2016 Haunted Houses

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Here are all the haunted houses we have heard about, so far. The descriptions initially come from the haunt operators (or their websites), but as we go through the attractions, we will try to revise them to reflect what they actually consist of. “The worst of humanity” doesn't give much information -- chainsaw killers? politicians? We will try to keep spoilers to a minimum. Events that have been specifically tagged as "Family Friendly" will not appear in this listing.

When visiting these haunts, please tell them you saw their listing on DMHauntedHouses.com.

Database:

Last Updated: 09/28/2016 3:11 PM

Name
Ames Haunted Forest
Location
1470 S 4th St, Ames IA 50010
Directions
East of University Boulevard near Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium.
Dates/Times
10 NIGHTS: Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-23, and 28-30
Calendar
Fri-7, Sat-8, Fri-14, Sat-15, Fri-21, Sat-22, Sun-23, Fri-28, Sat-29, Sun-30
Theme
Phantom of the Bijou.
Short Desc
Long outdoor haunted walk.
Duration
15-30 minutes.
Admission
$15
Discounts
$1 off coupon on their website.
Category
Haunted Walk
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Ames-Haunted-Forest/168825177811
Twitter
@Haunted_Forest
Name
Grinnel Fright Hike
Location
Arbor Lake, Grinnel IA
Dates/Times
Oct 28, 2016. 8pm-11pm.
Short Desc
Spooky one mile walk.
Long Desc
Groups of 2-4 carry a glowing lantern as they take a one mile walking path around the lake.
Admission
$10
Buy Tickets
www.grinnellchamber.org/index.cfm?NodeID=84588&AudienceID=1&preview=1
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.grinnellchamber.org/en/events/fright_hike/
Name
Haunted Garage (Home Haunt)
Location
612 NE 13 St, Grimes IA 50111
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 29 and 31.
Calendar
Sat-29, Mon-31
Short Desc
Home haunt in their garage.
Long Desc
Please note that this is a home haunt/Halloween display in a residential neighborhood. They handle about 150 visitors each night, so plan accordingly. This is the fifth year for this home haunt. It is totally free but they accept canned good donations for the food pantry.
Admission
Free, Donations accepted for food pantry.
Category
Home Haunt
Facebook
www.facebook.com/grimeshauntedgarage/
Name
Linn's Supermarket Haunted House
Location
3805 6th Ave, Des Moines IA 50313
Directions
Located at Linn's Supermarket.
Dates/Times
16 NIGHTS: Oct 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-31. 7p-Mid on Sat/Sun, 7p-10p other nights.
Calendar
Sat-1, Fri-7, Sat-8, Fri-14, Sat-15, Fri-21, Sat-22, Sun-23, Mon-24, Tue-25, Wed-26, Thu-27, Fri-28, Sat-29, Sun-30, Mon-31
Theme
"Scariest Night Ever."
Short Desc
Des Moines' oldest haunt.
Duration
10-20 minutes.
Admission
$14
Discounts
$10 with coupon (first two weekends only).
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.linnshauntedhouse.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/linnshauntedhouse
Twitter
@HauntedLinns
Name
Perry Firefighters Assoc Haunted Barn
Location
1st. St. and Willis Ave, Perry IA 50220
Directions
Located on the west side of Caboose Park at First and Willis.
Dates/Times
Oct 14-15, 21-22 and 28, 2016
Calendar
Fri-14, Sat-15, Fri-21, Sat-22, Fri-28
Category
Haunted House
Facebook
www.facebook.com/events/1825371244349829/
Name
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State fairgrounds.
Dates/Times
12 NIGHTS: Oct 7-8, 14-15, 20-23, and 27-31.
Calendar
Fri-7, Sat-8, Fri-14, Sat-15, Thu-20, Fri-21, Sat-22, Thu-27, Fri-28, Sat-29, Sun-30, Mon-31
Theme
Various.
Short Desc
Multiple haunts for one ticket price.
Duration
While individual haunts are quite short, plan to spend all evening there on busy nights.
Admission
$24.50 - $38
Buy Tickets
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
Discounted tickets available online.
Category
Food, Haunted House
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Waukee Haunted House
Location
1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee IA 50263
Directions
Centennial Park enclosed shelter.
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 28-29, 2016. 7-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-28, Sat-29
Admission
$5
Discounts
$1 off with a non-perishable donation for the Waukee Area Food Pantry.
Category
Haunted House
Website
http://www.waukee.org/475/Halloween-Haunted-House
Twitter
@CityOfWaukee
Name
Zombie Hollow (Home Haunt)
Location
3109 Pine Circle, Urbandale IA 50322
Directions
Located between Douglas and Hickman, just east of 86th Street in Urbandale, Iowa. (At a home in a residential area.)
Dates/Times
WEATHER PERMITTING! Check their Facebook page. 3 NIGHTS: Oct 28-30, 2016. 7pm-10pm Sat and Sun, 7pm-9pm Halloween.
Calendar
Fri-28, Sat-29, Sun-30
Theme
Zombies
Short Desc
Elaborate walk-thru yard display.
Long Desc
Haunted Mansion + Pirates of the Caribbean + Zombies = Zombie Hollow. A must-see! In past years, this has been the most amazing home display in the area. It features animated characters, surround sound, lighting and fog effects and the most immersive environment outside of a Disney/Universal Studios theme park. Last year it featured ghosts from Scooby Doo, and other years have featured Harry Potter and even Duck Dynasty zombies!
Duration
Explore at your own pace.
Admission
Free, Donations accepted for Sentinels of Freedom.
Category
Yard Display
Website
www.thezombiehollow.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Zombie-Hollow-258264987517799/
Twitter
@ZombieHollow

See also: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Other Indexes

We believe in cross promotion, so here are other family-friendly Halloween indexes we have found. DMHH is not responsible for the accuracy of information on these sites, but we will at least try to point out major omissions if we notice them. (Visitors beware: the national sites often list defunct attractions or have incorrect information. Always verify a haunt actually exists before driving out.)

List updated on 10/1/2015:

Local (?) Sites:

National Sites:

Most of these sites (except FindAHaunt) seem to only list haunts that submit their information and/or pay them money, so they are usually very inaccurate or missing tons of information.