Explore the scary side of Halloween, if you dare…
In the Des Moines metro, there are several options both indoors and out to enjoy being scared. Grab your older kids or book a babysitter for the night and get spooky.
Haunted Houses in Des Moines
Where: 500 Locust St Des Moines
When: Weekends starting September 29th, times vary
Admission: $20 – $45, advance tickets required
Features: A local favorite takes scary to a whole new level, literally. Now located in a massive subterranean lair, you can be sure they’ll take advantage of the darkness below.
Where: 1400 S 4th St, Ames
When: Weekends in October, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Features: Take a nighttime walk through these woods if you dare. The added element of the outdoors creates an extra chill during fall nights, just beware of what lurks behind the trees.
Where: 97 Indiana Avenue, Des Moines
When: Weekends in October, 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission: $25 – $45
Features: From spine-tingling spectacles to jaw-dropping curiosities, this haunted attraction is a chilling journey through the macabre. Dare to witness the eerie, the unsettling, and the supernatural as you navigate through darkened corridors and shadowy chambers.
Where: 4051 Dean Avenue, Des Moines
When: Weekends in October, times vary
Admission: $28 – $48
Features: With features like Nightmare’s Funeral Home, Castle of Blood, Terror in the Trees, and new this year, The Island of Dr. Demonik, you are sure to get a good scare or two in.
Where: 3805 6th Avenue, Des Moines
When: Weekends starting September 29, hours vary
Features: In its 39th year at this former supermarket you can crawl through several claustrophobia-inducing tunnels. Also, watch out for spider webs and flying insects while trying not to get crushed by moving walls!
Where: Adventureland, Altoona
When: Weekends in October, hours vary
Admission: $34.99 and up
Features: When the sun goes down, the Phantom takes screams to the extreme with four haunted houses and three scare zones. Creepy characters create hair-raising haunts as they prowl the park after dark.
Where: 2310 Saint Charles Rd Winterset, Iowa
When: Weekends in October
Features: Nights include lights, sounds, fog, and special effects. Kids ages 6 and older can come during daytime hours.
Where: Catch the Terror bus in Edgewood Park in Madrid, Iowa.
When: Fridays and Saturdays in October
Admission: starting at $22
Features: 22 acres of spirits, zombies, demons, and mayhem. Scares include a haunted maze and Zee-Pocalypse paintball.
Where: 508 E 2nd St., Villisca
When: Year-round, Tuesday-Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $5 – $10 for day tours
Features: Take a little drive down to Villisca in southwest Iowa for not technically a haunted house or is it? This scene of a gruesome crime in 1912 provides daily tours or for the true-crime enthusiast, you can spend the night!