The 9 Best Haunted Attractions in Iowa!

When the cool weather rolls in and the leaves begin falling off the trees, it’s scare season. It’s the time of year where we line up in droves to walk through haunted houses, creepy corn mazes, and all-out scream parks. Spread across the state, from the Gateway of Chaos on the western side to the Scream Acres and Circle of Ash over towards the east, if you want some scary fun this Halloween season, be sure to check out the best haunted attractions in Iowa. 

1. Circle of Ash Scream Park, Central City, IA

Featuring three different haunted attractions, plus three additional scare rides and one Halloween Homicide murder party, suffice it to say, Circle of Ash in Central City might be one of the most horrifying attractions in Iowa. Whether you choose to spend your time within the indoor Circle of Ash, or you venture out into the Pandemonium fog maze or the Frightmare Forest Haunted Attraction (or all three), you’ll be sure to get those goosebumps you’re looking for at the Circle of Ash Haunted Attraction. 

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2. Thrashers House of Terror, Mt. Pleasant, IA

Organized and hosted by the Midwest Old Threshers Organization, all proceeds from Thrashers House of Terror go towards supporting this farming association. The real appeal for Thrashers House of Terror sits in the haunted attractions waiting for you behind the doors of this family-friendly spook fest. Clowns, demonic children, and so much more can be found within Thrashers House of Terror, making for quite the scary night in Iowa. 

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3. Spooktacular Nights, Clarion, IA

Selected as one of Iowa’s top haunts last year, Spooktacular Nights in Clarion is one haunted house to put on your checklist. Featuring crazy clowns, escaped psychopaths, and plenty of nightmare fuel, Spooktacular Nights is only in operating for four nights, making a dark red X on your calendar is a good idea for this bone-chilling haunted attraction in Iowa.

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4. Eldora Haunted Hospital, Eldora, IA

Check yourself into the Eldora Haunted Hospital for some spooky fun, and you’ll be sure to get your seasonal prescription filled. While the Eldora Haunted Hospital may look like any other building on the outside, when you travel indoors, and when the lights go out, you’ll quickly find your darkest fears waiting for you within. Eldora Haunted Hospital serves up quite the scare, ensuring you get your seasonal dose of fear in after just one visit.

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5. Scream Acres Scream Park, Atkins, IA

Split between four gruesome attractions, Scream Acres in Atkins is the real deal when it comes to Halloween haunts. Whether you try and survive the zombie apocalypse, a haunted cornfield, a killer-clown carnival or merciless slaughterhouse, you’ll be sure to fall asleep later that night thinking about the Scream Acres attractions. Attractions at Scream Acres are sold in pairs, with a deeper discount if you buy tickets to all four awesome attractions at this state-famous haunted house. 

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6. Linn’s Haunted House, Des Moines, IA

Starting with a carpeted crawl that is every claustrophobic’s worse nightmare, the terrifying experience continues at Linn’s Supermarket Haunted House as you fumble your way through the dark, bumping into a costumed character hiding in the shadows. For a true, heart attack inducing good time, Linn’s Supermarket in Des Moines could deliver more than you are bargaining for. 

7. Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park, Des Moines, IA

Featuring ten different haunted attractions, plus a 3D glasses enabled theme ride and disco pit, Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park is one of the biggest haunted attractions not only in Des Moines, but in the Midwest. However you spend your time at the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park, whether it’s shooting zombies with paintballs or pretending like you didn’t wet your pants, it will be Halloween time well spent. 

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8. The Heart of Darkness Haunted Complex, Waterloo, IA

Head on down to Waterloo this Halloween to enter the Heart of Darkness. Featuring more than 30 actors whose only mission is to scare you senseless, visitors to the Heart of Darkness can expect big scares, unbelievable costumes and plenty of big laughs and sighs of relief when it’s all over. Enter if you dare, just know that anything that enters the Heart of Darkness, never leaves the same. 

9. Panic Park Haunted House, Cedar Falls, IA

Open every Friday and Saturday of October, nestled into the Cedar Falls landscape, Panic Park is quite the treat this Halloween season. Filled with enough haunted decorations, masked characters, and all around frightening appeal to fill nightmares for years to come, Panic Park only costs $15 (cash) to enter, and can provide you with an entire season of scares. 

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Oct
21

Thrashers House of Terror

6:30 PM
Thrashers House of Terror Mount Pleasant, IA
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Oct
22

Linn's Haunted House

7:00 PM
Linn's Super Market Des Moines, IA
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Oct
22

The Heart of Darkness

7:00 PM
The Heart of Darkness Waterloo, IA
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Oct
22

Thrashers House of Terror

6:00 PM
Thrashers House of Terror Mount Pleasant, IA
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Oct
22

Harris Haven Funeral Home

6:30 PM
Harris Haven Funeral Home Evansdale, IA
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Oct
22

Scream Acres

6:30 PM
Scream Acres Atkins, IA
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Oct
23

Ames Haunted Forest

7:00 PM
Ames Haunted Forest Ames, IA
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Oct
23

Charlotte Haunted House

7:00 PM
Charlotte Haunted House Charlotte, IA
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Oct
23

Linn's Haunted House

7:00 PM
Linn's Super Market Des Moines, IA
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23

The Heart of Darkness

7:00 PM
The Heart of Darkness Waterloo, IA
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Oct
23

Slaughter House

7:00 PM
The Slaughterhouse Haunted House Des Moines, IA
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Oct
23

Charlotte Haunted House

7:00 PM
Charlotte Haunted House Charlotte, IA
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23

Pumpkinfest

10:00 AM
Twin Lakes Bible Camp Manson, IA
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23

Thrashers House of Terror

6:00 PM
Thrashers House of Terror Mount Pleasant, IA
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23

Harris Haven Funeral Home

6:30 PM
Harris Haven Funeral Home Evansdale, IA
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