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Fall for Clay!

Even though the weather may not agree yet, fall is just around the corner! The first official day of fall is September 23rd, which means now is the perfect time to start planning what you want to do this season.

Whether you’re looking for fun for the whole family or something spookier for the older kids and adults, Clay’s got you covered.

Pumpkins Galore: Clay is home to some of the best pumpkin patches you’ll find this year! More than pumpkins await when you head to one of these local favorites; each destination offers fall themed adventures that will quickly become some of your best-loved memories! Visit the Kearney Fun Farm for pumpkin patches to a full corn maze, hayrides, to barnyard games, farm animals, a Keebler Treehouse Village, a giant corn pit, and so much more…the opportunities for fun are truly endless at the Fun Farm. The Fun Farm is open weekends only now, but will begin their full season schedule on September 13th. Find even more fall festivities at Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty! Along with their full pumpkin patch, Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch is home to fun for the whole family. Enjoy a petting farm, mining activities for kids, pig races, a kid-sized railroad around the farm, and tons more when you visit Carolyn’s! Carolyn’s opens for the fall season on September 21st.
Mysterious Mazes: Corn mazes are a fall staple, and this year one of Clay’s biggest mazes is embracing history. The Liberty Corn Maze opens for the season on September 6th and their 2019 maze design is called Wild West in the Midwest. This design features infamous Missouri outlaw, Jesse James! There are four mazes within the design that visitors can choose from, giving you some less complicated maze options.
Family-Friendly Frights: Worlds of Fun’s Great Pumpkin Fest is the ultimate family-friendly fall festival, featuring trick-or-treating with the PEANUTS gang, Halloween themed crafts and activities, a pumpkin maze, family-friendly shows, all the fun rides in Planet Snoopy, and more! The fall fun begins at Worlds of Fun on September 14th. For a truly unique Halloween experience, head down to the Clay County Nature Center on October 4th for the Happy Haunt Nature Walk and Boneyard Jamboree. This not-so-spooky Halloween event features the Smithville Lake Nature Center, games and activities, a hot dog picnic, and Halloween puppet theatre! Visit the Shoal Creek Living History Museum on October 26th for their Kids Safe Halloween event! Trick-or-treat door to door through the historic Shoal Creek Village while enjoying the sights of this unique location! Enjoy trick-or-treating through Downtown Excelsior Springs at the Bill Payne Halloween event! This fun and safe Halloween activity also includes a costume contest! Bill Payne Halloween is held on Halloween.
Frightful Fun: Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt is the scary place to be this season. With terrifying monster mazes, frightful Haunt actors roaming their Fright Lanes, and full access to the park’s rides…Halloween Haunt is the destination for those looking for thrills and chills this year. Halloween Haunt begins its frightening season on September 14th. Starting October 4th, the Excelsior Springs Chamber Trolley is offering several fall themed trolley tours, including; Paranormal Tours, the Spirits and Spirits Tour, the Haunted History Tour, and the Hallo-wine Tour. Find less frights and more history on the Big Shoal Cemetery Tour, held at the Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum on October 12th; you’ll learn about those buried in the graveyard as your tour guide tells stories of Clay County’s earliest residents. For more frightful fun, keep an eye out on the various paranormal tours held throughout Clay County; Belvoir Winery, The Elms Hotel & Spa, and the Hall of Waters each offer paranormal investigations and tours on site.
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