Siouxland Halloween 2018



Halloween this year is on a Wednesday (October 31st), and there is no ordinance setting trick-or-treat hours for neighborhoods in Dakota Dunes, North Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Sioux City, or South Sioux City, but traditionally it is recommended kids go between 6 and 8pm.

Here are some other fun ways to celebrate Halloween in the Siouxland area this October (this list will be updated as I hear of new events, and I will try to make sure they are shared in the Facebook group as well, so check back throughout the month!):


  • Saturday October 6th
    • 10am-4pm: Earl May Pumpkin Fest featuring games, clowns, a bounce house and more, plus free pumpkin painting with purchase of a pumpkin

  • Sunday October 7th
    • 10am-3pm: Pumpkin Day at the Pioneer Farmer's Market in Sergeant Bluff, with face painting, rock painting, pumpkin painting, and tons of delicious seasonal food
  • Wednesday October 10th
    • 9:30-10:30am: Mommy & Me Morning Halloween Party at Chick-fil-A, kids are encouraged to wear costumes to trick-or-treat around the restaurant as well as enjoy a story, a snack, and a craft *FREE*
  • Friday October 12th
    • Fall Festival in Sioux City with activities at many locations, including
      • 9am-5pm: Make fall suncatchers at the Sioux City Public Library Aalfs (Downtown) location *FREE*
      • 10:30am-5:30pm: Make fall suncatchers at the Sioux City Public Library Perry Creek branch *FREE*
      • 11am-1:30pm: Food Truck Fridays on 7th between Pearl & Douglas
      • 4-8pm: Nature's Fall Fest at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center with crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more *FREE*
      • prize wheel, free samples, and more at Palmer's Candy
      • half price admission to the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation
      • free motorcar train rides with paid admission at Sioux City Railroad Museum, free will donation for Grand Scale Train
  • Saturday October 13th
    • Fall Festival in Sioux City with activities at many locations, including:
      • 8am-1pm: Fall Festival at the Sioux City Farmer's Market featuring costume contests for kids and pets, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, live music, and more
      • 9am-5pm: Make fall suncatchers at the Sioux City Public Library Aalfs (downtown) location *FREE*
      • 9am-4pm: Nature's Fall Fest at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center with crafts, a scavenger hunt, and more *FREE*
      • 10:30am-noon: The Art of Mask Making at the Sioux City Art Center *FREE*
      • 11am-2pm: Family Fall Festival at Lakeport Commons shopping area with inflatables, face painting, crafts, kids activities, and more. More information on Facebook.
      • 11am-3pm: Girls Inc Halloween carnival at Cook Park with games, inflatables, costume contest, and more *FREE*
      • 1-4pm: Corps of Mystery kids activity at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center *FREE*
      • 1-2pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Telco Credit Union on TriView Ave
      • 6:30pm: Drive-in Movie at Knoepfler Chevrolet: Days of Thunder (rated PG-13) *FREE with donation to Food Bank of Siouxland*
      • 7pm: Campfire & Cocoa at Pammel Valley shelter in Stone Park
      • free motorcar train rides with paid admission at Sioux City Railroad Museum, free will donation for Grand Scale Train
      • half price admission to the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation
      • prize wheel, free samples, and more at Palmer's Candy
    • 4-8pm: Halloween at Hillview with kids activities, fall market, trick-or-treating, haunted hiking, and more. More information on Facebook.
    • Hallowfest at Ponca State Park (Hayrack reservations open October 8th)

  • Friday October 19th
    • 8-11pm: Haunted Cove at Crystal Cove with New Stage Players (scary event, recommended by organizers for 12+ ), $10
  • Saturday October 20th
    • Hallowfest at Ponca State Park (Hayrack reservations open October 8th)
    • 6pm: Haunted Lodge Party benefitting Camp High Hopes, featuring drinks, lip sync, costume contest, dancing, pumpkin carving, and more, $100 per person
    • 8-11pm: Haunted Cove at Crystal Cove with New Stage Players (scary event, recommended by organizers for 12+ ), $10

  • Sunday October 21st
    • 2-4pm: Kid-Friendly Haunted Cove at Crystal Cove with New Stage Players including trick or treating, suggested donation $5 per family
  • Wednesday October 24th
    • 5-6:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Siouxland Center for Active Generations
  • Thursday October 25th:
    • 5-7pm: Family Fun Night Haunted Halloween Bash at Chick-fil-A on Sergeant Road with a costume contest, crafts, and games (no purchase required to participate)
    • 5:30-7pm: Trunk-or-Treat with Keller Williams Siouxland at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center *FREE*
    • 6-7pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Opportunities Unlimited *FREE*
  • Friday October 26th
    • Potion Party at Launchpad Children's Museum with slime making and more
    • 10pm-1am: Haunted Orpheum $15
    • 7-9pm: Haunted North High, hosted by North High National Honor Society, $2
    • 7-9pm: Spooky Night Hike at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center with Woodbury County Conservation, dress for the weather and bring flashlights or headlamps if desired!
  • Saturday October 27th
    • 8:30am: Monster Mash 5k/1k at Cone Park (5k run at 9am, $30 entry fee, 1k run at 10am, $10 entry fee, spectators free, race entry fee includes t-shirt and refreshments)
    • 10am-4pm: Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum
    • 10am-3pm: Halloween popcorn crafts at Jolly Time Koated Kernels, *FREE* to make crafts, plus samples and discounted popcorn available
    • noon-4pm: Halloween ComicFest at Acme Comics with free comic books and fun *FREE*
    • 1-3pm: Halloween Party at area Hy-Vee stores with cookie decorating, crafts, and candy
    • 3pm: Kingsley, Iowa Halloween parade and Trunk-or-Treat, see Facebook post for more details
    • 4:30-6:30pm: Haunted Orpheum $15
    • 10pm-1am: Haunted Orpheum $15

  • Sunday October 28th
    • noon-4pm: Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum
    • 1-3pm Halloween Cookie Decorating at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center *FREE*
    • 2-7pm: Haunted Orpheum $15
    • 2pm: Trunk or Treat at Community UMC in Sergeant Bluff with carnival games, s'mores, pumpkin carving and more
    • 4-5pm: Trunk or Treat at Westminster Presbyterian , more info on Facebook
  • Monday October 29th
    • 5:30-7pm: Siouxland Community Health Center Trunk or Treat at 10th and Pierce *FREE*
  • Tuesday October 30th
    • 4-6pm: Halloween Party at Sloan Public Library
    • 5-6:30pm: Trunk or Treat at Iowa School of Beauty Sioux City, more info on Facebook
    • 6:30-7:30pm: Trunk or Treat at Kruse Chiropractic in North Sioux City, more info on Facebook
  • Wednesday October 31st
    • 5-7:30pm: Trunk or Treat at Salix Community Center with free hotdogs, chips, and drinks for kids plus trick or treat tables. More info on Facebook
    • 6-8pm: Fall Festival at Central Baptist Church with candy, tractor rides, bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn, and more *FREE*
    • 6-8pm: "Witch Way to Candy?" trick-or-treat at the Southern Hills Mall

If you have kids in school, be sure to also check with your school's PTO about whether there are any events for families of kids at your school.

If you're looking for a pumpkin patch near Sioux City to visit this October check here.


Farther from Sioux City:

Sioux Falls

The Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls is hosting ZooBoo, featuring an extinct species graveyard, spooky carousel, and over 300 jack-o-lanterns, on Fri 10/26 5:30-8:30pm, Sat 10/27 3-7pm, and Sun 10/28 3-7pm with tickets for $5 for zoo members and $7 for non-members (free for babies and toddlers under 2). You can find out more about ZooBoo here--tickets will be on sale beginning October 1st.

Explore the Spooky Seas at the Butterfly House & Aquarium in Sioux Falls on Friday, October 19th from 5:30-8:30pm. Spooky Seas is a night of fairytale fun, and visitors are encouraged to wear costumes as they go on a treasure hunt throughout the aquarium and butterfly house, including spooky aquariums and the magical flight room. Tickets for the Spooky Seas are $5 for members, or $8 for non-member kids and $11 for non-member adults. You can find more information and purchase tickets here.

Omaha

The Omaha Children's Museum is hosting their first Monster Masquerade family costume party on October 20th from 6-9pm! The Monster Masquerade will include live music, dinner, pumpkin painting, creepy crawly live animals, slime making, and tons of other festive activities, plus attendees can enjoy the museum's fun exhibits, like their seasonal exhibit, the Cobweb Castle, which features a corn maze, toddler pumpkin patch, and a scavenger hunt! Tickets to the Monster Masquerade are $20 for Omaha Children's Museum members and $35 for non-members, and are required for all adults and for all children over 12 months old. You can find out more about the Monster Masquerade here.



Howl-o-Ween at the Wildlife Safari Park will include a campfire dinner with roasted marshmallow dessert, festive games and activities, animal ambassadors, costumes, candy and more. Howl-o-Ween will be Friday 10/5 and Saturday 10/6 from 6-9pm, and tickets are $20 for Wildlife Safari Park members and $25 for non-members, with VIP early admittance tickets also available for $30 for members and $35 for non-members. You can buy Howl-o-Ween tickets here.


Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is celebrating Spooktacular, with after-hours trick-or-treating and festive activities, along with some cool nocturnal creatures, on Saturday 10/13, Sunday 10/14, Friday 10/19, Saturday 10/20, Sunday 10/21, Friday 10/26, Saturday 10/27, Sunday 10/28 from 5:30-8:30pm. Tickets are $8.95 for zoo members and $9.95 for non-members and are available here.


Des Moines


Check out the 2018 Des Moines area Halloween events post from the Des Moines Parent Blog here.


Know of an event I missed? Please leave a comment or e-mail me!

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