2014 Haunted Houses

Featured Haunt (website hosted here): Ankeny Haunted Barn.

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
11 DAYS: Oct 10-11, 17-19, 24-26, 30-Nov 1. Opens at 7pm with various closing times.
Calendar
Fri-10, Sat-11, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Thu-30, Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
Duration
30 minutes
Admission
$13
Discounts
$1 off coupon on website.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.ameshauntedforest.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Ames-Haunted-Forest/168825177811
Name
Haunted Barn
Location
3215 SE 72nd St, Ankeny IA 50021
Dates/Times
18 DAYS: Oct 3-5, 10-12, 17-29, 24-Nov 1. Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-Midnight. Other days 7pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-3, Sat-4, Sun-5, Fri-10, Sat-11, Sun-12, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Mon-27, Tue-28, Wed-29, Thu-30, Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
Long Desc
Reconfigured layout for 2014. Mostly indoors with an outdoor walk at the end.
Admission
$15
Discounts
$2 off coupons available.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.ankenyhauntedbarn.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/HauntedBarnAnkeny
Name
Haunted Garage (home haunt)
Location
612 NE 13 St, Grimes IA 50111
Dates/Times
2 DAYS: Oct 31 (8pm-10pm) and Nov 1 (7pm-11pm).
Calendar
Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
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 fourth year for this home haunt. It is totally free but they accept canned good donations for the food pantry.
Admission
Free
Category
Home Haunt
Name
Linn's Haunted House
Location
3805 6th Ave, Des Moines IA 50313
Directions
Located at Linn's Super Market.
Dates/Times
16 DAYS: Oct 3-4, 10-11, 17-19, 24-Nov 1. Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-Midnight. 7pm-10pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-3, Sat-4, Fri-10, Sat-11, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Mon-27, Tue-28, Wed-29, Thu-30, Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
Theme
Classic haunted house.
Long Desc
Voted "Best Haunted House 2014" by Cityview readers! (Located at Linn's Super Market. Consider supporting this long-time independent grocery store year 'round by shopping with them so they can continue to exist and offer this yearly haunted house.)
Admission
$14
Discounts
$4 off coupons available for the first two weekend.
Category
Haunted House
Facebook
www.facebook.com/linnshauntedhouse
Name
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Directions
East of the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Dean Ave.
Dates/Times
14 DAYS: Oct 10-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30-Nov 1. 7pm-11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7pm-9:30pm on Thursdays and Sundays.
Calendar
Fri-10, Sat-11, Sun-12, Thu-16, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Thu-23, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Thu-30, Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
Theme
3 separate haunted houses, two haunted walks, 3-D gallery, fog maze, dance club, food and more.
Long Desc
10+ haunted attractions. When they are confirmed, I will split their entry out to represent all the individual ones. Voted "Best Haunted House 2013" by Citiview readers.
Admission
$26
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowsportspark.eventbrite.com/
Discounts
Discounted advance tickets sold online.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
twitter.com/shspdmscream
Name
Tormented Souls Haunt
Location
Edgewood Park, Madrid IA 50156
Directions
Bus picks you up at Edgewood Park and takes you to the actual location (no parking at the actual haunt site).
Dates/Times
24 DAYS: Oct 3-4, 9-26, 28-31. 7pm-11:45pm most nights except 28-20 (7pm-10pm). 1p-5pm "kid friendly" on 19 and 26.
Calendar
Fri-3, Sat-4, Thu-9, Fri-10, Sat-11, Sun-12, Mon-13, Tue-14, Wed-15, Thu-16, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Mon-20, Tue-21, Wed-22, Thu-23, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Tue-28, Wed-29, Thu-30, Fri-31
Long Desc
This new haunt (opened in 2013) is one of the longest around. Although there are some indoor scenes, it is mostly a haunted walk with many scenes, special effects and huge props. This year they have added nightime zombie shooting paintball experience, as well as daytime paintball.
Admission
$16
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Tormented-Souls-Haunt-Madrid-IA/1413920792155728
Name
Ultimate Haunted House
Location
5401 E University, Pleasant Hill IA 50327
Directions
Located at White Water University.
Dates/Times
18 DAYS: Oct 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-Nov 1. 7pm to Midnight on Fri/Sat, 7pm to 10pm all other nights.
Calendar
Fri-3, Sat-4, Sun-5, Fri-10, Sat-11, Sun-12, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Mon-27, Tue-28, Wed-29, Thu-30, Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
Long Desc
$20 VIP pass available this year. Numerous changes planned for the haunt this year, too.
Admission
$15
Discounts
Coupon may be available on their website.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.whitewateruniversityiowa.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/WhiteWaterUniversity
Name
Zombie Hollow (home haunt)
Location
3109 Pine Circle, Urbandale IA 50322
Directions
See map on website. Take Colby Pkwy off of 86th in Urbandale, then turn on Colby Woods Drive and follow the crowds.
Dates/Times
3 DAYS: Oct 30 (7pm-9pm), Oct 31-Nov 1 (7pm-10pm).
Calendar
Thu-30, Fri-31, Sat-Nov-1
Theme
Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, etc.
Short Desc
Immersive walkthru experience.
Long Desc
A MUST SEE! A jaw-dropping walk-thru experience of lights, sounds and special effects. It features large props (a pirate ship in water, with firing cannons), waterfall, animatronic characters, lush soundtrack, etc. In 2012, it felt like walking through parts of Disney's Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean rides. 2013 added some zombiefied Duck Dynasty-like characters.
Admission
Free
Category
Yard Display
Website
www.thezombiehollow.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Hollow/258264987517799

See also: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Other Indexes

We believe in cross promotion, so here are other haunted house 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.