Halloween, bonfires, and everything pumpkin is right around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited! Take advantage of everything outdoors, as the leaves are finally changing colors. Here are some things happening in the Riverbend area during the month of October.
Vintage Voices are a great way to learn the history of Alton and some of it’s most famous citizens. Take a walk around the Alton City Cemetery every Saturday in October from 11:30 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. It’s $15 for adults, and $10 for students.
German food, live music, inflatables, and adult beverages (for those of age) – what could be better? St. Mary’s Oktoberfest takes place the weekend of October 6-8. Friday night begins at 6 p.m., Saturday begins at 1 p.m., and Sunday begins at noon. Admission is free, so go and have a great time with the whole family.
With it being the month of Halloween, you know I had to throw in a couple haunted events for those interested. Fright Night Tour at the McPike Mansion is October 6 with tours starting at 6 p.m. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will give you the history of the McPike Mansion along with the opportunity to look at historical documents and photos. It will also include a tour of the McPike Mansion. Tickets for this event are $20 for adults, $15 for teens, and $10 for children.
The Alton Haunted History Bus Tour is a great way to explore all of parts of Alton and it’s haunted history. This tour takes you via bus as well as walking, so be sure to wear your walking shoes! Each tour starts promptly at 8 p.m. and lasts approximately 3 hours, and has numerous dates to take advantage of, including: Saturday, October 14, Friday, October 20, Saturday, October 21, Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28. Tickets are $40 a person and will sell out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot ASAP!
These are just a few of the many events taking place during the month of October in the area. For a full list of events and activities, visit www.visitalton.com/events and see what peaks your interest!