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KC Entertainment: Haunted Houses, Pumpkins and Festivals

Beasts and other haunted houses will soon bring terror to the bottom of the West.

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Halloween season is in full swing from this weekend.

The famous West Bottoms haunted house, The Beast and Edge of Hell, opens at 7:30 PM on September 16th. It runs on Fridays and Saturdays (and October 31st) through November 4th. Macabre will be open for business on September 23rd at 8:30pm. Admission is $32-62 and combo tickets range from $55-140. For more information, visit

Worlds of Fun’s Great Pumpkin Fest opens September 17th and runs Saturdays and Sundays through October 30th. 29. Standard admission to the park is $39.99 to $49.99. Get information at

Meanwhile, pumpkin picking season kicks off at some venues this weekend, with others following in the weeks to come.

Lewisburg Cider Mill Family Farm, 14730 Kansas 68, Lewisburg. Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, September 16-October. 31.

Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch, 17607 NE 52nd, Liberty. September 17-October 31.

Johnson Farms, 17701 Holmes, Belton. The Pumpkin Patch opens on his September 17th.

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Picking season kicks off this weekend at the pumpkin patches on both sides of the state line. file photo


National Art and Soul Experience (ASX) Festival. It features conferences, concerts, and awards ceremonies at multiple venues from September 15-18 (prices vary by event).

Fall Fun Festival, Sept. 16 12pm-10pm, Sept. 17 10am-10pm, Sept. 18 10am-4pm, Downtown Blue Springs Free.

Fiesta Hispana, September 16, 5-11pm, September 17, 12-11pm, September 18, 12-9:30pm, Barney Alice Plaza (free).

Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival, September 17, 9am-4pm, Shawnee Town 1929 ($1).

Freedom Festival, Sept. 17, 10am-5pm, Sept. 18, 12pm-4pm, John Brown State Park, Tomie Osawa (free).

Fiesta on the Square, September 17, 5-9pm, Linden Square.

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The annual Fiesta Hispana takes place September 16-18 at Bernie Alice Plaza. Admission is free. Fiesta Hispana


Black Veil Brides, Ice Nine Kills, Crown the Empire, Sept. 16 at 6:30 PM, White Motionless ($49.50-$59.50) with Azura Amphitheater ($49.50-$59.50).

Kansas City Symphony, “Copland’s Third Symphony, with Saint-Saëns’ Third Violin Concerto,” Sept. 16-17, 8:00 p.m., Sept. 18, 2:00 p.m., Kauffman Center ($25-$100).

Paul Thorne, Sept. 16-17 8pm, Sept. 18 11:30am, Knuckleheads ($20-$75).

Te Deum, “Mozart Requiem”, Sept. 17, 7:30pm, Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, Sept. 18, 3:00pm, Village Presbyterian Church ($20-$25).

Warren Wolf, Sept. 19-20, 7:30 p.m., Reed Center ($19-$35).

Pavement, Sept. 20 8pm Uptown ($59-$125).

Built to Spill, September 21st, 8pm, Granada ($29.50-$35).

Eric Lindell and Anson Funderburgh, Sept. 21 at 8pm, Knuckleheads ($35).


“Hank Williams: Lost Highway” opens on September 15th at 6:30 PM. New Theater and Restaurant ($37.50-$66.50) through November 20th.

“Mother/Son,” Melting Pot Theatre, Sept. 15-17 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 2:00 p.m. Sept. 21-24 7:30 p.m. ~ $27.50).

“Canaan: A Cultural Presentation,” Kansas African American Museum, Sept. 16, 7:00 p.m., Kansas City Kansas Community College. September 17, 7:00 PM and September 18, 2:00 PM, Lewis and Shirley White Theater ($40-$50).

“Beatnik Cafe: Ginsburg, Kerouac, Bebop, Cool Jazz,” Sept. 16-17, 7:30 p.m., Ruby Room, MTH Theater, Crown Center ($45-$51).

The Last Wife opens on September 16th at 7:30pm. He will run until September 25th at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater ($39-$54).

“Akeelah and the Bee” opens on September 20th at 9:45am. The Coterie ($12-$15) through October 16th.

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“Immersive Tutankhamun: Boy. King. Hero.” 2 was held at Lighthouse ArtSpace in Zona Rosa.Patrick Hodgson lighthouse immersive

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Quixotic’s dancers, musicians and aerial acrobats will perform at Terra Luna on the grounds of the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens September 15-17 and 22-24 from 7:30-10:30 pm. ($25-$50).

The walkthrough experience “Immersive King Tut: Boy. King. Hero.” runs from September 16th to January 16th at Lighthouse ArtSpace in Zona Rosa. 2 (days and times vary; $30-$40).

The general public is invited to attend the Brush Creek Art Walk Plain Air Paintings on the banks of Brush Creek from Plaza to Elmwood on September 16, 7-10pm and September 17, 10am-1pm You can enjoy the artwork created in the competition. , Sept. 18, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (free).

Four new productions featuring Kansas City Ballet, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Sterling Dance Theater and Williams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company will premiere at New Dance Partners at Yardley Hall September 16-17 at 8pm. ($14 to $42).

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Dan Kelly has been covering entertainment and arts news for The Star for 10 years. Previously, he worked for the Columbia Daily He Tribune, Miami Herald, Louisville He Courier He Journal. He also attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he spent six years, and wrote the historical novel Soaring with the Vultures.