Haunted Houses in Central Iowa

A list of of haunted houses, forests and barns are below. If you know of a haunted house that is missing, let me know! We will get it added!

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Ames Haunted Forest 

1513 S 4th Street, Ames 

 Oct 9, 10 & 29: 7-11pm

Oct 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31: 7-12pm

Oct 18 & 25: 7-10pm

Admission: $14 (received $1 off coupon website)

Ames Haunted Forest is all set for its best year yet! Prepare yourself for a full thirty minutes of fear-packed excitement and the scariest walk you’ll take all year! Every night there will be owls on display courtesy of the ISU Wildlife Care Clinic.

Black Ops, Zombie Paintball

4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

 Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31
7 pm – 11:30 pm Friday & Saturday

7 pm – 9:30 pm all other days

Admission: $25

Board a custom transport armed with paintball guns to help save humanity, although it’s not as easy as you’d think. Attacking zombie hordes can only be held off for so long before they get to your transport, creating chaos aboard and threatening your mere existence. It’s up to you and your friends to save yourselves… and all of humanity. No pressure.

Castle of Blood

4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31
7 pm – 11:30 pm Friday & Saturday

7 pm – 9:30 pm all other days

Admission: Only available with park pass. Options on site.

Start with a tour of a damp, dark torture chamber, then venture deep into the chambers of Marrick Castle, coming face to face with some of the castle’s resident vampires. Who knows? Maybe you will be their type. Blood type, that is.

Chaos

4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31
7 pm – 11:30 pm Friday & Saturday

7 pm – 9:30 pm all other days

Admission: Park packages. Check site!

Sleepy Hollow’s most intense attraction. Dark, loud, and scary. Walk through morgues, execution rooms, catacombs, and even a mind-boggling spinning tunnel!

Freak Show

4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31
7 pm – 11:30 pm Friday & Saturday

7 pm – 9:30 pm all other days

Admission: Park packages. Check site!

Enter the backstage areas of a traveling circus- whether the freaks and carnies want you to or not. Venture into the creepy sideshow tent, dressing rooms, sleeping quarters, and animal storage areas before entering the big top. Be careful- these traveling circus members are even scarier when they’re not in the spotlight.

Haunted Barn 

3215 SE 72nd Street, Ankeny

Friday Nights 7pm-Midnight: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Saturday Nights 7pm-Midnight: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

Sunday Nights 7pm-10pm: Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov 1.

Nightly 7pm-10pm: Oct 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29.

Admission: $20

Linn’s Supermarket Haunted House

3805 6th Avenue, Des Moines

Oct 2-3, 9-10, 16-18, and 23-31st

7pm-Midnight on Fri/Sat

7pm-10pm all other nights

Admission: $4 off tickets will be available

Nightmare Estates

4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31
7 pm – 11:30 pm Friday & Saturday

7 pm – 9:30 pm all other days

Admission: Park packages. Check site!

This double-wide is most likely NOT home to the neighborhood’s welcoming committee. In fact, this crazy hillbilly family wants nothing more than for you to leave their property. If you get the feeling you’ve overstayed your welcome as you travel through their home, you’re probably right. Maybe if you’re nice they’ll show you the way out, but not before telling you how “purdy” you are!

Twisted Tales: The Next Chapter 

4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines

Oct 9-10, 16-18, 22-25, and 28-31
7 pm – 11:30 pm Friday & Saturday

7 pm – 9:30 pm all other days

Admission: Park packages. Check site!

The successor of the original Twisted Tales, this haunted attraction is the most elaborate in the park. Have you ever wondered what would happen if the fairy tales you’re used to ended differently? What would have happened if Pinocchio grew tired of being called a “puppet”? What if the pigs hadn’t outsmarted the wolf? Can you find your way through the Queen of Hearts’ elaborate maze?

Waukee Halloween Haunted House

Enclosed Shelter at Centennial Park 

Friday, October 23rd & Saturday, October 24th

7 pm – 10 pm

Admission: $5 (Bring three nonperishable goods for the Waukee Area Food Bank and receive $1 off)

The Waukee Park Board sponsors a spooktacular Haunted House at the Centennial Park Enclosed Shelter house each year around Halloween. Enter if you dare, but be prepared to be scared. This Haunted House is not suggested for young children.