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Blessings in the Bottoms – First Friday West Bottoms Weekend Event
Haunt Season Transitions to Thanksgiving
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI — The West Bottoms is celebrating a cornucopia of day and night events for the season this Festival of the Full Moon - First Friday Weekend, November 2 through 4. Starting at 8:30 am on Friday, there will be an abundance of shopping to make the Thanksgiving table and get ahead of gifts and décor to boost the holiday spirits. Then from October 30 through November 2 the nights will give way to the chance to visit the nation’s best haunts in its 45th season, including Edge of Hell and Beast. Additionally, due to popular demand, Macabre Cinema Haunted House will be open through November 2, while Beast and Edge of Hell will also open Nov. 8 and 9.
USA Today recognizes Edge of Hell. They report on the history of haunted attractions and where you should go across the country. Edge of Hell is the oldest, commercial haunted attraction still in operations in the U.S.
Fittingly, the timing also coincides with the Day of the Dead. A Mexican holiday from October 31 through November 2 where loved ones who have departed, are remembered. The decorative skulls and face paint may seem scary, but it’s part of the celebration. We’ll mark the convergence of Day of the Dead, haunt weekend, and then reflecting on the blessings ahead for Thanksgiving with all the fanfare to represent the holidays.
The street scene will include food trucks and booths with beer, wine, and spirits options. Whether it is hot or cold, the special drinks featured have guests covered warm mulled cider and or frosty Margaritas.
“Sadly the haunt season is almost over,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, aka the Queen of Haunts. “But every holiday has so much fun to offer, and the West Bottoms always represents the excitement of the season with gifts, décor, and fashion and of course street foods, drinks, and entertainment. It has been a blessing to offer scares of joy, screams, and laughter this 45th season.”
The Festival of the Full Moon street events happen every First Friday weekend and highlights the month’s moon. November is the Beaver Moon, an animal that is particularly active this time of year building its winter home – just like a lot of the area’s holiday shoppers. Festival of the Full Moon will have a new theme each month. The last event for 2019 is December’s “Balls in the Bottoms.” The holiday season will kick-off Thursday, December 5, from 5 pm to 7 pm with the lighting at 6 pm. There will be entertainment and drinks.
NOVEMBER’S FESTIVAL OF THE FULL MOON FIRST WEEKEND PLANNER
Friday through Sunday, November 2-4, 2019
· West Bottom’s Shopping – Festival of the Full Moon Weekend
Open Friday through Sunday - Shops Open at 8:30 am closes around 5 pm.
· Food Truck Wine & Dine & Music
Available Friday, Saturday and Sunday, off the 12th St. Bridge
· Beast Haunted House & Edge of Hell Haunted House opens 10/30 and 10/31, and weekends 11/1-2, and 11/8-9 opening at 7:30 pm. Beast located at 1401 W. 13th Street / Edge of Hell located at 1300 W 12th St.
· Macabre Cinema Haunted House opens 10/30-11/2 at 8 pm. 1222 W 12th St Suite A, Kansas City, MO 64101
· Full Moon Escape Rooms: Beast’s Tool Room & Ghost of Merlin Room
Opens 10 am-9 pm Tuesday-Saturday except haunt nights closes at 3 pm. fullmoonescape.com
About the West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District:
The West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District, located just off the 12th Street Bridge, has 22 warehouses in a thirteen-block area with approximately 600 vendors and more than 25 stores and restaurants. Many of the large, multi-story buildings have histories starting over 120 years ago. They have now repurposed this vast space to earn the title of the largest, year-round, indoor vintage and entertainment district. The District is the destination for interior decorators and designers, collectors and consumers seeking stylish décor and gift options with history and patina that cannot be duplicated. The weekend’s street entertainment, food trucks, and bars are all part of the Festival of the Full Moon. Full Moon Escape Rooms add another adventure option in the area. westbottoms.com
About Full Moon Productions:
Full Moon Productions owns and operates the world-class haunted attractions since its first in 1975. The Edge of Hell, Beast, and Macabre Cinema Haunted Houses all deliver frightful fun from their large buildings located in the Historic West Bottoms Entertainment District off the 12th Street Bridge near downtown Kansas City. The Queen of Haunts and ‘scarecast’ generate fear with the help of sophisticated sets, technology, and the world-record breaking snake, Medusa. The company makes helping children and animal charities a priority, including their participation in the anti-bullying charity “Don’t Be a Monster”. Each weekend the area hosts the Festival of the Full Moon outside the haunted houses that include free hayrides, roaming beasts and monsters, food trucks, and more.
The West Bottoms Business District Association is the organization dedicated to continued revival of our most historical area in downtown in Kansas City, Missouri. Our association is committed to making the West Bottoms a compelling place to live, work, play and visit in the region.
West Bottoms Business District Association, working hand in hand with property owners, creates forums for communication and involvement by a diverse group of West Bottoms investors, including local development corporations, residents, young professionals and business stakeholders. By facilitating the collaboration of these groups, West Bottoms Business District Association strives to enhance the quality of life in the West Bottoms by implementing initiatives for continued improvement in safety, cleanliness, economic development assistance, marketing & special events, advocacy and strategic projects.