friendly terrible tales every 30 minutes.

Costumed scuba divers will carve pumpkins inside the Aquarium’s Shark Canyon at 1:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is open daily at 9 a.m. Advance tickets are available at www.stlouisaquarium.com. Follow the Aquarium on social media @aquariumstl. The Aquarium is located at 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis, MO 63103.  

About St. Louis Union Station

In addition to the Aquarium, St. Louis Union Station — built in 1894 and once the largest and busiest train terminal in the nation — offers additional attractions, restaurants and the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

Visitors can ride the 200-foot-tall St. Louis Wheel for views high over the St. Louis skyline. The Wheel rolls along with the St. Louis Carousel every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Next to the Carousel, St. Louis Mini Golf presents 18 holes of fun under the historic train shed. The Mirror Maze takes guests on a funhouse romp back to the days of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and Selfie Express is a new train-themed interactive photo illusion experience. The St. Louis Ropes Course is an adventure with obstacles and zip lines poised high over th Aquarium lobby. Combination tickets for the attractions are available at www.stlouisaquarium.com.

Make it a spooky family escape by staying at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton. Room reservations and packages are available at: https://www.stlouisunionstation.com/hotel-packages

HAUNTED GARAGE HORROR FESTIVAL OCTOBER 5-7 AT THE HI-POINTE THEATRE

ST. LOUIS, MO / August 24, 2023 – Shift Films and the Haunted Garage Podcast are back with their 3rd Annual Haunted Garage Horror Festival taking place October 5-7 at the historic Hi-Pointe Theatre, located at 1005 McCausland Avenue in St. Louis.

Tickets range from $10 Pit Stop Passes for specific events to an all-access weekend pass for $100. Find ticket details and prices at FilmFreeway or at the Hi-Pointe box office.

The event kicks off Thursday, October 5 with a horror-themed cocktail meet-and-greet with festival guests and a classic car Trunk-or-Treat event for families benefitting Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Producers and festival creators Franki Cambeletta, Jeremy King, Travis Brown and Lily Schenck are excited to bring both local and national filmmakers together in the third year of the acclaimed Haunted Garage Horror Festival. “We are excited to work with the Hi-Pointe Theatre this year on bringing a world-class horror fest to St. Louis,” says Cambeletta. “We will be awarding Golden Piston Awards for categories such as Best Short, Best Feature Film, Best of Fest, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay and the Film with Most Grit.” 

In addition to the horror micro-shorts, shorts, and features, horror experts in the field will participate in “Dead Talks” over the three-day festival such as Professor Athena Aktipis, founder of Zombie Media; last year’s “Best of Fest” winners Aaron Irons and Josh Croft; and Director Patrick Rea will talk about how to get your film distributed. Dr. Coltan Scrivner, a leading expert on the psychology of horror and morbid curiosity, will also present over the weekend with more guests to be announced.

For more information and a full itinerary and film schedule, visit www.hauntedgaragehorrorfest.com.