Family Fun

Where to Get Creepy in the Cedar Valley


posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019

Ready to celebrate spooky season? Here are some events to get your terrible holiday started the right way - by going haunting locally!

Ominous One-Time Events

October 25

Halloween House

4:30 – 7:30 pm

McCollum Science Hall (second floor), University of Northern Iowa

The UNI Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), in collaboration with students from the Departments of Biology, Physics, and Earth Science, will be hosting a “Halloween House.” UNI students will be performing Halloween-themed science demonstrations and supervising hands-on activities. Costumes are welcome. The activities are intended for elementary age children, but can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Free and open to the public.

DJ Jumpsuit Halloween Extravaganza

7:00 - 11:00 pm

Lark Brewing, Waterloo (3295 University Avenue)

It's a dance party at the brewery...along with a costume competition with killer prizes! 

Haunted Library?!

8:30 – 10:00 pm

Waverly Public Library

Are you prepared to be scared? Join the Waverly Public Library for their annual event. Friday night event is their scary edition and meant for teens and older. No registration required (come and go). Free.

October 26


Noon - 4:00 pm

Cedar Falls Motorsports Park, Cedar Falls (7227 Waverly Road)

Gates open at 11:00 am. Come out for family fun at the drag strip...costume contest for the kids and adults! 

Strolling with The Spirits

3:30 pm and 7:00 pm, reservations required

Registered participants will meet at Elmwood Cemetery

Stroll through the paths of the Cedar Valley’s past as actors bring former residents back to life through live, historical interpretation. This year’s cast includes members of the Mullan family, Mary Melrose Hanna, Thomas Cascaden and more. Hosted by the Grout Museum District. 

Haunted Library?!

8:30 - 10:00 pm

Waverly Public Library

This is the medium scary edition (not recommended for kids under 5th grade). No registration required (come and go). Free.

October 27

Howl O’ Ween Pet Parade

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cedar Falls Downtown District

Register, dress up your pet and head to the Cedar Falls Downtown District (there will be a costume contest). Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Pick up a registration form at Cup of Joe, Vintage Iron Co. or at Here’s What’s Poppin’. 

October 27

Teenie Halloweenie

3:00 - 6:00 pm

SingleSpeed Brewing Co., Waterloo

This is a family event with festive music by Bruce Day. Halloween costumes are encouraged!

October 29

Spooky Storytime

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Cedar Falls Public Library, large meeting room

Younger kids can cuddle together for a spooky story time between 6:00 and 7:00pm. At 7:00 pm, the library will break out the scarier short stories for the older crowd. Family-friendly event. Free.

Reoccurring Nightmares

October 21-27

Family Escape Room

Monday-Thursday: 4:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday: 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday: 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Waterloo Public Library

Assemble your team of up to eight to solve all the clues in the allotted time! This is a scary escape room rated PG and not recommended for younger children. Recommended youngest age is 3rd-5th grade.

Now – October 31

Heartland Farms

Heartland is full of holiday fun with Scarecrow's Haunted Barn, Haunted Scarytale Cornfield, hayrides, Punkin Playland, The Punkinator, Tree House Tube Slide, the Giant Jumping Pillow, Korn Box, farm animals on display and lots of pumpkins and squash for sale!

The Heart of Darkness

Dying for a good time? Face your fears at The Heart of Darkness! They have more than ten themed areas including House of Evil Dead, Crypt Keepers Vault, Creeper's Bus, Goblins Lair and Jack-o-lantern Lane. Or, why not choose 3D Killer Circus?! 

October 24-27, 31 - November 2

Harris Haven Funeral Home

Enter if you dare! Bravely enter Harris Haven Funeral Home and explore its many rooms and check out Ravenhurst Manor. It’s a killer combination! And, new in 2019 is Jakob's Playhouse, a haunt for kids ages 10 and younger. 

October 25-26

KW Paintball Halloween Zombie Shoot

This is where the undead reside and the humans try to survive! Visitors take a ride on the custom trailers through the paintball park taking out zombies that lurk throughout with 100 zombie killing rounds. Open Fridays and Saturdays in October.

October 25-27

Waterhawks Haunted Hayride

Waterhawks Ski Team presents its annual Haunted Hayride fundraiser! Come out to Eagle Lake to experience the thrill of a Haunted Hayride with family, friends, and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Double check their Facebook page, Waterhawks , for updates.

October 24-26, 31

Panic Park 

Prepare yourself to be scared! You'll have Halloween fun and help raise money for a good cause, Black Hawk County Parks!

Terrifying Trick-or-Trick Events

October 24

Sunflower Days - Trick-or-Treat Night

5:30 - 6:30 pm

NewAldaya Lifescapes, Cedar Falls (7511 University Avenue)

Fun for the entire family. Trick or treating, candy, games, face painting and more

Jack-o'-lantern Night

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Downtown Waverly

Kids can trick-or-treat at participating downtown merchants.

October 26

Trick or Treat at the Cedar Falls Farmers Market

8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Trick or Treat Downtown Waterloo

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Children can enjoy trick-or-treating at shops in downtown Waterloo. This is a family-friendly event with a Kids’ Haunted House in the Black’s Building and a fall-themed photo booth at the Main Street Waterloo Office.

October 28

The Spooktacular Trick or Treat Event at the Hampton Inn

4:00 – 6:00 pm

Hampton Inn

The Hampton Inn Waterloo will be hosting a trick or treating event for special needs kids in the Cedar Valley. Drop by for an afternoon of fun including Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo, face painting, bag decorating, costume contest and of course trick or treating.

October 29

Trick or Treat and the Search for the Great Pumpkin

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Waterloo Center for the Arts

Celebrate Halloween in search of the Great Pumpkin! Colorful refreshments and activities will be provided. Reservations are required by October 25 at 319-291-4490. $3/person for members, non-members $5/person.

October 31

Trick or Treat in the District

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Cedar Falls Downtown District

Merchants will be outside their shops for young trick or treaters!


Cedar Falls   October 31 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Waterloo   October 31 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Waverly   October 31 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Dike   October 31 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Evansdale   October 31 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hudson   October 31 5:30 - 7:30 pm

For other information on fall festivities, check out our calendar of events!

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