Make it a spooky Halloween season by visiting some of these haunted attractions in the Des Moines, IA, area. It’s a sure way to get a great scare!
This is the one of the largest and longest indoor haunted attractions in Des Moines, with plenty to explore and enjoy. The ghosts and zombies will certainly scare you as you navigate through things. There may even be some funky slaughterhouse smells that make the experience seem all too real.
The Slaughterhouse is located at the former Iowa Paint Factory. It’s more than just a haunted house, as those who visit are expected to enjoy a theme, “a slaughterhouse gone wrong.” The Slaughterhouse is handicap accessible, with staff available to guide you through the house.
One park. Ten attractions. Sleepy Hollow is an elaborate Halloween theme park, with every ticket including admission to the theme-park-style village, haunted attractions, and a park full of vendors and various activities.
Previous attractions have included the Castle of Blood, starting with the tour of a damp and dark torture chamber before venturing into the castle and coming face-
West Des Moines Historical Societyto-face with the resident vampires. Or perhaps you’ll be captivated by Freak Show, entering the backstage of a traveling circus and all the creepiness that comes with it. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.
This is a bit of a different haunted experience, but the Jordan House, the Victorian home office of the West Des Moines Historical Society, offers tours throughout the area. Those who visit will learn about the house’s link to the Underground Railroad. It is believed that the house is haunted, and previous visitors have reported encounters with ghosts. Spooky.
The society is also teaming up with the West Des Moines Public Library to present, “A Death in the Family; Victorian Death Rituals,” on October 21. Presenter Joan Ferry will talk about Victorian death customs and rituals.
We invite you to check out all these haunted destinations this fall. It’ll be a spooky good time you won’t forget!