2019 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.

When visiting these haunts, please tell them you saw their listing on DMHauntedHouses.com.

Database:

Last Updated: 10/18/2019 9:14 AM

Name
Circus of Freaks
Descripton
(supporter of DMHH)
Category
Haunted House
Location
502 7th St, Bussey IA 50044
Website
circusoffreaks.com
Dates/Times
Oct 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and 31, 2019.
Calendar
Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26, Thu-31
Admission
$15
Discounts
Check Groupon.com
Name
Linn's Haunted House
Descripton
(supporter of DMHH)
Category
Haunted House
Location
3805 6th Ave, Des Moines IA 50313
Website
www.linnshauntedhouse.com
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-31, 2019
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Mon-28, Tue-29, Wed-30, Thu-31
Admission
$17
Discounts
Coupon on website.
Name
Ames Haunted Forest
Category
Haunted Walk
Location
One (1) mile south of Jack Trice Statium., Ames IA 50011
Phone
515-249-0552
Website
www.ameshauntedforest.com
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 18-20, 25-27, Oct 31 and Nov 1, 2019
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Fri-25, Sat-26, Sun-27, Thu-31, Fri-Nov-1
Admission
$20
Discounts
$2 off coupon on website.
Name
Haunted Barn
Tagline
Back and ready to scare our way to the top!
Category
Haunted House
Location
TBA, Ankeny IA
Dates/Times
TBA
Name
Hunt of the Living Dead
Category
Paintball
Location
1551 Valley West Drive, West Des Moines IA 50266
Directions
Parking lot of Valley West Mall.
Dates/Times
July 26-August 3, 2019.
Admission
$25-$35
Name
Slaughterhouse
Category
Haunted House
Location
97 Indiana Ave, Des Moines IA 50314
Website
www.herepig.com
Dates/Times
Oct 4-6, 10-13, 17-20 and 24-26, 2019.
Calendar
Fri-4, Sat-5, Sun-6, Thu-10, Fri-11, Sat-12, Sun-13, Thu-17, Fri-18, Sat-19, Sun-20, Thu-24, Fri-25, Sat-26
Admission
$20-$30
Name
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park
Category
Food, Haunted House, Haunted Walk, Maze, Snacks, Covered Waiting Area
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Website
www.sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Dates/Times
Oct 4-5, 11-12, 17-20, 24-27 and 31, 2019.
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
Admission
$23-$45
Name
Tormented Souls Haunt
Descripton
Visitor review from David D. "We went to the Tormented Souls Haunt in Madrid last weekend. It is a fantastic haunted house. Starting with the bus ride through the pitch dark night to the actual haunt, your creepy host sets the mood. The haunt itself is long, involving both an inside and outside walk. The many scenes are very imaginative and scary, with some fantastic creatures and loads of detail. It is hard to take in everything. Clearly, a lot of thought and work went into this one. And then you get to shoot zombies in a field with paint ball guns while being pulled on a hay wagon. What’s not to like? There is also a food truck so you can eat while waiting for the return bus. It is a bit of a drive from Des Moines, but well worth it."
Category
Haunted Walk
Location
Edgewood Park, Madrid IA 50156
Directions
Park at Edgewood Park and wait for the Terror Bus to pick you up and shuttle you to the haunt location.
Website
www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/tormentedsoulshaunt
Dates/Times
Oct 11-12, 18-19, 24-26 and 31, 2019
Admission
$17-$28
Name
Trail of Terror
Category
Haunted Walk
Location
Ashton Wildwood County Park, Mingo IA 50168
Dates/Times
Oct 18-19 and 25-26, 2019.
Calendar
Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26
Admission
$10
Name
Waukee Haunted House
Category
Haunted House
Location
Centennial Park, Waukee IA 50263
Website
waukee.org/475/Haunted-House
Dates/Times
Oct 25-27, 2019. 7pm-10pm
Calendar
Fri-25, Sat-26
Admission
$5
Discounts
Save $1 with THREE non-perishable donations for the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry.
Name
Zombie Hollow
Descripton
Winterset FFA Haunted House
Category
Haunted House
Location
1146 W Summit St, Winterset IA 50273
Directions
Madison County Fairgrounds
Dates/Times
Oct 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, 2019. Fridays 7:30p-9p (non scary), 9p-10:30p (scary). Saturdays 7:30p-10:30p (scary).
Calendar
Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26
Admission
$10 ($5 10 and under)
Name
Creepo the Clown (home haunt)
Category
Home Haunt
Location
306 W Salem, Indianola IA 50125
Directions
Residential area.
Dates/Times
Oct 30, 2019. 6pm-8pm.
Calendar
Wed-30
Name
Haunted Garage (home haunt)
Category
Home Haunt
Location
612 NE 13 St, Grimes IA 50111
Directions
Residential area.
Dates/Times
Oct 25-26 (7p-10p) and 31 (6p-8p), 2019.
Calendar
Fri-25, Sat-26, Thu-31
Admission
Free (Donations to Grimes Food Pantry appreciated.)
Name
Mapleton Manor (yard display)
Category
Yard Display
Location
342 Maple Avenue, Nevada IA 50201
Directions
Residential area.
Website
www.weareiowa.com/news/local-news/nevada-homeowners-boast-halloween-yard-haunt/amp/
Dates/Times
Display is on nightly.
Name
Eldora Rotary Haunted Hospital
Descripton
Completely redesigned for 2019. (Everyone I know who has gone has told me this is better than anything we have here in DM. If you go, let me know what you think.)
Category
Haunted House, Covered Waiting Area
Location
2413 Edgington Ave, Eldora IA 50627
Website
eldorahauntedhospital.com/
Dates/Times
Oct 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26, 2019. 7pm-11pm.
Calendar
Fri-11, Sat-12, Fri-18, Sat-19, Fri-25, Sat-26
Admission
$10

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Other Indexes

We believe in cross promotion, so here are other 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 4/2019:

Local Coverage:

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 ("UNTRUSTED") or missing tons of information ("NOT USEFUL").