On a typical autumn weekend, the cobbled streets of St. Charles, Mo., might welcome shoppers and diners strolling amid blowing leaves and peering into cheery store windows. But in October, this historical city that once was home to Missouri’s State Capitol is home to weird and slightly creepy characters who roam the streets and lurk in corners – but it’s all in good fun. Because this is the city’s Legends & Lanterns fest, “a spirited journey through Halloween history.”
Beginning Oct. 20, you can interact with Icabod Crane, Edgar Allen Poe, Lizzie Borden, witches, and Vlad the Impaler – if we may name drop for a moment.
A mob of angry villagers provides music at the gazebo, and ghost stories are shared throughout the festival. Learn about funerary customs, hop on a hayride, or get a face-painting to reflect the Day of the Dead.
When evening befalls Oct. 26 and 27, visitors can also enjoy the Pumpkin Glow along Historic Main Street. Shopkeepers set the impressive jack-o-lanterns outside their businesses to welcome late-hour shoppers. The street magically glows, so be sure to bring the camera.
For more information, visit https://www.discoverstcharles.com/events/legends-and-lanterns/
Photo courtesy St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau
Halloween is just around the corner, and – depending on your neighborhood – large numbers of trick-or-treaters will be out after the sun goes down. Here are 10 safety tips from AAA for your family to keep the little hobgoblins safe.
• Be bright (not talking smart), be seen. Carry a flashlight so you can see uneven pavements and cars will see you. Use reflective stickers on costumes or treat bags.
• Masks can block your vision; chose face paint instead.
• Shoes and costumes should fit well and be the proper length to prevent trips or falls.
• Accessories shouldn’t be sharp or have potentially dangerous points.
• Look and LISTEN for traffic before crossing a street.
• Cross at corners and never between parked cars.
• If your neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing the traffic.
• Walk, don’t run, and obey traffic signals.
• Remember to use caution when crossing driveways, too.
• Go out with a group and bring a trusted adult, even if you’re staying within your neighborhood.
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