Wichita is jam-packed with kid-friendly fun this fall – get those calendars ready! For more family fun this autumn, don’t forget to check out our Ultimate Guide to Fall & Halloween Events in Wichita!
FEATURED EVENT: Wichita State University Athletics SCREAMAGE
October 28th, 2:00pm
Location: Wichita State University, Eck Stadium
This FREE event is a family favorite where the WSU baseball team hosts a scrimmage (and players are in costume of course!) and a variety of other family activities. This year will have a photo booth, cotton candy machine, player autographs after the game, trick or treating, and a spooktacular Wichita Moms Blog Table – be sure to come visit us!
September 15th-17th, times vary by day
Location: Bradley Fair, 2000 N Rock Rd.
Fine artworks in a wide variety of media will be available to view and purchase. Grab a bite to eat at one of the booths representing Bradley Fair’s outstanding restaurants. Partake of wine, beer or a soft drink from the cash bar as you stroll the parkway and enjoy live music and other entertainment. Youngsters can create hands-on art projects directed by arts educators from MARK Arts; shop for art at Artie’s Clubhouse, a gallery for kids only; and enjoy art-themed games.
Location: Parade begins at Clearwater Intermediate School, Clearwater, KS
September 30th, 12:00pm
Location: 600 block of E Douglas
With teams from Kansas and surrounding states (70 teams expected in 2017), the Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cookoff has been a Wichita tradition for over 30 years. Since 2005 when the Wagonmasters took over the event and brought it back Downtown, the event has exploded with a renewed level of enthusiasm by contestants and attendees alike.
September 30th, 8:00 am-10:00 pm
Location: 53rd St and Colorado, Colwich, KS
“Growing Community Pride” is the theme this year for the 2017 Colwich Heritage Festival. It will be held at Veterans Park on Saturday, September 30th. Planned activities include: Disc Golf Tournament (Play It Again Sports); parade; Food Court; arts/crafts; games for all ages; stage entertainment; Colwich Lions Club Car Show; DJ and a Movable Market (truck vendors).
September 28th-October 1st, times vary by day
Cost: $3 per button
Location: 1609 E. Central Ave, Andover, KS
Greater Andover Days (GAD) is a four-day festival that occurs the 4th weekend after Labor Day weekend. The event offers handfuls of fun, food, and entertainment for the entire family! Over 5,000 people attend GAD annually. The festival includes a food court, KidFest, hot dog eating contest, parade, fishing clinic, car show, business expo/craft fair, carnival, ice cream social, live entertainment and a fireworks show in Central Park.
October 6-8th, times vary by day
Location: 9 Argon Drive, Goddard, KS
Opens September 29th, Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween, 8:00 pm-11:30 pm
Cost: $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under
Location: OJ Watson Park, 3022 S. Maclean
Watson Park’s haunted island attraction is back!! After two years of not being in operation, your friends at Plant Kingdom are here to help! Come see us at Wicked Island, and as always we will still be down the street at Wicked Woods!
October 7th, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $9 General Admission, $6 Members
Location: Botanica, The Wichita Gardens
The entire gardens will be transformed into different stations with activities for children of all ages. Visit us for a day filled with all kinds of activities and experiences.
October 14th, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Towne East, 7700 E. Kellogg Drive, NE parking lot
Kids are encouraged to come dressed up in their favorite costume! The festival will feature a mini petting zoo, pumpkin decorating (while supplies last), apple cider tasting, food vendors, bounce house, face painting, and special appearances from Bearemy, Build-A-Bear’s mascot and Princess Moana.
October 21st, 2:00pm
Location: Stearman Field, 14789 SW 30th St, Benton, KS
Lots of fun for the whole family. Starting at 2pm is the pumpkin drop. Haven’t heard of it? Well, pilots drop pumpkins from their aircraft to the target below. Closest one to the target wins trophy, gift certificate to Stearman Bar & Grill and, of course, pride. Costume contests for kids and adults. Live band, starts at 7pm.
October 20-22 and 27-29, 6:00 pm-9:30 pm
Location: Tanganyika Wildlife Park, 1000 S. Hawkins Lane, Goddard
We have 15 trick-or-treat stations for the kids. Most of them offer candy, but we do have a few that have other small presents. The best part is the kids feel like they get a lot, but the parents aren’t eating it for the next month. Each child will also receive a punch card for three different games. Once they’ve completed their games, they’ll be able to turn in their punches for Halloween prizes! We can’t do Halloween without something for the adults! Visit either of our bars for exclusive brews and potions.
October 21st, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Shocker Hall, 1845 Fairmount
Join runners/walkers at 9 a.m. for a fun journey through one of the pretiest campuses in Kansas! As a participant of the USATF-Certified Pumpkin Run 5K, you will receive a one of a kind glow-in-the dark *t-shirt. The 2nd annual 1K Little Pumpkin Fun Run for ages 0-12 will start at 10:21 a.m. All little runners will receive a participation gift and glow-in-the-dark *t-shirt. Trophies for top girl and boy finishers.
October 21st, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and 22nd, 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Cost: FREE with membership, regular admission rates apply
Location: Exploration Place, 300 N. Maclean
Scare up some ghostly fun with activities for the whole family. Wear your favorite Halloween costume and more.
October 21st, 11:30am -12:30pm
Cost: FREE to enter contest
Location: Cox Farm Wichita, 6059 S. Seneca
Come on out and show us your costume! Fun for all ages! Prizes given to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places! Included in your general admission ticket. Spiderman & Wonder Woman will be out to judge the costume contest!
October 28th-29th, 2:00-8:00pm
Location: Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd
There’s no place spookier than Cowtown during Halloween. The Headless Horseman rides the streets, ghosts haunt the historic houses, and of course, there’s candy!