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Halloween Haunts & Happenings

DISCOVER THE SPOOKY SIDE OF C.R.

2023 EVENTS

October 10th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sister of the Moon Circle – Samhain, Illuminations Cedar Rapids
Opening circle honoring our ancestors, and discussion of how Spirit communicate and how to engage in conversation. Guided meditation for connecting with our guides and loved ones. Gallery reading with psychic medium Anji! Psychic Play - explore a few tools for connecting to your own mediumship gifts.

October 12-29, 7:30 p.m.
TCR Presents: Clue – Theatre Cedar Rapids
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth–the butler, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!

October 13th, 4:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Family Fright Night, NewBo City Market
Rnjoy a screening of the fan favorite, Goosebumps 2, and take in the refreshing fall air at this family-friendly FREE event.Doors open at 4:30, Goosebumps 2 starts at 6:45. Creepy Events including Balloon Twisting, Scary Face Painting, Twisted Spin Art and Costume Contest for best kids costume and best family costume!

October 13th, 8 p.m.
Friday the 13th with Kris Lager, Ideal Theater & Bar
Time to kick off the Halloween season with a spooky Friday the 13th jam!! Hailing from Omaha, NE, Kris Lager has delighted the area for years with his thrilling, danceable blend of blues/funk/rock/reggae. Lager will be joined by Almost Wizards of Cedar Falls, IA opens with an equally funky set.

October 14th, 7 p.m.
Spooky Legends of Linn County, The History Center
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a night of authentic Linn County ghost stories with campfires, s'mores, hot cocoa, popcorn and cash bar.

October 15th, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Art at Brucemore: Witch’s Hat, Brucemore Carriage House
Brucemore is partnering with the Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio to bring a brand-new ceramics workshop to the site, just in time for spooky season! In this workshop, participants will build their own unique witch’s hat using various hand-building techniques. Once the hat is the perfect size and shape, participants can add spook-tacular decorations to their creations with colored glazes and various textures.

October 16th, 6:30 p.m.
Halloween Paint Party, Bricks Bar & Grill
Have a spooktacular time bringing vintage paintings back to life. All ages welcome, paintings and pain supplies provided. Advance registration required.

October 19th, 6 - 9 p.m.
Wine with the Witch, Bloomsbury Farm
Are you ready for a spooky evening out on a hazy October Thursday night? You will enjoy an evening full of deliciously frightful wine and entertainment by Wheezy the Witch & friends, as well as VIP access to 2 haunted attractions! Must be 21 to enter.

October 20th-21st, 8-9:30 p.m.
Rock Horror Picture Show, NewBo City Market
Local burlesque troupe Knights of the Round Pasties will lead the pre-show activities, including the audience-judged costume contest! NewBo Beer and Wine will be open with drink specials for the evening. Every guest will receive a prop bag, so pull on those fishnets and bring your best voice for this great Halloween classic! Tickets required.

October 21st, 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Monsters Unleashed Halloween Parade, The District: Czech Village & New Bohemia
Have fun with the whole family including the Creepy Kids Zone (4-5:30 p.m.), Family Costume Contest (5-5:30 p.m.), and of course Halloween Parade (6:30-7:45 p.m.).

October 21st, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
13th Annual Wickiup Fall Festival, Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Head out to Wickiup and experience a friendly trick or treat hike through the woods, pumpkin bowling, straw scramble, creepy critters, and more! Aimed at ages 3-10, but younger and older siblings welcome. Costumes encouraged! Cost $3/child. 

October 25th, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Spooky Hay Rack Night, Ushers Ferry
Come to Ushers Ferry for our last fall hay rack night with a Halloween twist! In addition to the hay rack ride, enjoy a children’s craft, s’mores and hot cocoa around the bonfire, and a very special, after-dark tour with one of the village’s mysterious residents. Hear some of the rarely told stories and history of Ushers Ferry and Linn County.

October 26th, 6 p.m.
Tiny Toes Halloween Themed Yoga, Indian Creek Nature Center
Children will explore ways to connect, breathe, move, focus and relax! We'll connect to the senses while enjoying a piece of candy, practice a Halloween themed class and end with an enchanting story!

October 27th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
2nd Annual Day of the Dead, NewBo City Market
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican tradition that honors deceased loved ones. Families create altars with offerings and visit cemeteries to celebrate and remember, often with painted faces, vibrant decorations, and festive parades. It's a lively and heartfelt tribute to the cycle of life and death.

October 27th, 7 - 11 p.m.
X-Golf Halloween Party, X-Golf Cedar Rapids
Grab your 4-person team for a Best Shot Golf Tournament that includes 2 buckets of drinks, a costume contest, live music, specialty drinks ad a spooky good time. $400/team. Register online.

October 27th, 8 - 9 p.m.
Full Moon Night Hike, Indian Creek Nature Center
Lace up your hiking shoes and venture out at dusk to join a small group of adventurers for a guided night hike. The ICNC prairie and woodland trails will be lit by the light of the full moon.

October 27th, 8 p.m.
Alizabeth Von Presley’s Disney Villains Halloween Bash, Ideal Theater & Bar
Alisabeth Von Presley brings her signature ELECTRIC style to The Ideal stage for the first time...with her Disney Villains Halloween Bash!! Come as your favorite Disney villain to AVP's annual Halloween party.

October 27th, 8 p.m.
3rd Annual Halloween Party, The Olympic South Side Theater
Join the party as Young Creatives present their third annual Dance of the Dead Halloween Party featuring a taco bar, costume contest, DJ and a rocking good time. $15 at the door.

October 27-28th
The Rocky Horror Show, CSPS Hall
A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, unveiling his new creation, Rocky.

October 28th - 31st, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
HalloWeekend 2023, The Iowa Children's Museum
Enjoy a weekend of not-too-scary Halloween activities that kids of all ages will enjoy! Bats, spiders, pumpkins and more will take over the exhibits during the spooky season. Open October 28th, 29th, and 31st (closed Monday).

October 28th, 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Dog-o-ween: A Howl-oween Celebration for Dogs, NewBo City Market
Bark or Treat! Bring your beloved furry companion for a delightful day filled with a canine costume contest, the Iowa Ceramics Center's Paw Print Keepsake activity, a charming Dog and Owner Photo Booth, a showcase of small businesses offering a variety of dog-related products, and so much more! Dress up your dog in a Halloween costume and stop at different booths for a trick or treats.

October 28th, 4 - 7 p.m.
Gup & Co Halloween Show, Lion Bridge Brewing Company
The Bluegrass Band w/Gusto take the stage at Lion Bridge for a Live Music HALLOWEEN SHOW! No tickets necessary just show up!

October 28th, 4 - 10 p.m.
8th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl, Downtown Cedar Rapids
Don’t miss downtown’s biggest bar crawl of the year! Join in the crawl in costume for exclusive drink and food specials, costume contest, professional photographers and afterparty! Check-in at SKO Downtown and party through Bricks Bar & Grill, The Keg, El Dorado Bar & Grill, Hazzard County American Saloon, Pub 217, SKO Downtown and Tipsy Tomato.

October 28th, 7 - 11 p.m.
X-Halloween Tournament & Party, X-Golf Cedar Rapids
Register your 4-person team for a Best Shot Golf Tournment which includes 2 drink buckets, costume contest, karaoke and specialty drinks.

October 28th, 7 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Haunted Halloween Ball, Alliant Energy PowerHouse Convention Complex
Come'on Barbie, let's go party! C.R.'s biggest Halloween party is back for the 8th Annual Haunted Halloween Ball! Get your tickets and enjoy costume contests, pirze money, food trucks, photos booths and more!​

October 28th, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Symphonic Sci-Fi: Pops at the Paramount, Paramount Theatre
Hear favorites from pop culture classics like Star Wars, Star Trek, Mars Attacks!, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and more. When your Maestro’s a Trekkie, you know this will be a special program of celestial inspiration and star-studded fun with Orchestra Iowa.

October 28th, 8 - 11 p.m.
The Shining Halloween Party with Vandello Live, Ideal Theater & Bar
For one night, The Ideal becomes The Gold Room from The Shining. Step in (if you dare) to the Overlook Hotel and into the magic of The Gold Room, where ghosts of parties past waltz in the golden light. Gypsy-jazz-Americana sensation, VANDELLO, entertains party goers the entire evening. The Shining-themed costumes OR 1920's Gatsby garb is encouraged, but not required. Tickets required.

Spooky attractions for Halloween in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS

September 23rd - October. 29th (Thursday-Sundays), 7 – 10 p.m.
The 5th Realm, Lindale Mall
This annual, indoor haunted attraction is located inside Lindale Mall tells a new tale of horrors each year and is a can’t miss for those who love a good scare! The terrifying experience is fully accessible, but please note there are strobe lights and fog effects used throughout. New this year, boost your costume with airbrushed tattoo and learn your future with tarot readings (available on select evenings).

October 6th - 29th  (Fridays & Saturdays), 8 – 12 p.m.
Circle of Ash, Linn County Fair Grounds
Circle of Ash rises again! Mixing elements of indoor & outdoor style haunted attractions, Circle of Ash delivers the best of both worlds. All new areas of total darkness await and beautiful, scary sets for monsters to hide. Are you brave enough to go first?

October 6th - 28th  (Fridays & Saturdays)
Scream Acres, Bloomsbury Farm
With over 75 creepers, clowns, and zombies - and FOUR haunted attractions, Scream Acres Scream Park offers an all-inclusive haunted house experience for all ages. The question is, can you make it through?

October 28th - 31st , 6:30 - 10 p.m.
The Cedar Rapids Haunted Garage, 6914 Terrazzo Drive NW, Cedar Rapids, IA
The Haunted Garage is back! Check out one of C.R.'s favortite terrifying traditions with FREE ADMISSION. (Canned goods accepted for the Salviation Army, but not required). Have little ones but don't want to tramatize them? Hit up the Kids Matinee where the actors and jump scares stand down for a family-friendly fright on Saturday, October 28th from 1-3 p.m. 

Children participating in a Halloween activity in Cedar Rapids, IA.

TRICK OR TREAT

October 22nd, 1-4pm
Safe Halloween For Kids, Ushers Ferry
Enjoy the annual old-fashion Halloween at the village with trick or treating, games, costume contests. Registering in advance is encouraged but not required.

October 25th, 5:30-7 p.m.
Trunk or Treat, St. Mark's Lutheran Church
CANDY. CARS. COMMUNITY. St. Mark's is excited to host our first ever TRUNK OR TREAT event. This is a fun and safe environment for your family to make memories this Halloween. Children of all ages are welcome to come dressed in their costumes to trick or treat in our church parking lot. Parents will accompany children as they travel from trunk to trunk. 

October 28th
District Trick or Treat, The District: Czech Village & New Bohemia
Have the kiddos throw on their Halloween costumes and enjoy this safe, daytime Trick or Treating experience in Czech Village (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) and  New Bohemia (1 - 3 p.m.). 

Cedar Rapids has lots of local farms, orchards and outdoor spaces that make it perfect for haunting Halloween evenings or fall family fun. For a full listing of fall events in the area, visit our event calendar!

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