Halloween Haunts & Happenings 2016

posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

2016 Halloween Haunts & Happenings

There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are beginning to turn and jack-o'-lanterns are popping up all over town. It’s the season for haunts, fall festivals, and spooky celebrations! From the scariest of haunted houses to family-friendly hayrides and festivals, we have a big list of fall events that promise you and your family a ghoulishly good time.

Prepare for broad smiles and lots of goosebumps!      


Harris Haven Funeral Home - haunted attraction in Waterloo, Iowa
(photo credit Harris Haven Funeral Home)

Harris Haven Funeral Home

October 1, 7, 8, 14-16, 21-23, 27-31
Open at 7:00pm
Enter if you dare! Those who are brave enough explore the many rooms of the Harris Haven Funeral home and then visit the gypsy wagon. It’s a killer combination!

Location: 3767 Lafayette Road, Evansdale
Tickets: $13 each for all ages
Contact: 319-242-1233

The Heart of Darkness - haunted attraction in Waterloo, Iowa
(photo credit The Heart of Darkness)

The Heart of Darkness

October 1, 7, 8, 13-16, 20-23, 27-31
Open at 7:00pm
Dying for a good time? Face your fears at The Heart of Darkness!

Location: 5111 Osage Road, Waterloo
Tickets: Prices start at $10 and vary by day and type of ticket. Check www.enterthod.com for more info.
Contact: The Heart of Darkness 

2016 Halloween Hikes are October 5-7 and will take place at River Hills School in Cedar Falls. Hartman Reserve Nature Center will conduct the walks.
(photo credit Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Echo Reams)

Halloween Hikes, “The Travelers”
October 5, 6 and 7
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Enjoy a non-scary hike on a candle-lit trail with short performances by actors about plants and animals that travel long distances! Hikes begin at 6:00pm and leave every 15 minutes until 7:30pm. Wear your Halloween costumes! PLEASE NOTE that due to construction on Hartman Reserve buildings, this event will be held at River Hills School.

Location: Grounds of River Hills School (2700 Grand Blvd.), Cedar Falls
Tickets: $5 each (ages 2 & under FREE). Tickets are sold only in advance and sell out quickly. Call during regular business hours to check availability of tickets. 
Contact: 319-277-2187 for tickets


Waterhawks Haunted Hayride
October 15, 16, 21-23, 28-30
Open at dark
Waterhawks Ski Team presents its Annual Haunted Hayride fundraiser beginning October 15! Come out to Eagle Lake to experience the thrill of a Haunted Hayride with family, friends, and a cup of hot chocolate. Double check their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Waterhawks/ , for updates about their opening.

Location: Eagle Lake, 100 Waterhawk Road, Evansdale
Tickets: $10 per seat
Contact: waterhawksskiteam@gmail.com


Panic Park Haunted House
Unfortunately, the haunted house has been cancelled this season due to damage from flooding.


Fall Family Fun Day, downtown Cedar Falls October 15, 2016
(photo credit Community Main Street, Cedar Falls)


Heartland Farms
September 23 – October 31
Monday – Sunday, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Scarecrow’s Haunted Barn, Haunted Scarytale Cornfield, Pumpkin Playland, , hayrides, Punkinator, jumping pillow and farm animals.

Location: 5111 Osage Road, Waterloo
Tickets: $8-$10, children 2 and under enter free
Contact: 319-232-3779

Fox Ridge Winery Fall Festival
October 1
2:00pm – 9:00pm
Come for an afternoon of fall fun!  There will be fun for all ages and activities include a hayride, pumpkin launching, food for purchase, games and live music.  Milk & Honey will be playing live from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. 

Location: Fox Ridge Winery, Traer
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-478-8080

Hearst Film Series – Horror Classics
October 4, 11, 18, 25
Every Tuesday in October, enjoy a horror classic such as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) and The Mummy (1932) at The Hearst Center for the Arts.

Location: 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls
Tickets: free
Contact: 319-273-8641

Twenty-five Years of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
October 7 – November 27
The annual exhibit of Gary Kelley’s original illustrations will be on display at The Hearst Center for the Arts. You’re also invited to attend the opening reception of the exhibit on October 14 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Meet the artist and enjoy music by the Bob Washut Trio.

Location: 304 W. Seerley Blvd., Cedar Falls
Tickets: free
Contact: 319-273-8641 Facebook Event Page

Spooks, Spokes, Sneakers & Cycles
October 8
Halloween Bike Ride, Powder Fun Run and Motorcycle poker run! This run/walk and ride event is suitable for all skill levels and the public is welcome to attend. Costumes encouraged!
As of September 28, plans are still in place for the race to start and end at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. Double check their website for updates.

Location: Gateway Park, Cedar Falls
Tickets: $20/$25 registration fee
Contact: 319-235-9397

11th Annual Hickory Hills Halloween Campout
October 8
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Registered campers will enjoy an afternoon of t-shirt painting and a costume contest parade and prizes. Trick or treating for campers follows. Campsite decorations are also encouraged and judged after dark.

Location: Hickory Hills Park (3338 Hickory Hills Road), La Porte City
Cost: $13-$30 depending on type of campsite. Reservation sites are filled but first-come, first-served sites are open and tent camping sites are unlimited. Find rates on their website.
Contact: 319-342-3350 Facebook Event Page

Fall Family Fun Day
October 15
1:00pm – 4:00PM
Enjoy an afternoon of fall-themed and family-friendly activities that include pumpkin painting, face painting and more.

Location: Downtown Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213

October 15
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Beard and moustache contest, feats of strength and Hammerschlagen are all part of College Hill’s Oktoberfest!  The Iowa Craft Beer tent will be pouring Iowa's best beer and SIRES will be playing some of Iowa's best music.

Location: College Hill (22nd and College Streets), Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free, food and beer available for purchase
Contact: 319-273-6228

Cedar Falls Historical Society’s Inventors Cemetery Walk
October 16
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Meet historic characters and hear their tales of Cedar Falls inventors who created ironing boards, a world famous rotary pump and more.

Location: Greenwood Cemetery (North College Street), Cedar Falls
Tickets: $5 per person, no registration required
Contact: 319-266-5149

October 17
Spooky (but not too scary) evening of storytime at the library for school-aged children. Wear a costume if you’d like.

Location: Cedar Falls Public Library
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-273-8643

Witches’ Walk
October 22
10:00am – 5:00pm
Ladies, shop downtown Cedar Falls for a bewitchingly good time during downtown’s 2nd annual Witches' Walk! Find wicked good specials at participating businesses and witchy wear is encouraged!

Location: Downtown Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213

Trick-or-Treat at Hy-Vee
October 22
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free cookie decorating, coloring activity, and mini pumpkin decorating!

Location: Cedar Falls Hy-Vee at 6301 University Avenue
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-266-7535

Structure Real Estate's Fall Festival
October 23
1:00pm - 4:00pm
A family-friendly event featuring a neighborhood hayride, scavenger hunt, costume contest and more!

Location: 1910 Donald Street in Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-260-2016

Trick or Treat: “The Spectacular Lives of Pets”
October 27
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Celebrate Halloween at the Phelps Youth Pavilion and discover the spooktacular lives of pets! Tours will begin every 15 minutes. The evening also includes family-friendly activities such as non-scary animal skits, furtastic art activities and fun treats!

Location: Phelps Youth Pavilion, Waterloo
Tickets: Registration required by October 21. Tickets are $5/person.  
Contact: 319-291-4490

Jack-o’-lantern Night
October 27
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Your little ones are invited to trick-or-treat from participating merchants in downtown Waverly.

Location: Downtown Waverly
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-352-0136

Trick-or-Treat at SCHEELS
October 29
9:00am - 11:00am
Dress up and join SCHEELS and the Hearst Center for the Arts for Halloween fun! Journey around the store looking for the different stations featuring activities and a treat.

Location: SCHEELS at 402 Viking Plaza Drive
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-3033

Strolling with the Spirits
October 29
3:30pm and 7:00pm
Stroll through the paths of the Cedar Valley’s past as actors bring former residents back to life through live, historical interpretation. This year’s cast includes: Henry Allen, Fred Kimball, Henry Nauman, William Galloway, Minnie Crippen and Jesse Cosby.

Location: Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo
Tickets: Grout Museum Members $8, Non–members $10, advance registration required
Contact: Grout Museum 319-234-6357

wcfsymphony Concert: Harry Potter
October 30
wcfsymphony invites you to join them for an afternoon of symphonic storytelling featuring John Williams’ music of Harry Potter. Other pieces on the program are all classic symphonic works created to tell stories.

Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls
Tickets: $30-$60/adult. $11/youth. Call or order online at wcfsymphony Harry Potter  Tickets 
Contact: 319-273-3373

Iowa Ghosts and the Afterlife
October 30
Terry Fisk discusses his confrontations with the famous skeptic and debunker, James Randi, and describes his ghost investigations (including some of the locations in Iowa).

Location: Cedar Falls Public Library
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-273-8643

Trick-or-Treating downtown Cedar Falls is October 31, 2016, 3:30pm-5:00pm
(photo credit Community Main Street, Cedar Falls)


Trick or Treat Downtown is Neat!
October 29
9:00am – 12:00pm
Family-friendly Halloween event will take place at the Waterloo Farmer’s Market. Crafts, games, free toys and candy for the kids!

Location: RiverLoop Expo Plaza, Waterloo
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-291-2038

Trick or Treat Downtown
October 31
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Bring your little (preschool to 6th grade) witch or goblin to downtown Cedar Falls to trick or treat at participating merchants.

Location: Downtown Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-0213

Halloween Spooktacular & Trick-o-Treating at College Square Mall
October 31
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Bring your little ghost or goblin (ages 3-12) to College Square Mall to trick-or-treat indoors at participating stores. Arts and crafts will be adjacent the food court. All children must be accompanied by an adult and the mall asks that parents do NOT wear a mask to the mall.

Location: College Square Mall, Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: RSVP for “arts and crafts at College Square Mall” to ladybugseventplanning@gmail.com

Trick-or-Treating Night – City of Cedar Falls and Waterloo
October 31
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Trick-or-Treating Night – Waverly
October 31
5:30pm- 7:30pm

We hope you have a ghoulishly good time this October!

Have any questions? Give us a call at the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau and Visitor Center at 319-268-4266 or 800-845-1955.  

2016 Halloween Hikes are October 5-7 and will take place at River Hills School in Cedar Falls. Hartman Reserve Nature Center will conduct the walks.
(photo credit Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Echo Reams)


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