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Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Bentonville, AR: Saturdays 7:30 am-1 pm, Wednesdays 2:30-7 pm.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Fayetteville, AR: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays on the square.

Franklin, KS: 4-6 pm Thursdays, Franklin Community Park, 502 S. Broadway. 620.249.9333.

Joplin, MO: 4-7 pm Thursdays, 906 S. Main Street.

Joplin, MO: 8:30 am-1 pm Saturdays, 925 S. Range Line Rd.

Lamar, MO: 3-6 pm Wednesdays, 8 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, South Park by the YMCA parking lot.

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturdays, downtown, corner of Spring & Jefferson streets.

Nevada, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, 304 W. Austin, downtown Nevada.

Pittsburg, KS: 7:30 am-12 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm and Saturdays 9 am-noon, in the pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Bentonville, AR

October 14-15: 60th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Practitioners of groundwater management, research and education will explore mutual groundwater issues. To register, visit www.irwp.org or call 479.238.4671.

Cato, KS

October 24: Cato Days, 9 am. Activities include music and presentations, historical booths and presentations on the grounds, music and food around a campfire and wagon rides to historical sites. For more information, visit www.catoschool.com.

Columbus, KS

October 3: Miss Columbus pageant, 7:30 pm, Columbus High School Auditorium. Admission. 620.429.1492.

October 9-11: Columbus Hot Air Balloon Regatta. Industrial park off Hwy 69. Balloon Glow, three lift offs, weather permitting. 620.429.1492.

October 10: Columbus Day Festival, downtown square. Arts and craft fair, car show, BBQ cook off, entertainment, tractor show, quilt show and more. 620.429.1492.

October 30: Halloween Walk, downtown square from 5:30 to 7 pm. Children may trick or treat with over 35 business participating. 620.429.1492.

Franklin, KS

October 18-December: Miners Hall Museum 4Q Exhibit: “French Heritage,” Miners Hall Museum, 701 S. Broadway. Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Free to the public. Doors open at 1:45 pm and programs begin at 2 pm. Call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

October 18: Miners Hall Museum Special Program, 2-3pm. French students on French language and regions of France hosted by Myriam Krepps, PhD. Doors open at 1:45 am and program begins at 2 pm. Program is free, but call 620.347.4220 for reservations.

Girard, KS

October 3: Girard Fall Homecoming, “Healthcare Heroes,” 10 am, Girard square. Parade, vendors, car show and more. Visit Facebook for more information at https://www.facebook.com/celebrategirard?fref=ts.


McCune, KS

September 26-October 31: Hickory Creek Farms, Saturdays & Sundays, 1-6 pm, 426 S. 30th St. Six-acre corn maze, pumpkins on the vine, pumpkin playground, rubber duckie races, critter corral, live pig races, barrel train rides, “punkin chunkin’” and hayrides. $8 admission, under 2 free. Visit www.hickorycreekfarms.com/.


Pittsburg, KS

October 3: Pittsburg State University Homecoming, 9 am. Pitt State Gorillas take on the Missouri Western Griffons. Homecoming parade at 9 am, GorillaFest from 11 am-1 pm, game at 2 pm. See the full schedule of Homecoming events at www.pittstate.edu/office/activities/events/homecoming/schedule-of-events.dot.

October 8-10: Kansas Association of Art Educators Fall Conference, Mining Creativity: Innovating Art, Workshops will be held at the Overman Student Center and Porter Hall at Pittsburg State University. For more information, visit www.kaea2015.blogspot.com/.

October 9-10: Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club Swap Meet. Annual swap meet held at the Crawford County Historical Museum featuring a free bean feed, free admission and no vendor fee. For more information, email admin@sekgasenginetractorclub.com or visit www.sekgasenginetractorclub.com.

October 17: Pittsburg State vs. Northwest Missouri, Kickoff at 2 pm, Carnie Smith Stadium. Tickets www.pittstate.edu/office/tickets/athletics/.

Carl Junction, MO

October 3: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am, Carl Junction Community Center, 303 North Main. All-you-can-eat breakfast, $5/adults, $3/children under 12. Call 417.649.8846.

Carthage, MO

October 1-30: Maple Leaf Festival. See schedule of events for the 47th Annual Maple Leaf Festival. Call 417.358.2373 or visit www.CarthageMapleLeaf.com.

Every Friday: The Woodshed, 7 pm, inside Cherry’s Emporium on the Square. Live music. $5 admission. Call 417.358.2707.

Oct. 2: Tiger Tailgate, 5:30 pm, 1522 River Street. Call 417.850.7806.

October 3 & 4: 8th Annual Farm Girl Fest, The Kendrick Place, 131 N. Garrison St. Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 12-5 pm. Free. Crafts, food music and more. Call 417.793.9154.

October 9-25: artCentral presents “SIBLING INSPIRATIONS,” Hyde House, 1110 E. Thirteenth. A mixed media exhibition by Joplin sister and brother artists Rebecca and Bill Perry. Opening reception 6 pm, October 9. Call 417.358.4404.

Oct. 24: Belle Air Poker Run, 625 Belle Air Place. Call 417.850.7806.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit www.nps.gov/gwca.

Oct. 3 & 4: George Washington Carver, An Uncommon Way, 1 pm. This 50-minute documentary chronicles Carver’s amazing life story.

Oct. 10 & 11: Agricultural School on Wheels, 1 pm. The Jesup Wagon, also known as the Agricultural School on Wheels, carried George Washington Carver’s bulletins in addition to many other useful supplies to the Southern farmers. A park ranger will share the story.

Oct. 17 & 18: Archeological Investigations, 1 pm. Celebrate International Archaeology Day at the park. Artifacts will be available for viewing during this program. A park ranger will discuss the information that can be collected from artifacts and the importance of maintaining a collection.

Oct. 24 & 25: Carver Laboratory Demonstrations, 11 am-1 pm. Want to learn about some of the products George Washington Carver developed in his laboratory? Discover how Carver used some often overlooked plants to change the way we think about agriculture.

Oct. 31 & Nov. 1: Epitaphs & Engravings, 1 pm. Discover the meaning behind the symbols and engravings found on headstones during this program at the Carver Family Cemetery and how they reflect the lives of early settlers.

Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max $15/family. Gym membership card gets half off admission. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360. Food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs from 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

October 1: First Tuesday Lunch, 11:30 am-1 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 501 S. Pearl. Your choice of spaghetti with meatballs, spaghetti red, lasagna or chili with or without beans; includes salad, dessert and drink. Lunches are $6.

October 2: Joplin Woman’s Club, noon, Twin Hills. Speaker is Kerstin Landwer, assistant director of Spiva Center for the Arts, discussing “Wearable Art.” Cost is $11. Call 417.781.6138.

October 2 & 3: Octoberfest, downtown on Rte. 66. Gala, bands, beverages and bratwurst, crafters, kids zone, raising awareness and funds for male and female breast cancer. Call 417.629.2495.

October 3: Magic Show, 2-3 pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, 727 Byers Ave. Tickets $8-$10. Music and juggling, infectious enthusiasm, comedy magic, upbeat music and daring juggling and audience participation. Call 800.506.6244.

October 4: 26th Annual Winefeast, 12:15-5 pm, Hotel Joplin & Conference Center, 3615 S. Range Line Rd. Dinner starts at 12:15 pm featuring exceptional wines and select foods. Tickets $60. From 2:30-5 pm, sample wines from internationally known wineries, many from Missouri. Tickets $25. Silent auction. Call 417.782.2226

October 10: “Rhinestones and Rawhide,” 6 pm, Red Door Barn Event Center, Highway 43. A country hoe-down with dinner, bonfire, desserts, country store, square dancing demonstrations and silent auction. Call 417.540.6313.

October 10: Trick or Trot: 5k, 10k and 1 mile fun run, 7 am-12 pm, Landreth Park. Call 417.874.1902.

October 15: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

October 17: 2015 Ozarks BeerFest benefiting BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE OZARKS, 5-6:30 pm VIP; 6:30-9:30 pm for general admission. Sample various local foods and microbrewery beers with all proceeds going to BBBS. Silent auction. Call 417.499.3246.

October 23: Rhythm & Brews 2015, 6 pm-midnight, The Bypass, Wilder’s Event Center. Brew tasting, live music featuring Ben Miller Band, Dirtfoot, Walrus, Jason Kinney Band, Stowaway Gypsy and Deadeye. Proceeds benefit Community Support Services. Advance tickets $20; $25 at the door. Buy tickets at www.cssmo.org. Call 417.624.4515.

Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center

Open Tuesday-Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm, closed Monday. Wildcat Park and nature trails open 7 days a week, dawn to dusk, to provide children and adults with nature-related educational programs and outdoor experiences through a sustainably developed nature center facility, site amenities and system of trails. All programs are held at Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Dr., Suite A, Joplin. Programs require preregistration. Call 417.782.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

October 3: Birds, Bluegrass and BBQ, 6-8 pm. Enjoy a BBQ dinner, beverages, live music by For Heaven’s Sake and a silent auction! Bring your lawn chair. Cost: $35 per person (over 21 please). Tickets available at the Heron’s Nest nature store or call 417.781.6287 to order. Pre-registration required before October 1.

October 3: Pawpaw Patch Productions – Miniature Sand and Rock Garden in Tin (Ages 5+), 9 am-noon, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Use Altoid tins to make a delightful, miniature sand and rock garden. Create a rake and stamps to decorate the sand and make sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. Learn about rocks through experiments and other activities. Cost: $25 for the first person, $12 for additional family members. Register by noon the Friday before the class. Call 417.825.3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

October 3: Pawpaw Patch Productions – Trade Beads (Ages 15+), 1-4:30 pm, Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Make and learn about American Indian trade beads. You will make and take home a large selection of beads and one or two finished pieces. Cost: $35 per person, supplies included. Registration is required by noon the Friday before the class. Call 417).825.3318 or email cyndi.pawpawpatch@gmail.com.

Preschool Nature Connections

October 10: Itsy Bitsy Spider, 10-11 am. Age: 3-6 years old, $5 per child members, $10 per child non-members. Join us to learn about spiders through stories, games, crafts and more. Call 417.781.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.com to register.

October 17: Dutch Oven Cooking, 10 am-1 pm. Age: 12+ accompanied by adult. $10 per person members, $20 per person non-members. Learn how to build the right cooking fire and how to clean up and take care of cast iron. And of course, indulge in lunch and dessert! Bring your own reusable plate and utensils. Limited to 10 people. Call 417.781.6287 or visit www.wildcatglades.audubon.com to register.

October 30 & 31: Fall Rummage Sale, 9 am-5 pm. A project of the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Volunteers. All proceeds benefit education programs at the Center. Donations from the public will be accepted starting October 27. Please, no computers, electronics or clothing. Call 417.782.6287 or go to www.wildcatglades.audubon.org.

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Senior Center Activities, 9 am, Barton County Senior Center, 306 W. 11th St. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, reading library, pool, computer/Internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

October 10: Wyatt Earp’s Fallfest, 9 am-3 pm, downtown square. One hundred quality general vendors, informational and civic groups, and arts and craft booths. Call 417.682.3595.

October 30: Halloween Hullabaloo, 3-6 pm, Lamar square. Trick or treating on the square and a costume contest at the bandstand with prizes provided by Lamar Lion’s Club & Lamar Enterprises. Call 417.682.3595.

Mt. Vernon, MO

October 9, 10 &11: 49th Annual Apple Butter Makin’ Days, 9 am-6 pm Friday and Saturday; 10 am-4 pm Sunday. Apple butter is cooked in large copper kettles on the town square before being jarred and sold. Crafts, parade, car show, games and food. Call 417.466.7654 or visit www.mtvernonchamber.com.

Monett, MO

October 5: Monett Senior Dance, 7 pm, Senior Center, 415 Dairy St. Monthly dance, $3. Call 417.235.3285.

Neosho, MO

October 3-4: Fall Festival, 9 am-5 pm, downtown. Free inflatables, food, crafts, live music, scarecrow contest, wagon rides, coaster car race, chalk art contest, art show and sale, pet show, kids’ games, car, truck and bike cruise-in, firehouse chili cook-off, pancake feed and dance performances. Free. Call 417.451.8050.

October 10: Thomas Hart Benton Art Competition, 8 am, Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Neosho campus. Visit www.southwestmissouriartalliance.webs.com/as%20of%20827%202015THBProspFnl2.pdf  or call 417.455.5540.

October 15-17: Crowder College Theatre presents The Hound of the Baskervilles, 7 pm, Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Neosho campus. For more information email NaTashaDavies@Crowder.edu or call 417.455.5540.

October 15: Judy Haas Smith, Author, Larger than Life. The Legacy of Daniel Longwell and Mary Fraser Longwell, 5-7 pm, Longwell Museum located inside the Elsie Plaster Center, Crowder College. Book signing; books available. $20 with $10 donated to the museum. Call 417.455.5470.

October 21: Show Me Crowder Day, 9 am. This event welcomes high school juniors and seniors, home school students, parents and anyone interested in attending Crowder College. Departmental expo and campus tours; lunch provided. To register go to: www.crowder.edu/admissions/show-me-crowder/.

Pineville, MO

October 3: Cast of Costumes 5k run/walk, 9 am, downtown square. Wear a costume! Call 417.223.4368.

Webb City, MO

October 8: Annual Banquet & Webb City R-VII Hall of Fame Induction, 6 pm, Butcher’s Block Banquet Center, 499 W. Fountain Rd. Call 417.673.1154.

Grove, OK

October 9-10: 32nd Annual Pelican Festival, 9 am, Wolf Creek Park, 1800 S. Main. Carnival, entertainment, arts and crafts, parade. Call 918.786.2289.



Cultural Arts and Entertainment


Carthage, MO

October 2-4 & October 9-11: Stone’s Throw Dinner, A Month of Sundays, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Blvd. Friday-Saturday doors open 6 pm, dinner 6:30 pm; Sunday performances, doors open 12:30 pm, dinner at 1pm. Visit www.stonesthrowdinnertheatre.webs.com or call 417.358.9665.

October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: Painting for All Ages, 12:30-2 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $30, includes materials. Call 417.358.2707.

October 8: Canvas & Cocktails, 6-8:30 pm, Cherry’s Art Emporium, 311 S. Main St. Cost $40, includes materials and cocktail. Call 417.358.2707.

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit www.connect2culture.com. Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


September-November: Joplin Regional Artist Coalition (JRAC) Group Show, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured JRAC members: Mary Ann Soerries (Photography), Cheryl Walthall (Pottery) and Roger A. Wade (Paintings). JRAC is a non-profit organization that advocates the show and sale of member’s artwork. For more information about JRAC or this show, call 417.592.1673.

September-October 1: Sunshine Cobb, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Ceramics Monthly and National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Sunshine is a working potter and travels the country as a lecturing and demonstrating artist.

October 19-November 20: The Colossal Memory: Alexis Hughes, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (on campus). Opening reception: October 19, 4-6 pm (artist’s talk: 3-4 pm). Workshop: painting studio TBA.


September 24-October 4: Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents: The Near-Sighted Knight and the Far-Sighted Dragon (Children’s Musical), Thu.-Sat. 7 pm, Sun. 2:30 pm, Stained Glass Theatre, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave, $8 adults, $5 children. Call 417.626.1293.

October 6-10: MSSU Theatre – No Suicide in Springtime, 7:30 pm, Missouri Southern State University, Bud Walton Theatre. General admission: $5; senior citizens and non-MSSU students: $3.

October 17: Vocal Spectrum, 7 pm, Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall. This award-winning group is one of the most sought-after quartets in the world. They were the 2006 International Quartet Champions. Join us for a reception with the artists after the show.

October 22: Pro Musica presents Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet, 7 pm, First Methodist Church, 4th & Byers. Since forming in 2010, the Donald Sinta Quartet has quickly achieved international renown for their recitals, concert performances and completely memorized presentation. Committed to education and community engagement, the quartet has presented clinics and performances at numerous colleges and universities.

October 23 & 25: Heartland Opera Theatre presents – Carmen, 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee 2:30 pm, MSSU Taylor Performing Arts Center. Heartland Opera Theatre presents one of the most popular and beloved operas of all time.

October 28-31: The Rocky Horror Show, 8 pm October 28 and 29; 10 pm October 30 & 31, Joplin Little Theatre. This performance is a FUN-raiser for Joplin Little Theatre. The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. Inappropriate for children. Tickets: $10.


October 1: First Thursday ArtWalk- Season Finale, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Dozens of artists will show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale. Participating artists located inside various venues along with live acoustic music.

October 3: Coloring Book Club, 10:30 am–noon. Join Post Art Library, Connect2Culture and Spiva Center for the Arts for the very first session of Coloring Book Club! All ages welcome. Each session participants will color a different coloring book page.

October 8: Joplin Writers Guild, 6 pm, Joplin Public Library. The Joplin Writers Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. Connect with the Joplin Writers Guild on Facebook. Dues are $7.50 for the year, but anyone interested can attend their first meeting free.

October 15: Third Thursday Season Finale, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is Joplin’s trademark cultural event. Stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Be sure to check the Downtown Joplin Alliance Facebook page for the full line-up of events.

October 23: Fourth Friday Film Night, 7 pm, Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main. Fourth Friday Film Nights showcase artists’ biographies, art techniques and philosophical art-related films. Donations accepted. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks.

October 30 & 31: Mr. Charles Schifferdecker, Remembered & Revisited, 6-10 pm (Friday), 1-5 pm (Saturday). Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. celebrates another era of significance by highlighting its most notable businessman and philanthropist. Friday, October 30, experience an exclusive opportunity to tour Schifferdecker’s Sergeant Avenue home, interact with costumed characters, be entertained by The American Opera Studio, partake in refreshments, view the elaborate Halloween decorations and more. October 31, the entertainment will shift to the little-known, original site of the Schifferdecker Beer and Picnic Gardens. This will also be a rare occasion to tour inside the Schifferdeckers’ home and cave next to the shores of Turkey Creek. Refreshments, habitat interpreters, old-time lawn games, professional entertainment, beer tasting and more will be in the offering. Also on Saturday, Mount Hope Cemetery will open the Schifferdecker family’s mausoleum as a complimentary tour between 11 am–1 pm. For ticket and additional information, visit www.murphysburg.org.


October 10: Art Feeds Second Saturday Workshop: Medieval Mania (Grades K-5), 9-11:30 am, St. Paul’s Preschool. These K-5 grade workshops are open to the community and organized around fun, imaginative themes. Workshops will be held at St. Paul’s Preschool and led by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. $25 preregistration.

Joplin Public Library:

October 19: Chat n Crafts (Adults), 5:30-8 pm, Joplin Public Library. Adult crafting group meets every third Monday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Bring your current craft project and join for laughter, friendship and fun!


420 S. Main St. Discover your inner artist! No experience required. Relax, Sip, Visit and Paint! Each class creates a different piece of artwork. Pricing includes acrylic paints, canvas, brushes, easel, apron and instruction. $35 each. Ages 13 and over unless otherwise noted; 21 and over to consume alcohol. Walk-In Open Studios is all-ages from 1-5 pm Tues-Thurs for $25 per painter. A non-instructed time, artist are on-hand to help. RSVP in advance. 417.680.5434 or www.rsvpaint.com.


September 29: 7-9 pm “Half-Moon Sails”

September 30: 7-9 pm “Quality Time”

October 1: 7-9 pm - “The Scream”
October 2: 7-9 pm - “Sugar Skull”
October 3: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Curious Monkey”
October 3: 7-9 pm - “Pumpkin Patch Cat”
October 6: 7-9 pm - “In Vino Veritas”
October 7: 7-9 pm - “Patchwork Cat”
October 8: 7-9 pm - “Fall Birch”
October 9: 7-9 pm - “Skele-Dog”
October 10: 12-3 pm - Paint Your Pet
October 10: 7-9 pm - “Glass Decorating Party”
October 13: 7-9 pm - “Autumn Blaze”
October 14: 7-9 pm - “Harvest Hues”
October 15: 3rd Thur Art Walk Artist, Allan Lee
October 16: 7-9 pm - “Pumpkin King”
October 17: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Zombies”
October 17: 7-9 pm - Date Night “Spook House”
October 20: 7-9 pm - “Kandinsky’s Circles”
October 21: 7-9 pm - “The Scarecrow”
October 22: 7-9 pm - “Almond Blossoms”
October 23: 7-9 pm - Date Night “On the Lake”
October 24: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Franky”
October 24: 7-9 pm - “Call of Fall”
October 27: 7-9 pm - “Witch’s Hat”
October 28: 7-9 pm - “Full Moon”
October 29: 7-9 pm - “Black Cat Bottle”
October 30: 7-9 pm - Adult Halloween Party “Monster Party”
October 31: 1-3 pm - Family Paint “Kid’s Halloween Party”
October 31: 7-9 pm - “Haunted Tree”

Spiva Center for the Arts

Third and Wall streets. Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at www.spivaarts.org or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit the Spiva website, www.spivaarts.org, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations!


Mondays: Art Lounge, 5-8 pm, ages: 14-18. Cost: $105 for nine weeks; payment plan available. For teens pursuing art after high school or just wanting more art than they get in school, this is an opportunity to explore the studio of a local artist, find out what it takes to get into a college art program, and learn the basics of blogging to showcase your artwork. Class includes a light meal each week.

Tuesdays: Creation Station, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $6/class. Drop in and experiment with painting, drawing, clay, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, collage, photography and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Wednesdays: Preschooler and Pal Art Class, 10:30-11:30 am. Ages: 3-5. Cost: $6/class. Share art with your young artist while exploring painting, drawing, water resist and sculpture. Adult must stay with student. Space is limited to eight students, so register early.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon, free. An art experience centered on expression through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Call 417.886.2199.

Thursdays: Young Painter, 3:45-5:15 pm. Ages: 6-12. Cost: $11/class. Learn drawing, color mixing, brush control, broad wash and detailing in this introductory class.

Weekend Classes:

October 3: Anime with Amber Baker, 11 am-1 pm. Ages: 12-18, $27/class. Observe the work of professional anime artists, then practice on professional anime boards to create your character, storyline and background.

October 3 & October 10: Halloween Glass Block Mosaic with Jane McCaulley, October 3, 11 am-1 pm & October 10, 11 am-12 pm, ages: 9-adult, $27. Join Jane McCaulley for a fantastic mosaic class. Learn to cut glass, create a pumpkin or Jack-o-Lantern design for your glass block, and then come back the following Saturday to finish it off with some grout. This is a great autumn decoration. Add a string of lights inside to really show it off!

October 24: Make Your Own Trick-or-Treat Bag with Sarah Serio 1-3 pm. Ages: all, $12. Create and paint your own canvas trick-or-treat bag! Choose from a ready-to-go pattern or design your own, pick your colors, and then add your name or favorite spooky saying!

Pittsburg, KS


September 30: The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Presents: Dallas Brass. Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which creates a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. For more information visit www.bicknellcenter.com/.

October 15: Southeast Kansas Symphony Concert, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer. Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, Brian Sadler’s Action Fanfare and Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. Call 620.235.4796

October 15-18: Pittsburg Community Theatre Presents, My Way: A Frank Sinatra Tribute, 7:30 pm, Sunday matinee 2 pm, Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine. Celebrates the pivotal moments of Sinatra’s life. Performed by a cast of eight talented singers, with a bartender and waitress thrown in for good measure, this musical song revue will take you from his early beginnings in New York during the 1940s Swing Era to the Rat Pack’s Las Vegas of the 1960s. It will conclude with his final performances in the 1990s as “Chairman of the Board.” As an added bonus, we’re serving up “My Way” at a dinner theater in a nightclub-style atmosphere. Call 620.231.7827.

October 22: Bicknell Family Center for the Arts Presents: The Hot Sardines, 7:30 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. (We haven’t even told you about the tap dancer yet.) To purchase tickets call 620.235.4796. ticket prices range from $18-$32.

October 22-25: PSU Theater Presents: Charlotte’s Web, 7:30 pm, matinee Saturday and Sunday 2 pm, Miller Theater at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Join Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider in this beloved tale about friendship, loyalty and determination that will enchant the entire family. Ticket prices are as follows: $11-general public, $6-under 17/over 65, free admission.

October 24: Colonial Fox Backstage Concert Featuring Kelly Hunt, 7:30 pm. Hunt has developed a reputation as a torchbearer of authentic, straight-from-the-heart music with deep roots that transcend limitations of genre. That has been her passkey to building a fan base through both radio play and performances at clubs and at roots and pop music festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://www.colonialfox.org/kelleyhunt.html#sthash.OcMPPQz8.dpuf.


Health Events

Galena, KS

October 6: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar, meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line). 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

October 8: Grief Companions Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Enter through north door. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital - Pittsburg, KS

October 13: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

October 21: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital - Carthage, MO

October 5-27: Monday and Tuesday Grief Support Group. Every Monday 1:30-2:30 pm; every Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm. Free; registration is appreciated. Materials provided. Call Chaplain Galen Snodgrass, 417.359.2636.

October 19: Four States Stroke Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every third Monday of each month. Byers Avenue United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Kevin.woods@mercy.net.

October 27: Diabetes Support Group, 4-5 pm, meets every fourth Tuesday of each month, Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison. For more information, call 417.359.1359.

Joplin, MO

September 29: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

October 14 & 28: Grief Support Group, meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Suite 100. Call 417.623.8272.

October 20: Brain Injury Support Group, meets every third Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Call 417.659.8086 or visit www.ilcenter.org.

October 27: Joplin Ostomy Support Group, meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland, back entrance. Speaker, refreshments. Call Jackie Strobl at 417.849.7814.

Freeman Health System

September 29: Freeman Advantage Tea, last Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 am (9:30 am social time), Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage

October 5: Prenatal Class, 8 am-3:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration required. Call 417.347.6667.

October 6: Freeman Screen Team Community CPR (Friends and Family), 6:30-9 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Suite C. $15. Open to the public. Call 417.347.6555.

October 6: Ozark Center Autism Support Group, 6-7 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center, 3230 S. Wisconsin Ave.

October 12: Prenatal Class (review), 8 am-3:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration required. Call 417.347.6667.

October 13: Free Blood Pressure Checks, 7:30-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court. Free blood pressure checks on the second Tuesday of every month. Freeman Advantage will also provide information about wellness program for older adults. Call 417.347.4448.

October 15: Stroke Support Group, meets every third Thursday, 4-5 pm, Freeman’s Sports Complex, 2206 E. 32nd St. A group mission to offer education, advocacy and enlightenment for stroke survivors and caregivers. Open to the public with special guest speaker RN Gwynn Caruthers to discuss the importance of having an open dialog with physicians and family regarding medical decisions. Call 417.347.4546.

October 17: Prenatal Class, 8 am-3:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W. Prepares mothers and their labor coaches for childbirth. $35 per couple. Registration is required. Call 417.347.6667.

October 19: Type 2 Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, 1532 W. 32nd St.

October 20: Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Roundtable discussion with a sleep therapist. Call 417.347.7400.

October 20: Breastfeeding Class, 6:30-8:30 pm, Freeman West Meeting Room 1W, 1102 W. 32nd St. Covers basic breastfeeding techniques such as positioning, latching and assessing adequate intake, as well as pumping and going back to work. $15. Call 417.347.6667.

October 22-23: Auxiliary Shoe Sale, 8 am-5 pm Oct. 22; 7 am-3 pm Oct. 23, Tower Conference Rooms 2W & 4W. Men’s and women’s Klogs, Dansko, Alegria, Uggs and more. Visit www.shoeroadsproductions.com to shop online before the sale.

October 24: Muffins and Mammograms, 8 am-12 pm, Freeman Women’s Center, 1532 W. 32nd St., Joplin, and 336 Jefferson St., Neosho. Call 417.347.7777 to make an appointment for either location. Get your doctor’s referral, sign up for a convenient Saturday time and enjoy a muffin while you wait!

October 27: Freeman Advantage Tea, last Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 am (9:30 am social time), Business Center Conference Room, 3220 McClelland Blvd. Open to the public. Call 417.347.5837 or visit freemanhealth.com/advantage.

Mercy Hospital - Support Groups

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group. Meets every Monday, 3 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.8760.

Every Monday: Grief Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Mercy Hospital Carthage Chapel. Grief Support Group meets every Monday and is free and open to the public. Registration requested; materials provided. Call 417.556.2472.

Every Wednesday: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 9 am-12 pm, St. John’s Medical Equipment Store, 3120 S. Main, Suite 10. Call 417.627.8424.

Every Thursday: Free Blood Pressure Screenings, 10-11 am, 100 Mercy Way, l Lobby. Call 417.627.8424.

October 12: Bariatric Support Group, meets second Monday of month, 5:30-7:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2915.

October 14: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Men’s. Meets second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

October 19: Four States Stroke Support Group. Meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive, Joplin. Email Kevin.Woods@Mercy.net.

October 27: Diabetes Support Group. Meets fourth Tuesday monthly, 4-5 pm, Carthage Public Library Community Room, 612 S. Garrison. Call 417.359.1359.

October 28: Cancer Survivor Support Group—Women’s. Meets fourth Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

Mercy Prestige-Call Patti Lett-Volunteer Service Coordinator, Mercy Hospital 417.625.2262

September 29: AARP Safe Driver Class, Mercy Hospital.

October 14: Prescription Help luncheon, noon, Mercy Conference Center.

October 28: Halloween Bake sale, 7 am, Mercy Conference Center.

Mercy Auxiliary: Call Paula Moore, Volunteer Services Manager, Mercy Hospital Joplin, 417.556.2265

October 1: Blood Drive, 10 am-4 pm, Mercy Conference Room.

October 6-7: Build a Critter, Tuesday 9 am-6 pm, Wednesday 7 am-5 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference rooms.

October 12: Books are Fun, Mercy Carthage, 7 am-3 pm, Main Lobby.

October 30: Co-worker Craft Fair, 7 am-5 pm, Mercy Conference Center.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit www.namijoplin.org. Meetings held at the NAMI building located at 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A new signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

October 5: Asperger’s Support for Parents/Adolescents meets the first Monday of each month, 6:30 pm.

Barton County Memorial Hospital - Lamar, MO

October 13: Caregiver Support Group, 6 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Topic is Alzheimer’s dementia. Call 417.682.3809.

October 15 & 16: $6 Jewelry Sale, Thursday 7 am-7 pm, Friday 7 am-3 pm, lobby. Products for women, men and children. Great values on fashion and seasonal accessories, jewelry, gadgets, gifts and much more. Call 417.681.5510.

October 21: Free Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Call 417.682.3881.

Neosho, MO

September 28: Alzheimer & Dementia Support Group, meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Call 417.451.2544.

October 26: Alzheimer & Dementia Support Group, meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

To register or for questions about any of the events, please call NRMC Community Education at 417.448.3622.

October 6: Sibling Celebration, 3:30-4:15 pm, 2nd floor conference room medical arts building.

October 14: Care Giver Support Group, 1:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center, 2101 N. Ash St. Call 417.448.3999.

October 13 & 15: Childbirth Classes, Tuesday/Thursday, 6-8 pm, Medical Arts Building 3rd floor classroom. $15. Call 417.448.3801.

October 17: NRMC Foundation Gala “Vintage Circus,” 6:30-10 pm, Nevada Elk Lodge Bingo Hall.

October 21: Blood Pressure Screening, 11 am, Vernon County Senior Center, 301 N. Main Street. 417.667.5847.

October 23: Lunch and Learn: Concussion Management Presented by Dr. Benjamin Wilson, 12-1 pm, Mezzanine Conference Room.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

October 8: Low Vision Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

October 8: Diabetes Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

Miami, OK

October 8: Caregivers Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

October 13 & 27: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

October 1: Autism Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

October 6: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of each month, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.


Halloween Events

Pick your Halloween pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze and enjoy lots of outdoor fun at these area attractions:

Annabelle’s Fun Farm: Kiddy Korral maze, pig races, corn hole toss, bounce house, train ride, hayride, pumpkin picking, corn box, 4-acre corn maze, pumpkin bowling and gift shop. Additional charge activities include gemstone mining, geode cracking and a 3-D paintball barn. Located at 444584 E. 110 Rd., Welch, OK. Phone: 918.323.6352. www.annabellesfunfarm.com. (Open weekends, Sept. 26-Oct. 31)

Exeter Corn Maze: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, zipline, corn and pumpkin cannons, pumpkin jump, cow train, shootout shack (paintball) and hay ride. Located at State Highway MM, Exeter, MO. Phone: 417.846.3959.  www.exetercornmaze.com.

(Open weekends, Sept. 19-Nov. 1)

Farmland Adventures: A 9-acre corn maze, pig races, pony rides, farm animals, kids play area and pumpkin patch. Located at 5350 Parsons Rd., Springdale, AR. Phone: 479.799.5033. www.farmlandadventures.com. (Open Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 11-Nov. 7)

Fredrickson Farms: Pumpkin patch open daily, and hayrides on the weekends. Located at 303 N. Grimes, Carl Junction, MO. Phone: 417.649.6141. See Facebook page. (Open daily, Sept. 20-Oct. 31)

Hawks Family Maze: Corn maze, apple cannon, apple sling shot, corn crib, barrel train, bounce house, petting zoo, hayride and pumpkins. Located at 375 W. Dade 42, Lockwood, MO. Phone: 417.681.1098. See Facebook page.

(Open Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-Nov. 1)

Hickory Creek Farms: Corn cannon, punkin’ chuckin’, 5-acre corn maze, 4-acre pumpkin patch, kids playground, critter corral, live animal races, hayride and train. Located at 426 S. 30th Street, McCune, KS. Phone: 620.632.4294. www.hickorycreekfarms.com.

(Open weekends, Sept. 26-Oct. 31)

Pathways Corn Maze: Corn maze (theme “Superheroes”), with a smaller maze within the big maze. There’s also a small hay maze for young children, a corn crib, a barrel train, a bonfire, fun family games and hayrides. Located at 23895 State Highway 96, Oronogo, MO. Phone: 417.673.4608. See Facebook page. (Open Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 25-Oct. 24)

Pickin’ Patch Farm: Admission to the fields includes a hayride to two mazes. School and group field trips by appointment (call early to set your date). Pumpkins, gourds, squash, straw, cornstalk and mums for sale. Located at 22813 Highway ZZ, Marionville, MO. Phone: 417.258.7132.  www.pickinpatchfarm.com. (Open daily, Sept. 19-Nov. 1)

Right Choices Corn Maze: An 8-acre corn maze, hayride along Elk River, cow train, corn jump, corn cannon and more. Open by reservation for field trips Monday through Friday. Located at 1161 Manning Road, Southwest City, MO. Phone: 417.762.3695. www.rightchoicescornmaze.com.  (Open Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 19-Nov. 1)

Verona Corn Maze: Cow train rides, greased pig chase, corn maze, haunted corn maze, corn cannon, corn box, pumpkin launcher, zombie paintball, jumbo jumper, mechanical corn-bull, boxer jocks, twin spin and tractor-pulled hay rides. Online ticketing saves you time in line. Located at 23298 Lawrence 1150, Verona, MO. Phone: 417.498.6191. www.veronamaze.com. (Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 31)

Wood Farms: Corn bin, hayrack rides through the nearby woods, a corn maze, a hay bale maze, inflatables, a tractor-pulled barrel train, a critter corral, tire mountain sand pit, interactive milk cow and duck races, pumpkin slinging and select-your-own pumpkins. A variety of mums and other fall décor, as well as concessions, are for sale. Located at 1122 S. 200th St., Pittsburg, KS. Phone: 620.249.5223. See Facebook page. (Open weekends, Oct. 3-25)


Here’s some Halloween fun for the little ones:

Post Mortem Hall: Every October, the Post Memorial Library at the Joplin Public Library transforms into Post Mortem Hall with spooky decorations. Located at 300 S. Main St., Joplin, MO. Phone: 417.623.7953. See Facebook page. (All of October)

Decorated House on Wall Street: Be sure to drive by this house during the Halloween season to see the awesome decorations. Free tours of the yard are offered. Located at 2828 S. Wall Street, Joplin, MO. (Tours run last two weeks of October, 7-9 pm)

Halloween Costume Skate: Wear your Halloween costume at Roller City! Located at 2800 E. 24th St., Joplin, MO. Phone: 417.781.4043. www.rollercity.com. (Homeschool Oct. 2; children Oct. 27; toddlers Oct. 29)

Joplin Trick-or-Treating: According to the City of Joplin, there are not any set hours for trick-or-treating, but parents should use their discretion (skip houses where the lights are out, don’t stay out too late, etc). Located in Joplin, MO. (Oct. 31)

Treats on the Square: Located on the downtown square in Carthage, MO. Phone: 417.358.2373. www.carthagechamber.com.
(Oct. 29, 3-5 pm)


Do you DARE to be scared out of your wits this Halloween? Here’s a list of area spook houses and terrifying events that will send CHILLS down your spine:

The Cadaver Zone: Are you ready to experience the area’s newest Halloween attraction? Located at 25088 Kafir Road, Webb City, MO. Phone: 417.434.2343. See Facebook page. (Open weekends, Oct. 2-31, plus other weekdays closer to Halloween)

Fear Factory Haunt: New location this year! Located at 10965 Hwy 43, Webb City, MO. Phone: 417.793.2111. See Facebook page. (Open weekends, Oct. 2-31, plus the last two Thursdays of October)

Field of Fear: As you stumble through the maze you’ll run across many unexpected surprises including Farmer Hackemore. The insane farmer may be home, waiting for your visit. You must get through the maze AND his home, where he does experiments on the lost souls who were not so lucky. (There is also a G-rated flashlight maze on the farm for the little ones). Located at Annabelle’s Fun Farm, 444584 E. 110 Rd., Welch, OK. Phone: 918.323.6352. www.annabellesfunfarm.com. (Open Saturdays, Oct. 2-31)

Halloween at the Schifferdecker House: Ghost stories, family stories, history and entertainment at the Charles Schifferdecker home, built in 1890. There will be costumes, refreshments, entertainment by the American Opera Society, plus exclusive tours of this grand home. Located at 422 S. Sergeant Ave., Joplin, MO. Phone: 417.483.3116. www.murphysburg.org. (Friday, Oct. 30, 6-10 pm)

Harvest of Terror: Exeter Corn Maze offers three spooky attractions this year: the Harvest of Terror Corn Maze, the Haunted Barn and Zombie Paintball. Located at State Highway MM, Exeter, MO. Phone: 417.846.3959. www.exetercornmaze.com.

(Open weekends, Sept. 19-Oct. 31)

Hawks Family Maze: This maze becomes haunted on Saturday nights! Located at 375 W. Dade 42, Lockwood, MO. Phone: 417.681.1098. See Facebook page. (Open Saturdays, Oct. 3-31)

Hornet Spooklight: A mysterious light that appears on a road near the Missouri-Oklahoma border. For directions, visit: www.ghostresearch.org/Investigations/Joplin.html. (Always open)

Route 66 Zombie Crawl: A Witch’s Ball and a Zombie Crawl are two of many fun events being held as part of Galena’s October Fest. Located in downtown Galena, KS. See Facebook page. (Saturday, Oct. 24)

The Manor: Scream for your life during this gory 45-minute spook house experience! Located at 4706 Gateway Drive, Joplin. Phone: 417.592.2167. www.joplinmanor.com. (Open weekends, Oct. 9-31)

The Old Haunted Belleville Cave: Is there anything scarier than a haunted cave? Located at N. Foxtrot Lane, Joplin, MO. Phone: 417.529.7428. See Facebook Page. (Open weekends, Oct. 2-31)

Project Fear: Face your fear as you make your way through rooms full of torture, torment and terrifying screams. Located at 2631 Stevens, Parsons, KS. See Facebook page. (Open weekends, Oct. 2-31)

Schifferdecker Mausoleum Tour: Charles Schifferdecker died October 30, 1915. The mausoleum of this important figure in Joplin’s history will be open for complimentary tours. Located at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 3700 N. Range Line Rd., Webb City, MO. Phone: 417.483.3116. www.murphysburg.org. (Saturday, Oct. 31, 11 am-1 pm)

Stage Fright Haunted Tours: Take a haunted tour of Memorial Hall. Located at 503 N. Pine, Pittsburg, KS. Phone: 620.231.8310. See Facebook page for Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department. (Oct. 30-31)

The Twisted Forest: A haunted attraction situated on a turn-of-the-century farm that was abandoned in the 1980s because of supernatural disturbances. The 45-minute experience goes along a harrowing trail and through dilapidated buildings. Located at 601 Reddings Road, Joplin, MO. Phone: 417.540.1046.
www.thetwistedforest.com. (Open weekends, Oct. 2-31)

Waco School House Haunt: Located in an old schoolhouse, the bottomless pit and the psych ward will have you screaming! Located at 148 Rose St., Waco, MO. Phone: 620.249.5544 or 620.875.4555. www.wacoschoolhousehaunt.com. (Open weekends, Oct. 2-31)

Wolfman’s House of Screams: There’s a “be easy” way for kids, as well as for adults who just can’t quite make it through the scary way. Located at 26267 King Lane, Carl Junction, MO. Phone: 417.825.3066. See Facebook page. (Open weekends and additional days closer to Halloween, Sept. 25-Oct. 31)

Zombie Hunt: Riders go through the trail on a wagon and shoot at live zombies coming out of the woods. All ages are welcome, and there is absolutely no danger of riders being shot. Located at Paintball Ridge, 3295 Coyote Drive, Joplin, MO. Phone: 417.781.7703.

www.paintballridge.com. (Open Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-Nov. 1)