19+ Haunted Houses & Scary Ghost Tours in Kansas City: Updated for 2021
Halloween is all about the spooky, scary things to do & haunted houses in Kansas City.
With Halloween around the corner, KC’s haunted houses, ghost tours & special Halloween events are full of scares and thrills. While not all the scary entertainment is suitable for small children, you can find spooky things to do with your older kiddos around town…
So sit back, turn on a light and get ready to be scared at these haunted houses near me!
Whether you’re looking for haunted houses in Missouri or scary Halloween things to do in Kansas…we couldn’t forget the scary, thrill-seeking Kansas Citians out!
Be sure to note, most of these events are geared towards older children. This list is sure to raise a few hairs!
Looking for Halloween things to do for younger kids? Check out other Halloween resources:
- Family Friendly Halloween Activities
- Trick or Treating & Trunk or Treating in KC
- Kids Eat FREE on Halloween
- Candy Buy Backs
- Pumpkin Patches Near KC
- Fall Drink Ideas (maybe add alcohol…)
Scary Haunted Houses in Kansas City:
12829 Loring Rd Bonner Springs, KS
Open Fridays & Saturdays in Oct. – CLOSED on Halloween
Box office opens at 6 and haunts begin at 7:30-midnight (if you are line by midnight you will still have access.) Tickets: $40-$50
ExiledKC is a fierce and rugged, haunted trail located outside. You will have to hike through the trail all while trying to escape the terrors of the night.
This trail is outside and you will get sweaty, dirty and be able to climb hills, bend, and navigate through obstacles so please dress accordingly!
This haunted attraction is recommended for ages 12 and up. No flashlights/phone lights/photography are allowed. You can call (913) 276-0018 for more info.
1401 W 13th St Suite B Kansas City, MO
Open for 2021!
Dates and times vary – find more info online.
One of the top 13 scariest haunts in the nation, The Beast is sure to scare you the entire way through! Haunted house goers can travel through the various aspects of this haunted house which include 4 floors of fright!
1300 W 12th St Kansas City, MO
Open for 2021!
Dates and Times vary by day, so check online.
Take a journey 5 story high from Heaven to Hell in this Kansas City Favorite!
The Edge of Hell Haunted house is home to the Rat Man, vampires and the devil and all the unsavory on your path to purgatory. This is one of the best haunted houses in Kansas City…in our opinion.
Halloween Ghost Tours & Scary Activities:
Haunted & Historic Spaces Tour – NO Info for 2021
SE Main and SE 3rd Lee’s Summit, MO
Downtown LS will return for haunted tours on October 17th! There are very limited tickets available, with only 6 time slots each each to allow for safe distances.
6115 Wornall Rd Kansas City, MO
All ages Ghost Tour October 22nd
21+ Ghost Tour October 29th
Paranormal Investigations night of October 22nd,29th, 30th and 31st
Tour times and prices depend on which you choose to attend.
As one of the most haunted homes in Kansas City, The Wornall House offers ghost tours as well as paranormal investigations that will walk you through the life and death of John Wornall’s wife, Eliza whom lived during the Civil War! Children under 12 are not permitted and children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
508 N. 2nd Street Atchison, KS
In one of the most haunted towns in the US, Atchison, Kansas is full of ghost tales. For those afraid of things that go bump in the night, the faint-of-heart, schools or clubs, the Sallie House is open for daytime tours by reservation only. Take a self-guided tour of Atchison’s most famous haunted home.
This house was once the home of a physician that would conduct examinations in the front office. One of his patients needed emergency surgery and unfortunately died during the procedure. The house is believed to be haunted by the 6 year old girl to this very day.
If you’re looking for scary things to do…this is the place!
Self Guided Day Tours are ($18) every Sunday to Thursday, but you MUST HAVE APPOINTMENT.
Overnight Stays are $125-150 per night and run all year long. There is a 2 person minimum, but perfect for a couples getaway. Other events normally include Paranormal Investigations, Weekend Ghost Hunt & Ghost Hunting 101 but aren’t running right now due to current circumstances.
You can pick up your ticket at the Santa Fe Depot anytime the day of your tour but you must have a ticket to enter the house.
1325 Odd Fellows Rd Liberty, MO
From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am (next day) on multiple Saturdays, including Sept 26th, Oct 10th & Oct 17th, as well as multiple Fridays, including Nov 6th & Nov 13th.
Tickets: $60 each
Located in Liberty, MO, the Belvoir Winery hosts more than mixers and dinner parties…
This winery is known for the scary paranormal activities and for also being one of the most haunted locations in the entire Midwest! Get your tickets for this tour ASAP as there are limited times and tours.
217 North Main St. Independence, MO
** Pick a timeslot online. Only 1 group allowed in each hour time slot.
Tickets $25- $30. Ghost hunt $70 ( no kids under 7 allowed)
This historic jail is home to a few ghostly inhabitants. Visitors have smelled cigar smoke, seen shadowy figures roaming around and even one who likes to pull the hair of women.
Tickets for this tour will sell out quickly due to the time constraint so visitors are encouraged to purchase ASAP!
3406 Frederick Ave. St. Joseph, MO
2020 current hours are each day from 10:00am-5:00pm. Only 25 people are allowed in at a time, so be sure to plan ahead.
This Museum may not be haunted, but it is just as hair raising and thrilling! The Glore Psychiatric Museum was formerly known as the State Lunatic Asylum No.2. This museum gives you a first hand glimpse of what it was like to be treated in the asylum as well as notes, paintings and clothing worn by the patients and care takers.
Museum goers will experience real-life horrors that happened there – even be able to see ALL the things one patient in particular had swallowed. Unnerving mannequins are prevalent as well, illustrating the near-barbaric procedures many patients were subjected to, making for one creepy visit. Call (816) 232-8471 for more info.
The Attic KC – NO Info for 2021
Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Tickets are $25 per person
This is Union Station’s newest attraction & a fun Halloween thing to do!
Explore the attic of Union Station, one of the most haunted places in Kansas City. It was previously closed off to the public, but they have opened it up this Halloween!
Come experience the ghosts of Union Station…it’s sure to scare your pants off.
Haunted Hotel Savoy (now 21c Museum Hotel) – NO Info for 2021
219 W. 9th St Kansas City, MO
** Not happening in 2020.
This is a free Halloween event, but a donation is suggested.
This hotel in downtown Kansas City, MO is believed to be haunted by ghosts possibly from pre WWII era. Most of the encounters happened to staff and visitors between the early 1980’s and late 1990’s.
While some say it is still haunted, most believe the happenings come from room #505 and those nearby.
Visit Epperson House – NO Info for 2021
5200 Cherry St Kansas City, MO
** No info for 2020.
Noted as one of the top 5 haunted houses in the US by Unsolved Mysteries, Epperson House is famous for it’s 54 bedrooms, Tudor Gothic design and many reports of paranormal activity inside and out from Uriah Spray Epperson himself.
Many guards, students and local authorities have witnessed what they say are loud footsteps, crashing noises and ghostly figures.
Muehlebach Hotel – No Info for 2021
200 W 12th St. Kansas City, MO
** No info for 2020.
Now one of the three wings of the Kansas City Marriott in Downtown Kansas City, MO, the Muehlebach was once a prestigious hotel that hosted many visitors. Most of them were famous and and even legendary in their own right.
One particular wing is believed to be haunted by “The Blue Lady”. This mysterious lady is described as a blonde woman in a blue dress possibly from the 1920’s. She wanders the halls and lobby supposedly looking for her lost lover.
Come visit the wing of the hotel to see if you can feel ghosts wandering the halls.
Mount Washington Manor Haunted House – NO Info for 2021
9515 E Independence Ave. Independence, MO 64053
** Closed for 2020.
Grab tickets on Groupon for as little as $8 per person!
Be ready to get scared at the scariest haunted house in Independence! While this Halloween activity is family friendly, there will be scary parts.
1596 E. 250rd Lecompton, KS
Just a quick drive down the road from Stull United Methodist, the Stull cemetery is believed to be one of the 7 gates to hell. Witnesses have experienced paranormal encounters, strange sounds and mysteriously “losing time” while visiting the cemetery.
While there are “no trespassing” signs posted, visitors are encouraged to make sure they have plenty of batteries for flashlights, warm clothes and a partner to accompany them if visiting at night.
Atchison, KS has TONS of Halloween events going on in October. Hop on their website and see what all they have to offer. You could make a whole day of ghostly activities to do as a family. If you are super brave you could even stay the night in Atchison’s Scariest haunted house. Below I have featured two of their activities.
Macabre Cinema Haunted House – Updated Info TBA
1222 W 12th St Suite A Kansas City, MO
Don’t just watch your favorite horror movies this Halloween, be a part of them!
Head to Macabre Cinema Haunted House in the West Bottoms for the time of your life. Venture through this haunted 1930’s movie theater and be a part of 30 + famous scary scenes spread across 4 floors!
Macabre Cinema haunted house puts visitors into spooky scenes from classic and contemporary horror movies. To add to the authenticity, portions of actual movie sets are included in the four-story West Bottoms haunted hotspot, including from both The Mummy and Hellraiser. Some of film’s most memorable characters are sure to be spotted in this nightmare-fueling adventure.
You even have an option to take a daring dash down the 4 story bat pole!
**Pro tip, combo The Best, Edge of Hell and Macabre to save**
4545 Worlds of fun Ave Kansas City, MO
** Park open, but Halloween Haunt closed for 2020.
Friday and Saturday nights through October 27th
Head out to Worlds of Fun for rides full of thrills and a night full of screams! Be on the lookout for hundreds of scary creatures lurking around the fog filled park.The frights start at 6:30 and is not recommended for ages under 14.
Halloween Haunt is the Midwest’s largest Halloween event and one of KC’s most fearful fall traditions. Every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October, the family-friendly park transforms into one of the scariest destinations in town as the otherworldly Overlord awakens his army of ghouls each evening. Featuring 13 extreme haunts, more than 500 monsters, spooky shows and chilling thrill rides, the Haunt promises Halloween terror for everyone 14 years old and up.
200 S 10th st. Atchison, KS
** Closed for 2020.
Tour the most haunted town in Kansas! Take a trolley ride around Atchison, Kansas and see where all the haunted houses are located and learn more about the ghosts that inhabit them.
Tours for the trolley and coaches vary each day. For more information on tickets and schedules visit them online. This tour is not recommended for ages under 6.
Cemetary Walking Tour – NO Info for 2021
200 S 10th st. Atchison, KS (where pick up tix)
** Closed for 2020.
This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Atchison, so you are sure to have some spooky experiences!
Fun Halloween Things to do at Home
Decorate your Front Door
Get in the Halloween spirit by decorating your front door! You can go the spooky route, or make it cute if you have younger kids.
Host Your Own Halloween Party
Whether you have little ones or older children, Halloween parties are some of the most fun parties to plan. There are so many Halloween themed treats & activities to create!
Check out our guide to hosting a Halloween party for inspo!
Host a game of Glow-in-the-Dark Capture The Flag
As the evenings are getting cooler, it’s the perfect time for a heart-thumping, sweat-dripping night game of CAPTURE THE FLAG. Glow stick-style.
Here’s how to play:
- Gather a big group of friends who aren’t afraid of the dark and like to chase each other. Divide up into 2 teams.
- Review how to play capture the flag. See instructions here: https://www.thegamegal.com/2010/10/28/capture-the-flag/
- Get your glow-on. You will need 2 glow sticks of different colors – these will be the flags. Each player will need 2 glow bracelets, one for each wrist, the same colors as the flags. Half of your group will wear one color for their team. The other half will wear the second color.
- Don’t activate your sticks until just before you are ready to play.
Pro tips for Glow Capture the Flag:
– Players can’t hide their glow bracelets under any clothing.
– If a flag (glow stick) that has been stolen is dropped it must be returned to the original area
– Agree on specific jail rules. For example, if a player touches the jail, everyone is freed and gets a free walk back but they have to go back to their side before they can try to steal the flag. The person freeing the prisoners can still get tagged at any point
– You can also play this rousing game indoors using a gym or basketball court. Select two corners of the room for jail and put the flags (glow sticks) there on either end. Activate your sticks and turn off the lights!
Host a Murder Mystery Party “Clue” Style
Teens can still dress up by hitting up a Thrift store and finding outfits to where that fit their part. Check out Pinterest for menu ideas, scripts, and costume ideas for the party. You can also find some great ideas online!
Halloween Mystery Boxes
Make several Halloween mystery boxes for a little added surprise this season!
Blindfold each participant & have them stick their hands in to guess what they are. You can use boiled spaghetti for brains, peeled grapes for eye balls, corn kernels for teeth & many other crazy concoctions.
Host a Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) Party
Have each guest bring their own pumpkin and you supply pumpkin decorating and carving tools. Find no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that don’t involve cutting too!
Then, host a contest of “most creative pumpkin”, “most unique pumpkin”, and “most festive pumpkin”, etc. Let the kiddos watch a Halloween themed movie. Make some popcorn and throw in some candy corn… you got yourself a party!
Make Caramel Apples together
Who doesn’t love caramel apples? You can add many different toppings so everyone can get a little creative!
Look up ghost stories online or create your own
Once you find scary stories, read them around the fire or in the dark.
Whatever it is you choose to do… just embrace the fact that you are doing something together. These memories will last forever. There’s nothing like seeing time fly before your eyes quite like holidays with your kids…
One minute you’re searching for ladybug costumes and the next you’re sending them off to haunted houses and parties.
Your kids will never forget that you cared enough to take the time to invest in them!
What are some ways you celebrate Halloween with your older kiddos? Give us your ideas in the comments!
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