October is here and so begins the excitement surrounding all of the fall holidays and events! We rounded up some fun activities and accessible attractions in and around St. Louis that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy, including some Halloween favorites as well as those you can enjoy for the entire season (and beyond!).
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If you’re looking for pick-your-own fun, Eckert’s has you covered! They offer tons of different options, including seasonal favorites like apples and pumpkins. Plus, they have an awesome play area for the kiddos! The Country Story and Restaurant at the Belleville location are both fully accessible, and the wagons to take you out in the fields are accessible by wheelchair. Just note that the orchard grounds are unpaved and do have fruits and vegetables on the ground!
The Zoo is the perfect place to visit in the fall – the weather is a little cooler and the animals are out and about. Make it a full day by attending Boo at the Zoo, evenings October 16 through 30! At Boo at the Zoo, which is a paid event ($7 for members and $8 for non-members), you’ll find live entertainment, animal encounters, crafts, activities, games, storytelling and more.
The Magic House is great for kids of all abilities, especially with their accommodations such as a Quiet Room for those in need. From October 19 – 21 and again from October 26 – 28, kids of all ages can dress in costume and come out for trick-or-treating without the candy. Instead, kids will get autographs from their favorite storybook characters! This event is free with museum admission.
As we’ve listed on our winter list previously, the St. Louis Science Center is a great option for kids of all ages and abilities once the weather cools down. And, during the evenings October 25 – 28, the Science Spooktacular event adds a whole other layer of fun. Event highlights include science demonstrations, a “Haunted Lab” with special effects, the “Spooky Trail” in the GROW exhibit, Halloween films in the OMNIMAX Theatre and so much more. Parking and event admission are free!
If you’re looking to explore the outdoors, Powder Valley Nature Center is a great option as the weather changes. You’ll see lots of fall colors as well as a wide range of animals on one of three trails, one of which is paved to be fully accessible! There are also a handful of indoor exhibits if it’s a little chilly outside, including an aquarium and information on Missouri snakes and bears.
Kept at the same tropical temperatures year-round, the Butterfly House in Faust Park is another great place to visit even if the weather outside isn’t perfect. You can see hundreds of different butterflies in the Butterfly House itself, as well as learn all about different types of insects. Plus, every day in October (closed on Mondays) brings the BOOterfly House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Story Time with Little Miss Muffet and Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings with Professor Von Trap.