Celebrate the Latin American Day of the Dead with art and culture at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.Photo by Don Ipock.
With a bit of hocus pocus, sneak a little art, culture and education into your family’s Halloween activities! Several upcoming events offer fun opportunities to broaden your young mad scientist’s horizons:
HOWLoween IV 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20 What goes “bump” in the night? Find out with an evening of hiking, Halloween-themed nature stations and other free activities at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Get the details.
Haunted Kansas 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Spirits from the past will descend upon Ernie Miller Nature Center for a night of spooky fun. Kids ages 8 and up are invited to gather around a campfire for ghost stories. Get the details.
Brick or Treat Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29 Build your little engineer’s STEM skills one brick at a time at Legoland Discovery Center. The Halloween event includes a scavenger hunt and pumpkin-building activities. Tickets start at $15 when purchased online. Get the details.
Día de los Muertos 1-4 p.m. Oct. 22 Learn more about this Latin American holiday with a free celebration at the Kansas City Museum. The festivities will include arts, crafts, face painting and live music by Pablo Sanhueza’s Latin Quintet. Get the details.
Night at the BOO!seum 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 Go a little mad with the Museum at Prairiefire! Children ages 12 and under and their families can venture into outer space and visit a mad scientist’s laboratory. Admission is $5. Get the details.
Spooktacular Strings 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 28 Children 6 and under can learn more about music while listening to haunting tunes at this Petite Performance by the strings section of the Kansas City Symphony. Guests are invited to dress in costume and stay for hands-on activities after the performance. Tickets are $5. Get the details.
Spookfest: Science Unwrapped 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 Unwrap the spooky side of science with demonstrations, creepy creatures, a costume contest and more at Union Station. Admission is $8. Get the details.
Historical Hauntings 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 Experience some haunting history at Shawnee Town Museum, which will host an evening of hayrides, costume contests and trick-or-treating. All activities are free with a $1 donation. Get the details.
Day of the Dead 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 Honor the spirits of loved ones who have passed away and learn more about Hispanic culture with a free celebration at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The celebration will include music, art, food and an altar display with a 3D Tree of Life. Get the details.