Pumpkins, candy and costumes..Halloween is here! If you are looking for some spooky fun, the Des Moines area has several events for everyone. Have a safe and fun holiday!

Living History Farms

Horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roast, storytellers, scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays delight all during this non-scary family event. Children ages 12 and younger can trick-or-treat in the 1875 Town of Walnut Hill. Free pop and popcorn for everyone. Cost is $5 nonmembers, $4.50 members. For more information click here.

The Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park

The Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park is a way for young and old to get scared this halloween. There are a variety of scares, from the gruesome and gory to the startles and screams, our Haunted Village has something for everyone.  This year, there is are newly redesigned  haunted attractions, bringing all new scares and terrifying, mesmerizing, pantswetting, runawayscreaming fright to one of the biggest haunted attractions in the Midwest!  For the younger and more easily frightened, there aer many attractions available. The Haunted Scream Park has food vendors offering everything from corn dogs,  hot chocolate, and warm cider to buffalo burgers, brats, and pizza.  Plus all the food vendors have a free activity for your group to play.  There is also a free inflatable obstacle course where you can challenge a friend to see who can get through it the fastest.

October 9-10, 16-17, 22-25, 29-31.  7 PM nightly.

Pumpkin Decorating Workshop

Learn a little about the pumpkin's interesting history while decorating one of these scary squashes for Halloween. Each participant will get to decorate and take a pumpkin home with them.

Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Boulevard, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-2710

The Haunted Barn

What is better than a haunted barn at Halloween? If you dare, visit The Haunted Barn which opens Oct. 23rd. Located at  4516 N.E. 78th Avenue
Bondurant, IA 50035. This new haunted house in the Ankeny area is hosted in a big barn just a couple miles east of Ankeny.  Open from 7pm-12am. Free Parking.