Craving some seasonal fun without the fright? Catch a carriage over to Historic Saint Charles for the annual Legends & Lanterns Festival, which runs Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 25-27.
Explore the shops and attractions of Main Street while meeting a cast of ghostly characters – such as Lizzie Borden, Sweeney Todd, Medusa and more – that come alive by the light of the festival’s enchanted lanterns. Each ghostly character also has a stamp that visitors can collect in their official Legends & Lanterns Passport, which can be picked up at the Tourism Center, 230 South Main Street.
Free events include horse-drawn hayrides, ghost stories at the Missouri First State Capitol, scarecrow displays, scavenger hunts, live music and more. The Plaza del Dia de los Muertos highlights Mexican Day of the Dead traditions and the Writer’s Block at the OPO Plaza allows visitors to brainstorm alongside Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and the Brothers Grimm.
Other exhibits include Morbid Curiosity: Mourning Traditions of the Victorian Age and Tinseltown Terror: A Salute to the Golden Age Of Monster Movies. For a full list of events and hours, visit discoverstcharles.com/events/legends-and-lanterns.
Looking for an event that’s a little less Ichabod Crane and a little more Headless Horseman? Take a detour to wine country for Spirits of the Past on Oct. 19 from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Historic Daniel Boone Home, 1868 Hwy. F in Defiance. As night descends, walk the lantern-lit paths of the pioneer village and listen to murder ballads, tales of the 1800s, and the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” told by storyteller Anne Williams. Limited tickets are available. Reservations are highly recommended. Pre-registered admission is $6; $10 at the door. Children ages 4 and under are free.