Let’s get fall festive

Maddie Meyers, web managing editor

The seasons are finally changing and fall is upon us, which means it is prime pumpkin picking and haunted hayride time. Throw on your sweaters, grab your friends and check out these local fall festivals. That apple cider and pumpkin pie are calling your name.


Six Flags Fright Fest: Sept. 28-Oct. 28

Are you looking for a fall fright? Head out to Six Flags St. Louis for their annual Fright Fest. You can twist through the darkness on MR. FREEZE alongside a zombie or stroll around scare zones with ghouls. Six Flags is also celebrating 30 years of scares by challenging souls to spend 30 hours in a coffin to win season tickets.


Eckert’s’ Pumpkin Jamboree: every weekend in Oct.

Pay a visit to Eckert’s for pumpkins galore. If you want to find the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern, they are guaranteed to have it. If pumpkin pie is not your thing, they also have plenty of apples to choose from. At Eckert’s, you can also get lost in a corn maze or ride a wagon under the stars.


Best of Missouri Market: Oct. 5-7

As the leaves are changing from green to ravishing shades of red, orange and yellow, the Missouri Botanical Gardens is the perfect place to be. Their Best of Missouri Market displays over 120 food producers and craftsmen. With alcohol samples for adults and crafts and farm animals for kids, the market is fun for people of all ages.  


Florissant Old Town Fall Festival: Oct. 14

Pop out to Florissant’s Old Town Fall Festival and check out their food booths and flea market, as well as their car and bike show. In addition, you can participate in their flower show and competition, or their chili cook off. There is also a large craft area where you can get ahead on your holiday shopping.


Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival: Oct. 27-28

Venture to the quaint town of Kimmswick for their annual Apple Butter Festival. The Kimmswick Historical Society spends hours preparing and cooking the apples to make sure they are perfect for the thousands of visitors. If you are not a fan of apple butter, there’s no need to worry because the festival also has live bluegrass music and pony rides.


Lantern Fest at Brookdale Farms: Nov. 3

This lantern festival is a little further from St. Louis, but it only happens once a year. At this festival, Disney’s “Tangled” truly comes to life as lanterns fill the sky. While the tickets are a little pricey, you are paying for your lantern, matches and s’mores ingredients. Before the sun sets, there is a show, face painting and live music. But it is after the sun sets that the true magic happens.