Thu October 31, 2013
West Bottoms Future, Zombie Queen, Haunted Creepys
In the weeks leading up to Halloween, thousands of people flocked to the historic West Bottoms neighborhood to tour Kansas City’s haunted houses. And while these houses are known as some of the oldest and most terrifying attractions in the country, you might not know that they’ve also been major contributors to the development of the former stockyards district. But not everyone thinks they should be part of the future of the West Bottoms.
The West Bottoms is an industrial area directly west of downtown Kansas City, located just south of the Missouri River. It is one of the oldest areas of the city, and home to two of the region's key industries: beef and railroads. But as the neighborhood develops as a destination for arts, restaurants and residential, will there be room for the seasonal activities like the haunted houses?
Earlier this month, zombies walked the streets of Kansas City for the annual Kansas City Zombie Walk, a charity event that collects food for the hungry and homeless. But one zombie at the event stood out from the others - the Zombie Queen. Find out more about the woman behind the zombie outfit.
Almost every year around this time in Kansas City, a musical phenomenon rises up at area bars. A mysterious band called the Haunted Creepys tends to perform around Halloween, and whenever Friday the 13th rolls around. Lead singer He Who Bought The Farm materialized at KCUR this week for an interview, but would not otherwise reveal himself publicly.