Halloween in Siouxland 2019

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Siouxland rocks at Halloween. We've got everything from kid-friendly trunk-or-treat events and craft projects to a possibly-haunted former asylum that will terrify even teens. And as dates and details are released for more Halloween events in Sioux City and our neighboring communities, I'll try to include them all here! So bookmark this page and check back anytime you want to know where to celebrate this season, whether you're looking for spooky or sweet!

Trick-or-Treat in Siouxland 2019

There are no ordinances setting trick-or-treat hours in Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, or North Sioux City, South Dakota. Customarily trick-or-treat hours in Sioux City happen between 6-8pm on October 31st, which is a Thursday this year.

Pumpkin Patches near Sioux City

The closest pumpkin patch to Sioux City is Scarecrow Farm in Lawton, Iowa, and I definitely recommend it. You can read more about my family's visit to Scarecrow Farm. Or check out my full list of pumpkin patches within 2 hours of Sioux City.

Halloween events in Sioux City

  • Fri 10/11-Sun 10/13:
    • Sioux City Fall Fest includes family friendly fun at a variety of attractions and businesses throughout the city, including the Sioux City Art Center downtown, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center on the riverfront, Stone Park's Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, and the Lakeport Commons. You can find more info about Sioux City Fall Fest here
  • Thurs 10/17
    • 5:30-7pm: The Great Pumpkin Float at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA, featuring a floating pumpkin patch! $8 per child includes admission, a pumpkin, and decorating supplies. Kids under 5 must be accompanied by an adult, and registration is required by 10/14.
  • Fri 10/18
    • 10pm-midnight: Ready to scream with fright? Check out the Haunted Orpheum. This year's Haunted Orpheum features a Nightmare before Christmas Halloweentown theme, with villains from classic Halloween horror movies thrown in! $15, or $10 for those with a ticket for The Nightmare Before Christmas presented by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. 
  • Sat 10/19
    • 4:30-6pm and 10pm-midnight: The Haunted Orpheum will be back again, both before and after The Nightmare Before Christmas by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra
    • 7:30pm: The Nightmare Before Christmas presented by the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. The beloved Disney movie will be displayed on the big screen at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Sioux City with the original vocal tracks and sound effects, while the instrumental music is replaced with live music from the Sioux City Symphony! This is a family-friendly Halloween event and costumes are welcome!
  • Sun 10/20
    • noon-4pm: The Sioux City Orpheum is hosting a Kids Spooktacular Carnival that sounds so cute! Kids will enjoy the "instrument petting zoo", carnival games, the Tumblebus, and cookies from the Sugar Shack while supplies last! The event is free to attend, and the Orpheum said that "most" of the activities are free.
  • Fri 10/25
    • 6-7:30pm: Ghost Stories Around the Campfire at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center will feature kid-friendly ghost stories and yummy s'mores around a cozy campfire. Pre-registration to this free event is requested, by calling (712)258-0838 or by e-mailing OParks@WoodburyParks.org, and attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite kid-friendly ghost stories with them!
  • Sat 10/26
    • 10-11:30am: A Floyd Cemetery Walking Tour hosted by the Sioux City Historical Society will offer a look at some of Sioux City's most notable former residents.
    • 10am-4pm: Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum is one of Siouxland's favorite Halloween celebrations. Will include a haunted train car, boxcar tales, hayrack rides, and much more! $2 for non-members and free for members. 
    • noon-4pm: Acme Comic is again hosting Halloween ComicFest, which will feature free comic books for those who stop by, plus a free comic book drawing workshop at 3:30!
    • 6-11pm: The Camp High Hopes Haunted Lodge Party at the Delta Hotel (former Marina) in South Sioux City bills itself as "Siouxland's premier adult costume party" and raises funds to offer outdoor recreation activities to kids with special needs. Will include dinner, an open bar before dinner, live entertainment from the New Stage Players, and much more. $100 per person. 
  • Sun 10/27
    • noon-4pm: Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum is one of Siouxland's favorite Halloween celebrations. Will include a haunted train car, boxcar tales, hayrack rides, and much more! $2 for non-members and free for members.
    • 1-3pm: Dia De Los Muertos celebration at the Sioux City Public Museum will celebrate the Day of the Dead and Hispanic culture with face painting, live dance performance from Irving Elementary's La Perla Tapatia group, and other activities for kids.

Trunk-or-Treat & Trick-or-Treat in Sioux City

Addresses are in Sioux City, Iowa unless otherwise noted:
  • Sun 10/20
    • 1-3pm: Trick-or-Treat Village at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux City, NE
  • Thurs 10/24
    • 5pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Heartland Counseling in South Sioux City, NE
    • 5:30-7pm: Trunk-or-Treat in front of the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center presented by Keller Willams of Siouxland
    • 6-7pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Opportunities Unlimited
    • 6pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Siouxland Mental Health
  • Sat 10/26
    • 1-3pm: Trick-or-Treat at Hy-Vee stores, with Halloween bags available while supplies last. Activities may vary slightly by store, but may include coloring, pumpkin decorating, and more!
  • Sun 10/27
    • 5-6:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat at First Lutheran Church, 3939 Cheyenne Blvd.
  • Tues 10/29
    • 5-6:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Siouxland Community Health, 10th & Pierce
    • 6-7:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Dakota City Elementary School in Dakota City, NE
    • 6:30-7:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Kruse Chiropractic in Dakota Dunes, SD
  • Weds 10/30
    • 6-7:30pm: Trunk-or-Treat at Morningside Lutheran Church, 600 S. Martha 
  • Thurs 10/31
    • 6-9pm: Trunk or Treat at ARK Methodist Church in North Sioux City
    • 6-8pm: Candy Crawl at the Southern Hills Mall

Halloween events in Sioux Falls


For Halloween fun in Sioux Falls, check out my post about Halloween 2019 in Sioux Falls.

Other Halloween events in Siouxland

  • Zombie Hunt at True North Paintball
    • Jackson, Nebraska
    • Fri 10/4 at 7pm
    • Zombie themed paintball event, all ages can participate as a zombie for $10 (includes eye protection and a vest) or ages 8+ can participate as a zombie hunter for $20 (includes eye protection, paintball gun, a vest, and 100 rounds of paint)
    • For more info, check out the True North Paintball Zombie Hunt event post on Facebook
  • Friends Fall Festival at Hillview Recreation Area
    • Hinton, Iowa
    • Sat. 10/2 from 4-8pm
    • Will include vendors and kids activities starting at 4pm, trick-or-treating starting at 6pm, and a haunted hike at 8pm! 
  • 21st annual Hallowfest at Ponca State Park
    • Ponca, Nebraska
    • Sat 10/12 & Sat 10/19 all day
    • Features hayrack rides, pumpkin decorating contests, campsite decorating contest, and more!
    • Reservations open 10/7.
    • For more info, visit the Nebraska Games & Parks website
  • Yankton's Harvest Halloween
  • Haunted History at the Dakota Territorial Museum
    • Yankton, SD
    • Mon 10/28, Tues 10/29, Weds 10/30, and Fri 11/1 at 6:30 and 7:45pm
    • Learn more about the tragic history of the museum, which served as the Dakota Hospital for the Insane beginning in the 1880's, including a fire that killed many patients, Restview Cemetary where hundreds of patients were buried, and hear about some unusual phenomenon museum staff and visitors report experiencing to this day...
    • Primarily a history learning event, but may be upsetting for young or easily frightened visitors due to the inherently sad and scary subject matter (the old asylum system, the fire, etc) and discussion of paranormal activity.
    • $10 for museum members or $20 for non-members
    • For more information, visit the Dakota Territorial Museum website
  • Grand Meadows Heritage Center is hosting their 14th annual Haunted House
    • Washta, IA
    • Sat 10/12, Sat 10/19, Fri 10/25, & Sat 10/26 from 7-11pm
    • Two haunted tours available, one of a two story house and one of the school basement. each tour is $5
    • Besides the haunted house tours, visitors can also choose a family friendly carnival for $3, featuring hay rides, train rides, crafts, and games
    • Concessions will also be for sale in the barn
    • For more information, visit the Grand Meadow Heritage Center website.

Halloween Road Trip Ideas

If you love Halloween enough to drive a bit, there are some really fun events planned in places like Omaha, Brookings, Des Moines, Kansas City, and more. You can find all my top suggestions for Halloween roadtrips for Siouxland families in a special post coming soon!

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