2013 Haunted Houses

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Slaughterhouse 2013

Here are the only haunted houses we have heard about, so far. The descriptions mostly 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.

Database:
Name
Ames Haunted Forest
Location
1513 S 4th St, Ames IA 50010
Directions
1 block south of Jack Trice Stadium.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27, 31-Nov 1. Opens at 7pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31, Fri-1
Theme
The Phantom of the Bijou (horror movies).
Short Desc
Movie themed haunted walk.
Long Desc
Horror movie fanatic, Vincent, burned in a movie theater fire, now lives alone in the woods where he tries to recreate the horror movie world he loved so much.
Admission
$13
Discounts
Special $2 off coupon for opening weekend on website.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.ameshauntedforest.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Ames-Haunted-Forest/168825177811
Name
Castle of Blood
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 17-20, 24-27 and 31. 7pm-Mid, but ticket booth closes at 10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Thu-24, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31
Theme
Vampires in a castle.
Short Desc
Vampire castle. One of five haunted houses.
Long Desc
(Sleepy Hollow was voted "Best Haunted House 2013" by Cityview readers.) Go inside the Des Moines Renaissance Faire "castle". Two-minute theme park style computer controlled pre-show (lights and sound) leads guests through a torture chamber then in to the actual haunted house where vampire actors await. Completely new lighting system and a few layout changes for 2013, including new moving props.
Duration
5 minutes
Admission
Available only as part of a $25.50 (adult)/$23.50 (child) "do it all" package, or $19.75 (adult)/$17.50 (child) "pick three" package. Hayride is $1 extra.
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowscream.inticketing.com/events/
Discounts
Coupons at Kum & Go. Online discounts 48 hours in advance using code "BUYEARLY". Group discounts.
Category
Haunted House, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Chaos
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 17-20, 24-27 and 31. 7pm-Mid, but ticket booth closes at 10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Thu-24, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31
Theme
All things chaotic.
Short Desc
Horror movies. One of five haunted houses.
Long Desc
(Sleepy Hollow was voted "Best Haunted House 2013" by Cityview readers.) Loud music, disorienting lights, spinning vortex tunner, horror movie killers (and clowns), fog, electrocution, and more. Layout reversed for 2013 so if you have been through it before, expect the opposite.
Duration
5 minutes
Admission
Available only as part of a $25.50 (adult)/$23.50 (child) "do it all" package, or $19.75 (adult)/$17.50 (child) "pick three" package. Hayride is $1 extra.
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowscream.inticketing.com/events/
Discounts
Coupons at Kum & Go. Online discounts 48 hours in advance using code "BUYEARLY". Group discounts.
Category
Haunted House, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Duty Calls: Zombie Apacolypse
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 17-20, 24-27 and 31. 7pm-Mid, but ticket booth closes at 10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Thu-24, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31
Theme
Laser tag zombie shoot
Short Desc
Haunted walk with zombies and laser tag guns. One of five haunted houses.
Long Desc
(Sleepy Hollow was voted "Best Haunted House 2013" by Cityview readers.) Redesigned for 2013. Outdoor haunted walk with laser tag rifles and zombies to shoot. Mutli-channel computer controlled lights and sound guide groups through scenes of captured zombies, base camp, research facility and escape.
Duration
5 minutes
Admission
Available only as part of a $25.50 (adult)/$23.50 (child) "do it all" package, or $19.75 (adult)/$17.50 (child) "pick three" package. Hayride is $1 extra.
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowscream.inticketing.com/events/
Discounts
Coupons at Kum & Go. Online discounts 48 hours in advance using code "BUYEARLY". Group discounts.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Haunted Barn
Location
3215 SE 72nd St, Ankeny IA 50021
Directions
Take Corporate Woods Dr exit off of I-35, east.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-6,11-13, 18-20, 25-31, November 1-2. Fri-Sat, 8pm-Mid. Sun and last week in Oct, 8pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Sun-6, Fri-11, Sat-12, Sun-13, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Mon-28, Tue-29, Wed-30, Thu-31, Fri-1, Sat-2
Theme
Horror movies and general scares.
Short Desc
Horror movie rooms, possible live snakes.
Long Desc
Indoor and outdoor scenes including a crawl, live snake(s), movie themed rooms (Orphan), graveyard and more. Reconfigured for 2013, including upgraded sounds and effects. Tons of "invisible" actors you won't see until they want you to. Food truck (tacos, hot dogs, snacks) available. Credit cards accepted.
Duration
10-15 minutes
Admission
$15
Discounts
$3 off coupon on website, and at area businesses.
Category
Haunted House, Food
Website
www.ankenyhauntedbarn.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/HauntedBarnAnkeny
Name
Haunted Garage (home haunt)
Location
612 NE 13 St, Grimes IA 50111
Dates/Times
Oct 25 & 27, 7pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-25, Sat-26
Theme
Haunted garage.
Long Desc
Please note that this is a home haunt/Halloween display in a residential neighborhood. Last year they handled about 150 visitors each night, so plan accordingly. This is the third year for this home haunt. It is totally free but they accept canned good donations for the food pantry.
Admission
Free, but they collect canned good donations for the food pantry.
Category
Home Haunt
Name
James Family Halloween Display
Location
4828 Fairview Dr, Pleasant Hill IA 50317
Dates/Times
After dark, in October.
Theme
Halloween display.
Short Desc
Front-yard light and sound show.
Long Desc
Front yard display with lightning and other effects. (This is the location of the elaborate James Family Christmas Light Spectacular in December.)
Admission
Free
Category
Yard Display
Name
Linn's Haunted House
Location
3805 6th Ave, Des Moines IA 50313
Directions
At Linn's Supermarket.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-20, & 25-Nov 2. 7pm-10pm, Sun-Thu. 7pm-Min, Fri-Sat.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Mon-28, Tue-29, Wed-30, Thu-31, Fri-1, Sat-2
Theme
Classic haunted house.
Short Desc
Des Moines' oldest haunted house (29 years!).
Long Desc
The long, dark crawl at the start is scary enough to make many chicken out! This is a classic haunted house, focusing on darkness and startles rather than heavy metal music and gore. Tons of actors, and some surprises that could make your group end up exiting minutes after the group AFTER you...if you fall for the trap, that is.
Duration
10-20 minutes
Admission
$12
Discounts
$4 off coupons good for first two weeks available at local businesses.
Category
Haunted House
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Linns-Haunted-House/151672821003
Name
Nightmare Estates
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 17-20, 24-27 and 31. 7pm-Mid, but ticket booth closes at 10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Thu-24, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31
Theme
Rednecks in a trailer.
Short Desc
Redneck trailer. One of five haunted houses.
Long Desc
(Sleepy Hollow was voted "Best Haunted House 2013" by Cityview readers.) Indoor redneck themed haunted house. Reconfigured layout is 40% longer this year.
Duration
5 minutes
Admission
Available only as part of a $25.50 (adult)/$23.50 (child) "do it all" package, or $19.75 (adult)/$17.50 (child) "pick three" package. Hayride is $1 extra.
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowscream.inticketing.com/events/
Discounts
Coupons at Kum & Go. Online discounts 48 hours in advance using code "BUYEARLY". Group discounts.
Category
Haunted House, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Perry Fire Department Annual Haunted Forest
Location
16th Street and North Street, Perry IA 50220
Directions
Behind Perry Elementary School at 16th Street and North Street.
Dates/Times
Oct 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. Opens at 7pm. (Oct 11-12 listed in an article, but not in another article. Unconfirmed.)
Calendar
Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26
Short Desc
25th anniversary
Long Desc
Children's matinee Sat Oct 256h from 12pm-4pm. Face painting, balloon animals, and a day scare through the forest.
Admission
$5
Discounts
$3 for children
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.iowalivingmagazines.com/2012/10/18/halloween-activities-in-perry/
Name
Slaughterhouse, The
Location
1300 Metro East Dr Suite 126, Pleasant Hill IA 50327
Directions
At Batter's Box.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-31, Nov 1.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26, Thu-31, Fri-1, Sat-2
Theme
Pig slaughterhouse.
Short Desc
Covered waiting area in case of rain. Des Moines' most feared haunted house.
Long Desc
Indoor haunted house themed to a pig slaughter house. Very unique beginning, then twisting passages with metal walls. Many more show scenes and scare effects than when we visited in 2011.
Duration
13 minute ride/walk/crawl.
Admission
$12
Buy Tickets Online
tikly.co/-/1939
Discounts
$2 OFF coupon on website. FRI OCT 4TH: Get $4 OFF if you find the recent post on their Facebook page and "Like" it, then use the pass phrase "I'm a Squealer" when you buy your Tikits with a coupon.
Category
Haunted House, Snacks, Covered Waiting Area
Website
www.theslaughterhousedm.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/TheSlaughterhouseDM
Name
Tormented Souls Haunt
Location
Edgewood Park, Madrid IA 50156
Directions
No parking at haunt. Park at and take shuttle from Edgewood Park.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, and 28-31, 2013. 7:15pm-11:45pm, except 28-31 when it closes at 10pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26, Mon-28, Tue-29, Wed-30, Thu-31
Theme
Ghost town.
Short Desc
New for 2013!
Long Desc
New for 2013.A long haunt withmany rooms, many actors and special effects (including the largest animatronic creatureyou will see in the area). Featurespnuematics, a cool projection effect, tons of animated props, the fastest Vortex tunnel around, and some pretty elaboratesets. Park at Edgewook Park (look for the signs near thebaseball field) and wait for thedecorated yellowschool bus to pick you up. This one is worth checking out - onlya short drive from Des Moines.(This all-new haunt incorporates some components from the long-running HauntedFX backyard haunt in Urbandale, and expands with new animatronics, show scenes and more. They aqcuired items from three other haunts to build this one attraction.)
Admission
$15
Buy Tickets Online
www.eventbee.com/event?eid=175808672
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Tormented-Souls-Haunt-Madrid-IA/1413920792155728
Name
Trail of Terror
Location
Scotch Ridge Center, Carlisle IA 50047
Directions
1/2 mile east of 65/69 bypass on Hwy 5, exit 72. Turn south at Peoples Bank and follow the signs.
Dates/Times
Oct 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, 2013. 6:30pm-11pm. Kids trail 6:30pm-9pm. First group starts at 7pm.
Calendar
Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26
Theme
Haunted forest
Long Desc
Proceeds benefit several local Boy Scout Troops and Crews.
Admission
$8
Discounts
$6 age 12 and under in costume.
Category
Haunted Walk, Snacks
Name
Twisted Tales: The Next Chapter
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park.
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 17-20, 24-27 and 31. 7pm-Mid, but ticket booth closes at 10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Thu-24, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31
Theme
Fairy tales gone bad.
Short Desc
Fairy tales gone bad. One of five haunted houses.
Long Desc
(Sleepy Hollow was voted "Best Haunted House 2013" by Cityview readers.) Indoor and outdoor fairy tale themed haunted house with ramps, stairs, crawls and a small slide. Computer controlled pre-show and multi-channel sound. For 2013, a large expansion through the woods has been added.
Duration
10 minutes
Admission
Available only as part of a $25.50 (adult)/$23.50 (child) "do it all" package, or $19.75 (adult)/$17.50 (child) "pick three" package. Hayride is $1 extra.
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowscream.inticketing.com/events/
Discounts
Coupons at Kum & Go. Online discounts 48 hours in advance using code "BUYEARLY". Group discounts.
Category
Haunted House, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Ultimate Haunted House
Location
5401 E University, Pleasant Hill IA 50327
Dates/Times
Oct 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, and 25-31 plu s BONUS Nov 1. 7pm-Midnight Fri-Sat, 7pm-10pm other nights.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Sun-6, Fri-11, Sat-12, Sun-13, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Mon-28, Tue-29, Wed-30, Thu-31, Fri-1
Short Desc
Des Moines' scariest Haunted House
Long Desc
New scenes for 2013 including a nice high tech window effect at the start. Be sure to look closely to catch all the details. Window your way through a morgue, kitchen, graveyard, vortex tunnel, Freddy's alley, Chucky's room, spider forests and more. Two rooms have trick exits and watch out for dead ends. Tons of actors and a number of pmeumatic props and scares, including a few items I have not seen at any other haunts in the metroplex. This event has been running over two decades and is a classic for the area.
Duration
8-12 minutes
Admission
$13
Discounts
$2 off coupons in area stores, and printable from website.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.whitewateruniversityiowa.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/WhiteWaterUniversity
Name
Waukee Haunted House
Location
Centennial Park, Waukee IA 50263
Dates/Times
Oct 25 & 26, 7pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-25, Sat-26
Short Desc
Dare to be scared!
Long Desc
Dare to be scared! Not suggested for young children. The cost is $5 and is sponsored by the Waukee Park Board.
Admission
$5
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.waukee.org
Name
Zombie Hollow (home haunt)
Location
3109 Pine Circle, Urbandale IA 50322
Directions
Between Douglas and Hickman, just east of 86th Street.
Dates/Times
Oct 25-26 & 30. 7pm-10pm. Oct 27, 7pm-8:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Wed-30
Theme
Pirates of the Carribean meets Haunted Mansion.
Short Desc
Pirates of the Caribbean fans HAVE TO SEE THIS!
Long Desc
AMAZING walk through display featuring lighting, sound, animated figures, and tributes to scenes from Disney's Pirates of the Carribean and Haunted Mansion rides! Raises money through freewill donations that will go to charity to benefit severely injured or dismembered veterans
Duration
Self-paced walkthru.
Admission
Free
Category
Home Haunt
Website
www.thezombiehollow.com/
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Hollow/258264987517799

See also: 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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