Halloween events kick off with full moon hikes

By Debbie Coleman-Topi Special to The Examiner

Several outdoor Halloween activities are on the schedule:

The Haunted Candy Cruise in Blue Springs is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Blue Springs

The city is hosting a free Haunted Candy Cruise in which families drive throughout Pink Hill Park to see spooky scenes and receive candy along the way, all from the safety of vehicles. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and local vendors will hand out candy and snacks. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the park, 2715 N.W. Park Drive, and advance registration is not required.


The Almost Halloween Blue Moon Full Moon Hike is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Road, Independence. Cost is $5, and reservations are required. Call 816-325-7115. Masks and social distancing required.

Then the Halloween Blue Moon Full Moon Hike is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at George Owens. Cost is $5, and reservations are required. Call 816-325-7115. Masks and social distancing required.

The city of Independence website lists some safety measures for those who plan to trick-or-treat or engage in other holiday activities. The city’s October newsletter, City Scene, includes ideas for alternatives to trick-or-treating and safety guidelines.

For instance, the site suggests households keep trick-or-treaters from approaching the front door as this is seen as a high-risk activity. Instead, those wishing to hand out candy can safely do so from a table from the sidewalk, driveway or yard. They recommend individually wrapped goodie bags for families to grab and go. Children are encouraged not to touch bags other than the one they are taking home.

The guidelines are from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and can be viewed at:


Kansas City

• Boo at the Zoo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., KC Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City. Children will receive treats while enjoying Halloween-themed activities and entertainment. Costumes are encouraged. The animals will be smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day. 

• Wildlife Track or Treat: 10 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 to 2 p.m. at Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, 816-759-7300. This is a program for all ages. Enjoy the scariest day of the year as you learn about snakes, spiders and bats. Kids will make a fun Halloween bag by using animal tracks. Deadline for registration is Oct. 31.