Managing Mischief Night Like a Pro

Did you know that October 30th is Mischief Night? We did and while we do our best to be good, I can’t say the same about my kid’s aunt and uncle.

It has now been two years running and they have taken it upon themselves to be the self-proclaimed King and Queen of Mischief Night. Armed with rolls and rolls or toilet paper, silly string, and window markers, this band of mischiefs ran all around the area causing mayhem leaving a path of T.P. behind them all along the way.

Surprisingly, I am totally okay with it. I think it is all in good fun, and the memories these kids are making are priceless. My son didn’t even want to participate because ya know Santa is always watching and there are some toys he is really wanting to get for Christmas. We made sure he knew before he left that there would be no worries from Santa and that he will probably think it’s hilarious to prank our family.

The clean up wasn’t as fun. I spent the next morning, bundled up and filled up FIVE grocery bags of toilet paper. Maybe next time my wife shouldn’t bash their T.P.ing skills, because maybe we would have gotten off a little lighter than what we did. Either way, the kids had an amazing time with their aunt and uncle making some awesome memories.

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Clean up has been completed and the Halloween candy has been handed out. The ghosts and goblins of the spooky month of October have gone back home and will do their spooky thing until October rolls around in 22. I am so thankful for wonderful family that enjoys doing silly stuff with the kids, because anything else would just be rather boring.

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Must Do Halloween Activities For Those Who Are Sick Of Pumpkin Spice Lattes At Home

Home decoration is always the best part of Halloween. But it can drive cabin fever if you stay indoors for too long, surrounded by a pumpkin head, a plastic skeleton, and a few homemade woolly tarantulas. Halloween, despite all its fun trick or treat business, can get a little suffocating at home. You know how it is: Pumpkins everywhere and your neighbors’ usual seasonal decoration. Perhaps the familiar feeling takes away some of the Halloween magic. So before you get too bored of it, it’s time to plan something out of the ordinary and get yourself out of the house. 

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Kid-friendly spots for all

Halloween is a unique celebration that embraces safe scares for the whole family. So, it makes sense to plan a day out filled with kid-friendly activities for the right level of spookiness. Most cities have a handful of Halloween experiences that welcome families and kids in their best costumes. The Union Station in St. Louis has themed the historic railroad terminal’s rail cars for the occasion, taking families through a playful and seasonal journey. It’s worth checking your local museums and historical attractions for themed events during the spooky season. 

Concerts on the Halloween weekend for grown-ups

If you suffer from a Halloween and pumpkin spice latte overdose — it happens! —, it could be a good idea to get out and forget about ghouls and ghosts for a moment. Why not check your local concert venues for gigs during the Halloween weekends? You can book tickets online on platforms such as Vivid Seats or directly by the venue. If you’re unsure about it, take a look at the recent Vivid Seats reviews and venue feedback to figure out the best approach for your non-Halloween concert. For those in Missouri, Kansas City welcomes the legendary singer and songwriter Marco Antonio Solis and the Grupo Firme for a Latin concert that’ll make you forget about pumpkin spice latte! 

Book your very own haunting

Halloween is all about ghost stories. You may not be ready to spend a night in a haunted building with your family. But eating in a haunted restaurant sounds safe enough in comparison. St. Louis has got its own spooky history at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn. The Victorian mansion has become a popular destination for paranormal specialists. Many diners report hearing voices or spotting odd silhouettes in the restaurant, and you can even book a ghost tour to complete the day. Kansas City also has a popular haunted spot at the Succotash, as today’s restaurant is located where an old saloon used to be. You can still smell the cigars of Radar, the saloon’s regular who often sat at the bar with a cigarillo. 

For those who love horror themes

Last but not least, this one is for adults only. Leave the kids with the grandparents and book yourself a horror-themed escape room. Pursued by a cannibal, trapped in a dark room, chased by plague zombies, fighting against werewolves, or even inspired by Hitchcock’s Psycho, horror themes are becoming more and more inventive in escape rooms. Some even host live actors to complete the illusion. Will you have what it takes to escape fearfully? 

If you are in dire need of a Halloween break, it’s time to take the party outside. From safe spooky visits with the family to attending a non-Halloween concert, you’ve got a lot of options to get over your pumpkin spice latte boredom.

Get Spooky at St. Louis Union Station for Train or Treat

Come join this family fun event that brings some Boo to The Lou starting TODAY October 8 and continuing daily through October 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 and guests are encouraged tp wear their Halloween costumes to the event.

The journey starts inside a huge tent filled with not-so-scary skeletons, a maze through a series of boo-rific decorated rooms and a big barnyard where guests 12 and under receive a free pumpkin! Onboard the train cars, guests will find spooky surprises and interactive elements. Kids get a special treat at the end of the journey!

When you are finished making your way through Train or Treat, be sure to check out the other amazing things to do at Union Station. Ride the St. Louis Wheel and get an amazing view of the city, or grab something to eat at the Soda Fountain! Or if you plan accordingly you can also visit the Aquarium and Train or Treat in the same visit!


Train Or Treat is open daily, October 8 – 31 from 4 to 8 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TRAIN OR TREAT


General admission tickets are $14.99 at: www.stlouisunionstation.com/halloween-train-ticketing#

Richie’s Bone Chilling October Home Horror Daily Double Feature!

This month my wife and I always watch as many scary movies as we can. This week is a special week as we are watching a different horror original and a remake each night. I have been sharing some of the horror movies we have been watching on social media, but why not share them here too!

For the first weekend in October we decided to start a Stephen King marathon! As we made our way through the weekend we watched Cat’s Eye, Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Children of the Corn, Maximum Overdrive, Firestarter, and finally, Tales from the Darkside. I am sure we will sneak in a few more of King’s tales before the month is over but for now, we are on to double features!

We kicked off our Double Feature week with The Omen from 1976 and 2006. A perfect introduction into an original/remake double feature week.

Next up is Night of the Demons from 1989 and 2009. We think the original is hilarious and the remake does provide a bit more of a back story and an interesting take on the Angela character. We loved the pink ballerina cameo in the remake! It was a perfect call back to the original character.

The Last House on The Left 1972 and 2009. Both of these movies just creep me out big time. Home intrusions are pretty freaking scary.

The original Dawn of The Dead (1978) is the first zombie movie I have gotten my son to watch. It doesn’t have much gore in it at all, and the music really makes it all that more entertaining. James Gunn and Zack Synder did a complete 180 with the remake, leaving me on the edge of my seat during the entire flick… and the clips during the credits… no, no, no, no!

The Hills Have Eyes is this weird but absolutely horrific story that has only improved as time as passed. Both the original and the remake are worth a viewing every spooky season.

Terrifying from start to finish. As a kid, Candyman was the one name you never said alone or during a sleepover. The original and the remake are fantastic horror movies.

Evil Dead. What else could be said about this masterpiece of horror. Watch it and love it and stay tuned for more horror movie watch lists during Richie’s Bone Chilling October Home Horror Daily Double Feature!