Get your haunt on in Eastern Iowa
Corridor full of Halloween parties, haunted houses, pumpkin patches and more
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October is upon us, and the Corridor is getting ready for Halloween with hauntings galore.
Local haunted house Circle of Ash won't be open this year. The owners report they're taking the year off to change locations and add additional frightening features.
But never fear — there are plenty of other options to keep you scared this season. From haunted houses to pumpkin patches, from scarecrows invasions to monster bashes, we've got you covered.
Don't see your spooky event here? With more than three weeks until Halloween, there's still time to get the word out. Enter the information at hooplanow.com/events.
Garrisons Haunted: Main Street, Garrison; 7 to 11 p.m. October 16, 17, 23 and 24; Garrison firefighters host a haunted house to raise funds for purchase of equipment; $10; garrisonshaunted.com.
Marengo Haunted Barn: 802 W. Main St., Marengo; Fridays and Saturdays in October; $8, $1 off with non-perishable food donation; lights on for children 6:30 to 7 p.m.; lights off 7 p.m. to midnight; Marengohauntedbarn.com
Scream Acres: Bloomsbury Farms, 3260 69th St., Atkins; 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October; haunted cornfield and two indoor haunts; $20; Screamacresmaze.com
Scarecrow Trail: Find scarecrows along 220th Trail in the Amana Colonies, runs through end of October; map available at Amana Colonies Visitor's Center, 622 46th Ave., Amana.
Harvest Hayrack Rides: Usher's Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE, Cedar Rapids; 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7; take a hayrack ride through the valley, gather around the bonfire with cocoa and to roast marshmallows, make a craft and play cards in the saloon, with popcorn and sarsaparilla available for purchase; $5 to $9; (319)-286-5763, www.crrec.org.
Pumpkin Fest: St. John XXIII Catholic Church, 8100 Roncalli Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids; Oct 10 and 11; Barbecue tailgate event, silent auction dinner, 5K and 1 mile walk/run; www.pumpkinfestsignup.com.
Fall Family Day: Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11; nature scavenger hunts at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. and create scarecrow for Brucemore's Scarecrow Invasion; for ages 6 to 10 and adults; $5 to $10; register at (319) 362-7375 or Brucemore.org.
Scarecrow Invasion: Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 to 27; individuals and groups invited to purchase a scarecrow armature from Brucemore, decorate it and install it on the estate. Contestants can install scarecrows October 9 to 12 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. $15 to decorate a scarecrow; free to visit the scarecrows; (319) 362-7375, Brucemore.org.
Scarecrow Workshop: Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 17 and 24 and 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 18; (319) 362-7375 or Brucemore.org.
Halloween Party: Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 24; come early at 9:15 to see Indiana Bones or catch his 11:15 performance after the party; Ladd Library Party, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31; www.crlibrary.org.
Halloween Party: Ely Public Library, 1595 Dows St., Ely; 2 p.m. Oct. 24; spooky story, craft, snack, costume parade; www.ely.lib.ia.us.
Halloween Storytime: Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30; www.hiawathalibrary.com.
Halloween Monster Mash Bash: Kids First Gymnastics, 4601 Sixth St. SW Suite A, Cedar Rapids; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30; costume contest, dancing, Halloween-inspired games, crafts, pizza; for ages 5 to 14; $25; www.kids1stgym.com.
Peck's Fall Fun Day: Peck's Flower and Garden Center, 3990 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids; 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18; kids can trick-or-treat through the nursery, garden center and flower shop; face painting, games, hayrides and other activities; free; non-perishable food donations for Linn Community Food Bank accepted.
Trunk or Treat: Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 Highway 151 W., Walford; 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18; trunk-or-treating in the church parking lot with a maze, hayrack ride, activities, crafts and beverages; free; www.tlcwalford.com.
Safe Halloween: Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE, Cedar Rapids; 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25; trick-or-treating, games, costume contests; bring a decorated pumpkin for the jack-o'-lantern contest; $7; (319)-286-5763, www.crrec.org.
Bart's Farm and Pumpkin Patch: 7307 Alburnett Rd., Marion; open 5 to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; pony rides 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free admission, $7 pony rides; (319) 373-2633.
Bass Farms: 1325 Highway 30 W., Mount Vernon; open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; free admission; (319) 895-6480, www.bassfarms.org.
Bloomsbury Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch: 3260 69th St., Atkins; open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; corn mazes, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hayrides, family activities; $8.50 to $12; www.bloomsburyfarm.com.
Colony Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: 2780 S. Front St., North Liberty; open 4 to dark Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to dark Saturday and Sunday; flashlight maze 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $5 to $6; www.colonypumpkinpatch.com.
Kacena Pumpkin Patch: 2510 55th St., Vinton; open 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends; (319) 210-2218; www.facebook.com/KacenaPumpkinFarm.
Kroul Farm and Gardens: 245 Highway 1 S., Mount Vernon; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; fall decorations, pumpkins, corn maze; (319) 895-8944; kroulfarms.com.
Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz: 16359 170th Ave., Monticello; 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; animals, games, kids activities, mazes; $3 on weekdays, $5 on weekends; (319) 480-2874; pumpkinpatchpizzazz.com.
Pumpkin Fest at Sass Family Farms: 3060 160th St., Riverside; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11; hayrack rides, straw and corn maze, haunted barn, corn jump, fresh baked goods, fright forest, petting zoo, crafts and antiques, games for kids, playground, live music and more; free; pumpkin patch also open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in October; free admission; (319) 648-3788.
Pumpkin Fest at Wilson's Orchard: 2924 Orchard Lane NE, Iowa City; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18. Pumpkin patch also open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in October; free admission; (319) 354-5651; www.wilsonsorchard.com.
Spooks, Spirits and Things that Go Bump in the Night: Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9; $2 to $5; www.grangerhousemuseum.org.
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe: Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 24; reservations required; $5 to $10; www.grangerhousemuseum.org.
Jack-O'-Lantern Workshop: The Ceramics Center, Suite 117, the Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17; make a Jack-o'-lantern from clay; kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult; $12 to $15; www.theceramicscenter.org.
Ushers Scary: Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trail NE, Cedar Rapids; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24; candlelight guided tour to celebrate All Hallow's Eve; ages 15 and up; $13; (319)-286-5763, www.crrec.org.
Spooky Tubas: Coralville Public Library, 1401 Fifth St., Coralville, Schwab Auditorium; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24; costumed guests from the University of Iowa's Tuba-Euphonium studio, Collegium Tubum, will perform; www.coralvillepubliclibrary.org.
Halloween Haunted Alley Tour: 6 p.m. Oct. 29; meet at corner of Third Ave. SE and Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids to explore the dark side of downtown architecture; led by the History Center's historian Mark Stoffer Hunter; wear alley-appropriate footwear and bring a flashlight; $6 to $9; historycenter.org.
Halloween Decorations Family Workshop: The Ceramics Center, Suite 117, the Cherry Building, 329 10th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31; decorate festive tombstone to personalize your front yard; kids 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult; $12 to $15; www.theceramicscenter.org.
Hardly Horror Film Series: Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Whipple Auditorium; 7 p.m.; free; “Young Frankenstein,” Oct. 15; “Gremlins,” Oct. 22; “Beetlejuice,” Oct. 29.
Monday Movie Classics — “Psycho”: Marion Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion, Meeting Room B; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19; free; coffee and doughnuts provided.
Kids Halloween Movies: Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Children's Programming Room; 1 to 1:30 p.m.; free; bring snacks, pillows, blankets; “It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Oct. 24: “Halloween Is Grinch Night,” Oct. 31.
“Phantom of the Opera”: Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; 8 p.m. Oct. 30; silent movie featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ; $10; (319) 366-8203 or Paramounttheatrecr.com.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show”: Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; midnight screening, doors open 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31; $16 to $20; (319) 688-2653 or Englert.org; includes prop bags, no outside props permitted; costume contest and prizes Oct. 31.
“The Weir”: Theatre Cedar Rapids, 102 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids, Grandon Studio; Oct. 16 to Nov. 7. In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own. Times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays (Oct. 23 is sold out). Tickets: $15 to $23; (319) 366-8591, theatrecr.org.
“Dial M for Murder”: Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion; Oct. 16 to Nov. 1. When murder calls, hang up. As in the Hitchcock thriller, Tony is convinced his wife is having an affair and plans what must surely be the perfect murder — until it falters in the most unexpected way. Claustrophobic and frightening, it's a brilliant and erotic tale of betrayal, passion and ultimately, murder. Times: 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $16 to $26; (319) 213-7956, Givingtreetheater.com.
“The War of the Worlds”: Iowa Theatre Artists Company, 4709 220th Trail, Amana; Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. Concert theater performance of the Oct. 30, 1938, program that sent the American Radio Broadcasting audience into mass panic. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20; (319) 622-3222 or at the door; Iowatheatreartists.org.
Bloody Body Murder and Scavenger Hunt: Periwinkle Place Manor Bed and Breakfast, 704 Main St., Chelsea; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10; the only Halloween event hosted by 2-Jo's Farm this year, this murder mystery dinner will feature unusual food and a townwide hunt for clues; Killer Karaoke after-party included in admission; reservations required; $35; (319) 551-3660.
Tripp Foundation Monster Ball: Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City; 6 p.m. Oct. 22; the Tripp Foundation provides support and advocacy for children with kidney disease.; semiformal attire and mask preferred but not required; meal catered by PHAT Daddy's, dancing, silent auction and guest speaker Dr. Patrick Brophy from the University of Iowa department of Pediatric Nephrology; $50; www.facebook.com/TRIPPFoundation.
Wine with the Witch: Bloomsbury Farms, 3260 69th St., Atkins; 7 p.m. Oct. 22; wine, appetizers and haunted attractions; $24.95; reservation required; www.bloomsburyfarm.com.
Metro North Rotary Zombie Prom — Hollywood is Dead: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 Second Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids; 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Oct. 24; guests encouraged to dress as their favorite deceased Hollywood celebrity for an adult evening of music, dancing and entertainment; fundraiser for Metro High School and the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Rapids; $25; www.metronorthrotary.org.
Halloween Extravaganza: Shores Event Center, 700 16th St. NE, Suite L100, Cedar Rapids; 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31; costumes encouraged; tickets include entertainment, snacks and two drinks; $40 to $50; www.shoreseventcenter.com.
Longbranch Monster Bash: Best Western Plus Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center, 90 Twixt Town Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 31; Slap & Tickle plays in the Grand Ballroom and DJ Tyler Ryder plays in Kitty's Lounge in this American Cancer Society benefit; drink specials, complimentary appetizers, cash prize costume contest; free, donations encouraged; www.thelongbranch.com.
Sources: Hooplanow.com, municipal and organization websites. Diana Nollen and Elizabeth Zabel contributed reporting.