2018 Haunted Houses

Featured Haunts: Circus of Freaks & Linn's Haunted House (websites hosted here).
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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.

2018 Haunted Houses

Featured Haunts: Circus of Freaks & Linn's Haunted House (websites hosted here).
(Your banner could be here! Ask about sponsoring this site.)

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: 10/22/2018 11:58 AM

Name
Adventureland Inn's Haunted Hotel
Location
3200 Adventureland Dr, Altoona IA 50009
Dates/Times
Oct 27, 2018. 7pm to Midnight.
Calendar
Sat-27
Short Desc
21+ event with entertainment and a haunted attraction
Long Desc
NEW for 2018! Billed as "The Worst Sleep You’ll Ever Pay For," Adventureland enters the Halloween market with a rather unique offering. First, it is 21 and older only. Second, while it will contain a “haunted attraction,” it is mostly a night of entertainment at Adventureland Inn. It will feature Gimikk (9pm to Midnight), and Dueling Pianos (8pm to Midnight), and Brad Seidenfeld and Tony Bohnekamp (7pm to 9pm). There is also “epic event entertainment” including Insphyre (a fire-based performance). The $200 hotel room packages include access to the courtyard and pools without kids (try that any other time of year!), a Halloween dinner buffet, costume contest with prizes (including an Adventureland season pass), a $5 credit at the Adventure Zone Arcade, and breakfast at Spectator’s Sports Bar and Grill. At $350, you have all of that, plus you get to stay in one of only six themed rooms. At $500, you can stay in one of only four super haunted rooms where you have to sign a waiver and they try to scare the heck out of you… Let the games begin!
Admission
$35, $200, $350, $500
Discounts
Adventureland season pass holders get in free.
Category
Event
Website
www.adventurelandresort.com
Name
Adventureland Hotel Haunted House
Location
3200 Adventureland Dr, Altoona IA 50009
Dates/Times
Oct 27, 2018. 7pm to Midnight.
Calendar
Sat-27
Short Desc
21+ ONLY!
Long Desc
New for 2018: 21+ ONLY! "Experience what happens when the pigs run the butcher shop!"
Admission
$20
Discounts
Adventureland season pass holders get in free.
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.adventurelandresort.com
Name
Ames Haunted Forest
Location
Check Website, Ames IA 50010
Dates/Times
Oct 5-6, 12-13, 19-21, 26-28 and 31, 2018. Opens at 7pm.
Calendar
Fri-5, Sat-6, Fri-12, Sat-13, Fri-19, Sat-20, Sun-21, Fri-26, Sat-27, Sun-28, Wed-31
Long Desc
20th year. New this year: Oakwood Asylum. This is a large outdoor haunt that windws through the woods and in and out of covered show scenes. Each zone is separated by tarps that keep you from seeing what is on the other side. Which is usually something scary. This haunt is known for getting some huge lines on busy nights, so go on a weeknight or Sunday if possible.
Admission
$17
Discounts
$1 off coupon on website (valid through Oct 21 only).
Category
Haunted Walk
Website
www.ameshauntedforest.com
Name
Linn's Haunted House
Location
3805 6th Ave, Des Moines IA 50313
Dates/Times
Sept. 28-29, Oct 5-6, 12-13, 19-21 and 25-31, 2018
Calendar
Sep-28, Sep-29, Fri-5, Sat-6, Fri-12, Sat-13, Fri-19, Sat-20, Sun-21, Thu-25, Fri-26, Sat-27, Sun-28, Mon-29, Tue-30, Wed-31
Long Desc
35th year. One refreshed scene this year, some new lights and sounds. This is the older haunt in the area, and folks drive from hours away each year to explore this creepy supermarket basement. It features pitch black hallways and has an entrance tunnel that causes people to chicken out before they even make it to the ... well, you'll see. This is often the first haunt many kids get to go to, and if you bring yours, and they can't handle it, ask the actor to take them to safety. (And, apparently, the gorilla has been known to give out treats to young kids...) So much fun!
Admission
$17
Discounts
$4 off coupon on website (valid first two weekends only).
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.linnshauntedhouse.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/linnshauntedhouse
Name
Perry Firefighters Association Haunted House
Location
1st Ave and Willis Ave, Perry IA 50220
Dates/Times
Oct. 19-20, 26-27 and 29, 2018. Opens at 7pm. Low scare Cub Scout matinee on Oct 20th from 12-3.
Calendar
Fri-19, Sat-20, Fri-26, Sat-27, Mon-29
Long Desc
They are done clowning around... 1415 square feet of maze.
Admission
$5
Category
Haunted House
Name
Slaughterhouse
Location
97 Indiana Ave, Des Moines IA 50314
Dates/Times
Oct 5-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28 and 31, 2018. 7pm-10pm Thu/Sun. 7pm-Mid Fri/Sat.
Calendar
Fri-5, Sat-6, Sun-7, Thu-11, Fri-12, Sat-13, Sun-14, Thu-18, Fri-19, Sat-20, Sun-21, Thu-25, Fri-26, Sat-27, Sun-28, Wed-31
Long Desc
New this year: Collaboration with heavy metal band Slipknot. This is the haunt getting all the press this year. It is themed around a meat processing plant. The sets are movie-quality, and easily the best of any haunt in the area. There is even an eBook you can buy that will tell you the (fictional?) back story of the Biggs Family and the Slaughterhouse. (Note: This is a heavy metal, blood and gore haunted house.)
Admission
$30 VIP, $20
Buy Tickets
www.slaughterhousedm.com/get-tickets/
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.slaughterhousedm.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/TheSlaughterhousedm/
Name
Sleepy Hollow's Haunted Scream Park
Location
4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines IA 50317
Dates/Times
Oct 5-6, 12-13, 18-21, 25-28 and 31, 2018.
Calendar
Fri-5, Sat-6, Fri-12, Sat-13, Thu-18, Fri-19, Sat-20, Sun-21, Thu-25, Fri-26, Sat-27, Sun-28, Wed-31
Long Desc
New this year: ToxiCity zombie lasertag, and “they can touch you” version of Freakshow. Five haunted houses for one price, or do a Pick-3 and choose. Also has bonus attractions such as an elaborate carved pumpkin display, a fog maze and a 3-D gallery. Food available.
Admission
$45 VIP, $30 Park Pass, $25 Pick Three.
Discounts
Buy online from their website and use code DMHH18 to receive $2 off a Park Pass.
Category
Food, Haunted House, Haunted Walk, Maze, Snacks, Covered Waiting Area
Website
sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Name
Tormented Souls Haunt
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.
Dates/Times
Oct 18-20 and 25-27, 2018. Opens at 7:15-10pm on Thursdays. 7:15pm-11:45pm on Weekends.
Calendar
Thu-18, Fri-19, Sat-20, Thu-25, Fri-26, Sat-27
Short Desc
Visit the haunted mining town of Zook Spur.
Long Desc
Originally ran in 2013-2014, and now back. One of the longest haunts around (maybe around 9800 square feet?), with a two large covered sections, and an outdoor haunted walk section. It’s so remote, you can’t even drive to it. You have to abandon your car and take a ride on the "Terror Bus" (shuttle) to get there. Many of the smaller scenes from past years have been combined into larger ones this year, and DMHH assisted with wiring up their haunt with new custom audio. They have a vortex tunnel, and the largest animatronic prop of any haunt in the area (it fills an entire room). They also have an open-air trailer ride where you shoot zombies with paintball guns. It was the first one in this area. (When I did the paintball thing in 2014, it was one of my all-time favorite haunt things I'd ever done.) FOOD AVAILABLE from Yellow Wagon food truck. Be sure to also check out the Snider's Halloween Light Display a few blocks from where you park (see other listing on this page). See my Facebook page for a photo gallery.
Duration
11-19 minutes
Admission
$17 for haunt, $28 for Zee-Pocalypse, $38 for both.
Buy Tickets
tormentedsoulshaunt.fearticket.com/event/orderticket/eventid/292
Category
Haunted Walk, Paintball, Food
Website
www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com
Facebook
www.facebook.com/tormentedsoulshaunt
Name
Trail of Terror
Location
Ashton Wildwood County Park, Mingo IA
Dates/Times
Oct 19-20 and 26-27, 2018. 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
Calendar
Fri-19, Sat-20, Fri-26, Sat-27
Long Desc
INTENSE 3/4 mile walking trail. This is a LONG haunt with tons of actors and scenes along the way. They have more actors and show scenes than any other haunt in the area! They give you a flashlight to help you find your way. Be sure to use it to check out the fancy makeup many of their actors are in. Many of their scare zones use a tag-team approach (some had as many as FIVE scares layered on top of each other) compared to most haunts that seldom have more than two actors in a scene. There is nothing like it, and it's the lowest cost ($10) of any haunt around. It's a fundraiser for the Baxter Fun Days event. All the actors are super into it and super creepy. There are some VERY creative scenes this year. (For example, last year, there was a campsite with two female campers just freaked out from being stalked by a killer. This year, you come across that same campsite and see the bodies of those two campers and find two terrified FBI agents who were originally there to investigate the crime scene.) FANTASTIC value. Don't miss it!
Actors
30
Admission
$10
Category
Haunted House
Website
www.baxterfundays.com/trail-of-terror
Facebook
www.facebook.com/BaxterTrailofTerror
Name
Waukee Haunted House
Location
Centennial Park, Waukee IA 50263
Dates/Times
Oct 26-27, 2018. 7pm-10pm.
Calendar
Fri-26, Sat-27
Long Desc
I've only made it out to this one once, but they turn a park shelter house into a cool little haunted house, each year with a different theme.
Admission
$5
Discounts
Donate THREE non-perishable items to the Waukee Area Christian Food Pantry and save $1.
Category
Haunted House
Name
Winterset FFA Haunted House
Location
Madison County Fairgrounds, Winterset IA
Directions
Swine Barn
Dates/Times
Oct 12-13, 19-20 and 26-27, 2018. 7:30pm-10pm
Calendar
Fri-12, Sat-13, Fri-19, Sat-20, Fri-26, Sat-27
Long Desc
The former Urbandale Zombie Hollow is part of this. It is a fundraiser for the local FFA chapter. The first two weekends will be scary, and the third weekend will be classic Zombie Hollow kid friendly.
Admission
$10 adults, $5 10-and-under.
Category
Haunted House
Name
Creepo the Clown
Location
306 W Salem, Indianola IA
Directions
RESIDENTIAL AREA
Dates/Times
Oct 30, 2018 (Beggar's Night) from 6pm-8pm(ish).
Calendar
Tue-30
Long Desc
Please Like their Facebook page and help them get past 100 to let them know how much you love creepy clowns...
Category
Yard Display
Facebook
www.facebook.com/Creepo.The.Clown
Name
Grimes home haunt
Location
3101 SE Keystone Drive, Grimes IA
Directions
RESIDENTIAL AREA
Dates/Times
Oct 30, 2018. 6pm-8:30pm.
Calendar
Tue-30
Theme
Circus
Long Desc
"As seen in the Des Moines Register."
Admission
Donate a food item to be given to homeless veterans at the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in downtown Des Moines
Category
Home Haunt
Website
www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/community/2018/10/11/retired-army-sergeant-hopes-haunted-house-benefits-homeless-veterans/1592779002/
Name
Halloween on the Hill
Location
1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines IA 50309
Dates/Times
Oct 31, 2018. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Calendar
Wed-31
Theme
Haunted neighborhood.
Long Desc
An entire neighborhood turned into a haunted walk through various yard displays.
Category
Yard Display
Website
www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/community/2018/10/17/des-moines-sherman-hill-neighborhood-wide-haunted-house-gathers-donations-food-pantries/1657511002/
Facebook
www.facebook.com/events/2179939312266433/
Name
Snider's Animated and Musical Holiday Lights Display
Location
611 S Market St, Madrid IA
Dates/Times
Through Oct 31. 7pm-10pm.
Long Desc
If visiting Tormented Souls in Madrid, be sure to take a detour and check out this Halloween light display. It is just a few blocks from the haunt parking lot. You tune your FM radio to 107.1 and listen to music (Thriller, Time Warp, etc.) and watch the synchronized light display. It features lasers, color changing lights, and a giant singing pumpkin light. Very cool! (They also do shows for other holidays.)
Admission
Free
Category
Yard Display
Facebook
www.facebook.com/snidersanimatedlightsdisplay
Name
DarkWitch Haunt
Location
, Des Moines IA
Dates/Times
September 2019
Short Desc
Coming in 2019.
Long Desc
I'm just adding this now to get it into the search engines. It claims to be an "extreme haunted house" that will open in September 2019.
Website
www.darkwitchhaunt.com

See also: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. and 2019.

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 10/2018:

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 or missing tons of information.