As Halloween approaches in St. Louis, the Gateway City becomes a prime portal to spine-tingling fun. This historic city is home to its fair share of spooky haunts that you can visit year-round, as well as family-friendly, hair-raising Halloween celebrations full of frights and delights.
Lemp Mansion: Float on over from Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark for the weekly ghost tour at Lemp Mansion. This 150-year-old landmark, built by a beer baron family beset by misfortune, has a long history of ghost sightings. It’s a perennial pick on paranormal TV shows and lists among the country’s most haunted houses.
Saint Louis University: Twenty-four years before The Exorcist terrorized moviegoers, Jesuit priests from Saint Louis University performed the real-life exorcism that inspired the book and movie. Part of that exorcism took place on campus, which lies in the vibrant Midtown arts and entertainment district.
St. Louis Haunted History Tours: Take a nighttime stroll along the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing – where the city was founded in 1764 – and hear centuries of spooky ghost stories on the St. Louis Haunted History Tour. Offered twice weekly from May through October, the tour is a short walk from Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch.
Alton, Illinois: Northeast across the Mississippi River from St. Louis lies Alton, Illinois, considered one of the most haunted small towns in America. From the Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis/Alton it’s easy to join the haunted tours offered by Alton Hauntings, Alton Haunted Odyssey, and McPike Mansion of this river city’s spectral hotspots.
Bissell Mansion Restaurant & Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Among the oldest houses in St. Louis, the Bissell Mansion is a suspenseful setting even before the curtain rises on its weekend murder mystery dinners. Legend has it, the ghost of Captain Lewis Bissell occasionally makes an appearance.
Bellefontaine Cemetery: The 160-year-old Bellefontaine Cemetery is the final resting place of many St. Louis luminaries, including beer baron Adolphus Busch and explorer William Clark. Tales of ghostly hitchhikers near the cemetery have persisted over the decades.
Boo at the Zoo: The St. Louis Zoo invites children to wear their costumes and enjoy games, crafts, music, and other Halloween fun at Boo at the Zoo, from October 16–30. The Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis at Forest Park is close to the festivities.
Not-So-Haunted-House at the Magic House: This beloved children’s museum near the Hampton Inn St. Louis/Sunset Hills is always a treat, but especially so during its Not-So-Haunted-House October 20–22 and 27–29. Instead of candy, kids can collect autographs from favorite costumed characters.
Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm: Get into the Halloween spirit every Friday and Saturday in October during Halloween Nights at Grant’s Farm.A tram ride leads to a magic show, DJ, and other activities.
Party in the Patch: Stroll over from Hampton Inn & Suites Clayton/St. Louis Galleria Area to Clayton’s Shaw Park for Party in the Patch on October 19. Enjoy a hayride, candy hunt, inflatables, crafts, games, and other activities.
Escape STL: Expect spine-tingling suspense as you race the clock in escape-room fun at Hilton partner Escape STL, located near Homewood Suites by Hilton St. Louis – Galleria. Use promo code HILTON10 to get $10 off.
St. Louis Haunted Houses
Six Flags’ Fright Fest: During October weekends at Six Flags St. Louis, Fright Fest‘s nighttime haunted attractions transform this theme park’s daytime thrills into spine-tingling chills.
Creepyworld: The self-proclaimed biggest haunted attraction in the U.S., Creepyworldin suburban Fenton spins scary 13 different ways on October nights. Hampton Inn St. Louis Southwest is convenient to both Creepyworld and Fright Fest.
The Darkness: Expect zombies galore at The Darkness, which has been instilling “25 years of fear” in those brave enough to visit this Soulard-area attraction on October nights.
House of the Occult at Lemp Brewery: This underground haunted attraction amps up the fright factor at one of the city’s most haunted addresses.
Visit St. Louis this fall and stay at a Hilton.