Trunk or Treat in Des Moines

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Trunk or Treat in Des Moines 2022

If you have younger children, you may be looking for some other options besides Beggars’ Night. Trunk or Treat is another wonderful Halloween event that is a family-friendly free event. Des Moines area businesses and organizations may offer a costume contest, scavenger hunt, live music, food, science experiments, fun games, and more which make it a fun event for all ages! Below is a list of Trunk or Treat events in Des Moines at local churches and businesses. Grab your costumes and have a fun night.

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Grimes Fall Festival Candy Crawl

October 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grimes South Sports Complex

Mark your calendars for October 8th! The City of Grimes and Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa will celebrate the season with the Fall Festival. Enjoy plenty of candy, food trucks, a kid zone, demonstrations, great vendors, and activities for all ages on Saturday, October 8th from 10 am – 2 pm at the South Sports Complex. This family-friendly event will offer a sensory-friendly time from 10 – 10:30 am. Costumes are encouraged!

Carfest presents 4th Annual Trunk or Treat

October 15 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Ankeny Market & Pavillion

Carfest and Upcountry Fab are putting on our 4th Annual trunk or treat. Bring the kids with their costumes. Plenty of fun and candy for all the kids.

Uptown Trunk or Treat

October 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Uptown Ankeny

Join Uptown, community businesses, and organizations for our annual trunk-or-treat in Uptown Ankeny! 

ICYF Trunk or Treat

October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Indianola Middle School Football Field

Put on your Halloween costumes and join ICYF along with community businesses/organizations for a night of Halloween fun! Please bring items to benefit the Helping Hand.

Bondu Spooktacular

October 22 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Bondurant City Park

There will be many games, activities, and CANDY for the little ones. This is a fun, safe Trick-or-Treat opportunity.

Truck Or Treat at the Waukee Family YMCA

October 22 from 9 a.m. to Noon

Waukee Family YMCA

Free, family-friendly fun for the whole community – everyone is welcome! Truck-or-Treat is an open house-style event with opportunities to take a peek, touch, and explore the local community and emergency vehicles! Children will have an opportunity to trick-or-treat through the event. Costumes are encouraged. Food trucks will be available for purchase.

Trick or Treat Around the Lake

October 25 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Copper Creek Lake; 4390 E University Ave, Pleasant Hill

Come Trick or Treat Around the Lake with your friends, family, and kids. Businesses from the chamber will be set up with candy and goodies! Participation for businesses can be completed by emailing director@pleasanthillchamber.org.

Business Trick or Treat

October 26 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Altoona Civic Plaza; 360 Center Pl, Altoona, IA 50009

Join us for the annual Business Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 26th from 5-7 pm in and around Civic Plaza!

Trick-or-Treat with First Responders

October 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Fire Station 38 10225 NW 62nd Ave., Johnston

Join community members and trick-or-treat with first responders on Wednesday, October 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Fire station 38, 10225 NW 62nd Avenue. The Police and Fire Departments will be handing out treats from their squad cars and fire trucks and will also talk about “safety” when going out on Beggars’ Night.

We encourage your children to wear their Halloween costumes. 

This is a great opportunity for families to get to know our Police Officers and Firefighters/EMS members.

After you are finished at the fire station, we encourage you to make your way over to the Bridge Church. They will have treats and activities available for the kids, including inflatables, pumpkin painting, and more!

“Haunted” Hike

October 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Covenant Presbyterian Church; 1025 28th Street, West Des Moines

Kids and their families are invited to trick or treat through our church building! (Think indoor Trunk or Treat.) Free to attend. For even more frights, check out our youth group’s “haunted” house in the church garage! Plan to park on the north side of the building and enter through the north door marked “old sanctuary”. Costumes are encouraged for ALL ages.

Urbandale Police Department’s Trunk or Treat

October 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Urbandale Police Department

The Urbandale Police & Public Library present Trunk or Treat 2022! A FREE, fun, and family-friendly event. Trick or Treat through the parking lot of the Urbandale Police Department and take the Halloween Trail to the Library for more fun and games! 


October 28 from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Westwood Elementary School; 2920 NW 9th Street, Ankeny

Join the PTO for their annual Trunk-Or-Treat event in the Westwood parking lot!

Trunk or Treat

October 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Dojos – Johnston

Enjoy games, music, and lots of fun!

2nd Annual Za-Ga-Zig Trunk or Treat

October 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Za Ga Zig Shrine

Get ready for some fun, laughter, and joy, as the little princesses and super-hero’s make their way around the Za-Ga-Zig parking lot.

Trunk or Treat

October 30 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Kinship Brewing Company

Kinship is hosting its first-ever Trunk or Treat! Don’t know what that is? Think of trunk or treat as a Halloween tailgate party. Instead of kids going door-to-door to get candy, they walk through a parking lot and go trunk-to-trunk.

This will be a safe and friendly event for everyone, including kids and dogs. They will block off our entire parking lot so there are no moving cars.

They will have food trucks, a bounce house, photo ops, games, and activities for everyone!

Trunk or Treat

October 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Waukee Baptist Church

Join Waukee Baptist Church, Sunday evening, Oct. 30th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Trunk or Treat at Indianola Library 

October 31 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Indianola Public Library; 207 N B Street, Indianola

Trick or treat one more night, with a hot dog and treats at the Library. Join the City of Indianola departments and IMU for a night of tricks and treats!

Trunk or Treat Nightmare in Maytag Park

October 31 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Maytag Park in Newton, Iowa

The City of Newton and Newton Main Street are hosting a FUN, FREE, family-friendly event for all Halloween lovers! Stroll through Maytag Park wearing your costumes and enjoy treats, fun photo ops, a lighted display, and so much more.


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5 thoughts on “Trunk or Treat in Des Moines

  1. Any Trunk or Treat Events happening on the Southside??

  2. I have not seen any listings yet. It is still early!

  3. Avatar Krystal Bellis says:

    Is there a way to add a trunk or treat event to this page?

  4. Do you have addresses for the churches?

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