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While the Springfield-Greene County area has lots to offer in the fall season, the rest of the state does not disappoint. From frighting times in the ‘Lou to apple butter in Mt. Vernon, the Show-Me State has something for everyone. 

As we start our trip across the state, this weekend, Sept. 16-18, Humansville will be having its annual fall festival. According to the Humansville Facebook page, the theme is Hometown Pride. The latest updates regarding the event will be uploaded to www.facebook.com/humansvillefallfestival. 

When Missouri State University leaves for fall break on Oct. 7-8, students can visit different festivals. One of those is Apple Butter Makin’ Days which is held annually in Mt. Vernon. 

“We invite everyone to Stir the Pot and learn how apple butter is made on the historic Lawrence County Courthouse lawn. Featuring 450+ booths of handmade crafts, this event draws nearly 90,000 visitors each year,” Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce said on its website. “The fair-style food supports Lawrence County non-profit organizations and offers a great variety for your taste buds. This free festival has been pleasing crowds for over 50 years and just keeps getting better.”

For more information on Apple Butter Makin’ Days visit www.mtvchamber.com/apple-butter-makin-days.

While students are on break, they can go to one of the three main theme parks across the state. Silver Dollar City in Branson will be having Harvest Festival, Worlds of Fun will host Halloween Haunt, and Six Flags will have Fright Festival. 

“Experience Silver Dollar City’s Harvest Festival featuring Craft Days filled with new artisans each week,” Silver Dollar City said on its website. “And Pumpkins In The City by night with thousands of illuminated pumpkins with non-frightful fun for the entire family!”

To read about ticket prices and times of operation see www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park/Festivals/Harvest-Festival. 

The I-70 cities of Kansas City and St. Louis have spooky experiences for all. Worlds of Fun in Kansas City has ghosts, goblins, monsters and everything in between. 

“As darkness falls, fear rises when the Overlord calls his army to transform the park into Halloween Haunt,” Worlds of Fun said on its website. “This Halloween event allows you to experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of extreme haunted attractions as you navigate the fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk to feed off your screams.” 

Six Flags in St. Louis has events all day. According to the Six Flags website, “Fright Fest is back and spookier than ever. Dare to enter the Halloween event of the season, featuring family-friendly attractions during the day ... and thrills once the sun goes down.”

Julia Givens, a junior marketing and advertising major, has been to Fright Fest before. She said she would most definitely visit it again. 

“My experience has always been that it is so much fun going,” Givens said. “It gives you a good scare, many laughs and good memories. It’s never too scary but definitely leaves you spooked leaving the park.”

If theme parks are not your thing, visit a drive-in theater. Both the Seymour Owen Theatre and the Aurora Sunset Drive-In Theatre have showings each weekend. 

For the complete list of the when and where, take a peek at this list! 

  • Harvest Festival at Silver Dollar City Sept. 24-Oct. 30, 2021
  • Humansville Fall Festival - Sept. 16-18, 2021
  • ​​Fright Fest at Six Flags - Sept. 24-Oct. 31, 2021
  • Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun - Sept. 17-Oct. 30, 2021
  • Seymour Owen Theatre - Different showings each weekend
  • Aurora Sunset Drive-In Theatre - Different showings each weekend
  • Apple Butter Makin’ Days - Oct. 8-10, 2021

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