Best Spots for Trick-or-Treating

When Halloween arrives, Springfield, MO haunts open their doors and candy bags. These family-friendly spots are some of the best places to fill up on candy and show off that spooky costume.

By Ettie Berneking

Oct 01 2023 at 8 a.m.

Young trick or treaters in the Rountree neighborhood in Springfield MO
Photo by Chuck TraversCandy isn’t all that awaits costumed kiddos at Halloween in Rountree. Be sure to get there early for the parade.

Ozarks Technical Community College Trunk or Treat

1001 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO, October 26, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
OTC holds a trunk-or-treat event on October 26 at the campus on E. Chestnut Expressway, with trunks stuffed with treats and goodies, costumes, trunk decorating and more!

Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treat

Shrine Mosque, October 29
The Arc of the Ozarks’ TheraCare hosts a Sensory-Safe Trick-or-Treat event at the Shrine Mosque. Kids will have the chance to do some trick-or-treating in a calm environment hosted by volunteers, local businesses and non-profits. Plus there’ll be a separate area for snack games. Admission is free but make sure you register ahead of time.


Start Time: 5:30 p.m.

Why We Love It: If anyone does Halloween right in Springfield, it’s the Rountree neighborhood. There’s a full-blown parade, for crying out loud. And this neighborhood haunt is no hidden gem. Each year, hundreds of costume-clad kids and parents creep along Pickwick to haunt those who dare leave their porch lights on. If you’re new to the fun, get here early so you don’t miss the parade. Check back soon for more details.

Emerald Park

Start Time: Dusk

Why We Love It: This little corner of Springfield knows how to have a good time. The Emerald Park HOA already throws adult pool parties, organizes pickleball tournaments and basketball games and hosts movie nights, so of course it knows what’s up on Halloween. There might not be a parade, but there is a lot of candy to go around. And kids in the know head this way each Halloween to snag the best sweets they can find.

Southern Hills

Start Time: 5 p.m.
Why We Love It:
Rountree isn’t the only hood in town where trick-or-treating is bumping on Halloween night. Southern Hills has joined the action with its own spooktacular parade. Even better—this neighborhood fest has a bonfire complete with hotdogs and s'mores to roast as well as a potluck.