Family-friendly & Spooky Halloween Events!

Kid’s Friendly Halloween Events


  1. Great Pumpkin Fest – Worlds of Fun until October 28th

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy Worlds of Fun’s ultimate fall festival during its last weekend! From 12:00-5:00 experience family-friendly Halloween-themed events throughout Planet Snoopy!


  1. Kid’s Safe Halloween – Shoal Creek Living History Museum October 27th

Trick-or-treat like never before through Shoal Creek’s historic village. The event is scheduled from 12:00 to 3:00—make sure to wear a costume and bring your treat bag!


  1. Spooky Fun in Neverland – Macken Park October 27th

Kids will love this spooky Peter Pan themed Halloween celebration! From 11:00 to 3:00, enjoy adventure, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, a hayride, and more!


  1. Smithville’s Haunted Campground – Smith’s Fork Park October 27th

From 4:00-6:30, enjoy this kid-friendly Halloween event at Smith’s Fork Campground! Featuring trunk or treating, a costume contest, scare-crow building (straw provided, bring your own clothes to stuff), and more!


  1. Bill Payne Halloween – Downtown Excelsior Springs October 31st

From 4:00-6:00, enjoy trick-or-treating through Excelsior Springs’ historic downtown! After, promptly at 6:00, the Bill Payne Costume Contest will begin.


Scary Halloween Events


  1. Halloween Haunt – Worlds of Fun until October 27th

Tonight and tomorrow night are your last two chances to experience the thrills of Halloween Haunt! This event is not recommended for children under 14, Halloween Haunt becomes frightening after 6:30. Halloween Haunt is from 6:00-12:00 pm and 11:00 am-1:00 am tomorrow.


  1. Smithville’s Haunted Campground – Smith’s Fork Park October 27th

Smithville’s Haunted Campground event gets scary from 6:30-8:30!


  1. “Haunting” Historical Figures of Clay County – Clay County Museum October 27th

From 6:00-8:00 pm enjoy cider, donuts, and guided tours with ghostly former residents of Clay County! The event is hosted by the Clay County Museum and costs $5 per person!

Local Treats for this Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to think about one of the things that makes this season great—candy! Luckily Clay has some delicious options for locally made chocolates, candies, and desserts that you’ll want to fall for this spooky season.

Classy Chocolate—Liberty, Missouri

Nestled in the Historic Square of Downtown Liberty, Classy Chocolate is the perfect place to stop when you have a sweet tooth. Offering a wide variety of handmade goodies, Classy Chocolate has a selection of desserts—cookies, chocolate covered strawberries, dipped pretzels, and so much more!

Nellie’s Sweet Shoppe—Smithville, Missouri

Found in Downtown Smithville, Nellie’s Sweet Shoppe offers a variety of handmade goodies you’ll want to try. From an array of deliciously made chocolates to every flavor of fudge you can imagine—Nellie’s Sweet Shoppe offers just about any dessert delectable you can think of. There’s also an ice cream parlor in the shop, so grab a couple scoops while you’re there!

Cupcakes Unlimited—Kansas City, Missouri 

For unique handmade desserts, stop by Cupcakes Unlimited in Kansas City and peruse their tasty array of cupcake flavors. This is the local stop for beautifully decorated and delicious cupcake masterpieces—buy them by the cake or in dozens! Along with cupcakes, Cupcakes Unlimited offers cake balls, milkshakes, decorated sugar cookies, and cupcake sundaes (which are as delicious as they sound).

The Top 5 Fall Foliage Hikes in Clay

Fall has arrived and with it the trees in Clay have started to change colors. From reds and browns, yellows and pale greens, and even a splash of purple here and there—a seasonal must in Clay is taking the time to step into nature and enjoy the forests of autumn.


There are a ton of hiking and walking options in Clay, but here’s a short list of five of some of the best tree-filled trails where you’re sure to see an array of fall colors!


And remember, fall is an ever-changing season, so to really see everything this time of the year has to offer, we suggest you visit all five during October and early November!

1. Happy Rock Park, Kansas City 

1 mile loop – easy difficulty – paved – pet friendly 


Perfect for hiking, biking, and trail running, Happy Rock Park Trail is a great place to find beautiful fall scenes. Dogs are allowed on the trails, so take your four-legged friends out for a stroll with you—just remember to keep them on a leash.

2. Maple Woods Nature Preserve, Gladstone


1 mile loop – moderate difficulty – unpaved – pet friendly 


This trail is unpaved and does experience some fairly steep hills and elevation changes. The woods get so thick in places on this trail that you’ll forget you’re smack-dab in the middle of a residential area.

3. Eagle’s View Trail, Smithville Lake

1.5 miles – easy difficulty – paved and unpaved – pet friendly 


Add a lake view to your scenic fall walk and you’ve got one pretty picture! Eagle’s View Trail loops alongside Smithville Lake, cutting through some of the area’s wooded areas before circling back. Though fall may still be a little too early for them, make sure to keep an eye out for bald eagles while you’re here—they like perching in trees along the waterline.

4. Stocksdale Park, Liberty 

2.8 mile loop – moderate difficulty – unpaved – pet friendly 


This trail is pretty well hidden within Stocksdale Park! It’s a beautiful and immersive hike, but it’s important to remember that the trail is one very long loop. A quick tip for hikers: there are few markers on this trail, so sometimes it’s a bit tough to navigate, but it’s well worth the challenge! If you have GPS on your phone, consider keeping your battery charged up enough to check every once in a while!

5. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Liberty 

Multiple trails – moderate difficulty – paved and unpaved – pet friendly 


The nature sanctuary’s trails are perfect for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike! Along with the stunning fall foliage, you’ll see native wildflowers, and grasslands. There are numerous trails at the sanctuary, so try to grab one of the park’s brochures before you head out so you have a map of their trail system on hand!