2015 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.

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Last Updated: 10/23/2015 11:12 AM

Name
Ames Haunted Forest
Location
1470 S 4th St, Ames IA 50010
Directions
1 block eastof Jack Trice Stadium. (The address I list is an approximate location in Google maps, to help with GPS.)
Dates/Times
11 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 23-25, and 29-31. 7pm-11pm opening weekend and Thurs, 7pm-11pm on other Fri/Sat, and 7pm-10pm on Sun.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Theme
Phantom of the Bijou
Short Desc
Movie-themed haunted walk.
Long Desc
The traditional Ames-area haunted walk returns for its 15th year, with new scenes including two very cool ones right at the end. It covers about six acres, so wear good walking shoes. Even though it is outdoors, it goes through a number of covered scenes. This year, they are taking your photo inside which you can buy at a hearse outside. They reported 2-hour waits during peak nights last year, so go on early weekends, or Sundays for lighter crowds. (2014 DMHH Award winner: WORTH THE WAIT, and KRAMER COULDN'T DO IT.)
Duration
15-30 minutes
Admission
$15
Buy Tickets Online
Discounts
$1 off coupon on website. $14 the first two weekends.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.ameshauntedforest.com/
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Ames-Haunted-Forest-168825177811
Twitter
@Haunted_Forest
Google
www.facebook.com/pages/Ames-Haunted-Forest/168825177811
Name
Black Ops: Zombie Paintball
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
13 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31. 7pm-11:30pm on Fri/Sat, 7pm-9:30pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Theme
Zombie shoot.
Short Desc
Bus ride with mounted paintball guns.
Long Desc
New for 2015: Ride in a customized bus with mounted paintball guns. Shoot at stationary and moving targets as well as "live" zombies along the route. The buses feature a custom-designed lighting and sound system. Each rider starts with 50 paintballs, but extras may be purchased during the ride. (I strongly suggest buying one extra $5 load before the ride begins -- you'll want it!) There is some impressive custom work done to make this attraction possible. (Seriously. Custom circuit boards, custom-made paintballs, customized paintball guns... they even bought a 3-D printer to create parts that didn't exist!) (Sleepy Hollow was voted 2014 BEST VALUE by DMHH readers.)
Duration
7 minute ride
Admission
$25 ($23 for 11 and under)
Buy Tickets Online
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
Only $9 if added to a Park Pass. $5 off "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" coupons at Nobbies. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com and use code "DMHH" to save $8 from gate price for "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" ticket on any Wed, Thu or Sun night. Discount code is only valid until 7pm on the day or purchase. If ticket booth lines are long, tickets may still be bought online to skip the ticket line, but the discount code won't work after 7pm.
Category
Paintball
Website
sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Castle of Blood
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
13 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31. 7pm-11:30pm on Fri/Sat, 7pm-9:30pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Theme
Vampires
Short Desc
Vampire castle.
Long Desc
Start out by walking through the Des Moines Renaissance Faire's torture chamber, then go where the faire-folke never get to go: in to the actual haunted castle, infested by vampires. As of the second weekend in 2015, the former theme park style show is gone, now replaced by different colored strobe lights and rock music throughout the castle. The narrated 2-minute pre-show tour was discontinued in 2014. (Sleepy Hollow was voted 2014 BEST VALUE by DMHH readers.)
Duration
5
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Park Pass (all five haunts), or $22 Pick 3 Pass. (11 and under: $24 and $20.)
Buy Tickets Online
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
$5 off "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" coupons at Nobbies. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com and use code "DMHH" to save $8 from gate price for "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" ticket on any Wed, Thu or Sun night. Discount code is only valid until 7pm on the day or purchase. If ticket booth lines are long, tickets may still be bought online to skip the ticket line, but the discount code won't work after 7pm.
Category
Haunted House
Website
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 on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
13 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31. 7pm-11:30pm on Fri/Sat, 7pm-9:30pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Short Desc
Heavy metal gore.
Long Desc
In past years, Chaos has featured heavy metal and bloody scenes. In 2014, the attraction switched to an different lighting system featuring huge strobe lights. This year, they have a new "dark hallway" seen that is quite a contrast to the rest of the attraction. (Voted 2014 runner up for SCARIEST, FUNNEST, OVERALL BEST, and ONLY ONE by DMHH readers.)
Duration
5
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Park Pass (all five haunts), or $22 Pick 3 Pass. (11 and under: $24 and $20.)
Buy Tickets Online
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
$5 off "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" coupons at Nobbies. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com and use code "DMHH" to save $8 from gate price for "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" ticket on any Wed, Thu or Sun night. Discount code is only valid until 7pm on the day or purchase. If ticket booth lines are long, tickets may still be bought online to skip the ticket line, but the discount code won't work after 7pm.
Category
Haunted House
Website
sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Freak Show
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
13 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31. 7pm-11:30pm on Fri/Sat, 7pm-9:30pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Theme
Circus
Short Desc
Creepy circus after-hours.
Long Desc
New for 2015: A new haunted walk themed to a spooky circus, after-hours. It features some very unique effects, and even "smells". You will encounter the bearded lady, clowns, circus animals, and sideshow performers as you wind in an out of storage buildings, dressing rooms, consession stands and sleeping areas. It's hard to describe. It occupies the space previously used for Duty Calls: Zombie Apcolypse and, before that, the orignial Twisted Tales haunted walk. (Sleepy Hollow was voted 2014 BEST VALUE by DMHH readers.)
Duration
5
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Park Pass (all five haunts), or $22 Pick 3 Pass. (11 and under: $24 and $20.)
Buy Tickets Online
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
$5 off "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" coupons at Nobbies. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com and use code "DMHH" to save $8 from gate price for "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" ticket on any Wed, Thu or Sun night. Discount code is only valid until 7pm on the day or purchase. If ticket booth lines are long, tickets may still be bought online to skip the ticket line, but the discount code won't work after 7pm.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Grinnell Fright Hike
Location
Arbor Lake, Grinnell IA 50112
Dates/Times
Oct 30, 8pm-11pm.
Calendar
Fri-30
Theme
One-mile haunted walk
Long Desc
A one-mile walk around Arbor Lake in Grinnell with spooky scenes and scares along the way. I just ran across an article about this from 2014, so it's at least been going on two years.
Admission
$10
Buy Tickets Online
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
getintogrinnell.com/events.cfm?eventID=3136&mode=event
Facebook
www.facebook.com/GrinnellChamber
Twitter
@GetIntoGrinnell
Name
Haunted Barn (Ankeny)
Location
3215 SE Corporate Woods Dr, Ankeny IA 50021
Directions
From I-35, exit at SE Corporate Woods Dr and go East. After you cross NE 29th St, look for the Haunted Barn on the right. (GPS may still call this road SE 72nd St).
Dates/Times
19 NIGHTS: Friday Nights 7pm-Midnight: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Saturday Nights 7pm-Midnight: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Sunday Nights 7pm-10pm: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov 1. Nightly 7pm-10pm: Oct 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.
Calendar
Fri-2, Sat-3, Sun-4, Fri-9, Sat-10, Sun-11, Fri-16, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Mon-26, Tue-27, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31, Sun-Nov-1
Short Desc
Various scenes, indoor and out.
Long Desc
The Haunted Barn returns with a new expansion for 2015. The radio ads call it "two haunts in one", probably because they bought the Slaughterhouse and are incorporating it in to the Barn this year. It features an indoor section with several scenes, a crawl, and then an outdoor/indoor section with more scenes ... then, just when you are used to it being over, you end up in a second haunted house (more of a dark, fog maze with some surprises and one show scene). They have done even more updates since opening weekend (with lighting, sound, actors). (2014 DMHH Award winner: MOST LIKED, and BEST USE OF INFLATABLE DUMMIES.)
Duration
15-20 (it is possible to rush through faster, or to get "stuck" and take longer)
Admission
$20 ($30 for VIP pass that lets you skip the line.)
Buy Tickets Online
desmoines.sweetdealscumulus.com/detail/265Z0BDFEF2BDF4
Discounts
$2 off coupons available at Springwood 9 movie theater. Half-price tickets via Cumulus radio station offer (see online ticket sale link).
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.ankenyhauntedbarn.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/HauntedBarnAnkeny
Name
Haunted Barn (Perry)
Location
Caboose Park, Perry IA 50220
Directions
Located on the west side of Caboose Park at First and Willis.
Dates/Times
Oct 23-24 and 30-31, 2015. 7pm until crowds are done.
Calendar
Fri-23, Sat-24, Fri-30, Sat-31
Long Desc
Perry Fire Department annual haunt. In past years, it has been a haunted forest. Check the website link for a newspaper article with more details.
Duration
10
Admission
$5
Buy Tickets Online
Category
Haunted House
Website
http://theperrynews.com/the-haunted-barn-a-frighteningly-fearful-and-fun-experience/
Name
Haunted Garage (Home Haunt)
Location
612 NE 13 St, Grimes IA 50111
Dates/Times
2 DAYS: Oct 30-31, 7pm-11pm.
Calendar
Fri-30, Sat-31
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, but donations accepted for food pantry.
Buy Tickets Online
Category
Haunted House, Home Haunt
Name
Heiser's Halloween Display (Yard Display)
Location
8068 Dema Dr, Des Moines IA 50320
Dates/Times
TBD
Theme
Nightmare Before Christmas
Long Desc
Per DM Juice, this home has been decked out for Halloween the past four years. This year they are presenting a Nightmare Before Christmas routine. I'll be looking up more details.
Buy Tickets Online
Category
Yard Display
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 2-3, 9-10, 16-18, and 23-31. 7pm-Midnight on Fri/Sat, 7pm-10pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-2, Sat-3, Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Mon-26, Tue-27, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Short Desc
Traditional haunted house.
Long Desc
SPREAD THE WORD! This COULD BE the FINAL year for Linn's. Go out and show your support, or visit "one last time" in case this is the end! This is the oldest haunted house in Des Moines, with 2015 being their 31st year. It is located in the basement of one of the only surviving independent supermarkets in Des Moines. Crawl and wander through complete darkness, encounter clowns with chainsaws, and stumble in to numerous ghouls that you won't see until they want to be seen. (Voted SCARIEST, FUNNEST, OVERALL BEST, ONLY ONE, and BEST VALUE RUNNER UP by DMHH 2014 readers.)
Duration
10-20 (depending on how fast you crawl and move in the dark and if you get "trapped")
Admission
$14
Buy Tickets Online
Discounts
$4 off coupons "all over town", including Bandit Burrito, Jay's CD and Hobby, Casey's General Store, Halloween Express, Candy Clubhouse, Garvis Honda, and REDO. (In past years, the $4 off has been for the initial weekends, with lesser discounts during peak weekends. Go early to avoid crowds and save the most.)
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.linnshauntedhouse.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/linnshauntedhouse
Twitter
@HauntedLinns
Name
Nightmare Estates
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
13 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31. 7pm-11:30pm on Fri/Sat, 7pm-9:30pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Theme
Hillbilly trailer park
Short Desc
Hillbilly trailer park.
Long Desc
A double-wide trailer full of hillbillies and creepy scenes. It's disturbing and disgusting, so try not to look too closely at all the set decorations. The background music is twisted banjo tunes. (Sleepy Hollow was voted 2014 BEST VALUE by DMHH readers.)
Duration
5
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Park Pass (all five haunts), or $22 Pick 3 Pass. (11 and under: $24 and $20.)
Buy Tickets Online
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
$5 off "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" coupons at Nobbies. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com and use code "DMHH" to save $8 from gate price for "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" ticket on any Wed, Thu or Sun night. Discount code is only valid until 7pm on the day or purchase. If ticket booth lines are long, tickets may still be bought online to skip the ticket line, but the discount code won't work after 7pm.
Category
Haunted House
Website
sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Twisted Tales: The Next Chapter
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
13 NIGHTS: Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31. 7pm-11:30pm on Fri/Sat, 7pm-9:30pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-9, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Sun-18, Thu-22, Fri-23, Sat-24, Sun-25, Wed-28, Thu-29, Fri-30, Sat-31
Theme
Fairy tales
Short Desc
Fairy tales gone bad.
Long Desc
A long haunted walk that goes in and out of trailers and through the woods. There is an updated pre-show this year (the magic mirror from Snow White is now up front). All the scenes are based on fairy tales gone wrong (Pinnochio killed Gepetto and made his corpse a puppet, for example). It has an elaborate background soundtrack that is syncronized throughout the entire attraction. This year they have members of a theater group (or something like that?) acting in the show scenes. (Sleepy Hollow was voted 2014 BEST VALUE by DMHH readers.)
Duration
10
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Park Pass (all five haunts), or $22 Pick 3 Pass. (11 and under: $24 and $20.)
Buy Tickets Online
www.sleepyhollowtickets.com
Discounts
$5 off "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" coupons at Nobbies. Buy tickets online at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com and use code "DMHH" to save $8 from gate price for "Park Pass & Zombie Paintball" ticket on any Wed, Thu or Sun night. Discount code is only valid until 7pm on the day or purchase. If ticket booth lines are long, tickets may still be bought online to skip the ticket line, but the discount code won't work after 7pm.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
@shspdmscream
Name
Waukee Haunted House
Location
1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee IA 50263
Directions
Located in the Centennial Park enclosed shelter.
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 23-24, 7pm to 10pm.
Calendar
Fri-23, Sat-24
Long Desc
A one-weekend only haunt. No details are known, but they do not suggest it for young children. A newspaper article last year said it was designed for middle and high-school students.
Admission
$5
Buy Tickets Online
Discounts
$1 off if you bring three nonperishable goods for the Waukee Area Food Bank.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.waukee.org/475/Halloween-Haunted-House
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 24 and 30-31, 2015. 7:30pm-10pm. (First year to feature two weekends to see the display.)
Calendar
Sat-24, Fri-30, Sat-31
Short Desc
Elaborate walk-thru home 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, but donations are accepted to support American Veterans.
Buy Tickets Online
Category
Yard Display
Website
www.thezombiehollow.com/
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Zombie-Hollow-258264987517799/
Twitter
@ZombieHollow
Name
Albia Haunted House 2015
Location
701 Washington Ave E, Albia IA 52531
Directions
Park at Albia High School and catch the bus to the haunted house.
Dates/Times
Oct 3, 10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31. 7pm-11pm. Kids night Oct 31, 5:30pm-6:30pm.
Calendar
Sat-3, Sat-10, Fri-16, Sat-17, Fri-23, Sat-24, Fri-30, Sat-31
Long Desc
A bit outside of Des Moines (65 miles away), but I am listing them at their request. It is ran by Albia Community School Junior parents as a fund raiser for an after-prom party. They have been doing this for the past 8 or so years in different locations. This is the 2nd year at the current spot, and they get around 3000 people through each season.There are 9 different rooms/scenes and a hay bale maze.
Admission
$5
Buy Tickets Online
Discounts
It's a fundraiser. Pay more if you can :)
Category
Haunted House
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Albia-Haunted-House-2015/1673697502864947
Name
Batavia Haunted House
Location
Third St and Market St, Batavia IA
Directions
Located at the Old Elevator in Downtown Batavia at the end of Main St. (Third St.) just before the railroad tracks.
Dates/Times
Oct 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31. 7pm-11pm
Calendar
Fri-16, Sat-17, Fri-23, Sat-24, Fri-30, Sat-31
Admission
$7
Discounts
$2 off when you bring a can good or non perishable item for Lord's Cupboard in Fairfield.
Category
Haunted House

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

Other Indexes

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