There’s no shortage of fun throughout October and we’ve got your guide to the goods, in and around Billings. Below you’ll find information on Fall Family Festivities (pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more!), Trick-or-Treat Events & Activities, and because it’s not only about the kids, a guide to Putting the Scream in Your Halloween! So get your ghosts and goblins ready, and mark those calendars as we take you through the incredible variety of a-maize-ing activities awaiting you this fall!
Pulled from the pages of SFM’s October 2017 issue, events with **are new additions or have been updated.
Fall Family Festivities
**Pappaw’s Pumpkins is located outside of Worden at 2545 S. 24th Rd, off of Old Highway 12 (just follow the ‘Pappaw’s Pumpkins’ signs starting 10 miles from their turn off).
*SOLD OUT! According to Pappaw’s Pumpkins Facebook page, they are sold out for the season!
Open Saturdays, 10am-5pm and Sundays, 2-5pm through October, until they’re sold out – so don’t dillydally! (Opening day is October 7). This charming pumpkin stand boasts beautiful photo opportunities, hills to climb, a little bridge to cross, a John Deere pedal tractor to ride, hot apple cider to sip, and fun to be had by all! Set up like an old farmer’s market stand, the pumpkins are ready and waiting to be chosen as The One to adorn your front stoop!
Pumpkins range from $2-$30, with corn stalks, edible squashes, and gourds also available to add to your fall décor. All proceeds go to charity. For more information look for “Pappaw’s Pumpkins” on Facebook.
The Maize at Grandpa’s Farm is celebrating its 20th season with a design that couples an air of nostalgia with a look at things to come. This year also includes a new, larger pumpkin patch, a paintball shooting gallery and co-location of Bad Bear Laser Tag. Located at 58th Street West and Grand Avenue, the Maize is open Sept 4-Oct 28, Wednesdays 6-9pm, Fridays/Saturdays 10am-10pm. Costs: $10/general admission, $12/haunted maze, add $3/$5/$10 for paintball.
Get a $2 off coupon at: www.themaizeatgrandpasfarm.com.
J&K Farms – located just outside of Laurel at 7 Krug Lane – offers a large pumpkin patch, hayrides, a small corn maze, and plenty of photo opportunities.
Open through Halloween, you can check out all they have to offer from 9am-6pm. If going out into the pumpkin patch isn’t your cup of tea, but you still want to support your local farmer, there are pre-picked pumpkins for your perusal. Looking to round out your fall décor, they’ve got corn stalks, straw bales, gourds, and more! Hayride and corn maze is $5/person. Pumpkins are 25¢/pound. Just a reminder that they only accept cash or checks, no cards. Montana Melts food truck is once again hitting the brakes at J&K every Saturday and Sunday, September 30-October 22!
To get information regarding group rates call 628.7592 or 855.7927.
Pumpkins for Kids @ Shrine Auditorium – Friday, October 13 @ 5-7pm | 1125 Broadwater Ave
Bring the whole family out for Scottish Rite Language Clinic’s Pumpkins for Kids carnival-esque night. Each child will receive 1 pumpkin to paint for free, all other fun house games are $0.50 each.
HarvestFest – Saturday, October 14 @ 9am-4pm | Downtown Billings, under Skypoint
Usher in all that fall has to offer with Downtown Billings’ Annual HarvestFest. This event for the family includes Arts & Crafts tents, Farmers’ Market produce, food trucks, children’s activities, a Pumpkin Pie Baking Contest, live entertainment, and the Harvestfest Basket Raffle!
Chalk on the Walk is once again part of the HarvestFest festivities celebrating the fall season and showcasing the 3rd Ave. corridor in downtown Billings. Members of the public are invited to enjoy this free community art activity and create murals on the sidewalks of 3rd Ave. starting near N. 27th at Soup ‘n Such and Billings First Church. Participants may draw any time from sunrise to sunset and are encouraged to bring whatever supplies they will utilize, including water, knee pads, brushes, etc. The Billings Arts Association is sponsoring free chalk that will be made available for artists between 9am-3pm.
Adult Art Education: Pumpkin Carving @ Yellowstone Art Museum – Saturday, October 21 @ 10am-1pm | 401 N 27th St
Discover a whole new way to carve pumpkins in the Adult Art Education class with artist Jason Jam. Sign up by calling the YAM’s front desk: 256.6804 or online: www.artmuseum.org/education/adult-education.
Trick-or-Treat Events & Activities
Boo at the Zoo @ ZooMontana – Saturday, October 28 @ 10am-4pm | 2100 S. Shiloh Rd
Gather up your costumed kiddos for ZooMontana’s annual “merry, not scary event,” Boo at the Zoo! It’s games and activities, food vendors and lively entertainment, festive decorations and lots of candy! Kiddos in their costumes are invited to parade around the front of the Zoo at either 11:45am or 2:45pm. The kids won’t want to miss the Mad Scientist Show featuring some of the zoo animals and staff members at 12pm, 2pm, and 3:15pm.
Regular Zoo admission day, free for Zoo members.
**Firefly Halloween Movie Night: Hocus Pocus @ Pioneer Park – Saturday, October 28 @ 6pm | Parkhill Dr & 3rd St W
Though not a true trick-or-treating event, you’ll most definitely want to bundle up the family and bring them out to Pioneer Park this Saturday before Halloween for a special fall Movie in the Park! It’s not just a bunch of Hocus Pocus, Firefly Outdoor Movie Company will be showing the beloved Halloween classic, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.
Aquatic Pumpkin Patch @ Billings YMCA – Saturday, October 28 @ 1-3pm (Must Register Beforehand!) 248.1685, www.billingsymca.org) | 402 N 32nd St
Watch your kiddo take their pumpkin-picking to a whole new level with the YMCA’s Aquatic Pumpkin Patch! Your child will have a chance to get in the pool and choose their perfect pumpkin. Participants need a swimsuit (kiddos not potty-trained need to wear a swim diaper), and any child that could be considered a “non-swimmer” must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.
Cost: $10/person. Ages 2-4 @ 1-1:30pm | Ages 5-8 @ 1:30-2pm | Ages 9-12 @ 2-2:30pm | Ages 13-16 @ 2:30-3pm
Halloween Fun & Activities @ HRDC – Tuesday, October 31 @ 9am-1pm | 7 N 31st St
Let your littles don their Halloween costumes all day long, starting their Halloween festivities at HRDC’s free event that includes a variety of play stations, giving kiddos and their caregivers time to explore endless learning opportunities! Fun, games, and goodies galore!
Spooky Science @ Wise Wonders Children’s Museum – Tuesday, October 31 @ 10am-5pm | 110 N 29th St
Wearing your Halloween costume to Wise Wonders’ Spooky Science event – happening all day – will get non-museum members $2 off admission (children and adults)! Creativity will be flowing as the kiddos paint mini pumpkins and do Halloween crafts, along with two spooky science experiments (Boo Bubbles and Pumpkin Elephant Toothpaste)! Wise Wonders is also taking part in the Downtown Trick-or-Treating festivities!
Downtown Trick-or-Treat – Tuesday, October 31 @ 12-5pm | Participating Downtown Billings businesses
Start your trick-or-treating downtown where balloons will lead you to participating businesses. Now, you could start just about anywhere, but it’s recommended that you begin your adventure at the Downtown Info Center (2815 2nd Avenue North) for a participant map, a treat bag, and a goody or two.
Community Trick or Treat Stop – Tuesday, October 31 @ 3-5pm | 1120 16th St W
Eagle Mount, along with other businesses in Alpine Village are offering a Community Trick or Treat – a perfect stop for your littles. Look for more information on Eagle Mount’s website www.eaglemount.us or call 406.969.2949.
**Malloween Trick-or-Treating @ Rimrock Mall – Tuesday, October 31 @ 5-9pm | 300 S 24th St W
Take the trick-or-treating* indoors with Rimrock Mall’s “Malloween” Trick-or-Treating adventures, being held in Center Court at the Mall. Your littles will enjoy the trick-or-treating, while mom and dad will appreciate the free costume photos! (Participating retailers will be handing out candy and other treats from 5-6pm)*
Click here for more info.
**Trunk-or-Treat @ The Rock Church – Tuesday, October 31 @ 5-7pm | 820 W 9th St., Laurel
Whether you’re looking to take the trick-or-treating experience to one location or you’re looking for a fun stop along the way, The Rock Church offers a variety of free family fun! Expect games, candy, and prizes! For more information: www.therockmontana.com, 628.6200, or find them on Facebook.
**Candy Jam 2017 @ Elevation Church – Tuesday, October 31 @ 5:30-8pm | 711 4th Ave N. (Located across Main Street from MetraPark on 4th Ave, accessible from 4th or 6th Avenues)
Candy Jam 2017 is a free, family friendly event that promises tons of candy and gift card giveaways! The festivities include inflatable games, candy, games, and music. Food will be served as Dinner for a Dollar! Don’t forget your costumes!
Tip: Families with babies and toddlers are encouraged to arrive early.
More Info: www.elevationbillings.com
Trick-or-Treat at Scheels – Tuesday, October 31 @ 6-8pm | 1121 Shiloh Crossing Blvd
Bring your trick-or-treaters inside and out of the weather this Halloween to Scheels for prizes, games, candy, and more! Your costumed cuties will follow a new Scavenger Hunt, leading them throughout the store to complete various activities, receiving a little something for the goody bag (or bucket)! Stop by any time between 6 and 8 to join in the fun!
After you’ve collected all that candy on Halloween and had your fill, consider participating in the…
Heights Dental Halloween Candy Buy Back – 1540 Lake Elmo Dr Suite #2
Have the kiddos bring their excess candy by Heights Dental, where they’ll receive $1/pound!
November 1: 8am-5:30pm
November 2: 7am-3:30pm
November 6 & 7: 7am-3:30pm
November 8: 8am-5:30pm
**3rd Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back! Wednesday, November 1 @ 5-7pm | Brewer Dental Center, Orthodontic & Pediatric Center, 2900 Central Ave.
This Halloween encourage your kids to give their candy to a worthy cause! Brewer Dental Center will pay you $1/pound of candy to be donated to the troops. All are encouraged to write letters/cards to the troops to be included with the candy in the care packages. Thanks for supporting our troops and protecting our kids’ teeth!
**Donations will be accepted until November 8th. For every pound collected and donated, Brewers will also DONATE 1 toothbrush to Operation Gratitude.
Putting the Scream in Your Halloween
Halloween’s not just for the kids, check out these Halloween happenings, some that are fun for the whole family, and others perfect for mom and dad…
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides @ ZooMontana – Friday & Saturdays, October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28 @ 6-10pm and Monday-Thursday, October 23-26 @ 6-9pm and Monday, October 30 @ 6-9pm | 2100 S. Shiloh Rd
Experience the Zoo in a whole new way with these family-fun wagon rides through the back of ZooMontana by Elk River Adventures. Be sure to dress for the weather (you’re welcome to bring a blanket along for the ride, but no flash photography). The wagon path winds its way through a variety of scenery and spooky sites as you listen to an animated story narration of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but this is an adventure suitable for all ages of the family! Reservations recommended: http://sleepyhollowmontana.com.
**Grave Side Stories: A Stroll through Mountview Cemetery – Fridays, October 13 & 27 @ 10am
Western Heritage Center round out their Hoof it with a Historian Billings walking tours (that run May to October at a variety of locations) with this Halloween-esque tour: Grave Side Stories: A Stroll through Mountview Cemetery, located on Central Avenue. The tour will look at the original layout of Billings’ first cemetery, hearing stories of past citizens, viewing the historic mausoleum.
Call Western Heritage Center for directions: 256.6809.
Haunted History Ghost Tours @ Yellowstone Art Museum – Friday, October 20 & 27, tours starting @ 7pm | 401 N. 27th Street
This family friendly event is just a tad spooky with Halloween decorations, ghostly noises, and held in a darkened basement setting. Recommended for the age 7 and older crowd. Come on and discover the YAM’s haunted past as the Yellowstone County Jail, Registration is HIGHLY recommended (406.256.6804), as tours are limited to 20 people.
Free admission for members and High 5 Pass cardholders or with paid museum admission.
Horror Theater and Haunted Maze @ Moss Mansion – October 20, 21, 27, 28, 31 @ 6:30-9:30pm (theater), 7-10pm (maze, weather permitting) | Tickets available at the door: Maze Tickets: $10, Theater Tickets: $18, Combo: $25
Not a tour for the faint of heart, this year’s haunted house features the second episode of Horror Theater with America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. The gory tour, has local actors playing new characters with fresh insights – some who might want to clue you in on what they saw, heard, or how they died. Though the details might be lost on you with all of the creepy things happening in the dark rooms of the mansion, never mind the screams distracting your attention. Parents are advised to use their own discretion, but it’s definitely not recommended for children under 10. (It’s dark, has creepy sounds, and is at least 20 minutes of heart-pounding, Halloween delight).
The Haunted Maze is described as being more “maze-ish” than ever, with narrow, winding paths, a panic exit, and lots of variety each night. Expect flashing lights, creepy sounds, mind-bending optical illusions, and live and mechanical spooks jumping out, creeping up, and taunting in the various rooms and walls.
Midnight Edition of Horror Theater @ Moss Mansion – October 27 & 28 @ 11:30pm | Tickets $25/person, reservations required, limited availability
This tour is for adults only (ages 18+), reservations are a must, as tours are limited to 12 individuals. Get your tickets at the front desk during regular hours or call 256.5100.
**Ghost Hunter Karen Stevens’ Haunted Montana program @ Billings Public Library – Saturday, October 28 @ 1pm | 510 N Broadway
Ghost Hunter Karen Stevens, author of Haunted Montana, More Haunted Montana, Glacier Ghosts, and co-author of the newly published Armchair Ghost Hunting, returns to the Billings Public Library with her program, “Haunted Montana.” This year’s program includes a visual presentation of haunted sites that all can visit, along with tales of her ghostly encounters. Audience participation is always encouraged!
Masquerade Party @ the YAM – Saturday, October 28 @ 7pm | Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th Street | Early Bird Tickets-$25 (ages 21+) www.artmuseum.org
It’s the perfect Halloween date night, offering the chance to don your most creative costume as you eat, drink, and dance the night away! This exciting evening features Billings AlternaCirque performances and aerial wine pouring, with DJ Benefit keeping you groovin’ on the dance floor! The evening includes a costume contest, costumed dancers on pedestals, palm readers, professional portraits, hors d’oeuvres, free ghost tours of the museum, and more!
Haunted Hallows @ Two Moon Park – October 27, 28 & 31 @ 6:30-10:30pm | Tickets $10/person, $20 to skip the line (advance tickets: www.billingsjaycees.org/projects/haunted-hallows)
Leave your scaredy pants at home when you venture through Billings Jaycees’ Haunted Hallows, a 1-mile walk through Two Moon Park in Billings Heights. If you dare. Filled with scares at every turn, you can count on encountering zombies, clowns, and maybe a spider or two. This scary trek is recommended for ages 14+.