ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Before you hit the Grove on 10/27 in all of your Halloween finery, make sure to visit the historic Central West End for their legendary street party. The vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhood's annual celebration is THE can’t-miss event of the season and a perfect way to kick off the day!


Festivities start off with some fun daytime activities for the whole family. Then, as the sun sets, the party continues with an adults-only bash and costume contest, known for its elaborate, complex and outrageous costumes and featuring $6,000 in cash and prizes! See photos from the event.


The CWE Halloween party is open to the public and free to attend. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the adults-only* costume contest. Click here for contest details.


Schedule of Events

October 27, 2018


Events take place at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid except as noted.


11 a.m. | Kids’ costume parade & party, featuring Cinderella and her carriage, the Moolah Shriners in their YOMO cars, clowns, face painters and more. The parade begins in the parking lot at Walton & McPherson. 2016 Photos


NoonTrick or treating at neighborhood businesses.


1 p.m. | Dog costume parade & party. The parade begins in the parking lot at Walton & McPherson.


Owners are invited to register their dogs in the costume contest; costumes will be judged along the parade route for categories including funniest, cutest and most creative. Winners receive Central West End Bucks, which are accepted at numerous businesses throughout the neighborhood. 2016 Photos


2 p.m. | Live entertainment on the main stage at Maryland & Euclid, featuring music, fire dancers and more!


6 p.m. | Registration for the adults-only* costume contest opens at the stage. Be sure to register early to secure your spot.


6 p.m.-midnight | Adults-only party, featuring a DJ, fire dancers, hula hoop dancers and more. 2016 Photos


8-10 p.m. | Adults-only costume contest. The top 10 finalists will be announced at 9:30 p.m., and the top three winners at 10 p.m. You must be present for the final round of judging to win.


*Participants must be at least 18 years old. Click here for more information about participating in the costume contest.




Photos will be taken of all costume contest entries.


By participating in Halloween in the Central West End, all participants release and allow the use of any and all photographs taken by the event producers, their agents and assigns to promote and otherwise market the event hereafter without any rights or compensation to the participants.


The organizing committee and judges of the CWEHalloween Adult Costume Contest reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone. All decisions of the judges and producers are final.