Falling into the festive spirit

October 14, 2015

During the fall season, Kansas City is home to various fall activities that entice people, including BVNW students, to attempt new things and embrace the fall weather. These fall activity spots are places that people can visit only once a year. Examples of these locations are the Louisburg Cider Mill, the Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun and the downtown haunted houses.

“I love fall and I like when the weather changes and I like celebrating it by doing fall things like going to pumpkin patches and haunted houses,” BVNW sophomore Ellie Druten said.

Louisburg Cider Mill

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At the Louisburg Cider Mill, visitors are able to go through a corn maze, visit a pumpkin patch and a country store. Druten said her favorite items sold at the store are the cider donuts and apple cider. Other items offered at the store are a variety of ciders, sodas, jellies, snacks and syrups.

“There is a little shop, and then there is a pumpkin patch and a little maze thing you can do,” Druten said. “There is a bunch of stuff for little kids but it is still enjoyable for people of all ages.”

This cider mill is about 25 miles away from Overland Park, located at 14730 KS-68, Louisburg, Kan. It is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The final date to go to the Louisburg Cider Mill is Nov. 1.

Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt

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The Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun has several mazes, areas blocked off at the park called “scare zones,” multiple rides and three theatrical performances.

Junior Jennifer Smith said she goes every year with her friends. Smith said that if people want to be a part of the Halloween atmosphere and expand their comfort zones, going to Worlds of Fun for their Halloween Haunt is an option that BVNW students have enjoyed.

“My least favorite part is waiting in all the lines, and it is expensive,” BVNW junior Jennifer Smith said.

Worlds of Fun is located at 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, Mo., and is approximately 45 minutes away from Overland Park. It costs approximately $35 for one night at the park, depending on the night and how long one spends there.

The Beast

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BVNW sophomore Kate Kaufman describes the downtown haunted houses atmosphere as anxious, frightening and exciting. There are six haunted houses that make up The Beast Haunted House in Kansas City. This is located at
1401 W 13th St, Kansas City, Mo., and is approximately 30 minutes away. These haunted houses are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until either 11 p.m. or 10 p.m. on these nights of the week.

“Last year was the first year I went, so it was new and I didn’t know what to expect,” Kaufman said.

Kaufman also said she was scared but ultimately had fun and plans to go back in the future.  

“I really love the thrill and excitement that The Beast has and can’t wait to go back this halloween season,” Sophomore Kate Kaufman said.

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