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