Tons of Halloween fun, with multiple haunted houses, a haunted hayride, candy, free food, and more can be had at the annual Halloween Bash.

Acres of Halloween fun

If you're looking for Halloween fun, lots of it, all in one location, cheap, then you won't want to miss the annual Friends of the Shrine Halloween Bash at the Pulaski County Shrine Club Park.

This event truly does offer something for everyone in a family. Multiple haunted houses in one location are a draw for thrill seekers hoping to be scared and as an added bonus there's a haunted hayride through the woods guaranteed to make you scream and jump.

For the young ones in your family, there are free hot dogs, soda, candy, and other less spooky activities to enjoy, such as fire fighters and their trucks to explore.

One of the big draws for attendees of the Halloween Bash is that there are so many different activities in one place. Lines don't tend to be extremely long because there are so many different haunted houses, activities, and things to do all in the same area.

Children and adults are encouraged to attend the event in costume and really get into the spirit of Halloween.


How do they do that?

Local groups like the Boy Scouts, churches, fire districts, Freedom of the Road Riders, and other community minded individuals help volunteer for the event.

Often groups will create their own haunted house on the grounds, volunteer to be actors, cook, hand out candy, drive the hayride, or run equipment used in the haunted houses.

There are several buildings, pavilions, and other structures on the grounds at Shrine Club Park and these buildings are converted into the haunted houses. Additionally, there is a trail through the woods that is used for the haunted hayride.


It's all for a good cause

The Halloween Bash is a fun, family-friendly event, but it also benefits a good cause. All the proceeds for the $2.00 entry fee, charged per person, go to benefit the Shriner's Children’s Hospital.

Shriner's Children's Hospitals share a mission to serve children with neuromusculockeletal conditions, burn injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

"This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay," Shriners Hospitals for Children's website says.

The closest Shriner Hospital for Children to the Fort Leonard Wood area is located in St. Louis. The St. Louis location specializes in treating children with orthopaedic conditions, regardless of their family's ability to pay.

The St. Louis location's Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and Molecular Research, which opened in 1983, researches, treats, and diagnoses more than 100 rare genetic bone disorders.

"Led by medical/scientific director Michael P. Whyte, the center, its scientists and staff are sought throughout the world by those seeking answers about why their children’s bones are too soft or too brittle, and as a result draws patients nation- and world-wide," Shriner's Hospital for Children's website says.

Event details

When: Saturday, October 28

Where: Pulaski County Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club located at 26920 Shrine Rd, Buckhorn, Missouri.

Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: $2.00 per person