Just in case you like terrifying yourself, here are some Halloween events and attractions for the older or more scare-proof crowd – not for the little kiddos. (See the list of kid-friendly Halloween events here.) Wichita has haunted houses, scary tree farms, wicked islands, and wicked woods, and more.
You’ll also want to scroll down to see the list of Haunted Happenings in the Wichita area – aka Halloween events that adults and older teens will love.
Have I missed any haunted houses or haunted Halloween events? Please let me know in the comments section below!
Wichita Haunted Houses and Haunted Attractions
The popular haunted island at O.J. Watson Park is open again this year. (The Wicked Woods attraction is now combined with Wicked Island.)
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. There’s an escape room experience too; save your escape room ticket stub for a discount on the haunted forest. Open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 8 p.m. to midnight, with a special opening on Halloween night. The Wicked Island is at 3022 S. Mclean Blvd., Wichita, KS 67217.
Field of Screams at Scary Prairie Pines
Field of Screams at Scary Prairie Pines is another very popular haunted attraction here in Wichita. They go over and beyond with the scary and gory storyline, and this is definitely not a good choice for young kids – which is one reason why older kids and adults really like it.
Tickets range from $15 to $45 and include Clown Town. (The best deal is on Sunday nights and, this year, on Halloween night when tickets are only $15!) The Escape Shack requires separate tickets. Open on weekends beginning September 28 and ending November 3, with extra open nights on October 25 and 31, 2018. Gates open at 7 p.m.; fields open at dark. Field of Screams is at 4055 N. Tyler Road, Maize, KS 67101.
The Haunted Cannery and Lunatic Asylum
Hidden in the fields behind the bucolic and family-friendly Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is a sinister place of fear and lunacy. Although I don’t know why you would want to take the risk, if you feel the need to investigate this madhouse, take the haunted hayride or get a RIP ticket for the Hell Bound Ambulance tour back to an old grain elevator.
Once you’re there, you can pay extra for a closed-casket ride at the Mortuary (limit 2 corpses) to the lunatic asylum. But be very afraid – madness lurks in this country farm north of El Dorado!
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 8-11 p.m. Tickets from $20 general admission to $40 per person for the R.I.P. Ticket Fast Pass. (Group discounts available.)
Tanganyika Zombie Laser Hunt, Cage Maze of Doom, and Escape Rooms
Tanganyika’s annual Pumpkins at the Park is well known for being a large, family-friendly Halloween event for kids, but lurking in the shadows are ZOMBIES that need to be stopped. Teens and adults are called upon to enlist in the Zombie Task Force to hold off the encroaching attack.
There’s also a Cage Maze of Doom that’s popular with the older crowd, and two escape room experiences. Adults age 21+ will also appreciate the Witches Brew and other adult beverages to quench their thirst after zombie-hunting.
Tickets for Zombie Laser Tag are an additional $10; the escape rooms are $5 each. Pumpkins in the Park will be held six nights in October (October 19-21 and 26-28); admission is $15 per person ages 2 and up; $7 for 2 and under.
All Hallows Eve Escape Room
The All Hallows Eve escape room experience from The Art of Escape ICT is decidedly scarier than their usual.
“The Witching hour has come, and you and your team have decided that this Halloween, you’re going treasure hunting. There’s a cemetery down the street, and rumor has it that great treasures lie within… and to no one’s surprise, there are also murderous spirits afoot! With each grave you unearth the risks climb, the spirits grow angrier, and the night goes on. You’ll have one hour to escape with the treasure, before… well, there’s always room for more graves, right?”
Open for bookings in October for $25 per person. Use coupon code WOTC2018 for 10% off! The Art of Escape is located at 3540 W. Douglas in Wichita next to Douglas Storage.
Kansas Zombie Hunters and Woods of Horror
Take a short drive north to Newton where a colony of zombies has been discovered. These undead need to go back where they belong, and that’s where you come in! Ride through the fields of corn and keep alert as they show themselves. You’ll fire flesh-eating paintballs that glow in the dark to confirm your target has been destroyed. Don’t let the zombies scare you – you’re the one with the paintball gun so fire away!
Before or after the hunt, take a stroll through the Woods of Horror, a 20 to 25-minute trek through darkness where you’ll encounter live zombies, ghosts, and goblins mixed in with other non-living creatures. Head back to base camp to warm up by the fire, get in target practice at the shooting gallery, and fill up at Taco Mike’s food truck.
Open weekends from September 28 through the end of October. Nighttime zombie hunt with 100 rounds is $20 per person; haunted woods is $5. Be sure to get your coupon for 100 extra free rounds from BuyLocalPlus to use before Oct. 7. Or purchase a season pass for only $50 per person (a $200 value). Kansas Zombie Hunters is located at 7727 NE 36th Street in Newton. Tickets.
Klausmeyer Farm Barn of Fear and Zombie Paintball
Do you dare enter the Barn of Fear or shoot glow-in-the-dark globs of paint at advancing zombies or find your way through a corn maze in the dark? If you do, then Klausmeyer Farm needs you!
On Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m., a $20 Haunted Package includes Klausmeyer’s Corn maze, Barn of Fear, 1 ride on the Zombie Paintball trailer, Fire Pits and Party Barn access. Other times (including daytime), you can purchase admission to Klausmeyer’s Dairy Farm ($7) and pay for additional tickets to face your fears.
The farm also has a “Farmer Ninja Warrior” obstacle course – which might be scary for some of us less-athletic folks!
Warehouse of Terrors in Milton, KS
Find your way through the maze of corridors and passageways and watch out for zombies, clowns, and other frights! The Warehouse of Terrors currently has a Groupon (my affiliate link) that makes admission as low as $15 per person.
Open Saturdays in October from 8-11 p.m. Warehouse of Terrors is located 23 minutes southwest of Wichita at 1690 W 140th Ave. N., Milton, KS (K-42 Hwy. & Argonia Rd.).
Udall Forest of Fear
Enter the Forest if you dare. Tickets are $18 for adults on Friday and Saturday, $15 for adults on Thursday and Sunday, and $12 for children 9 and under. Mention their website for $1 off admission; veterans get an additional $1. Group discounts are also available. They accept cash, debit, or credit cards, but no checks.
FastPass is $25 for adults/$15 for children 9 and under. Open Friday-Saturday beginning Sept. 28; Fri-Sat-Sun beginning October 18. Also open on Halloween night, October 31.
Forest of Fear is at 7446 51st Rd., Udall, KS 67149.
Keep scrolling to see the list of scary Wichita Halloween events. Or click here for family-friendly Halloween events.
Halloween Events for Adults or Teens
October 1 – Opening of Horrorfest in Wichita
October 6 – Wichita Paranormal Society at McPherson Museum 2 p.m. at 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS 67460. Free and open to the public.
October 6 – Patient Zero – An Apocalyptic Murder Mystery 7-8:30 p.m. at the Derby Public Library. Registration is required for this event for people 18 years and up. A terrible epidemic has plagued the nation and you have been singled out as one of the potential patient zeroes. Now quarantined, you must figure out who the true viral host is before you are executed.
October 11 – Big Read Movie: The Book of Eli 5:30-7:30 p.m. Set in 2043 in a post-apocalyptic America, a man fights his way across the country, protecting a sacred book that holds the key to saving mankind. The film stars Denzel Washington. (rated R)
October 13 – Digital Dystopian Film: Ready Player One 2:30- 5 p.m. at Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. 9th Street N., Wichita, Kansas 67208 This science fiction action adventure dystopian film directed by Steven Spielberg is based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. The people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. (PG-13)
October 18 – Join Exploration Place for a fall-themed evening of science, food, and adult beverages on October 18 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $5 in advance; $7 at the door. EP21 events are free for Exploration Place members.
October 18 – Big Read Movie at Evergreen Branch Library: The Road 5:30-7:30 p.m. Set in a post-apocalyptic world of the not-too-distant future, this film depicts a father and son who are walking south, looking for a more hospitable environment. The film stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron and is rated R.
October 19-20 – Haunted House next door to the McPherson Museum 8-10 p.m. at 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS 67460. Enter if you dare! $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 for museum members.
October 19-21 – Zombie Task Force at Pumpkins at the Park (see info above)
October 19 & 26 – Kansas Aviation Museum Ghosts of our Past event is for ages 18+ with four sessions per evening. Cost is $30 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance online.
October 26 – Haunted Acres at Lazy Bucks Ranch 7:30 p.m. to midnight. An hour-long trail through woods would seem like a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors, but after dark, creatures lurk in those woods! $10 at the gate; proceeds benefit the Wichita Children’s Home. 7000 W. 79th Street S., Haysville, Kansas 67060
October 26-27 – Haunted House next door to the McPherson Museum 8-10 p.m. at 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS 67460. Enter if you dare! $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $10 for museum members.
October 26-28 – Zombie Task Force at Pumpkins at the Park (see info above)
October 27 Terminal of Terror at Kansas Aviation Museum (tentative) 8 p.m. to midnight Join museum staff for a behind the scenes guided tour through some of the spookiest areas of the original airport terminal, reported to have paranormal activity. Find out which rumors are said to be true and which are made up. Each group will be limited to about 15 people and will go approximately every 15-30 minutes. Tickets online or at the door. $15
October 27 Big Read Film Screenings: Contagion (2011) and The Day After (1983) 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Wichita Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd Street in Wichita, KS. These films share a theme with this year’s Big Read selection, Station Eleven, which takes place years after a fictional swine flu pandemic has devastated the world’s population.
October 27 – Haunted Acres at Lazy Bucks Ranch 8 p.m. to midnight. An hour-long trek through the woods – so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. But beware the dangers that lurk in those woods after dark! $10 at the gate; proceeds benefit the Wichita Children’s Home. 7000 W. 79th Street S., Haysville, Kansas 67060
October 31, 2018 Cemetery of Fright! This house at 3040 S. Gordon Street in Wichita will be decked out with Halloween displays and ready to scare trick-or-treaters. Stop by for selfies with the Terminator and other scary props. They’ll have candy for the kids, of course!
November 3 Big Read Film Screenings: Outbreak (1995) and It Comes At Night (2017) These films share a theme with this year’s Big Read selection, Station Eleven, which takes place years after a fictional swine flu pandemic has devastated the world’s population.