Stretch out the fun with pre-Halloween trick-or-treating events

10/24/2013 12:00 AM

10/24/2013 3:14 PM

Most Wichita kids will get their official, for-real trick-or-treating in on Thursday night – the actual Halloween.

But they can also get in practice runs, and get more mileage out of their costumes, at several not-so-scary pre-Halloween trick-or-treating events being put on by local venues.

Following is information about some of them:

Night of the Living Zoo, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd.: This popular event draws about 8,000 people over the three-night run for activities such as bean bag tossing, pumpkin bowling and spider-web climbing. Last year, organizers changed the setup a bit so that all candy is collected at the Candyland area on on the way out of the event. Previously, people were traveling through the zoo in a single-file line to stop at all the candy stations. Now, they can go between activities at will without worrying about missing a treat.

Attendees should wear their costumes and bring their treat bags. But they should not count on seeing the animals. Although they might spot giraffes and elephants, the majority of the animals will not be on display.

Tickets are $6 in advance at area QuikTrip stores or are available at the gate for $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers. Children 2 and younger do not need a ticket.

For information, visit

Trick or Treat Street, 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Wichita Children’s Theatre and Dance Center, 201 S. Lulu: This event starts with a short play about trick-or-treating safety and etiquette. After each show, children are invited to trick-or-treat at 16 stations set up throughout the theater. There will also be a clown plus games and craft stations.

The event, a fundraiser for the theater, is designed for kids ages 10 and younger, and they’re encouraged to wear their costumes. Tickets are $6 a person at the door. The theater will serve pizza a half-hour before the 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday shows, but it’s $1.50 a person extra, and people must make pizza reservations in advance by calling 316-262-2282.

Hay, Hooves and Halloween, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26, Old Cowtown Museum, 1864 W. Museum Blvd.: Old Cowtown Museum has been putting on this event since 1997, but this time, it’s trying something different – staging it in the evening rather than during the day. Attendees wear their costumes to trick-or-treat and participate in Halloween-themed games.

The event, which usually attracts between 600 and 1,000 people, also will include a magician and appearances by the Headless Horseman, the wicked witch from “Hansel and Gretel” and dancers possessed by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” There also will be a Halloween-themed gunfight and s’mores-making around a campfire.

Admission is $5 a person, though members and children ages 3 and younger will be admitted free. For information call 316-350-3323 or visit

Museum of World Treasures, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 835 E. First St.: This first-year trick-or-treating event will be educational and will offer traditional Halloween candy as well as healhty candy alternatives. The staff and volunteers will be dressed up in Halloween costumes, and so should attendees. While there, kids also may participate in Halloween crafts.

Admission is regular museum admission, which is $8.95 general, $7.65 for ages 60 and over, $6.95 for ages 4 to 12, and free for ages 3 and younger. Family passes for two adults and two kids also are available $28.50. For more information, visit

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