2014 Haunted Houses

Featured Haunts: Haunted Barn (website hosted here) and Tormented Souls (sponsor).
Tormented Souls Haunt 2014

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: 10/23/2014 9:46 AM

Name
Tormented Souls Haunt (DMHH Sponsor)
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
17 DAYS: Oct 3-4, 9-11, 16-19, 23-26, and 28-31. (19 & 26 are "Kid Friendly" 1pm-5pm days). 7pm-11:45pm on Fri/Sat. 7pm-10pm on other nights
Calendar
Fri-3, Sat-4, Thu-9, Fri-10, Sat-11, Thu-16, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Thu-23, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Tue-28, Wed-29, Thu-30, Fri-31
Long Desc
2014 DMHH SPONSOR: 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. Winner of two 2013 DMHH Awards for "Best Prop" and "Best Vortex Tunnel."
Admission
$16
Buy Tickets Online
www.dmhauntedhouses.com/redirects/tormentedsouls.shtml
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.dmhauntedhouses.com/redirects/tormentedsouls.shtml
Facebook
www.dmhauntedhouses.com/redirects/tormentedsouls.shtml
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
Long Desc
A very long outdoor forest walk that goes through various indoor scenes and around 35 actors! Many surprises along the way and some very unique characters to encounter. The organizers say it takes 15-60 minutes to go through (some people get stuck in scenes longer than others). Winner of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Best Character." (NOTE: 2-hour lines have been reported the first two Saturdays. Try to go on Sunday for much shorter lines.)
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
Animated and Musical Halloween Lights Spooktacular
Location
611 S Market St, Madrid IA 50156
Dates/Times
Oct 13-Nov 1, 7pm-10pm (weather permitting).
Theme
Yard Display
Short Desc
Syncronized "Christmas" lights to music.
Long Desc
This holiday lights display is put on by brother and sister team, Nick and Sarah Snider. Stop by this house each evening starting around 7pm and tune your radio to 101.7 and watch 5000 lights dance to various Halloween tunes and other songs. Ghostbusters, Addams Family, and even What Does Fox Say! Winner of the 2013 DMHH "Best Halloween Display" award.
Duration
30 minute loop
Admission
Free
Facebook
www.facebook.com/snidersanimatedlightsdisplay
Name
Castle of Blood
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
Vampire castle.
Long Desc
The most high-tech attraction around, featuring highly themed rooms inside the Des Moines Renaissance Faire's "Marrick Castle." It starts with a theme-park style 2-minute preshow "tour" through a torture chamber, then in to the castle. It features computer controlled lights and 14-channels of syncronized sound, as well as air effects, lightning, and vampires at every turn. (One of five haunted houses/walks at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. Admission also includes Museum of Fear, Fog Maze, 3-D Gallery, Club Blood, and more.) Winner of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Best Special Effects." (NOTE: There have been HUGE ticket lines the first two weekends. Go on a Thu or Sun for almost no waits, or buy tickets online the day or morning before to bypass the huge ticket lines and show up early before the crowds get huge.)
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Do-It-All package, or a $20.75 Pick-3 package. (11 and under: $24 and $18.85)
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowsportspark.eventbrite.com/
Discounts
Discounted advance tickets sold online. Coupons at metro-area Kum & Gos.
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
twitter.com/shspdmscream
Name
Chaos
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
Heavy metal chaos.
Long Desc
Loud music and chaotic strobe lights with scares around every corner. Features a vortex tunnel, clown room, new lighting for 2014, and updated sets. (One of five haunted houses/walks at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. Admission also includes Museum of Fear, Fog Maze, 3-D Gallery, Club Blood, and more.) (NOTE: There have been HUGE ticket lines the first two weekends. Go on a Thu or Sun for almost no waits, or buy tickets online the day or morning before to bypass the huge ticket lines and show up early before the crowds get huge.)
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Do-It-All package, or a $20.75 Pick-3 package. (11 and under: $24 and $18.85)
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowsportspark.eventbrite.com/
Discounts
Discounted advance tickets sold online. Coupons at metro-area Kum & Gos.
Category
Haunted House, Food, Covered Waiting Area
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
twitter.com/shspdmscream
Name
Duty Calls: Zombie Apacolypse
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
Laser tag zombie shoot.
Long Desc
High-tech outdoor laser tag attraction. A guide leads your group through various scenes of a zombie outbreak, but you get a laser tag rifle to shoot anything that might attack you. (One of five haunted houses/walks at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. Admission also includes Museum of Fear, Fog Maze, 3-D Gallery, Club Blood, and more.) (NOTE: There have been HUGE ticket lines the first two weekends. Go on a Thu or Sun for almost no waits, or buy tickets online the day or morning before to bypass the huge ticket lines and show up early before the crowds get huge.)
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Do-It-All package, or a $20.75 Pick-3 package. (11 and under: $24 and $18.85)
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowsportspark.eventbrite.com/
Discounts
Discounted advance tickets sold online. Coupons at metro-area Kum & Gos.
Category
Haunted Walk, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
twitter.com/shspdmscream
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
The #1 most "Liked" area haunted house on Facebook! Reconfigured layout for 2014. Mostly indoors with an outdoor walk at the end. Wind through maze-like dark corridors, pass through various scenes (including a Silent Hills-ish hospital), an outdoor graveyard, a new multi-room "house", hallway of screams, and more (often including multiple chainsaws). There is plenty of bloody walls and creepy characters. Snacks (chips, candy, pickles) available at the ticket booth, and credit cards are accepted (with a surcharge). Winner of two 2013 DMHH Awards for "Best Gimmick" and "Coolest Use of Blacklight Paint."
Duration
11-15 minutes (or more)
Admission
$15
Discounts
$2 off coupons available at participating Casey's, Kum and Go, Halloween Express and Nobbies.
Category
Haunted House, Snacks
Website
www.ankenyhauntedbarn.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/thehauntedbarn1
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. Runner up of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Best Home Haunt."
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.
Short Desc
Des Moines' oldest haunted house.
Long Desc
Voted "Best Haunted House 2014" by Cityview readers! This is Des Moines' oldest haunted house, celebrating 31 years in 2014. This very unique haunt begins by crawling down a long, dark, carpetted tunnel that eventually slides down in to the main haunt. There are many twisty dark passages (usually ending with one of their 25-30 actors startling you), and a few more crawls along the way. There are several scenes and suprising sets, including multiple clowns with electric chainsaws, blasts of air, and even a room of swarming bees. Be careful when the floor becomes swamplike, or if you find yourself stuck in an apparently endless "maze." (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.)
Duration
18-25 minutes
Admission
$14
Discounts
$4 off coupons available for the first two weekends. Check most local Halloween/costume shops.
Category
Haunted House
Facebook
www.facebook.com/linnshauntedhouse
Name
Newton Home Haunt
Location
913 N 4th Ave E, Newton IA 50208
Directions
RESIDENTIAL AREA! Be respectful.
Dates/Times
Fri 10/17 and Sat 10/18 only, starting at 7:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-17, Sat-18
Long Desc
From Newton Daily News: "Haunted House will meet at 7:30 p.m. (Friday and) Saturday at 913 N 4th Ave E in Newton. A haunted house for the community. Provided by Chad Barton and Tena Staver. No admission fees, asking free will donations to go towards purchases for next year’s event/ toys and candy for the kids in the neighborhood. This event is done out of our home, please be respectful."
Admission
Free
Discounts
Free-will donations accepted.
Category
Home Haunt
Website
www.newtondailynews.com/2014/10/16/events/ata4ugg/
Name
Nightmare Estates
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
Hillbilly trailer.
Long Desc
A double-wide trailer full of hillbillies that do not like visitors. New effects, lighting and sound for 2014, and even a small expansion of the layout. (One of five haunted houses/walks at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. Admission also includes Museum of Fear, Fog Maze, 3-D Gallery, Club Blood, and more.) Runner up of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Best Theme." (NOTE: There have been HUGE ticket lines the first two weekends. Go on a Thu or Sun for almost no waits, or buy tickets online the day or morning before to bypass the huge ticket lines and show up early before the crowds get huge.)
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Do-It-All package, or a $20.75 Pick-3 package. (11 and under: $24 and $18.85)
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowsportspark.eventbrite.com/
Discounts
Discounted advance tickets sold online. Coupons at metro-area Kum & Gos.
Category
Haunted House, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
twitter.com/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
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
Fairy tales gone bad.
Long Desc
Wander through indoor and outdoor scenes from fairy tales gone wrong. Many stairs and ramps, and one crawl (bypass available). Features a theme park style preshow room, then syncronized sound that actually plays different fairy tale tunes in each room coordinated to one main tune throughout the entire walk. New expanded outdoor scenes for 2014. (One of five haunted houses/walks at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. Admission also includes Museum of Fear, Fog Maze, 3-D Gallery, Club Blood, and more.) Winner of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Best Sets." (NOTE: There have been HUGE ticket lines the first two weekends. Go on a Thu or Sun for almost no waits, or buy tickets online the day or morning before to bypass the huge ticket lines and show up early before the crowds get huge.)
Admission
Available only as part of a $26 Do-It-All package, or a $20.75 Pick-3 package. (11 and under: $24 and $18.85)
Buy Tickets Online
sleepyhollowsportspark.eventbrite.com/
Discounts
Discounted advance tickets sold online. Coupons at metro-area Kum & Gos.
Category
Haunted Walk, Food
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/sleepyhollowhauntedscreampark
Twitter
twitter.com/shspdmscream
Name
Ultimate Haunted House
Location
5401 E University, Pleasant Hill IA 50327
Directions
Located at White Water University.
Dates/Times
NOT OPERATING. From a response on their Facebook page 10/10: "White Water's Ultimate Haunted House: Due to the new city ordinances put in place by the City of Pleasant Hill, (some of which are nearly impossible to incorporate) the haunted house did not pass inspection and was closed by the city. The owners are trying to get back in business before the month is over." Once I hear back from them, I will revise the listings here.
Long Desc
$20 VIP pass available this year. Numerous changes planned for the haunt this year, too. Winner of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Cutting Edge" and Runner Up for "Best Vortex Tunnel."
Admission
$15
Discounts
Coupon may be available on their website.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.whitewateruniversityiowa.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/WhiteWaterUniversity
Name
Waukee Halloween Haunted House
Location
1225 Warrior Lane, Waukee IA 50263
Directions
Centennial Park enclosed shelter house.
Dates/Times
Oct 24-25, 7pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-24, Sat-25
Long Desc
For the bigger kids, the Waukee Park Board is hosting their annual Halloween Haunted House at the Centennial Park enclosed shelter house on both Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 but we encourage attendees to bring three nonperishable goods for the Waukee Area Food Bank to receive $1 off admission. Keep in mind that the haunted house is intended for older children and might be too scary for little ones.
Admission
$5
Discounts
Bring three nonperishable goods for the Waukee Area Food Bank and receive $1 off.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.waukee.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=556
Facebook
www.facebook.com/WaukeeParksandRecreation
Twitter
twitter.com/WaukeeParks_Rec
Name
Zee-Pocalypse
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
17 DAYS: Oct 3-4, 9-11, 16-19, 23-26, and 28-31. (19 & 26 are "Kid Friendly" 1pm-5pm days). 7pm-11:45pm on Fri/Sat. 7pm-10pm on other nights
Calendar
Fri-3, Sat-4, Thu-9, Fri-10, Sat-11, Thu-16, Fri-17, Sat-18, Sun-19, Thu-23, Fri-24, Sat-25, Sun-26, Tue-28, Wed-29, Thu-30, Fri-31
Theme
Zombie hunting.
Long Desc
New for 2014 at Tormented Souls Haunt. Ride in an enclosed trailer and fire flourescent paint balls at "real" zombies as they attack. Reservations suggested. Zombies are targets and do not return fire. Fee includes use of paintball gun and 50 paintballs, but extra paintballs can be purchased. (Do not bring your own paintball gun.)
Admission
$26
Buy Tickets Online
tormented-souls-haunt.ticketleap.com/zee-pocalypse-paintball/
Discounts
$25 in advance. Additional paintballs may be purchased.
Category
Paintball
Website
www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Tormented-Souls-Haunt-Madrid-IA/1413920792155728
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. Winner of the 2013 DMHH Award for "Best Home Haunt."
Admission
Free
Category
Yard Display
Website
www.thezombiehollow.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/pages/Zombie-Hollow/258264987517799
Name
Animated and Musical Halloween Lights Spooktacular
Location
611 S Market St, Madrid IA 50156
Dates/Times
Oct 13-Nov 1, 7pm-10pm (weather permitting).
Theme
Yard Display
Short Desc
Syncronized "Christmas" lights to music.
Long Desc
This holiday lights display is put on by brother and sister team, Nick and Sarah Snider. Stop by this house each evening starting around 7pm and tune your radio to 101.7 and watch 5000 lights dance to various Halloween tunes and other songs. Ghostbusters, Addams Family, and even What Does Fox Say! Winner of the 2013 DMHH "Best Halloween Display" award.
Duration
30 minute loop
Admission
Free
Facebook
www.facebook.com/snidersanimatedlightsdisplay

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. (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 10/2/2014:

Local (?) Sites:

National Sites: