Halloween Activities in Des Moines

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halloween activities in Des Moines

Halloween is lurking just around the corner. There are tons of fun Halloween activities in Des Moines to keep your family in the spooky spirit all month long!

From trunk-or-treating to storytimes and inflatables, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Here is a list of some of our favorite places to get a little candy and let the kids run. After all, we might as well use those costumes as many times as possible.

Halloween Activities in Des Moines

October 17-20; October 24-27 | Night Eyes at the Blank Park Zoo
Thursday and Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Walkthrough a not-so-scary treat safari, gather sweet treats and learn more about supporting wildlife all while wearing your favorite costume! Cost is Zoo Member Rate – $5, Non-member Rate – $6, Advance Tickets – $4. 

October 17-20; October 24-27 | Family Halloween at Living History Farms
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Travel back in time to the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy trick-or-treating, games and wagon rides. Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Cost varies and tickets can be purchased online.

October 18 | Raccoon River Halloween Hoopla 
5:30 p.m.

Come to the Raccoon River Nature Lodge to decorate pumpkins and take a ride on the “Witch’s Wagon” around the lake. Before you go back out into the night, make skeleton s’mores.
$6 for ages 12 and up and $4 ages 2-11 under 2 years: FREE 

October 19 | Polk County Candy Crawl, Grimes South Sports Complex
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This family-friendly event includes trick or treating, bounce houses, face painting, and law enforcement demonstrations. 

October 19-20 | Spirits in the Garden, Reiman Gardens
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday
4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday
Wear your favorite costume and come trick-or-treat at Reiman Gardens. Stay into the evening to view 1,000 hand-carved Jack-O-Lanterns lit against the night sky. Tickets are $3-$6. 

October 21 | Halloween Sock Hop, Johnston Public Library
5:30 p.m. to 6: 15 p.m.: This is a sensory-friendly trick-r-treating experience. Enjoy a delicious treat, take pictures at the photo booth, and visit with TheraPets from the Animal Rescue League. RSVPs appreciated.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wear your costume and join us for trick or treating throughout the library. Enjoy a delicious treat and take pictures in the photo booth. RSVPs appreciated.

October 21—23  | The Great Pumpkin Party at Valley Church
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (October 21 is Families with Special Needs Night)
Wear your non-scary costumes and enjoy giant inflatables, pony rides, carnival games, free popcorn, and more! Take pictures with the Iowa League of Heroes and your favorite princesses. Enjoy an evening indoors with the entire family. All are invited to this FREE event!

October 24 | Homemakers Trick-or-Treat Night 
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Show off your costumes and fill your bags with fun toys, treats, and goodies all while enjoying the warmth of a cozy indoor atmosphere at Homemakers Furniture. Cost is free!

October 24 | Halloween in Uptown, Ankeny
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Capture the small-town feel of Uptown Ankeny as kids trick or treat at local businesses.

October 24 | Trunk-r-Treat, Urbandale Police Department
Enjoy a safe and fun “trick or treating” event complete with plenty of treats, Halloween Trail, dance party, and much more! The event is hosted by the Urbandale Police Department and Urbandale Public Library. Food donations for the Urbandale Food Pantry will be accepted at the event.

October 25 | Halloween Party, Des Moines Children’s Museum
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Visit Des Moines Children’s Museum for a Halloween party! Wear your costume and enjoy activities, games, crafts, cookie decorating, Halloween music, and more! The regular exhibits will be open for play too. Admission is $4.50 for kids ages 1-10.

October 26 | Salisbury House Mysteries of the Castle Children’s Halloween Party
10 a.m.
Kids are welcome to come in costume and enjoy trick or treating, interactive activities, face painting, storytelling, live children’s entertainment, and more!
$5 per person and tickets can be purchased online.

October 26 | Spooky Science at the Science Center of Iowa
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet SCI’s creepy crawler critters, enjoy live experiments and trick-or-treat around the Science Center for candy and prizes. Wear your costume and enjoy $1 off your Science Center Tuition.

October 26 | Grimes Halloween Fest Grimes Community Complex 410 SE Main Street
4 p.m.
Enjoy caricatures, inflatables, a family-friendly maze, and candy. All attendees are encouraged to come in family-friendly costumes. 
$1 per person or $5 max per family (Ages 2 and Under are FREE).

October 27 | East Village Spooky Paws Parade
1 p.m.
Why should humans get to have all the fun? Bring your fur baby dressed to impress! Sponsored by Jett and Monkey’s, the Spooky Paws Parade is free for all. Enjoy a fun walk down the parade route and participate in the animal costume contest.

October 27 | Pumpkin Walk at Valley Junction
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wear a costume and journey through historic Valley Junction. There will be activities for the entire family and the cost is free.

October 30 | Indoor Beggars Night & Halloween Fall Fest, Merle Hay Mall
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Stay warm and trick-r-treat inside the mall. Then bounce off all the sugar with a stop at Hop-A-Lot’s Halloween Fall Fest. Jumpers who arrive in costume will get $1 off admission. In addition to the regular inflatables, there will be games, candy stations, and a festive photo opp. 

October 31 | Clive Public Library Halloween Hop
6:15 p.m.
The Halloween spirit has taken over the librarians at the Clive Public Library. Bring your little ones dressed in costume and dance the night away. No need to say, “Shhh” this time, it’s a party! Register online or call 515-453-2221.

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.

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