15 Best Fall Things To Do in Lee’s Summit Area

Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy festivals, pumpkin picking, apple picking, hayrides, and more! The Lee’s Summit area is home to lots of great events including the #1 Haunted Attraction in Missouri.

Plan your fall adventures now as some events sell out quickly! There are lots of options, including some that are FREE. These are the best 15 fall activities in the Lee’s Summit area including Grain Valley, Independence, Blue Springs, Oak Grove, Belton, Harrisonville, and more.

Best Fall Fun in Lee’s Summit

  1. Pumpkin Picking
  2. Corn Maze
  3. Apple Picking
  4. Fall Foliage
  5. Haunted House
  6. Fall Harvest Days
  7. Historical Jail Tour
  8. Haunted and Historic Spaces Tour
  9. Powell Gardens Glow
  10. Halloween Candy Scramble
  11. Dogtober Fest
  12. Grain Valley Trail or Treat
  13. Halloween Parade
  14. Fall Muster Fort Osage
  15. Spooky Sprint 5K / 10K / Half Marathon


Lee's Summit Area Best Pumpkin PatchBest Pumpkin Patches in Lee’s Summit

Pumpkin Valley

Pumpkin Valley in Lee’s Summit is a great pumpkin patch in Jackson County. Kids enjoy the hay maze, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, and sack races. Admission is $8, and for an additional $2 a person take a pony, hay, or train ride.

Pumpkin Valley
2807 NW Chipman Road
Lee’s Summit, MO

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins in Belton is a 140-acre working farm making it a perfect spot to enjoy fall activities and see farm animals. Enjoy fresh mums, pumpkins, gourds, and lots of kids activities. The 40-acre pumpkin patch features jumping pillows for children, ping pong tables, a maze, silo play yard, corn bin pit, pig races, a train ride and more.

Once you’re done running around, sit down and enjoy a pumpkin spice donut and apple cider slushie.

Admission fees range from $7 for seniors to $13.

Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins
17701 Holmes Road
Belton, MO 64012
(816) 337-1067
Open Monday through Thursday from 12 PM to 6 PM, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM

Faulkners Ranch

Falkners Ranch is a Kansas City fall tradition for some families. The farm is celebrating its 20th pumpkin season, which opens September 29th.

Enjoy more than 20 kids activities including a petting farm, haybale maze, hayrides, pony rides and more. Don’t forget your pumpkin. While it’s not a U-Pick Patch, pumpkins are available for sale in the Harvest Barn from local growers.

Admission is $10 per person on the weekends, and slightly cheaper during the week. Also, save on admission during happy hour Monday through Thursday 3 PM to 6 PM.

There are events throughout the season, offering other ways to save on admission.

Faulkners Ranch
10600 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64134
(816) 761-5055
Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM

Pumpkin Pad

The Pumpkin Pad in Grain Valley opens September 29th, but you can always stop by early to grab a pumpkin and a photo of their gorgeous sunflowers. Admission is $7 a person and includes a hay maze, bounce house, and lots of kids games.

Pumpkin Pad
4111 South Buckner Tarsney Road
Grain Valley, MO

Red Barn Ranch

You can also hop in the car, and take a short drive to Red Barn Ranch.

Located in Harrisonville, it features a corn maze, antique tractor barn, pumpkin patch, and alpacas. Admission is $6 a person.

Red Barn Ranch
23111 S. Jefferson Parkway
Harrisonville, Missouri 64701
Open 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday
(816) 258-1797

Lee’s Summit Corn Maze

Throughout October, enjoy the 6-acre corn maze at Sylvia Bailey Park. There are a number of events including flashlight Fridays and haunted mazes throughout October. Check the city’s website for a list of activities.

Lee’s Summit Apple Picking and Orchards

Rock Creek Apple Orchard

Enjoy apple picking at Rock Creek Apple Orchard in Lone Jack.

If you head out to Rock Creek Apple Orchard, follow these directions rather than Google. Take 50 Highway, and look for their signs. Turn North off 50 and go straight down the hill. Don’t listen to Google when it tells you to turn once you come off 50 Highway. Rock Creek says those directions are not right!

Rock Creek Apple Orchard
619 W Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Road
Lone Jack, MO 64070
(816) 286-6262

Sibley Orchards and Cider Mill

Sibley Orchards and Cider Mill is a great place to take the family on a fall weekend. While you can’t pick apples here, they’re for sale at the fruit stand. Also, there are hayrides to the pumpkin patch.

They’ll have apples throughout October with Granny Smith ripening first and then Fuji and Pink Lady toward the end of the month.

You can also pick up fruit preserves, butter, honey, and honeycomb. Check their site for the latest information.

Sibley Orchard & Cider Mill
3717 N Buckner Tarsney Road
Sibley, MO 64088
(816) 650-5535
Open 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday, closed Tuesday

Dunn’s Cider Mill

Dunn’s Cider Mill in Belton is known for its delicious cider donuts, and of course, it’s cider. Donut season, yes there actually is one, starts in mid-September on the weekends. They’re open from 9 AM to 6 PM Saturday and Sunday. The cider starts flowing in October.

You’ll also find a store with jams, apple butter, cookbooks and more.

Dunn’s Cider Mill
17003 S. State Road D
Belton, MO 64012
(816) 331-2111

Best Fall Foliage in Lee’s Summit

With lots of nature paths in the Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, and Grain Valley area there are opportunities to relax and enjoy the beauty of fall. Whether you hike a trail or take a picnic, Longview Lake, Lake Jacomo, and Burr Oak Nature Center in Blue Springs offer ways to view Eastern Jackson County’s fall foliage.

Top Lee’s Summit Area Fall Events

While the pumpkin patches and apple orchards (while apple supplies last) offer fun throughout the fall in the Lee’s Summit area, there are also lots of outdoor activities to enjoy. From Halloween themed events to fall fun, there’s something for everyone. This list breaks down events week by week throughout October.

Through October 27th: Paradise Park Haunted Attractions

Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit features a variety of haunted houses and attractions to scare you during the Halloween season. Fright Nights includes a haunted laster tag hayride, where you’ll dodge zombies, ghosts, and goblins.

Also, enjoy the #1 Haunted Attraction in Missouri as rated by Haunts.com. Will you be able to find the exit to The Living Dead Haunted House? Every time you enter, you’ll experience something different! It’s twice the size of the one last year. The Park also has haunted escape rooms.

Most features are $15 per person.

The haunted events at Paradise Park run from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Saturday and Sundays through October 28th: Paradise Park Fall Harvest Days

During the day enjoy Fall Harvest Days at Paradise Park. Take a hayride and enjoy all that autumn has to offer in the woods, enjoy a campfire with s’mores, pet the animals or ride a pony. The events run from noon to 5 PM.

Through October: 1859 Historic Jail Tour

Throughout the fall, take a ghost tour of the 1859 historic jail (217 N Main Street) in Independence. Then, take a spooky covered wagon ride around Independence Square. The event runs every Friday and Saturday night in October, plus the last weekend in September from 7 PM to 11 PM. The tours take place at 7, 8, and 9 PM.

This event sold out the last 3 years, so buy your tickets today!

The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for kids aged 7-12 years old. You must purchase tickets in advance. Proceeds benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.

Best Fall Activities in Lee's Summit


Week of October 14th

Saturday, October 20th: Haunted and Historic Spaces Tour 2018

Learn about the history of Downtown Lee’s Summit and listen to ghost stories from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Friday, October 19th – 20th: Powell Gardens Glow: The Magic of Nature

Walk through Kansas City’s botanical gardens, just a short drive from Lee’s Summit, during The Magic of Nature. Vote on your favorite elaborately designed JUMBO Jack-O-Lantern while listening to music, sipping cocktails, enjoying the taste of food truck treats, and kids activities.

The pumpkins are on display on a mile long walk through Powell Gardens. Also, enjoy a hayride for an additional charge.

Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children aged 5 to 12 years old.

Saturday, October 20th: Halloween Candy Scramble

The Halloween Candy Scramble in Grain Valley is a fun hunt for hidden candy at Armstrong Park.

Bring your flashlights, as you search for all the lost treats. Also, enjoy a candy walk, worm bobbing, crafts, and more. Wear your Halloween costume if you want. You must register for this event, and it costs $9 per child.

Week of October 21

Sunday, October 21st: Dogtober Fest

Are you a dog lover? Show off your dog during Dogtober Fest at Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Fleming Park. The Blue Springs festival includes free admission, with a donation of a dry or canned dog food. Donations go to local animal shelters.

Experience canine workshops, demonstrations, AKC Canine, and Good Citizen certification and fun matches and contests for your pets.

The event includes a 1-mile walk and benefits the Kemper Outdoor Education Center and local animal shelters.

Friday, October 26th: Grain Valley Trail or Treat

The city of Grain Valley and more than 30 local businesses will hand out candy and other FREE items to children at Trail or Treat.

A donation of cans for candy is requested to benefit the Grain Valley Assistance Council. A FREE haunted hayride, silly slides, and gruesome graveyard will round out the family-friendly activities. Flashlights and costumes are optional.

The event runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Butterfly Trail which is at NW Valleywoods Drive and NW Long Drive.

Saturday, October 27th: Halloween Parade

Celebrate Halloween in Downtown Lee’s Summit with your family and pets. After the parade, children can trick or treat downtown. The event runs from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Saturday, October 27th: 32nd Annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage

Take a step back in time at Fort Osage and watch cannon and musket practice along with infantry drills in Sibley, MO. It runs from 9 to 4:30 PM.

Sunday, October 28th: Spooky Sprint 5K / 10 K / Half Marathon

Do you love to run? Get in the Halloween spirit and get some exercise during the Spooky Sprint races in Lee’s Summit. Sign up here.

What’s your favorite fall event in the Lee’s Summit area?