7 Haunted Houses in Des Moines



Haunted houses come around but once a year and the time is now! Get your heart rate up with some thrills, chills, creepies, and crawlies.

In the Des Moines metro, there are several options both indoors and out to enjoy the spooky side of Halloween. Grab your older kids or book a babysitter for the night and get your scare on!

7 Haunted Houses in Des Moines

The Slaughterhouse

Where: 500 Locust St

When: Weekends in October, times vary

Admission: $25 – $30, advance tickets required

Features: A local favorite takes scary to a whole new level, literally. Now located in a massive subterranean lair, you can be sure they’ll take advantage of the darkness below.

Ames Haunted Forest

Where: 1400 S 4th St, Ames

When: Weekends in October, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Admission: $25

Features: Take a nighttime walk through these woods if you dare. The added element of the outdoors creates an extra chill during fall nights, just beware of what lurks behind the trees.

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park

Where: 4051 Dean Avenue

When: Weekends in October, times vary

Admission: $28 – $48

Features: With features like Nightmare’s Funeral Home, Castle of Blood, Terror in the Trees, and new this year, The Island of Dr. Demonik, you are sure to get a good scare or two in.

Scare DSM

Where: 97 Indiana Ave

When: Weekends in October, 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Admission: $25 – $45

Features: Fear returns this fall in an abandoned paint factory and promises to bring new thrills. Opt for the VIP experience where you are able to view and scare other patrons as they make their way through the attraction.

Linn’s Haunted House

Where: 3805 6th Avenue

When: Weekends in October, hours vary

Admission: $20

Features: In its 38th year at this former supermarket you can crawl through several claustrophobia-inducing tunnels. Also, watch out for spider webs and flying insects and while trying not to get crushed by moving walls!

Phantom Fall Fest

Where: Adventureland

When: Weekends in October, hours vary

Admission: $34.99 and up

Features: When the sun goes down, the Phantom takes screams to the extreme with four haunted houses and three scare zones. Creepy characters create hair-raising haunts as they prowl the park after dark.

Bonus – Villisca Ax Murder House

Where: 508 E 2nd St., Villisca

When: Year-round, Tuesday-Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission: $5 – $10 for day tours

Features: Take a little drive down to Villisca in southwest Iowa for not technically a haunted house or is it? This scene of a gruesome crime in 1912 provides daily tours or for the true-crime enthusiast, you can spend the night!

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