Halloween Haunts & Happenings 2017

posted on Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 Halloween Haunts & Happenings

Tis the season for visiting haunted houses, attending Halloween events and doing some trick-or-treating!

To help you find your way, we’ve compiled a list of Haunts, Happenings and Trick-or-Treating for good ole ghoulish fun in 2017: 


Harris Haven Funeral Home
October 5-7, 12-15, 19-22 and 26-31
Open at 7:00pm
Enter if you dare! Bravely enter Harris Haven and explore its many rooms and check out Ravenhurst Manor (new in 2017). It’s a killer combination! The Haunted Corn & Wood Maze are adjacent Harris Haven and included in the price of admission.  

Location: 3767 Lafayette Road, Evansdale
Tickets: $25 for all ages (Fast Pass is $35) 
Contact: 319-242-1233

Heartland Farms
September 22 – October 31
Monday – Sunday, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Scarecrow’s Haunted Barn, Haunted Scarytale Cornfield, Pumpkin Playland, hayrides, Punkinator and jumping pillow!

Location: 5111 Osage Road, Waterloo
Tickets: $9-$11, children 2 and under enter free
Contact: 319-232-3779

KW Paintball Halloween Zombie Shoot
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28
Fridays and Saturdays, 7:00pm-midnight (weather permitting)
This is where the undead reside and the humans try to survive! Visitors take a ride on their custom trailers through their paintball park taking out the zombies that are lurking throughout. 

Location: KW Paintball (1734 W. Airline HWY, Waterloo)
Tickets: $15 general admission includes 100 rounds
Contact: 319-230-2213

Panic Park
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 26-28 and 31
Open at 7:00pm
Panic Park haunted house is back for 2017 and Hick's Place will be offering Zombie Laser Tag! 

Location: Rotary Reserve Lodge (5932 N. Union Road), Cedar Falls
Tickets: $15 for all ages
Contact: 319-433-7275

The Heart of Darkness Haunted Complex
October 6-7, 12-14, 18-21, 25-28 and 31
Open at 7:00pm
Dying for a good time? Face your fears at The Heart of Darkness! They have more than ten themed areas including House of the Walking Dead, Boggy Creek Swamp and Killer Circus. And, they have Zombie Paintball!

Location: 5111 Osage Road, Waterloo
Tickets: Prices start at $15 
Contact: The Heart of Darkness 

Waterhawks Haunted Hayride
October 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29
Open at dark, weather permitting
Waterhawks Ski Team presents its Annual Haunted Hayride fundraiser beginning October 13! 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, Waterhawks , for updates.

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

Zombies in the City
October 20, 21, 27 and 28
7:00pm - midnight
Adrenaline X Laser Tag invites you to their annual Zombies in the City event! Gather your team for the zombie apocalypse and test your skills with their realistic laser tag guns when a hoard of creepy zombies is chasing you! 

Location: 4051 University Avenue, Waterloo
Tickets: $9.00/player (no reservations needed, but you may want to call ahead)
Contact: 319-939-7279

Harris Haven Funeral Home and Ravenhurst Manor
Harris Haven Funeral Home & Ravenhurst Manor (photo courtesy Harris Haven)


Fox Ridge Winery Fall Festival
October 7 (music was POSTPONED to October 8, 4-7pm)
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

Halloween Hikes, “Mother Nature Knows Best"
October 4-6
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Enjoy a non-scary 30-minute hike on a candle-lit trail with short performances by actors about Mother Nature! 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

"Song of Years" Cemetery Walk
October 15
Key characters from “Song of Years,” Best Streeter Aldrich’s novel of the settling of Cedar Falls are buried here, see them come to share their story.

Location: Hillside Cemetery (E Lone Tree Road)
Tickets: $5, reservations not necessary
Contact: 319-266-5149


Trick Treat & Troll
October 25
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Celebrate Halloween with the Waterloo Center for the Arts at the Phelps Youth Pavilion and discover colorful trolls! Tours will begin every 15 minutes. The evening also includes family-friendly activities and non-scary skits!

Location: Waterloo Center for the Arts, Waterloo
Tickets: Registration required by October 24. Tickets are $5/person.  
Contact: 319-291-4490

Halloween on The Hill
October 26-31

There is a variety of events taking place on College Hill! Costume contests for the adults, live music at Sidecar Coffee, ComicFest at Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles and more!

Location: The Hill (College Street and 23rd and 22nd Streets near UNI)
Tickets: Most are free, some may have a cover fee
Contact: 319-273-6228

Halloween House Room, Shadow Play
October 27
The UNI Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in collaboration with students from the Departments of Biology, Physics, and Earth Science, will host a “Halloween House.” UNI students will be performing Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervising hands-on activities. Event is intended for elementery age children (but can be enjoyed by all ages). Costumes are welcome. 

Location: second floor of McCollum Science Hall
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Contact: 319-273-2437

Haunted Library After-Hours Party
October 27
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join the Waterloo Public Library for their after-hours celebration of the spooky! Make creepy crafts, mix scary concoctions in our science lab and take a tour of our haunted halls. This event is for 3rd-5th graders and their families (and may not be suitable for children under the age of 3). 

Location: Waterloo Public Library (1st floor meeting room)
Tickets: Free and no registration is required
Contact: 319-291-4476

Halloween ComicFest at The Core
October 28
10:00am - 4:00pm
The Core in Cedar Falls is more than a comic store and on Saturday, October 28, they'll host an event that's suitable for all ages. Receive one free comic book, get your photo taken with The Core's cast of characters between 10:00am and 2:00pm, meet guest artists and join the costume contest that begins at 1:00pm!   

Location: The Core, 1926 Valley Park Drive, Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Contact: 319-277-1835

Halloween ComicFest at Limited Edition Comics
October 28

Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles is holding their annual Halloween ComicFest October 28. Costume contest, a free comic book and discounts! 

Locations: Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles, 2225 College Street, Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Contact: 319-268-4094

Witches’ Walk
October 28
10:00am – 5:00pm
Ladies, shop downtown Cedar Falls for a bewitchingly good time during downtown’s 3rd 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

Frankentoy Workshop
October 28
Hearst Center and the Cedar Falls Public Library team up to present their first ever Frankentoy Workshop! Use broken toy parts and hot glue to create your own Frankentoy! Parent must attend with their child age 10 and younger and are welcome to attend with children age 11 and older. Registration required. 

Location:  524 Main Street, Cedar Falls Library Meeting Room
Tickets: FREE
Contact: 319-273-8643

Strolling with the Spirits
October 28
3:30pm and 7:00pm
Stroll down the paths of the Cedar Valley's past as actors bring local residents back to life. 2017 cast of characters include The 5 Sullivan Brothers & family, George Beck, Martin Blim, and Dr. John E. O'Keefe.

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

Teenie Halloweeenie Show with Bruce Day Rocks
October 29
SingleSpeed Brewing Co. in Waterloo and Bruce Day are teaming up for a free, family-friendly Halloween Bash that will include a costume parade, a ton of activities for the kiddos and live music from Bruce Day. Dress up in your favorite cosume and have some fun! 

Location: SingleSpeed Brewing Co. (Waterloo Taproom, 325 Commercial Street)
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-883-3604

wcfsymphony Concert: Gary Kelley’s Nachtmusik
October 29
wcfsymphony invites you to enjoy spooky music of Halloween, featuring a newly illustrated horror story by internationally-acclaimed artist Gary Kelley. 

Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Cedar Falls
Tickets: $31-$61/adult. $7.75/youth.
Contact: 319-273-3373

Vintage Hitchcock - A Live Radio Play
October 29
At dusk (approximately 7:00pm), doors open at 6:30pm
Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense's earlier films. With stories entitled The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature that comes complete with vintage commercials. Staged reading.

Location: Oster Regent Theatre
Tickets: $10 general seating 
Contact:  319-277-5283

Halloween Hoopla
October 30

This spooktacular Halloween-themed event will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt. Enjoy Dracula's Guide to the Orchestra, a concert for children of ALL ages. Costumes welcome! 

Location: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Great Hall
Tickets: Free and open to the public
Contact: 319-273-2024

Trick-or-Treating downtown Cedar Falls October 31
Trick-or-Treating downtown Cedar Falls (photo courtesy Cedar Falls Community Main Street)


Trick or Treat at Hy-Vee
October 21
Kids can trick-or-treat around the store, color and decorate a pumpkin and cookie. The first 100 kids will receive a free glow-in-the-dark bag! 

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

Trick-or-Treat and Art at the Hearst Center for the Arts
October 24
A family-friendly trick-or-treat in the scupture garden of the Hearst Center followed by Halloween art activities. 

Location: Hearst Center for the Arts, Cedar Falls
Tickets: $5/non-member, $3/member and children 2 and under enter free
Contact: 319-273-8641

Jack-o’-lantern Night
October 26
6:00pm – 7:30pm
The Waverly Chamber invites all the little ghosts and goblins to join the fun and fill their bags with treats provided by participating downtown merchants.

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

Trick-or-Treat at the Riverloop Farmer's Market
October 28

It's the last RiverLoop Farmers Market of the season and the kids can trick-or-treat the vendors. Face painting and a punch out game will be available.

Location: Riverloop Expo Plaza (460 Jefferson Street), Waterloo
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-404-0901

Trick-or-Treat at SCHEELS
October 28
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. For ages 4-12. 

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

Trick-or-Treat at the Cedar Falls Farmers Market
October 28
Shop for produce, handmade gifts, jewelry and baked goods and the kids can trick-or-treat from market vendors. 

Location: 3rd and Clay Streets
Tickets: Free
Contact: 641-858-6671

Trick-or-Treat Downtown Waterloo
October 28
Main Street Waterloo invites you to Trick-Or-Treat in Downtown Waterloo! With over 30+ businesses, free candy for kids and a Haunted House (located in the Black's Building), you will not want to miss this! This is a free, safe and fun event open to the public.

Location: downtown Waterloo
Tickets: Free 
Contact: 319-291-2038

Trick or Treat Downtown Cedar Falls
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

Trick-or-Treat at College Square Mall
October 31
Bring the little ones to trick-or-treat out of the elements!

Location: 6301 University Avenue, Cedar Falls
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-277-3636

Trick-or-Treat at Crossroads Center
October 31

Stay warm and trick-or-treat inside at the mall! Mr. Nick will be on the lower level making balloon amimals!

Location: 2060 Crossroads Blvd., Waterloo
Tickets: Free
Contact: 319-234-1788 

Citywide Trick-or-Treating

City of Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Evansdale, Hudson and Waverly 
October 31

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.  

Trick-or-Treat at the Cedar Falls Farmers Market

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