Don’t make any sudden moves at the haunted houses in Iowa 2013. The ghosts are always keeping their hawk eyes on you. Actually you might also want to avoid the vampires, walking dead, clowns, and werewolves that stay in the haunted houses. Walk slowly or run fast. Keep hand gestures to a minimum. And be prepared to hide in the corn fields should you be chased from the Iowa haunted house.
Cedar Rapids Haunted Houses
There’s no doubt in my mind that the city which was once home to Ashton Kutcher. In 2013 it has more than a few ghosts running around.
Circle of Ash is the haunted house in the West Medical District of Cedar Rapids which puts on three haunted attractions over the course of the year. Circle of Ash Haunted Attraction is located at 412 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401. They have provide 13 years of fear for the community. The attraction runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 4th through the 27th plus the dates of the 31st. Doors open at 8 pm and close at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 10pm on the other nights. Tickets at the gate are $11.
At Scream Acres, two indoor haunts and a haunted corn maze await you in Atkins, west of Cedar Rapids. Scream Acres is located at 3260 69th Street, Atkins, Iowa 52206. Enjoy Curtain Chaos, Dred Shed, and the Haunted Corn Field. The open dates are October 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th. Visit between the hours of 7 pm to 11 pm. Tickets are $20.
Harris Haven Funeral Home - 3767 Lafayette Rd., Evansdale, IA 50707
Nothing is more frightening than a funeral home and demented caretaker. Tickets to Harris Haven are $13. It is open from 7 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on Sunday. The attraction is open October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, and 25-31.
Dark Chambers - 121 E. 4th Street, Dubuque, IA
Now in it’s third season Dark Chambers brings terror to the city of Dubuque. Tickets are $10. The attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th through November 2nd plus the 24th, 27th, and 31st. The attraction runs a full scare from 7 pm until 11 pm. They operate a lighted scare attraction from 6 pm to 7 pm for $5.
Des Moines Haunted Houses
As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines has played a critical role in burying the hopes of more than a few presidential candidates. Their spirits remain in the vicinity of Des Moines, which has five haunted houses.
The Slaughterhouse - 1300 Metro East Drive, Suite 126, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
The Slaughterhouse attraction is connected with the separate attraction Zombie’s House of Horror. They are at the same address. You will buy separate $12 tickets. Both attractions run on Friday and Saturday from October 4th through the 26th plus Halloween night. Times are 8 pm to midnight.
The Haunted Barn - 3215 SE 72nd Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021
Tickets for the Haunted Barn are $15 for every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through October 27th plus Halloween night. Doors open at 8 pm.
Sioux City Haunted Houses
The only fatality during the two and a half year Lewis and Clark expedition happened in Sioux City. Though we aren’t sure if the soul of Sergeant Charles Floyd haunts the area, there are more than a few haunted attractions for you to visit.
Scare Central operates Nightmare on 4th Street at 1227 4th Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51101. Fear Factory at the same address and Scare Central at 1592 Charles Avenue, Lawton, Iowa 51030. All three attractions have $9 ticket price each. Nightmare on 4th and Fear Factory are open on Friday and Saturday September 27th and 28th plus Sunday nights all through October 2013. Additional nights include the 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. Doors are open from 6:30 pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Spencer Iowa Jaycees Haunted House - 507 Grand Avenue, Spencer, Iowa
Nightmare on Main Street runs on October 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th from 8 pm to midnight. It runs from 7 pm to 10 pm on Halloween night. This is an all volunteer charity haunted house doing good work for the community and highly rated scare attraction.
Davenport Haunted Houses
Davenport lies on the mighty Mississippi river, which frequently attempts to flood Davenport and wash its dead downstream. As such, the ghosts are a hardy sort and these haunted houses should only be visited by the bravest living creatures. The largest of the Quad Cities, thrill seekers should also check out haunted houses in Illinois – specifically Moline.
Haunted Carter Farms - 28322 Great River Road, Princeton, Iowa
Haunted Carter Farms is advertised as the Original Haunted Corn Field Maze. It has been in operation for over 16 years. Tickets are $12. The attraction is open every Friday and Saturday from October 4th through the 26th plus Halloween night. The times are 7 pm to 10:30 pm.
Field of Screams - 2991 Blue Diamond Rd. SW, Iowa City, IA
This is a haunted corn maze put on by the Iowa City Coraville Jaycees. Tickets are $8. The open hours are 7:30 pm until 11 pm. The dates are Friday and Saturday, October 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.
Garrison’s Haunted – Main St, Garrison, Iowa
The Garrison Fire Department sponsors a haunted mansion for four nights in 2013 (October 18-19 and October 25-26) between 7 and 11 pm. Admission is $8. Proceeds go towards equipment for the firefighters. Garrison is located between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.
Napoleon’s famed defeat happened in Europe, but Napoleon’s ambitious plans for world conquest surely mean the ghosts of him and his soldiers occasionally travel to Waterloo, Iowa, to scare those who would mock his greatness.
The Heart of Darkness - 5111 Osage Road, Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Heart of Darkness is 20 minutes of absolute fright through a 22,000 square foot field haunt. It features a monster midway with games and entertainment. It will open every Friday and Saturday from October 4th to November 2nd plus the nights of the 13th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, and 31st. Doors open at 7 pm. Buy your tickets online and save. Tickets online are $20.
Panic Park Haunted House – 5932 North Union Road, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Panic Park is open Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th to the 26th plus the 17th, 24th, 27th, and 31st. Sunday the attraction is open from 7 pm to 10 pm. Friday and Saturday nights close at 11 pm.
Malvern (near Omaha)
Malvern was established as the village of Milton in 1869. But they didn’t do their research, and it was discovered that there was already a Milton, Iowa. Malvern’s early residents have never been able to rest due to the embarrassment from their mistake.
Gateway of Chaos - 1605 Main Street, Malvern, Iowa 51551
Ticket are $9 and includes free parking. Gateway of Chaos is rated one of Iowa’s best haunted houses. It is open October 5th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th from 8 pm to 11 pm.
More Haunt Attractions
Nightmare on 3rd Street - 105 E. 3rd Street, Ottumwa, IA Tickets are $6. The dates are October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th.
The Bloody Barn - Cass County Fairgrounds, Atlantic, Iowa Tickets are $7. Attraction is open from 7 pm until 10 pm on Friday and Saturday October 11th through 26th plus Halloween night. This is a non-profit attraction based on the fear of the unknown. What lies around the corner or behind the door. Find the zombie, psycho clown, mass murderer, crawling critter, or chainsaw.
The D and D Ranch Haunted Hike - 2532 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, Iowa Tickets are $8. The dates are October 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, and 31st.
Thrashers House of Terror - 405 E. Thrashers Road, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa 52641 Thrashers House of Terror is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from October 3rd to October 31st.
List of Haunted Houses In Iowa 2013
- Circle of Ash – 412 7th Avenue Southeast, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
- Scream Acres Maze – Atkins, IA
- Garrisons Haunted
- Sleepy Hallows Haunted Scream Park – Des Moines, IA
- The Slaughterhouse – Pleasant Hill, IA
- The Haunted Barn – Ankeny, IA
- Zombies House of Horror – Pleasant Hill, IA
- The Asylum Haunted House – Indianola
- Rockwell City Haunted House – Rockwell City, IA
- Nightmare on 4th Street – Sioux City, IA
- Fear Factory – Sioux City, IA
- Haunted Forest – Lawton, IA
- Scarecrow Farm – Lawton, IA
- Briar Cliff Haunted Tunnels – Sioux City, IA
- Spencer Iowa Jaycees Haunted House – Spencer
- Haunted Carter Farms – Princeton, IA
- The Heart of Darkness – Waterloo, Iowa
- Harris Haven Funeral Home – Waterloo, IA
- Panic Park Haunted House – Cedar Falls, Iowa
- Gateway of Chaos – Malvern, Iowa
More Haunted Attractions
In some instances, the nearest haunted house to you may be in another state. If you find yourself by the border, or that is where the closest big city is, there should be a haunted house there worth visiting. I’ve located these other states with haunted attractions for you to also view in addition to the Iowa haunted houses.
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