Start Time: Usually around 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, which usually starts at 5:30 p.m.
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.
Start Time: 5:30 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 potluck. Jump on the Facebook page to sign up for a dish and learn where this year’s parade kicks off. Last year, the night was rounded out with a bonfire.
Start Time: 6 p.m.
Why We Love It: If you think battling the crowds at the mall is frightening on a regular Saturday afternoon, try wandering these halls during the annual Mall-O-Ween. Kids can trick or treat at retailers and join in on a variety of activities, but lines for this popular event can be a bit spooky, so arrive early or plan on bringing snacks and comfy walking shoes. Just look for the ghost balloon outside participating retailers for your sign that candy waits inside.
The Manor at Elfindale
Start Time: Usually runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
Why We Love It: While many retirement homes around town open their doors for trick or treating, The Manor at Elfindale does one better. This senior center throws a Harvest Party that’s themed all things Halloween. There are snacks and games for the kids, a costume contest for different age groups and trick-or-treating. Need more entertainment? You’re in luck because the zoo brings its spookiest critters to the party including snakes, tarantulas and lizards. The party is open to the public.