2018: Guide to Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat Events in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

2018: Guide to Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat Events in Des Moines

Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, they’re lining a busy road, or the neighbors are super cranky, some families just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly trick or treat and trunk or treat events, if you need an alternative (or you just want to get multiple uses out of those costumes:).

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Here’s a round-up of trick-or-treat & trunk-or-treat events in Des Moines:

Sunday, October 21st

Trunk or Treat at Waukee United Methodist Church

650 Ashworth Drive • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 987-4531

Kids can wear their costumes to the Annual Trunk or Treat during Waukee United Methodist Church’s Fall Festival. In addition, there will be crafts, snacks, inflatables and face painting. The Festival runs from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, October 23rd

TIC or Treat!  – The Iowa Clinic

1410 SW Tradition Drive • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 875-9000

Trick-or-treat at The Iowa Clinic in Ankeny.  Kids can enjoy activities, a giant game of operation, trick-or-treat through the building and meet their physicians and staff. Costumes are encouraged!

Wednesday, October 24th

Trick-or-Treat with First Responders 

Johnston Fire station 38 • 10225 NW 62nd Avenue • Johnston, IA • (515) 278-2344

The Johnston Police and Fire Departments will be handing out treats from their squad cars and fire trucks and will also talk about “safety” when going out on Beggars’ Night. Children are encouraed to wear their Halloween costume because the Police and Fire Chiefs will be voting on the best dressed child!

Trunk or Treat at Waukee Christian Church

29043 T Avenue • Waukee, IA 50263  • (515) 987-4937

Waukee Christian Church is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” for families to bring their kids out for trick or treating in a safe place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  They are encouraging families to bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.

Trunk or Treat at Meredith Reformed Church

5128 Meredith Drive • Des Moines, IA 50310 • (515) 276-490
10025 NW 62nd Avenue • Johnston, IA 50131

Wear your costume and have fun walking from trunk to trunk, trick-or-treating, jumping in a bouncy house, pumpkin painting and other activities. Come for free candy. Stay for spooky fun!

Thursday, October 25th

Trick or Treat in Altoona

Altoona, IA (515) • 967-3366

Kids can safely trick or treat during Business Safe Trick or Treat at participating businesses in Altoona from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Trick or Treat in Uptown Ankeny

Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-1897

Looking for a safe and fun trick-or-treat venue? Take your little ghosts and ghouls 12 years old and younger to Uptown Ankeny for lots of Halloween treats (and maybe a few tricks!) from participating businesses between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.

Trick or Treat at Homemakers

10215 Douglas Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 276-2772

Put your Halloween costumes on and take the whole family to Homemakers for their annual Community Halloween Trick-or-Treat Night. Kids will love showing off their costumes and filling their bags with tons of goodies—and parents will appreciate the cozy, calm atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Trunk or Treat with the Urbandale Police Department

3740 86th Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 331-6800

Calling all the little ghouls and goblins! This “FREE” community event will allow kids a safe and fun trick or treating experience. Come enjoy costumes, goodies, popcorn, cookies, and cider. Goodies will be provided by the Urbandale Police Department and local business from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Friday, October 26th

Trunk or Treat at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

2600 E. Euclid Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (515) 265-2865

Trunk or Treat at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. A safe and fun party for the whole family, featuring trunk or treating in the parking lot and fun activities inside from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Trick or Treat Around The Lake

Copper Creek Lake • 4390 E University Avenue •  Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

Join the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce for the 2nd annual Trick or Treat Around the Lake.  The event will start at 5:00 and end at 7:00 pm. Come dressed in your costume, get your face painted, jump in bounce houses and fill up on candy and goodies.

Saturday, October 27th

Trick or Treat at Hy-Vee

Multiple Locations
Stop by a participating Hy-Vee for a fun, kid-friendly Trick-or-Treat event from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Activities include: coloring, cookie decorating, mini-pumpkin decorating and more! Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Trick or Treat at Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Avenue • Cambridge, IA 50046 • (515) 383-4354

Don your costumes and head to the Farmyard on October 27th and 28th! What better place to go Trick-or-Treating than at Center Grove Orchard? Their staff will be dressed in their festive costumes, handing out candy at several Trick-or-Treat locations around the Orchard.

Trick or Treat at ARL

5452 NE 22nd Street • Des Moines, IA 50313 • (515) 262-9503

Bring your dog to the ARL from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for their annual Howl-o-ween party just for them! Your dog will be able to show their best trick at multiple treat stations around their Training Center to earn a tasty treat. Humans of all ages are welcome (remind your kids to ask before petting other dogs).

Trick or Treat at Bass Pro Shops

1000 Bass Pro Drive NW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 957-5500

Halloween fun for everyone at the Bass Pro Shops! They will be hosting Trick-or-Treating and a costume parade on October 27th and 31st.

Trunk or Treat at St. Vincent de Paul of Des Moines

1426 6th Avenue and 520 Army Post Road • Des Moines, IA 50314 • (515) 282-8328

Join Urban Dreams for a fun evening of costumes, candy, and food.

Sunday, October 28th

Trick or Treat at Center Grove Orchard

32835 610th Avenue • Cambridge, IA 50046 • (515) 383-4354

Don your costumes and head to the Farmyard on October 27th and 28th! What better place to go Trick-or-Treating than at Center Grove Orchard? Their staff will be dressed in their festive costumes, handing out candy at several Trick-or-Treat locations around the Orchard.

Trunk or Treat at Camp Dodge

Pool Pavilion • 7105 NW 70th Avenue • Johnston, IA 50131 • (515) 251-2967

Military families are invited to Camp Dodge’s Annual Fall Family Festival starting at 2:00 pm.  The event is hosted by the Iowa National Guard Child and Youth Program.  This year’s theme is Superheroes and awards will be given to the top trunk and activity.

Trunk n’ Treat at Lutheran Church of Hope

925 Jordan Creek Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 222-1520

Get your little ones dressed in their friendly Halloween costumes, and experience the fun at Lutheran Church of Hope’s Fall Festival Trunk-or-Treat! All children, grades 6 and under, are invited to trick-or-treat in the Hope WDM parking lot in a safe, free and family-friendly environment 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Trunk or Treat at West Des Moines Christian Church

Mills Civic Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 223-1639

Wear your costumes to the 8th Annual Trunk or Treat event hosted by West Des Moines Christian Church.  This FREE and fun (not frightening) community wide Halloween bash is for kids ages 12 and under at 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

Trunk or Treat at Immanuel Lutheran Church

900 Warrior Lane • Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 987-4089

Enjoy a fun evening of Trunk or Treating in the ILC parking lot from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. They’re also collecting nonperishable food items for Waukee Area Christian Services. Hot dogs, hot cocoa and treats will be provided!

Trunk or Treat at Valley United Methodist Church

4201 Ashworth Road • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 225-8128

Bring your young trick or treaters and enjoy a safe, free evening of fun and games in the parking lot at Valley UMC from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Safe Trick-or-Treat

Grandview University • 1200 Grandview Avenue •  Des Moines, Iowa 50316

Enjoy a night of  Safe Trick-or-Treating on Grand View University’s campus.This is a public & FREE event open to children and families of all ages. Trick-or-Treating in the residence halls, crafts, games, and snacks will be provided.

Monday, October 29th

JA BizTown Trick-Or-Treat

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa • 6100 Grand Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 279-9602

Please join Junior Achievement of Central Iowa for Trick-Or-Treating in the best “indoor town” around….. JA BizTown!  They will be providing store-bought candy along with popcorn. There will also be an crafts station. Admission is free.

Trick or Treat at Jordan Creek Town Center

101 Jordan Creek Parkway • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 440-6255

The eighth annual Trick-or-Treat event at Jordan Creek Town Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Along with trick-or-treating, Mercy Children’s Hospital and Clinics will have kid-friendly activities located on the lower level Younkers wing for everyone to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 30th

Trunk or Treat at Urbandale Baptist Church

6501 Aurora Avenue • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 276-0761

Make Urbandale Baptist Church one of your Beggar’s Night stops.  They will have free candy, free popcorn, free pop, free candy, free hot chocolate, a free bounce house, free hotdogs and more. 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Trick or Treat at Valley West Mall

1551 Valley W Drive #400 • West Des Moines, IA 50266 • (515) 225-3631

Treat your kids to an evening of safe Trick-or-Treating fun at Valley West Mall from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Trunk or Treat at the Indianola Public Library

207 N B Street • Indianola, IA 50125 • (515) 961-9418

The City of Indianola and IMU departments are gathering at the Library to hand out treats on Beggars’ Night 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Come for a hot dog supper and treats, then help decide which department decorated their vehicle the best! All ages. Children 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, October 31st

Trunk or Treat at St. Mark Lutheran Church

1115 Grand Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 223-4208

Kids 6th grade and under are invited to Trunk-or-Treat at St. Mark Lutheran Church. They can come decked out in their favorite costume for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. There will be inflatables, games, crafts, and candy at 6:00 to 7:30 pm.

Trick or Treat at Bass Pro Shops

1000 Bass Pro Drive NW • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 957-5500

Halloween fun for everyone at the Bass Pro Shops! They will be hosting Trick-or-Treating and a costume parade on October 27th and 31st.

Trick or Treat at Outlets of Des Moines

801 Bass Pro Drive • Altoona, IA 50009 • (515) 380-7400

Trick or Treat at the Outlets of Des Moines. Participating stores will hand out goodies for kids ages 12 & under. While supplies last.

 

Want more fall fun? See all our Halloween and Fall Fun Guides.

Where will you take your little monsters to get their trick-or-treat fix? Let us know below!

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