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Halloween parades, haunted houses, festivals and more in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area

Encore Entertainment’s scary clown-theme float travels down Third Street SE during the 2018 NewBo/Czech Village Halloween Parade in Cedar Rapids. This year’s parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 along the same route. (The Gazette photo)
Encore Entertainment’s scary clown-theme float travels down Third Street SE during the 2018 NewBo/Czech Village Halloween Parade in Cedar Rapids. This year’s parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 along the same route. (The Gazette photo)

It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Halloween. Here are just some of the events designed to keep you hopping. Some might even scare the yell right out of you. For more haunted happenings, go to HooplaNow.com

PARADES

CEDAR RAPIDS: Theme: Things That Go Bump in the Night: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Halloween parade through NewBo/Czech Village, Cedar Rapids. Awards ceremony: 8:15 p.m., NewBo Market stage. crmainstreet.org

IOWA CITY HALLOWEEN PARADE AND STEAM CARNIVAL: 6 p.m. Oct. 25, meet at Mercer Park and Aquatic Center, 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City. icgov.org/news/steam-halloween-trick-or-treat-parade-and-carnival-coming-mercer-park

HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

CIRCLE OF ASH: Misery Loves Company, 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays to Nov. 2, 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 and 31, Circle of Ash Scream Park, Linn County Fairgrounds, 201 Central City Rd., Central City. Three haunted attractions, rides, escape rooms and on-site concessions. Tickets: $25; $37 fast pass; on-site or circleofash.com

GARRISON’S HAUNTED: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26; follow signs to this Main Street warehouse in Garrison. Tickets: $10; garrisonshaunted.com. Garrison firefighters fundraiser.

NEVERMOOR: The 5th Realm: Through Nov. 2; 6 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, Sundays, 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays; inside Lindale Mall’s First Avenue entrance, 4444 First Ave. NE, Suite 0001, Cedar Rapids. Three haunted attractions, each about 15 minutes. Interactive, theatrical tales of the macabre. Cost: $25; enterthe5threalm.com/about/

SCREAM ACRES: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, Bloomsbury Farm, 3260 69th St., Atkins. Ticket packages: $20.95 to $46.95, on-site or screamacrespark.com

PROGRAMS

FLASHLIGHT TOUR: 9 p.m. to midnight Oct. 26, Granger House and Museum, 970 10th St., Marion. Led by experienced paranormal investigators. Cost: $20; grangerhouse.org

MUSIC IN THE MANSION TOUR: HALLOWEEN EDITION: 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Brucemore, 2160 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids. Halloween selections on the 1929 Skinner player pipe organ. Cost: $10 ages 6 to 18, $15 adults.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES: 7 p.m. Fridays in October, Granger House Museum, 970 10th St., Marion. Oct. 18: Jason Haxton and the Dibbuk Box; Oct. 25: Grave Robbers tales. Cost: $10, grangerhouse.org

KIDS/YOUTHS

BILINGUAL STORY TIME: FELIZ HALLOWEEN: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. Cost: Free. Spanish Creative Writing MFA graduate Angela Pico Pinto will lead kids in books, rhymes and songs in both languages. Icpl.org/events/22791/bilingual-storytime-feliz-halloween

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DRAG STORY TIME & COSTUME BALL: 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. Cost: free. Halloween-themed story time with local drag queens and kings. Wear costumes or dress-up clothes; rainbow pumpkin Halloween crafts afterward. Cost: free. icpl.org/events/23417/drag-storytime-costume-ball

HALLOWEEN PARTY: 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. Tour the Mad Scientist’s lab. events.crlibrary.org/event/2934048

MAD SCIENTIST PARTY & TRICK-OR-TREAT: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27, Mississippi River Discovery Center, 350 E. Third St., Dubuque. Live animal programs, trick-or-treating, science experiments, face painting, crafts for ages 12 and under and families. Costumes encouraged. Cost: $4 members, $5 ages 3 and up, at the door or rivermuseum.com/events

OZOBOT PLAYTIME: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. Cost: Free. Design a Halloween costume for an Ozobot and draw a spooky trail for him to follow. Register at (319) 261-7323 or crlibrary.org events page.

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31, Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. For ages 3 to 5 and their siblings. Wear costumes or borrow items from a costume stash. Admission: Free. icpl.org/events/15070/preschool-halloween-dance-party

SAFE HALLOWEEN FOR KIDS: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trl. NE, Cedar Rapids. Old-fashioned Halloween event includes trick-or-treating, games and costume contests. Admission: $7 per trick-or-treater; registration encouraged, not required, at (319) 286-5566.

TEEN PARANORMAL LOCK-IN: 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18, Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave. For middle school and high school students. Costumes are encouraged. Register at marionpubliclibrary.org/calendar/teen-paranormal-lock-0

RECREATION

AIRFX HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, AirFX Trampoline Park, 1100 N. 18th Ave., Hiawatha. Includes two hours of jump time, 7:30 p.m. costume contest, activities, portable rock wall and bungee jump; $20, airfxcr.com/halloween-costume-party/

SPOOKY SWIM: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Bender Pool, 940 14th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Swimming, games, treat bags. Cost: $6.25; swim passes not accepted.

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HARVEST HAYRACK NIGHTS: 5 to 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, 5925 Seminole Valley Trl. NE, Cedar Rapids. Cost: $6.25 ages 6 to 14, $9.50 adults, $7.50 ages 60 and over and veterans. Crrec.org

SPECIAL POPULATIONS HALLOWEEN DANCE: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th St. NW, Cedar Rapids. The 28th annual Halloween fling with prizes for the best costumes. Cost: $5 at the door. All ages and abilities welcome.

SPOOKY SKATE: 1:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, 1100 Rockford Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Crafts, giveaways, ice skating; costumes encouraged. Cost: $6, includes skate rental; cricearena.com

STRANGER THINGS ESCAPE ROOM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St. For ages 14 and older. Free, registration required at eventbrite.com/e/stranger-things-themed-escape-room-tickets-69489189035

TRICK-OR-TREAT WEEKEND: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, Wilson’s Orchard, 4823 Dingleberry Rd. NE, Iowa City. Free trailer rides all weekend; prizes for Halloween costumes.

WINE WITH THE WITCHES FLASH MOB: 6 p.m. Oct. 24, flash mob witches dance, Main Street, Dysart; rehearse at 6 p.m. Oct. 23, Dysart Community Building. dysartwitches.blogspot.com

MOVIES

DOUBLE FEATURE: “Hocus Pocus,” 6 p.m., and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25, NewBo City Market, 1100 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids. Costume contest at 8:30 p.m., drink specials. Cost: “Hocus Pocus” is free; “Rocky Horror” is $20, includes provided props, eventbrite.com/e/rocky-horror-picture-show-tickets-71108257713

HOCUS POCUS: 10 a.m. Oct. 26, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St., Hiawatha. Cost: free.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: 11:50 p.m. Oct. 26, Englert Theatre, 221 E Washington St., Iowa City. With costume contest. Cost: $20 advance, $22 show day, includes provided props, Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or englert.org/event/rocky-horror-picture-show-5/

THE WIZARD OF OZ: With live music by Orchestra Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, Paramount Theatre, 123 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $18 to $59, students half-price with paying adult; Paramount Ticket Office, (319) 366-8203 or paramounttheatrecr.com

TREATS

BOO ’N’ BREW: Noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 26, Lindale Mall, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Entertainment, food, kids’ activities, trunk or treat. Free.

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HALLELUJAH PARTY: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Spirit of Faith Family Church, 4069 21st Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. For ages 12 and under with adult. Modest, non-violent costumes welcome. Candy, games, activities, concessions. Free. eberlyministries.org/event-details/?eventid=49

TRICK-OR-TREAT: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31, Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave.

STRICTLY TEAL TRUNK OR TREAT: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Guthridge Park, 704 Emmons St., Hiawatha. Safe trick-or-treating for kids with food allergies or special diets who want to celebrate Halloween without all the candy; supplies limited to the first 150 children.

TRUNK OR TREAT: 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19, Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2900 42nd St. NE, Cedar Rapids. Crafts, games, treats. Free. gslcr.org

TRUNK OR TREAT: 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1340 Third Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Free. stpaulsumc.org

TRUNK OR TREAT: 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 Highway 151 W., Walford. Costumes welcome; treats, games, crafts, snacks. Free.

TRUNK OR TREAT: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Antioch Christian Church, 433 Cross Rd., Marion. Parking lot with trunks full of candy, bouncy house, climbing wall, games, snacks. Free.

TRUNK OR TREAT: 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Western Fraternal Life Association, 1900 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Parking lot filled with decorated vehicle trunks, with treats. Rain site: Annex building next to the parking lot. Free.

CRAFTS

BOOKISH ARTS AND CRAFTS: Carved pumpkin silhouettes and block printing, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. Materials supplied. Free, register at (319) 261-7323

FAMILY WORKSHOP: JACK O’ LANTERNS: 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 26, Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio, 329 10th Ave. SE, Suite 117, Cherry Building, Cedar Rapids. Make a spooky clay jack-o’-lantern or gourd. Cost: $18; iowaceramicscenter.org/workshops.

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PUMPKIN PAINTING: 4:15 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29, Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W. Willman St. For ages 5 to 12. Free, registration required at eventbrite.com/e/pumpkin-painting-tickets-70659124343

THEATER

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: Oct. 18 to 20, Washington Community Theater, 2227 250th St., Washington. Agatha Christie mystery. Times: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday; $6 to $12, center box office, (319) 653-5175 or wctheater.com/tickets/

DRAC’S BACK: Youth production, to Oct. 20, Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. The return trip from the Regional Science Fair doesn’t go exactly as planned. Times: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $16, givingtreetheater.com

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL: Oct. 25 to Nov. 3: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 31, Nov. 1, 2; and 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Nov. 3; Iowa City Community Theatre, Exhibit Hall A, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City. Five college students accidentally unleash the powers of Hell; $11 to $29, iowacitycommunitytheatre.thundertix.com/events/156927/performances

MACABARET! 8 p.m. Oct. 19, Exhibit Hall A, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oak Crest Hill Rd. SE, Iowa City. Bawdy Bawdy Ha Ha is staging a creepy burlesque and variety show. Organizers are teaming up with the producers of “Evil Dead The Musical” to kick off Halloween with a one-night-only Victorian-style seance for ages 21 and over. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door, $25 VIP, eventbrite.com/e/macabaret-halloween-burlesque-tickets-71607262249

MORBID CURIOSITIES: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLAN POE: 8 p.m. Oct. 26, Giving Tree Theater, 752 10th St., Marion. Storyteller Darrin Crow brings the master of Gothic horror from beyond the veil to talk with audiences about his life and share his best stories and poetry; $11; givingtreetheater.com

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