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.

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Database:

Last Updated: 11/01/2016 8:34 AM

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, 2016. 7pm-10pm (Fri/Sat 7-8 and 14-15), 7pm-Midnight (Fri/Sat 21-22 and 28-29). 7pm-10pm (Sun 23 & 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.
Long Desc
This is their 18th year, and they have once again set attendance records. It is the largest and most spread out haunt around. (About 40 actors this year!) The scenes are spad out rather than right on top of each other, and the journey goes through various "indoor" rooms along the way. The layout is a bit different this year with scenes in different orders, and a huge "endless" maze at the end. People drive from hours away to visit the forest each year. On peak weekends, the line to get in can be 2-3 hours long! They had over 1200 one night opening weekend, and have gone well beyond that since. Get there early to avoid the HUGE line later in the evening. (Video interview.)
Duration
15-30 minutes.
Admission
$15
Discounts
$1 off coupon on their website.
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.ameshauntedforest.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Ames-Haunted-Forest/168825177811
Twitter
@Haunted_Forest
Name
Circus of Freaks
Location
502 7th St, Bussey IA 50044
Dates/Times
5 NIGHTS: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 and 31, 2016. 8pm-11pm.
Calendar
Sat-8, Sat-15, Sat-22, Sat-29, Mon-31
Theme
Clowns. 'nuf said.
Long Desc
Presented by Twin Cedars FFA and City of Bussey. Clowns. Lots of clowns.
Admission
$5
Category
Haunted House
Facebook
www.facebook.com/BusseyHauntedHouse
Name
Clarion Haunted House
Location
5th Ave SE, Clarion IA 50525
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 28-29, 2016. 7pm-Mid.
Calendar
Thu-27, Fri-28, Sat-29
Long Desc
Multiple events. "Boos and Brews" on Oct 27 (7-9, 21 and older). "Enchanted Family Fun Night" on Oct 28 (5-7). Haunted House on Oct 28-29 (7-Midnight).
Admission
$15
Discounts
$2 OFF coupons at Urness Hardware & Appliance in Clarion.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.clarioniowa.com/spooktacular-nights/
Facebook
www.facebook.com/hauntedhouseclarioniowa
Name
Fright Manor (Home Haunt)
Location
4102 138th St, Urbandale IA 50323
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 30-31, 2016. 6pm-9pm.
Calendar
Sun-30, Mon-31
Long Desc
This is a home haunt in a residential area. They formerly hosted one in Kansas City, and this will be their first Halloween in Des Moines. The photos look amazing. They say they are good for kids -- they won't be trying to scare them.
Admission
Free
Category
Home Haunt
Facebook
www.facebook.com/urbandalefrightmanor/
Name
Haunted Garage (Home Haunt)
Location
612 NE 13 St, Grimes IA 50111
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 29 (7p-10p) and 31 (6p-8p), 2016.
Calendar
Sat-29, Mon-31
Short Desc
Home haunt in their garage.
Long Desc
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, and 21-31, 2016. 7pm-Midnight (Sat & Sun). 7pm-10pm (all 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.
Long Desc
The oldest and most unique haunt in town (it started in 1984). Linn's focuses on complete darkness, long crawlways and sudden surprises. It's kind of a retro haunt - not a heavy metal/gore haunt. It is very unique. The operator, Merlyn Linn, is 79 years old and still going strong presenting this haunt each year. It overwhelmingly won all voting categories in the 2015 DMHH Victim's Choice awards:Best Value, Coolest, Funnest, Only One, Overall Best, and Scariest. It has a few crawls which cannot be bypassed. It gets better Facebook reviews than any other haunt. (Video interview.)
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
5 NIGHTS: Oct 14-15, 21-22 and 28, 2016. 7pm-11pm.
Calendar
Fri-14, Sat-15, Fri-21, Sat-22, Fri-28
Long Desc
They keep posting videos on their Facebook page, so check them to get a feel for what this does.
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, 2016. 6:45pm-10:30pm (Fri & Sat), 6:45pm-8:30pm (Thu & Sun).
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.
Long Desc
This Halloween theme park is located in an Old English village built for the yearly Renaissance faire. It features five separate haunted houses: Castle of Blood (vampires), Chaos (heavy metal and strobe lights), Freak Show (after-hours circus walk, added in 2015), Nightmare Estates (hillbilly trailer park), and Twisted Tales (fairy tales gone bad walk). All haunts have had some new effects added. New for 2016 is the return of Club Blood as a silent disco (wireless headphones tuned to one of three projection screens), the new 13 Gates Maze (chain metal fences and fog, no roof), and Infection Laser Tag (new equipment and game). The Zombie Paintball bus ride returns, where you shoot targets and zombies using special paintball guns mounted in the windows of busses. They have added a third bus and claim that even on the busy weekend, the line didn't get longer than 10 minutes now. There are also other bonus attractions in the village, as well as food and drink vendors (and beer, on some nights). (Video interview.)
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
Trail of Terror
Location
Ashton-Wildwood County Park, Mingo IA 50168
Directions
From 330, exit towards Baxter. On F17, turn right on the first road. Go just past the church with the cemetary (really!) and follow the road all the way back...
Dates/Times
Oct 21-22 and 28-29, 2016. 7:30pm-10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-21, Sat-22, Fri-28, Sat-29
Theme
Various.
Short Desc
Mile-long haunted forest.
Long Desc
A terrifying walk through the dark timbers of Ashton-Wildwood County Park. They will have up to 40 volunteers trying to scare you. This half mile long path is even spooky when when it's not dressed up for Halloween! 2015 was the first year for this fundraiser for the Baxter Fun Days town celebration. If there is strong support, they would like to expand to more weekends in the future. (Video interview.)
Duration
10-15 minutes, expected.
Admission
$8
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.baxter-iowa.com/residents/baxter-fun-days
Facebook
www.facebook.com/baxterfundays
Name
Waukee Haunted House
Location
1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee IA 50263
Directions
Centennial Park enclosed shelter.
Dates/Times
2 NIGHTS: Oct 28-29, 2016. 7pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-28, Sat-29
Theme
The haunted toy box.
Short Desc
The Haunted Toybox.
Long Desc
A creepy guide leads you on a 3-4 minute tour through twisty passages and rooms full of creepy toys. This is a very different experience from any of the other haunted houses. There are a few very cool scenes and surprises. Since they only let one group in at a time, the wait can be quite long. If the line is at the third zig-zag row, expect at least an hour.
Admission
$5
Discounts
$1 off with a non-perishable donation for the Waukee Area Food Pantry.
Category
Haunted House
Website
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 & 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. More new effects added for 2016, including a recreation of Disneyland's Hat Box Ghost. 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, Home Haunt
Website
www.thezombiehollow.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Zombie-Hollow-258264987517799/
Twitter
@ZombieHollow
Name
Scary Garage
Location
Ankeny, Ankeny IA
Dates/Times
Oct 28-29, 2016.
Calendar
Fri-28, Sat-29
Long Desc
(I just found out about this one on 11/1, so it was not part of the 2016 listing. I wanted to add it here so I can remember it next year.)
Admission
Free, Food Bank of Iowa Donations accepted
Category
Home Haunt
Website
www.scarygarage.weebly.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/groups/1675393816085235

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 10/12/2015:

Local Sites:

National Sites:

Most of these sites 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.