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Local Halloween Festivities

Looking for something fun and exciting to do this weekend for Halloween? Aside from the parties and events going on around campus, there are tons of fun things happening in the Des Moines metro area.  Read on to learn about some of the Halloween events taking place this weekend.

Living History Farms Family Halloween Nights
2600 111th St., Urbandale
For some not-quite-as-scary fun, make your way to this interactive outdoor museum to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, roasted marshmallows, spooky stories and scarecrow and jack-o-lantern displays.
When: Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5.50 per person, $5 for Living History Farms members and pre-sold groups of 10 or more

The Haunted Barn 2011
3215 SE 72nd St., Ankeny
This haunted attraction is enlisting the help of some creepy-crawlies this year. Watch out for live rats and snakes as you make your way through. If all that screaming works up an appetite, you can stop by the concession stand, too.
When: Friday and Saturday, 7-11:59 p.m., Sunday, 7-10 p.m.
Cost: $12

Linn’s Supermarket Haunted House
3805 6th Ave., Des Moines
This Haunted House has been around longer than most students, and those running the place say the 26 years of scaring experience mean they’ll have you completely creeped out in no time.
When: Thursday and Sunday, 7-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $10

Haunted Scream Park @ Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
4051 Dean Ave., Des Moines
This entire event center becomes an intense scaring ground each year. Visitors can make an evening out of a visit to this place, featuring three haunted houses and two haunted walks, along with a fog maze, 3D gallery, marshmallow roasts and live music. The do-it-all package also includes a zombie shootout.
When: Friday- Sunday, 7 p.m.
Cost: do-it-all package: $25; Pick three attractions: $19

Pumpkin Bash @ The Gas Lamp
1501 Grand Ave., downtown Des Moines
A music marathon of performances by The Envy Corps, Poison Control Center, Bright Giant, Rebel Creek, The Jitz and Dick Prall makes for a Halloween street party right across from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
When: Saturday, 5 p.m.
Cost: $15

Asylum Haunted House Warren County Fairgrounds
Warren County Fairgrounds, 1400 West Second Ave., Indianola
Visitors make their way through 14 themed rooms full of spooky characters and fun surprises. Proceeds from the event go to the Indianola Youth Foundation.
When: Thursday, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Monday, 7:30 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $10 per person

Mixology Night Science Center of Iowa
401 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, downtown Des Moines
Less about the scaring and more about the socializing, this event brings together drinks, live music and just the right amount of science. Best of all, Simpson associate professor of history Nick Proctor will teach attendees how to survive the zombie apocalypse. Costumes are encouraged but not required for this 21+ event.
When: Friday, 5:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $5 for general admission, $15 for tickets including BODY WORLDS Vital


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