Halloween in Branson

Whether you're looking for frightful fun or a safe place to take the kids trick-or-treating while you're in town, there's excitement for everyone this Halloween in Branson.

Each October, Halloween is brought to life in Branson with plenty of pumpkins, themed events and spooky festivities. Check out a few of our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween in Branson below:

Pumpkin Patches and Festivals 

Have the time of your life at the McKenna Family Farm this fall! McKenna's Farm features a host of harvest-themed activities for the whole family. In addition to an impressive selection of pumpkins, the farm's annual extravaganza includes a three-acre corn maze, hayrides, face painting and an activities area featuring a bounce pillow, pony swings, slides, a hay-bale maze, life-sized gerbil wheels and plenty of homemade goodies. The farm is open September 21-November 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. 

Packed with plenty more pumpkin, the Harvest Festival held onsite at Still Waters Resort has pumpkin bowling, pumpkin chuckin' contests, hay rides through a magic pumpkin patch, giant inflatables, live music, fall refreshments and more. The festival runs September 13-October 31 with daily activities from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Enjoy a carnival-style celebration during the Fall Roundup at Sycamore Creek Family Ranch. A family-friendly, four-acre corn maze, gourd launchers, farm frisbee golf, a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, photo ops and furry friends are all a part of the Roundup through the month of October and select weekends in September and November. While the Roundup will not be open Halloween Day, you can take advantage of the festival the weekend before the holiday. 

Whether you're looking for a place to pick pumpkins or get a good scare, you can find all kinds of weekend fall and Halloween entertainment through October at the Shepherd of the Hills Adventure Park's first Spooktacular. The event includes pumpkin painting, a great pumpkin ropes course and rock-climbing wall, Baldknobber Zombie Paintball, a Haunted Hollow Hayride and more activities. Tickets range from $8 to $30 (depending on which activities you want to choose). Spooktacular hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays October 4-27. 

Also brand new to Branson's lineup of Halloween and fall events, Silver Dollar City's Harvest Festival featuring Craft Days and Pumpkin Nights is the perfect way to experience non-frightful fun. From September 25-October 26, you'll find tons of artisans demonstrating their work during the day and an impressive display of thousands of pumpkins aglow in the city's Town Square at night. What a perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit! 

Trick-or-Treating

A variety of Branson businesses host safe Halloween trick-or-treating events so kids (and the young at heart) can dress up and gather plenty of sweets. Find all treats and no tricks at these venues: 

  • Branson RecPlex - The Branson Parks & Recreation's BOOnanza will be held Saturday, October 26, from 5-8 p.m. at the RecPlex's hall field complex. Get your candy fix on the trick-or-treat trail, show off your costume in a costume contest, and enjoy inflatables, face paintings, a haunted barn and more. Entrance fees are $1 per person. 

  • Branson Landing - The Branson Landing will host its 13th annual Safe Street Trick-or-Treat event on October 31 from 5-7 p.m. The safe Halloween alternative is exclusively for children in costume up to age 12, and a variety of Branson Landing merchants will participate – just look for the Halloween pumpkin signs in store windows. 

  • Tanger Outlets - Ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes will converge at Branson's Tanger Outlets October 31 from 5-7 p.m. for a Trick-or-Treat Tanger Style event. Tanger Shopper Services and participating stores will be handing out candy to disguised guests age 12 and younger. Look for display decals on entrance doors identifying participating stores.

Haunted Houses

Next to trick-or-treating, another favorite Halloween tradition is getting spooked at haunted houses. If you prefer a spine-chilling holiday, Branson has several unique houses of horror to help you get your scare on! 

Open year-round, the Castle of Chaos 5D Adventure is a revolutionary family attraction and must-see in Branson. The action-packed adventure merges a 3D film with heart-pounding motion, special effects and an all-out shooting battle against evil. Think of being caught inside a horror movie-turned-video game. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday. 

Located in Branson West, Branson’s Haunted Screampark includes 11 levels of fear in one location: Terror Tales 3D, Prison Riot, The Mirror Maze, The Doll House, Doctor of the Dead, The Boiler Room, Pitch Black, Haunted Graveyard, Laser Swamp, Project X and Primal Fear. Beginning September 27, the attraction will be open rain or shine through its 2019 season. See a full schedule here. Bring your friends, and get ready for the fright of your life!

Ghost Tours

Depart on a 90-minute excursion through Historic Downtown Branson, and experience the area's history in a new light. During your excursion with Branson Ghost and Paranormal Tours, you'll learn all about the ghost that haunts the Owens Theatre, the shootout at the Train Depot and what started the great Branson fire 100 years ago. 

Halloween Themed Shows

Starting at 8 p.m. on October 26 at the Hughes Brothers' Theatre, the Hughes Music Show will host a special, one-night Howling Fun Halloween Show featuring spooky acts for the whole family. Make sure to wear your costume; guests dressed in their Halloween best will receive a $5 discount and a free bag of treats! Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. A dinner option before the show is also available. 

Happy Halloween from Branson! Looking for more fall fun? Find more festivals, outdoor adventures and attractions to explore this fall in Branson here

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