Halloween Hometown Hub


Jacob Hood

Jacob Hood’s rendition of McFinnigan Manor

Halloween is a time when some seek to scare themselves while others seek to stuff themselves. From family-oriented to frightening, thrill seekers and trick-or-treaters alike will be able to find worthwhile entertainment this fall.

McFinnigan Manor

4520 Grove Dr. Lawrence, Kan.

Oct. 18 & 26, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Oct. 27, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Oct. 31, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(Oct. 31 times are subject to change)


On select nights in October, senior Jacob Hood’s house draws in visitors to hear the frightening legend of McFinnigan Manor. While the manor is not standing today, the Hood residence was built directly over the manor’s basement, now considered to be haunted by the spirit of James McFinnigan, the manor’s original owner. Upon arrival, participants are presented with a video backstory of the manor and the McFinnigan family prior to descending into the basement. When guests enter the basement, they hear horrifying screams, evil laughter and suspenseful music. There is no cost for this event, but donations are appreciated. For more information, email [email protected]



Fort Riley Ghost Tours 2013

Bldg 205 Custer Ave. Fort Riley, Kan.

Oct. 27, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Fort Riley, a military base in North Central Kansas, is rumored to be haunted due to the numerous amount of deaths that have occurred there. According to legend, on cloudless nights, a woman bound by chains walks across the Artillery Parade Field. Sightings of a WWI soldier have also been reported since the 1960s. While touring the base, participants learn about its ghost stories and history. There is no cost, but donations are encouraged. For additional information about Fort Riley, visit www.riley.army.mil. To read about other Fort Riley hauntings, go to www.legendsofamerica.com/ks-fortriley.html.



Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave. Kansas City, Mo.

Friday through Sunday every weekend from Sept. 27 to Oct. 27


On late night weekends in Fall, Worlds of Fun transforms a family friendly amusement park into a terrifying haunted world. Features include mazes, horror-filled theater shows and scare zones, each providing visitors with a different way to raise their adrenaline. Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to attend. Pricing information and schedules can be found at www.worldsoffun.com/haunt.

Halloween Hustle 5k & 10k

Summit Fair Shopping Center Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Oct. 26, 7 a.m.


For fitness lovers, the Halloween Hustle 5k & 10k races are a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and stay active. All finishers receive medals, but the top three also receive placement medals. Other awards are handed out to the biggest team and the fastest male, female and coed teams. There are individual and team costume contests, kids’ activities and a party. For more information visit www.bodiesbybradandjen.com/halloween-hustle-5k-10k-run.html.



The Beast

1401 W. 13th St. Kansas City, Mo.


Noted as the largest haunted house in America, The Beast is 40 minutes of terror. Visitors travel through the Werewolf Forest, a maze, a three-story tall lighthouse and end their journey with a steep four-story slide. This haunted house is not for the faint of heart, and anyone 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets and dates can be found at http://www.kcbeast.com/. Prices vary.