on Thursday, October 24, 2019
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!
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.
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.
8:30 - 10:00 pm
This is the medium scary edition (not recommended for kids under 5th grade). No registration required (come and go). Free.
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’.
3:00 - 6:00 pm
SingleSpeed Brewing Co., Waterloo
This is a family event with festive music by Bruce Day. Halloween costumes are encouraged!
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Prepare yourself to be scared! You'll have Halloween fun and help raise money for a good cause, Black Hawk County Parks!
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
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Kids can trick-or-treat at participating downtown merchants.
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.
The Spooktacular Trick or Treat Event at the Hampton Inn
4:00 – 6:00 pm
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.
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.
Trick or Treat in the District
3:30 – 5:00 pm
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!