St. Charles catches spirit of spooky season

October 18, 2018 by  

St. Charles Main Street will be transformed into a vintage 1910 to 1930s Legends & Lanterns festival in a few days.

The festival will bring back the holiday as it was celebrated by the Victorians and Druids and recreate American ghost stories and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. This season it will focus on creating macabre theatre, literature, and classic cinema.

Master storytellers will relate the Legend of Sleepy Hollow with the help of the audience. Old-fashioned horse-drawn hay wagons will be hauling guests on free rides through historic Main Street and along the Missouri River as a guide gives an overview of local Halloween folklore and traditions.

Kister Park will be become Scarecrow Glen. Dozens of scarecrows will be strewn throughout the park and guests can vote in the ‘Straw Poll’. Pictures taken at this event could go to local stationery printers to be made into interesting personal items

Writer’s Block will be an area dedicated to classic gothic literature. Here, young scribblers can create their own short stories or poems to post on the POE tree. Writer’s Block: Unbound will be a fast-paced romp through scary classics from Bram Stoker to Stephen King in a light-hearted show.

Legends and Lanterns will take place October 20 and 21, and October 26 to 28 on Main Street.