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Weekend Possibilities | Spooky Season’s Arrival, KCK Taco Trail, And the KC Natural Hair Expo

Some scary distractions for a scary time

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Above image credit: Monster Squad is showing as part of a double feature outdoors at Screenland Armour. (Courtesy | Screenland Armour Facebook)

It’s fall y’all.

Time to get your spook on and enjoy cool temperatures. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do both this weekend in and around Kansas City.

Friday, Oct. 2

6 – 8 p.m. Friday night is Ladies Night at Art in the Yard Kansas City in Overland Park, 7620 Santa Fe Drive. Gather some of the gals, grab a paintbrush and do your best Andy Warhol impression. The ladies-only class will demonstrate the American pop artist’s style as attendees will get a step-by-step guide to creating some pop art of their own. Registration is $35.

6 – 8 p.m. Mission Parks & Rec is inviting families to Streamway Park, W. 50th Place off Foxridge Drive, for a free Spooky Walk. Kick off the Halloween month with activities along the trail, including snacks and cider. Organizers ask that all guests wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines.

7:30 – 11:59 p.m. A more terrifying version of the Spooky Walk will happen out in the woods in Bonner Springs. If being scared out of your mind is sort of your thing, get a group together and get tickets to Exiled Trail of Terror. The area’s only haunted trail issues a warning to the faint of heart: “This is a rugged, dark trail. If you are scared of getting dirty, sweaty or hiking through the dark OUTSIDE, then Exiled is not for you!” Tickets for the Trail of Terror are $40. All tickets will be for a timed entry.

Exiled Trail of Terror in Bonner Springs, Kansas. (YouTube)

Saturday, Oct. 3

11 a.m. – 6 p.m. General admission tickets are still available for Saturday’s 9th Annual Kansas City Natural Hair and Wellness Expo at Hy-Vee Arena, 1800 Genessee St. The family friendly event will feature natural hair and wellness classes, hair and barber stage presentations, a fashion show, a bounce house for the kids, a men’s basketball tournament, plus plenty of opportunities to shop. Tickets are $15 for single day entry. Two-day passes are $20.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. If you’ve taken your craft game to the next level during all this time spent indoors, it’s time to try your hand in paper making. Scraps KC and X37Adventures are offering a Virtual Paper Making lesson, where you’ll learn how to make your own postcard out of recycled paper. Be sure to check the full list of necessary supplies before signing up. Registration is $35 with supplies and $25 without.

4 – 9 p.m. It is opening weekend for Apparition Lawrence, the “Spookeasy” Halloween pop-up bar concept above R.P.G. downtown, 724 Massachussetts St. Enter if you dare (and are over the age of 21) to experience a wicked ambience with 13 craft cocktails to choose from.

6 – 10:30 p.m. Screenland Armour in North Kansas City, 408 Armour Road, is getting into the Halloween spirit with a Saturday night outdoor double feature. Throw on a hoodie and settle in for a back-to-back screening of House of Frankenstein and Monster Squad. The back parking lot screenings offer plenty of room for social distancing. Tickets for two are available for $25. Tickets for groups of three to six are $50. Bring your own chairs!

Sunday, Oct. 4

8 – 10:30 a.m. Kansas City runners are taking to the streets of Martin City Sunday morning for the Oktoberfest 5K, 135th and Oak streets. After crossing the finish line, there’ll be Oktoberfest-themed food and drink, along with live German music. Be sure to check online. Registration fees vary depending on group rates and age.

Noon – 2 p.m. If walking is more your speed, get outdoors for Walktober and hit the Rock Island Trail, 12600 E. 98th St. in Lee’s Summit. Those craving cool weather and the great outdoors are encouraged to bring a bike, walk or run along the 6.5-mile trail. Dogs are permitted, as long as they are on a leash. Trail users are asked to wear a face covering when in close proximity with others and respect social distancing.

If the only trail you’re walking is the KCK Taco Trail, we understand. Any Kansas Citian knows the Kansas side of the city has no shortage of tasty taco spots. Starting in October, the KCK Taco Trail is inviting food lovers to travel on a cultural and culinary journey through nearly 50 local restaurants throughout KCK. Unlock prizes by stopping at as many restaurants as you can through October 2021. The KCK Taco Trail pass used to track your progress is free to download, be sure to check online for all participating restaurants.

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