Things are beginning to go bump in the night, in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
The folks at the Circle of Ash Scream Park, now in its 13th year of scaring the yell out of area thrill-seekers, have found the rainbow after a June tornado scarred trees at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City.
“In some ways, the tornado made Frightmare Forest even scarier,” Mark Fuller, an owner and producer said in a recent news release. “The twisted, mangled trees have added an element that wasn’t there before. I am glad that we were able to make it safe for everyone but keep a lot of the damage.”
The attraction — which features the Circle of Ash haunted house, Frightmare Forest walk in the woods and Pandemonium, a fog-filled maze through a circus tent with clowns — also has faced the challenges of fairgrounds floods in September 2016 and the past June. That hasn’t scared the Halloween merrymakers away from their second year at the site.
“We feel like we are growing into our new home,” said Chelsea Haugh, another owner/producer. “We hope that 13 is lucky for us this year. We have 13 nights in our season, and we will be open Friday the 13th this year.”
New on the spooky scene is a “Monsters of the Night” parade through NewBo and Czech Village the evening of Oct. 27. If alleys are more your thing, The History Center is offering haunted alley walking tours on Oct. 10 and 24.
See the list below for details and more activities for ghouls and boys of all ages. If you don’t see your group’s activity in the list, feel free to add it to the calendar at HooplaNow.com
l MONSTERS OF THE NIGHT: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, inaugural Halloween parade through NewBo/Czech Village, Cedar Rapids. Entries due Oct. 11. Details: Facebook.com/CRHALLOWEENPARADE/
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l HALLOWEEN PARADE AND CARNIVAL: 6 p.m. Oct. 27, meet at Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City. Costumed participants of all ages invited to walk around the park and return to the aquatic center for a carnival with treats and games from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. No fee or registration required; kids must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled, but the carnival will still be held.
l CIRCLE OF ASH SCREAM PARK: Through Oct. 29, Linn County Fairgrounds, Central City. Times: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday; 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22, 26, 29. Features: Circle of Ash haunted house, Frightmare Forest and Pandemonium circus tent maze, plus extra attractions. Cost: $20, $35 fast pass; additional events at the door; Circleofash.com/tickets/
l SCREAM ACRES SCREAM PARK: 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, Bloomsbury Farm, 3260 69th St., Atkins. Features: four haunted attractions, including zombie-infested prison, haunted cornfield, slaughterhouse and Carnival Chaos clowns. Cost: $20 to $45, Screamacrespark.com
l GARRISON’S HAUNTED: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28, warehouse on Main Street, Garrison. Admission: $10; annual fundraiser for the Garrison Fire Department. Garrisonshaunted.com
l SCARY STORIES ON THE LAWN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids. For ages 16 and older, not children. Join Darrin Crow around the fire for an evening of stories that will have you looking over your shoulder into the dark woods. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; hot chocolate provided. Cost: $5 to $8. Registration required; Indiancreeknaturecenter.doubleknot.com/event/calendar/3421
l HAUNTED ALLEYS WALKING TOURS: 6 p.m. Oct. 10 and 24, 221 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join Mark Stouffer Hunter of The History Center to explore the dark side of downtown architecture. Hear stories of how alleys function as service and utility access and learn about secret Prohibition era business entrances and clever retail store designs. Wear alley-appropriate footwear. Cost: $7 or $5 for History Center members; Facebook.com/pg/HistoryLinnCoIA/events/
l OCTOBER FLASHLIGHT TOURS: 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 14 and 28, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31, Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion. Investigate The Granger House, carriage house and grounds (weather permitting) to see if you can experience its friendly ghosts. S.E.E. Paranormal will provide equipment; just bring a flashlight. Cost: $20, reservations required; children ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by parents or guardians, Grangerhousemuseum.org/programs—events
l BEYOND THE GRAVE 2017 Cemetery Walk: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15, departing every 30 minutes from Happy Hollow Park, 800 Brown St., Iowa City. Take a guided walk among the tombstones and meet some of Johnson County’s former residents Old St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City. Emerging from the night in period costume, actors will tell the tales of individuals buried at Old St. Joseph Cemetery. Free, donations accepted; parking and refreshments at Happy Hollow Park; Johnsoncountyhistory.org/event/annual-cemetery-walk/
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l HAUNTED HAPPENINGS: Downtown Iowa City: 5:45 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City. Date added for the Johnson County Historical Society’s 1.4 mile walking tours revealing the ghostly stories of four sites in downtown Iowa City. Two hourlong tours offered every half-hour, beginning at Old Brick; first tour starts at 6 p.m., last one departs at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5; reservations at Johnsoncountyhistory.org/events/
l WINE WITH THE WITCH: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19, Bloomsbury Farm, 3260 69th St., Atkins. Ladies’ night but guys welcome. Features: 7 p.m. hayrack ride, haunted attractions, wine-tasting and appetizers at the Corpse Cellar. Cost: $24.95, reservations required at Bloomsburyfarm.com/event/wine-witch-0
l HALLOWEEN DANCE: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20, First Baptist Church, 1260 29th St., Marion. Host: Rapid Eights Square and Round Dance Club. All dancers welcome; food provided. Cost: $5.
l HALLOWEEN PARTY: 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28, Millstream Brewing Co., 835 48th Ave., Amana. Features: costume contest, live music. Admission: Free. Millstreambrewing.com
l SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: 7 p.m. Fridays in October, Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion. Oct. 13: Gravestone Epitaphs and Art; Oct. 20: Jack the Ripper; Oct. 27: H.H. Holmes, Putting the Grangers in Danger, secrets of Chicago’s Murder House and the dapper Mr. Holmes. Cost: $10 per session, free for Granger members, Grangerhousemuseum.org/programs—events
l SEEKING THE PARANORMAL: 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion. Oct. 10: Tools of the Trade: A history of equipment used to investigate the paranormal, including several of the tools seen on TV shows today. By Sarah Hyatt. Cost: $10 public, $7 Granger members, Grangerhousemuseum.org/programs—events
l HALLOWEEN DANCE FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Belle’s Basix, 3916 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Costumes encouraged but not required; open to all people with disabilities age 18 and older, their families, friends and caregivers in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities. Free admission, $1 sodas, no alcohol served. In collaboration with To the Rescue’s day programming services.
l FRIGHTMARE BISCUIT HUNT: 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Cheyenne Park Off Leash Area, 1650 Cedar Bend Lane SW, Ely. Fundraiser, with Registration 1 to 1:30 p.m.; recall testing, 1 to 2 p.m.; costume contest, 1:30 p.m. (best dog costume and best dog/owner costume); biscuit hunt, 1:45 p.m. Cost: $5 cash or check; K9cola.org
l FRIDAY NIGHT SPOOKY SWIM: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Bender Pool, 940 14th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost: $6.
l SPECIAL POPULATIONS HALLOWEEN DANCE: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27, Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th St. NW, Cedar Rapids. The 26th annual Halloween fling with prizes for the best costumes. Cost: $5 at the door. Public welcome.
l HARVEST HAYRACK NIGHTS: SUNSET PUMPKINS: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, 25, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trl. NE, Cedar Rapids. Geared for families with young children but all ages welcome. Bring supper with; activities include hayrack rides, bonfire, simple craft; saloon open to buy popcorn and sarsaparilla. Event cost: $6 to $9. Cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/special_events.php
l HARVEST HAYRACK NIGHTS: NIGHT OWLS: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 18, 25, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trl. NE, Cedar Rapids. Features hayrack rides, bonfire with cocoa and marshmallows, craft. Saloon open for card games, with popcorn and sarsaparilla to buy. Event cost: $6 to $9. Cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/special_events.php
l THE ART OF CALLIGRAPHY: HALLOWEEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, Kirkwood Center for Lifelong Learning, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Learn how to create beautiful letter forms using a variety of tools and materials, then apply your new skills to make and address holiday cards, gifts and other projects. For all skill levels, ages 17 and up. Materials fee: $59; registration required at (319) 398-1022 or Kirkwood.edu/ce
l HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, Carpentry Lab, Kirkwood Continuing Education Training Center, 101 50th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Create yard art, pumpkin carvings, costumes. Cost: $80; some materials provided; bring own pumpkin, safety glasses, materials for personal projects. Registration required at (319) 398-1022 or Kirkwood.edu/ce
l PUMPKIN FAIRY GARDENS: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 12, B.R.E.A.T.H.E., 208 W. Main St., Anamosa. Make a pumpkin “fairy” house/garden or a Halloween-themed pumpkin. Cost: $25, includes large artificial pumpkin, moss, mini autumn decor and more. Space is limited; call (319) 481-1377.
l HALLOWEEN CANDLE HOLDER PAINTING: noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Kirkwood Community College, Horticulture/Floral Careers, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Paint a Halloween scene on a glass candle holder; all ages and levels welcome. Cost: $33; registration required at (319) 398-1022 or Kirkwood.edu/ce
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l WIRE-WRAPPED SPIDER: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21, Beadology Iowa, 220 E. Washington St., Iowa City. All ages invited to make a spider using Czech pressed glass beads and wire. Kids under age 8 should be accompanied by adult supervision. Cost: $48 for up to 3 people per family; Beadologyiowa.com/classes/
l SCARECROW WORKSHOPS: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 and 28, Culver’s Garden Center & Greenhouse, 1682 Dubuque Rd., Marion. Cost: $45, includes materials and instruction for painting a scarecrow on Oct. 15 and making a scarecrow topper on Oct. 28; Facebook.com/pg/CulversGarden/events/
l S.T.E.A.M. TRUNK OR TREAT: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, 2900 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Bounce house, treats, opportunities to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. All ages; Gslcr.org/
l ISU INSECT ZOO & HALLOWEEN EVENT: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon Oct. 14, Culver’s Garden Center & Greenhouse, 1682 Dubuque Rd., Marion. Insect Zoo; pumpkin hunt in the nursery; straw dig for candy; kids’ paint and plant workshop; character pumpkin silent auction (proceeds to Westfield Elementary Art Program). Cost: $8 per child, (319) 377-4195 or Facebook.com/pg/CulversGarden/events/
l PUMPKIN PAINTING PARTY: 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 21, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids. For all ages invited to paint pumpkins, sip cider and munch on monster snacks. Wear spooky, silly or kooky costumes; aprons available to help protect costumes. Cost: $5 per child; one adult free per paid child admission; supplies included in cost. Reservations due Oct. 20, Ncsml.org/event/pumpkin-painting-party/
l PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21, Poor Farm & Asylum, 4811 Melrose Ave., Iowa City. Carving kits, paint, pumpkin patterns and supplies provided; bring a pumpkin or carve one provided. Explore compost and worm wagon; dress to get muddy. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., bring your own plates, silverware and water bottle. Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) event, free and open to the public. Registration requested; Johnsoncountyhistory.org/event/tako-pumpkin-carving-party/
l SAFE HALLOWEEN FOR KIDS: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trl. NE, Cedar Rapids. Features trick-or-treating, games and costume contests. Cost: $7; registration encouraged, not required. Cedar-rapids.org/residents/parks_and_recreation/special_events.php
l TRUNK OR TREAT: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 27, North Liberty Community Library, 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty. Bring kids in costume to trick-or-treat with staff from city departments and local nonprofit organizations. Keepsake photos in story time room. Free, register at Eventbrite.com/e/trunk-or-treat-tickets-37222110334
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l LIBRARY HALLOWEEN PARTIES: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 540 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW. Kid-friendly; games galore, including Pin the brain on the zombie, Mummy 10 pin bowling and pumpkin golf. Take a spooky cookie walk and make a powerful potion to take home. If you’re feeling brave, stick your hand in boxes filled with Halloween horror: toes, brains and fingernails. Includes Halloween costume contest. All ages, free.
l HALLOWEEN STORY TIME: 11 a.m. Oct. 28, Barnes & Noble Bookseller, 333 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. Featuring “Mary McScary” by R.L. Stine and “Creepy Pair of Underwear” by Aaron Reynolds. Free; all ages.
l FALL FEST AT VETS: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29, Veterans Memorial Building, 50 Second Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids. Pumpkin carving/painting contest, first 100 kids in costumes receive a free, small pie-pumpkin to paint. Or bring your own pumpkin to carve; safe carving tools provided. Also: free activities, cookies, apple cider, fall-photo backdrops, costume parade at 3 p.m.
l TOT MONSTER MASH: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Mercer Park Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City. For ages 2 to 6 with parent or guardian. Come in costume for games, crafts, inflatables and more. No fee or registration required.
l TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE LIBRARY: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31, Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion. Small treats at the service desks all day.
l FILMSCREAM 2017: 8 p.m. Oct. 13, FilmScene, 118 E. College St., Iowa City. All-night horror marathon; six features, including “Friday the 13th Part 2”; midnight pizza, bottomless cup of coffee, breakfast, specialty drinks, prizes, keepsake; bring sleeping bag and pillow. Cost: $25 to $40, Icfilmscene.org/series-special-events/
l “RESISTANCE RADIO”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 to 21, Uptown Theatre, 221 First St. NE, Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon Lisbon Community Theatre is staging several radio plays: H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds,” Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Ray Bradbury’s “There will Come Soft Rains.” Cost: $5 at the door; Mvlct.com/event/resistance-radio/
l “DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE”: Oct. 20 to Nov. 11, Grandon Studio, Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE. An incessantly ringing cellphone in a quiet cafe. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man — with a lot of loose ends. Rated R. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $19 to $24, (319) 366-8591 or Theatrecr.org
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l FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS DOUBLE: 6 p.m. Oct. 27, inside NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. “Hocus Pocus,” 6 p.m., free. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8:30 p.m. to midnight, $15 advance, $20 door, includes props; Alisabeth Von Presley leads the audience participation; also costume contest, drinks and drink specials from NewBo Beer and Wine. Newbocitymarket.org/happening-here-2/
l “MURDER AT THE FOUR DEUCES”: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27, Della Viti Wine Lounge, 203 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. An interactive murder mystery event where guests are the characters in the murder mystery. It’s the “grand opening” of the Four Deuces Speakeasy, and New York crime boss “Toto” Tequila is rumored to be in town. What would warrant such a visit? Cost: $50, ages 21 and over; reservations at Dellaviticr.com
l “SHE KILLS MONSTERS”: Oct. 27 to Nov. 5, Iowa City Community Theatre at Johnson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall A, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd., Iowa City. A dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres and ’90s pop culture. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 to $19, door or Iowacitycommunitytheatre.org
l “THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW”: 11:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City. Get ready to do the Time Warp again with the film and Comics in Action. Costumes welcome; props provided, no outside props allowed. Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door, Comicsinaction.com