Beggar’s night (October 30) may be the traditional time to celebrate Halloween, but you can find events and activities all month long in Des Moines and the surrounding areas.
Whether you are looking for an adult-only event or something for the whole family, make the most of those costumes around town. You can never have too much candy, right? Or at least, you can never have too much fun!
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Halloween Events around Des Moines
October 1, 8, 22, 29 | Sherman Hill Ghost Stories Tour
Cost: $15-$25 depending on group size
This is a spooktacular date night idea or group outing! Follow a local guide on a walking tour of Sherman Hill and hear stories of unsolved murders and grave robberies.
October 14-17 and 21-24 | Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo
5 pm. to 7 p.m.
Roam through enchanted lighting displays, a merry-not-scary treat safari, and enjoy live entertainment and games, all while learning more about and supporting wildlife. Advance ticket purchase suggested.
October 15-17 and 22-24 | Family Halloween at Living History Farms
Fridays: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sat/Sun: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Enjoy a fun trick-or-treating experience through the historic businesses in Living History Farms’ 1876 town of Walnut Hill. There will also be games and horse-drawn wagon rides. To ensure social distancing, purchase your tickets ahead of time online.
October 16-17 | Spirits in the Garden at Reiman Gardens
5 p.m to 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 and up
See amazing Jack-O-Lanterns, visit the Candy Factory, and enjoy a magic show! A local community group will be selling prepackaged snacks and warm drinks as a fundraiser near Lake Helen. Advanced tickets are required with a specific entry time window.
October 17 | Spooky Science at SCI
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $11.00, free for members
Enjoy spooky, science-y, and SAFE Halloween fun. There will be hair-raising experiments, creepy-crawly critters, and tons of other spooky programming. Advanced tickets are required for one of two timeslots.
October 23 | 10th Annual Bondu Spook-Tacular
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Head up to Bondurant for a fun and safe Trick-or-Treat opportunity with a costume contest and donut eating contest! There will also be games, activities, and candy for the little ones.
October 24-27 | The Great Pumpkin Party at Valley Church
6 p.m to 8 p.m.
Wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, barrel train rides, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! Plus October 24 is a special night for families with special needs.
October 24 | Valley Junction Pumpkin Walk
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Join the Halloween fun as children show off their costumes and travel through Historic Valley Junction. Trick-or-treating, free pumpkins (while supplies last), balloons and bubbles, and hayrack rides.
October 29 | Halloween Zoo Brew at Blank Park Zoo
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $9, free for members
This adult-only event features music by The Punching Pandas, delicious seasonal brews, lighted displays throughout the zoo, costume contests, a haunted train ride experience, and adult brews trick or treating.
October 30 | Spooky Spider with Jester Park Nature Center
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Spiders and Halloween go hand and hand. Get to know these fascinating animals, including their unique adaptations and the important role they play in ecosystems. You’ll even get to meet the Jester Park Nature Center’s resident spider. Registration required.
Find more Halloween and fall activities here.
What are your favorite Halloween activities? Let us know if we missed anything!
We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.