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Haunts & Happenings 2020

posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

2020 Haunts & Happenings


There’s a chill running up your spine? Is it the cold or is it the spooky happenings and haunts taking place to celebrate Halloween?!
 

HAPPENINGS

October 1 – 3, 2020
Lift up Local

Cedar Falls Downtown District
Lift up Local is about enjoying time with friends in the district while supporting local shops. This is a special VIP event with a limited amount of tickets ($30 each) that include a shopping tote, a downtown gift certificate and exclusive access to specials and gifts that will be available only during the event.  


October 3, 2020
Virtual Ceramic Jack-O-Lantern Workshop

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Hosted by the Hearst Center for the Arts
Have fun with your family making ceramic Jack-O-Lanterns from the comfort of your own home! An instructor will guide you as your family creates! Registration is required either online HERE or by calling 319-273-8641. Or, stop in at The Hearst to register. $20/family. 


October 4, 2020
Virtual FrankenSTEIN Workshop

1:00 - 3:30 pm
Hosted by the Hearst Center for the Arts
Bring to life to clay and make your very own stein for Halloween! Learn how to hand build the base form and experiment with sculptural features to complete your stein. An appointment with the Ceramic Lab Tech will be made to glaze your stein. Registration is required either online HERE or by calling 319-273-8641. Or, stop in at The Hearst to register. Fee: $25($22) + $5 clay fee
 

October 4, 2020
Fox Ridge Fall Festival
1:00 – 7:00 pm
Fox Ridge Winery in Traer
Fox Ridge Winery is planning another fun-filled event with activities for the entire family with games, food, Pumpkin Launching, a magician, hayrides and live music with Milk and Honey from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.


October 6, 2020
Fall Night Hike, Owls

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Story time and crafts will be held outdoors in the amphitheater followed by a hike in the timber from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Hike will include hills and stairs. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking/hiking and bring a flashlight/headlamp.
$7/family. Please REGISTER and let them know in the comments how many will attend. Individuals are welcome to register, too!
 

October 10, 2020
Fall Night Hike, Raccoons

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Story time and crafts will be held outdoors in the amphitheater followed by a hike in the timber from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Hike will include hills and stairs. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking/hiking and bring a flashlight/headlamp.
$7/family. Please REGISTER and let them know in the comments how many will attend. Individuals are welcome to register, too!
 

October 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2020
Virtual Haunted Library Tour

8:00 – 8:15 pm
Hosted by the Waterloo Public Library
If you dare, watch this four-part video series featuring unsuspecting patrons’ late night visits to the library…and whether other lingering guests are also visiting. The intended audience for this series is grades four and older. Parents may want to screen them first to be sure it’s suitable. Visit their Facebook page to find the video link.
 

October 12, 2020
Visiting the Beyond: A Paranormal Presentation

7:00 – 8:15 pm
Hosted by the Cedar Falls Public Library
Via Zoom, join paranormal expert, Curt Strutz, as he shares his photography and stories of our country’s most haunted places. Event is free and registration is required. Visit their Facebook event to find the registration link.
 

October 13, 2020
Glow in the Dark Craft and Nighttime Scavenger Hunt

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Bring your flashlights and dress appropriately for this scavenger hunt on the trails. You’ll crack codes and hunt for objects before time runs out. You’ll also have time to create a glow-in-the-dark decoration using stickers, paint and webs using a soy milk container. Registration is required and participants age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. $10/participant. The craft is also available as a to-go kit and also requires registration.   

October 17, 2020
Virtual Hocus Pocus Trivia

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hosted by the Cedar Falls Public Library
How well do you know Disney's Halloween classic movie, Hocus Pocus? Find out in this family-friendly Trivia contest via Zoom Meeting. Registration is required HERE and opens October 1.    
 

October 22, 2020
Halloween Hoopla CANCELLED

5:30 – 9:00 pm
Bien VenU Event Center, patios
It’s the first annual Halloween Hoopla at Bien Venu! Enjoy trunk-or-treating, games, crafts, food and music…all socially distanced and outside on the patios.
 

October 23, 2020
Art & Wine Halloween Canvas

6:30 - 8:00 pm
Waterloo Center for the Arts
Spend a Friday evening sipping wine and creating with friends…at an appropriate distance.
This will be a canvas pour. Class will be held outdoors if weather permits. Registration is required at 319-291-4490. Members: $16. Non-members: $20.


October 23, 24, 25, 29,30,31
Cedar Valley Art & Wine
Choose your painting based on the studio's calendar and create your own seasonal work of art! Cost varies by size and type of canvas. 


October 28, 2020
Virtual Tween Time: Halloween Movie Review
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Hosted by the Cedar Falls Public Library
Via Zoom Meeting, teens read scary stories and discuss the movies they chose to watch with their Movie Night Kits. Movie Night Kits can be reserved by calling or emailing the Youth Desk and can be claimed in the Library building or at their curbside pickup after registration. Ages 9-12, Digital, Registration Required HERE


October 29, 2020
Monster Mask Pop-up

5:30 - 6:30 pm
Hearst Center for the Arts
Fun for the entire family, stop in and make a child and/or adult monster mask. The fun will be set up on the front lawn! 
 

October 29, 2020
Fall Night Hikes, Bats

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Story time and crafts will be held outdoors in the amphitheater followed by a hike in the timber from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Hike will include hills and stairs. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes for walking/hiking and bring a flashlight/headlamp.
$7/family. Please REGISTER and let them know in the comments how many will attend. Individuals are welcome to register, too!


October 29, 2020
Costume Fun Run

6:00 - 9:00 pm
Runner's Flat
This will be a leisurely 5K starting at the Runner's Flat in Cedar Falls. There will be a costume contest, prizes, a treat from Chocolaterie Stam and complimentary beer from SingleSpeed Brewing. 


October 30, 2020
Hoots, Howls & Hisses Hike

5:30 pm
Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Hartman Reserve naturalists will lead participants on a hike through the woods to see if we any critters that are common during Halloween can be spotted. Reservations required. $3/person. Children 3 and under enter free. 


October 30, 2020
Live from the Archive: Spooky Sounds

7:00 pm
Hosted by the wcfsymphony
Join the wcfsymphony for a family-friendly version of "monstrous music"! This VIRTUAL event will feature Jason Weinberger as your host, offering spooktacular commentary to a variety of Halloween-themed, musical selections. Tune to their YouTube channel at 7:00 pm to catch the fun! 


October 31, 2020
Happy Haunts 5K Fun Run

9:00 - 10:00 am
Hosted by the Cedar Valley Sports Commission
This fun run begins in the Cedar Falls Downtown District. There's also a virtual run available.  COVID-19 precautions will be in place, too. This is a fun event where costumes are encouraged! Visit the link to find out how to register. 


October 31, 2020
Virtual Strolling with the Spirits

10:00 am
Hosted by the Grout Museum District
Reenactors will highlight voices of famous People of Color from Waterloo in this virtual version of Strolling with the Spirits. Registration required. $10. 


October 31, 2020
Halloween in Downtown Waterloo
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Although trick-or-treating isn’t included this year, kids can still enter the coloring contest, take a photo at the selfie station and enter a virtual costume parade.


 October 31, 2020
Virtual Spooky Tea Party
11:00 am - noon
Hosted by the Grout Museum District
Virtually, learn about the history of Halloween and take part in creepy activities. Registration required.


October 31, 2020
Halloween Party 

4:00 pm - midnight
There will be palm reading from 7:00 - 10:00 pm, a costume contest at 11:00 pm, dancing and drink special throughout the evening. 


October 31, 2020
Hallowild

Noon – 4:00 pm
Cedar Falls Motorsports Park
Racing and costume contest for kids and adults.


 

HAUNTS

Heartland Acres
September 25 - October 31, 2020

Harris Haven Funeral Home and Jakob’s Playhouse
October 2 – 31, 2020

Heart of Darkness
October 2 – 31, 2020

Haunted Hayride
October 10 - 31, 2020


 

CITYWIDE TRICK-OR-TREATING

OCTOBER 31, 2020

Cedar Falls
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Dyersville
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Evansdale
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Waterloo
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Waverly
5:00 – 7:30 pm

 

Want to find SCARECROWS, FALL ACTIVITIES and PUMPKIN PATCHES? Be sure to visit a Season of Scarecrows!
 

Discover more Things to Do, Places to Stay and Places to Eat & Drink while you’re in Cedar Falls. Stop by or call the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We’re located at 6510 Hudson Road our phone number is 800-845-1955. To find events taking place in the Cedar Valley, visit our online calendar at CedarValley365.com.
 

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