Late October in Nebraska: It’s anyone’s guess as to whether we’ll have 80+ degree weather or snowfall. But you can celebrate the spookiest of seasons no matter what tricks Mother Nature has up her sleeve thanks to a number of family-friendly options in the region.
Roca Berry/Scary Farm:
If you’ve been waiting all year for fall and want to make the very most of this month, Roca Berry Farm is a must-do in the area thanks to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, duck races, hayrack ride and much more. But 5:30 p.m. is when it turns truly spooky as Roca Berry transforms into Roca Scary Farm! Although the nighttime experience isn’t suitable for young kids, it’s a great date night activity. (The couple that gets scared together, stays together, right?)
Looking for another reason to visit Roca Berry Farm? The annual Monster Dash 5K and 1-mile Fun Run to benefit the Child Advocacy Center is on Saturday, October 19. Aerodynamic costumes are more than encouraged: There are awards for best adult, child and team getups.
Boo at the Zoo:
There’s no need to wait until Halloween to debut your costumes! Held during the days leading up to October 31, Boo at the Zoo features approximately 40 trick-or-treating booths—and entrance is free for season pass holders. Not a pass holder? You can feel good knowing your visit benefits the animals at the zoo.
Lil’ Monsters Halloween:
For some free, climate-controlled trick-or-treating, head on over to Gateway Mall between 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night. There are dozens of vendors, good lighting and plenty of treats to go around!
Trunk or Treat:
If your neighborhood’s Halloween spirit is lacking, take your little ghouls and ghosts to the SouthPointe Pavilions between 6-8 p.m. on Halloween night for trunk-or-treating. That means there is less walking necessary to reap the sweet rewards of a full basket of candy!