Here are twelve great things to do this Halloween weekend in KC, October 26-29, including: To Kill A Mockingbird, Creepshow: a brand-new Halloween themed music festival and P!NK.
Drinkaway Camp: A Slasher Themed Pop Up Experience
Drinkaway Camp: A Slasher Pop Up + Experience is a spooky immersive drinking experience, which combines elements from Cabin in the Woods-themed movies, and allows participants to embody their favorite horror archetypes. Drinkaway Camp will also feature a selection of spooky craft cocktails and housemade microbrews for liquid courage as guests navigate the terrifying challenges.
Weekends in October. 6 & 8:30 pm. October 30 & 31. 7 pm. The Big Rip Brewing Company.
What the Constitution Means to Me
Direct from Broadway, playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans in What the Constitution Means to Me. In this hilarious and hopeful new play, Schrek reimagines her teenage self in order to connect the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
October 24–29, October 31–November 5 and November 8–12. Times vary. KCRep Copaken Stage.
To Kill a Mockingbird
All rise for Harper Lee’s timeless classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, in Aaron Sorkin’s celebrated adaptation presented by the American Theatre Guild. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher, has become a true phenomenon. Witness the emotionally shattering and soulful portrayal of this American classic.
October 24–29. Times vary. The Music Hall.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance with a sassy, sultry celebration of a vibrant era in American history and jazz legend Fats Waller. Expect to hear his beloved tunes like “The Joint is Jumpin’” and “Handful of Keys.”
October 25–29. Times vary. Music Theater Heritage.
Hidden KC gem Union Cemetery hosts a chilling outdoor performance of Electric Poe. The talented R.H. Wilhoit adapts Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre masterpieces for the stage, including Annabel Lee and The Cask of Amontillado. Accompanied by live music, the haunting allure of Poe’s works come to life—or death—in front of the historic “Holding Vault” of KC’s oldest public cemetery. There’s also an optional after-show Q&A about both Poe and Union Cemetery and guided cemetery tours before Friday performances.
October 26–29 & 31 and November 3–5. 6:30 pm. Union Cemetery.
10th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Crossroads Hotel is hosting its tenth-annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, in partnership with Mattie Rhodes Art Center & Gallery and the Kansas City Museum. To celebrate this colorful cultural tradition, guests will enter the hotel to a breathtaking ofrenda, covered in cempasúchil flowers and memorabilia to help guide late loved ones to the afterlife. There will be live mariachi performances from Mariachi Corazon de America, live music, puppetry by StoneLion Puppet Theatre, complimentary Day of the Dead face painting, an opportunity to create alebrijes-inspired masks, specialty cocktails and light bites. Guests are also welcomed to participate in a community altar installation.
October 27. 6 pm. Crossroads Hotel.
Country music star, singer-songwriter, actor and jack-of-all-trades Clint Black cemented himself as an icon when his debut, genre-altering album in 1989, Killin’ Time, was met with critical and commercial success. His widespread influence can still be felt in the works of artists today—you won’t find “A Better Man” than him.
October 27. 8 pm. Yardley Hall.
She’s the Talk of the Town
Cultural icon and KC treasure, singer Marilyn Maye performs “She’s the Talk of the Town” with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, performing together again for the first time in twenty years. Her longtime residency at KC’s Colony Steakhouse began in the late ’50s, leading to tours around the country. Maye continues to lead a vibrant, storied career now in her mid-nineties.
October 27. 8 pm. October 28. 2 pm. Folly Theatre.
Creepshow is a brand-new two-day Halloween music festival, featuring an EDM lineup with artists like Porter Robinson and Jauz on Friday, and a hip-hop lineup featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, among others on Saturday. Along with the performances, there will also be silent disco, a haunted house, costume contest, themed cocktails, and more to get in the Halloween spirit.
October 27 & 28. 5 pm. Smokey River Entertainment District.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter P!NK is coming to KC for the third time in a decade. This time, the entire KC skyline turned pink when the singer announced her tour dates. She’ll be playing hits new and old from her sprawling career, including “Just Give Me A Reason” and “Try.” Mid-2010’s poppy radio hitmaker GROUPLOVE will be opening.
October 27 & 28. 7:30 pm. T-Mobile Center.
Monet and his Modern Legacy
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Impressionism, the Nelson-Atkins presents Monet and his Modern Legacy—an exhibit showcasing Claude Monet’s works and his enormous impact on a later generation of American artists. Featuring three breaktaking loans from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris along with additional works by Monet, this exhibit showcases his paintings’ far-reaching influence on artists like Sam Francis and Jean-Paul Riopelle.
October 28 2023 – March 10 2024. Nelson-Atkins Museum.
CarnEVIL Halloween Party
The huge annual P&L Halloween Party returns as a circus nightmare bar crawl, carnEVIL, with all-inclusive bar packages and KC’s “Biggest Costume Contest,” boasting over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
October 28. 6 pm. KC Live!