Where to Get Spooked This Halloween in Des Moines

Where to Get Spooked This Halloween in Des Moines

Find a list of 2019 Haunted Houses here.

Are you ready for some spooky entertainment? Half the fun of Halloween is getting a few goosebumps, so we’ve rounded up a list of spooky spots that will give you a fright in Des Moines. 

Warning!  Beware!

When picking out a haunted attraction to go to for Halloween fun with kids, it helps to know your child. Even then, it may not guarantee a good time. While kids may be fascinated with ghosts and zombies, many haunted houses are the kind that nightmares (and sleepless nights for you) are made of.

Before taking a child under 12 to a haunted attraction be sure to do a little research. Check out the haunted houses’ website or call them and ask what the attraction is rated.  Also, ask yourself this question: “How much is my child able to distinguish between fantasy and reality?” Even if your child knows the haunted house isn’t real, his or her imagination can turn the experience into something troubling after wards.

Haunted Houses and Attractions in Des Moines

Linn’s Haunted House

3805 6th Avenue • Des Moines, IA • (515) 282-6318

Located in the basement of one of the only surviving independent supermarkets in Des Moines.  Linn’s Haunted House relies on suspense and startles rather than blood and gore, making it one of the most unique classic haunted houses around. This genuinely frightening haunted house will get your pulse racing for an evening of pure Halloween fun.

Dates: October 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, and open nightly from the 21st through Halloween, 2016
Times: Sunday through Thursday 7:00 to 10:00 pm and Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight
Cost: $14.00

Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Scream Park

4051 Dean Avenue • Des Moines, IA • 50317 • (515) 262-4100

Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Scream Park is dying to entertain you!  There’s several attractions to keep the undead and dead entertained all night long now through Halloween…Zombie Paintball, Nightmare Estates, and the Castle of Blood to name a few.

Dates: October 7-8, 14-15, 20-23, 27-31, 2016
Times: Thursdays and Sundays 7:00 to 9:30 pm; Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 to 11:30 pm
Cost: Park Pass (age 12+) starts at $28.50; Park Pass (11 & under) starts at $22.00

Waukee Haunted House

Centennial Park Shelter House • 1255 Warrior Lane • Waukee, Iowa 50263 • (515) 978-0007

Enter if you dare and be prepared to be scared! Waukee Park Board’s haunted house is popular among older kids and teens for this genuinely fright-filled Halloween experience complete with wandering monsters and zombies.

Dates: October 28-29, 2016
Times: 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Cost: $5.00

Des Moines Haunted Houses

Des Moines Haunted Houses is a great local resource if you’re looking for a haunted house around the Des Moines area. The website collects information on all haunted events, whether they’re sponsored by a business, in a resident’s home, at a church, or anywhere else. This haunted house database includes a calendar and maps of where to find the spookiest of attractions.

Spooky Road Trips

Iowa’s Spooky Spots

Send shivers down your spine at the state’s most haunted places. Travel Iowa has gathered up six of Iowa’s Spookiest Spots. Each of these locales have some pretty creepy stories attached to them. Want to hear them? Load up the family wagon and head out on a spooky road trip.

Haunted Places in Central Iowa

Looking for haunted places to visit near Des Moines? HauntedPlaces.org features 50 of the creepiest, most ghost-filled haunted places in Central Iowa. Their mapping system allows you to clearly and efficiently sort through just the types of places you’re interested in. Search for haunted hotels, colleges, universities, libraries, lighthouses, theaters… you name it, they’ve got it.



Do your kids like to be spooked or are they too little to love the ghosts and zombies of Halloween? Share your fave spooky spots with us in the comment section below!

1 Comment

  1. The three “home haunts” are also family friendly – Zombie Hollow is just a cool walk through (no actors chasing you), and Grimes Haunted Garage and Urbandale Fright Manor (new this year) tone it down for younger crowds. This is something the big haunts don’t do.

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