Ames Haunted Forest
Find it: Southwest Fourth Street, just east of Jack Trice Stadium, Ames
Why it’s scary: The Ames Haunted Forest has been a scary tradition for 14 years, and this year there are more scares, actors, props and zombies that promise to “shock your soul.” New this year: Mango the zombie — you never know when he’ll pop out of the forest to frighten and terrorize those who enter.
When to visit: 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 19-20; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21; 7 p.m.- midnight Oct. 26-27; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-31.
More info: ameshauntedforest.com
Asylum Haunted House
Find it: 1301 E. 2nd Ave., Indianola
Why it’s scary: Your scares will do good here — proceeds support Indianola’s youth.
When to visit: 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in October.
Cost: $10 per person; not recommended for kids under 12.
More info: icyf23.com
The Haunted Barn
Find it: 3215 S.E. 72nd St., Ankeny
Why it’s scary: The Haunted Barn has been scaring its guests for five years — and boasts a “saw room” that is as scary and gruesome as it sounds.
When to visit: 8 p.m.- midnight Friday and Saturday; 8-10 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 19-20; 8-10 p.m. Oct. 21; 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26-27; 8-10 p.m. Oct. 28-31.
Haunted Scream Park
Find it: Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, 4051 Dean Ave.
Why it’s scary: Sleepy Hollow features five separate haunted houses, a 3-D gallery and fog maze, marshmallow roasts, and food vendors. There are also two haunted walks. Purchase a pass to view all attractions and you can also visit the Zombie Shootout, a walk through the woods in which patrons hunt zombies who plod out of the woods in search of brains.
When to visit: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-21 and 25-29. Opens at 7 p.m.
Cost: Choose all haunted options for $25, or pick three for $19.
More info: sleepyhollowscreampark.com
Find it: Inside the basement and other areas of Linn’s Supermarket, 3805 Sixth Ave.
Why it’s scary: Scaring people for 28 years, Linn’s Supermarket is Des Moines’ oldest haunted house. It’s a dark and haunted place — so dark that you can’t see your hand in front of your own face at times, and the only way in is a long, dark crawl space.
When to visit: 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 19-20; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 21; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25; 7 p.m.- midnight Oct. 26-27; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28-31.
Find it: 1300 Metro East Drive, Suite 126, Pleasant Hill
Why it’s scary: Customers get wheeled into a dark hall on a pallet jack, like a bunch of hogs on their way to slaughter before a 20-minute terrifying experience that will make you ride, walk and crawl.
When to visit: 8 p.m.- midnight each Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 31. Closed Sunday through Thursday.
More info: theslaughterhousedm.com
Waukee Haunted House
Find it: Centennial Park, 1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee (in the enclosed shelter)
Why it’s scary: Entering its ninth season, Waukee’s haunted house provides a slightly more family-friendly experience (although it’s still not recommended for young children). Experience the fright the last weekend of October only.
When to visit: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26-27 only.
White Water University Haunted House
Find it: 5401 E. University Ave., Pleasant Hill
Why it’s scary: The annual haunted house opens this weekend, so none of your friends can divulge the scares in advance.
When to visit: Friday-Sunday this week, Oct. 19-21, 26-31. Hours are 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. other nights.
Haunted Houses in Des Moines
Visit these area haunted houses — if you dare — for frights and sights now through Halloween.
October 9, 2012
Ames Haunted Forest