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Halloween in Sioux City & Siouxland

in background, a smiling jack-o-lantern sits between two other pumpkins, with fall leaves around their base

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 2020 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! Please keep in mind that things may change especially quickly this year, so please stay flexible and patient as everyone tries to find the right balance of caution and fun.

Table of Contents

Pumpkin Patches

Events in Sioux City

Trunk-or-Treats in Sioux City

Events in Sioux Falls

Events & Trunk-or-Treats in other Siouxland Communities

Halloween Road Trips

Trick-or-Treat in Siouxland 2020

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 Saturday (and a full moon!) this year. If there are any official proclamations about Halloween happening or not happening, I will try to update here as soon as I hear about it, but I also recommend following your local government on social media to make sure you have the most accurate updates!

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. There are tons of great pumpkin patches in our area, with a variety of fun activities at each. Some are pretty simple, and some are quite elaborate. All of them are great places to celebrate fall!

Halloween events in Sioux City

  • Fall Festival hosted by the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA will include a trick-or-treat village, yard games, pumpkin patch, an outdoor showing of the movie Hotel Transylvania, and more! 
    • October 16th from 6-8:30pm
    • Admission is $7 per child or $20 for four. Parents or guardians must accompany kids, but receive free admission. Each child admission includes a pumpkin or a glow stick!
    • For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA registration website.
  • Boo & Brew at the Southern Hills Mall
    • October 17th from 3-6pm
    • Free admission, with goodie bags while supplies last
    • Activities include pumpkin painting, root beer floats, games, and more!
    • Iron Hill Bar & Grill will be selling seasonal drinks and their classic delicious fare
    • Vendors will also be selling fun items! 
    • For more information, visit the Southern Hills Mall
  • Trick or Treat at the Tyson Events Center will provide Siouxland kids the chance to trick-or-treat from dozens of local businesses all in one place (but socially distanced from each other!)
    • Thursday, October 29th from 5-7pm
    • Free to attend
    • Free reusable Trick-or-Treat bags to the first 100 kids, courtesy of Mid-American Energy
    • More information will be available on the Tyson Events Center website!
  • Artsy Halloween in the Ho Chunk Centre
    • Saturday, October 31st from 10am to 1pm
    • Free to attend & free candy for kids
    • Art for sale from 9 local artists!
    • For more information, check out the Art Sux website
  • Kids Halloween Craft at Hawks Coffee Shop
    • Friday, October 30th at 10am
    • $15 per crafter
    • Check out the FB event post for more info

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

      The following organizations or businesses have held trunk-or-treat or trick-or-treat events in past years, and details for 2020 will be added as available, with confirmed events in bold at the top of the list. Addresses are in Sioux City, Iowa unless otherwise noted:
      • Keller Williams of Siouxland: 10/29, from 5:30-7pm @ the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center & Betty Strong Encounter Center
      • Southern Hills Mall Candy Crawl: 10/31, from 4-6pm, for kids 12 & under with a parent or guardian, more info here.
      • Hy-Vee stores
      • Kruse Chiropractic in Dakota Dunes, SD

      Halloween events in Sioux Falls

      10/31: 11am-4pm: Halloween Festival at Washington Pavilion

      Other Halloween events in Siouxland

      • Haunted History Tour: Night at the Mead at the Dakota Territorial Museum
        • Yankton, SD
        • 30 lucky (or unlucky??) guests will get to spend the night at the Mead Cultural Center on October 30th, 2020 and tour the property. The Mead once served as the Dakota Hospital for the Insane, and has some tragic history. This is sure to be a spooky night! Overnight accommodations (for those not too terrified to sleep), a movie, midnight tour, dinner on Friday, and breakfast Saturday (for those who survive the night!) are all included.
        • 15 winning guests will be randomly drawn from raffle tickets, which are available from the Mead Cultural Center for $40 each, and each winner will receive a pair of tickets. For more information, visit the Mead Cultural Center website
      • 21st annual Hallowfest at Ponca State Park
        • Ponca, Nebraska
        • All day on Saturday 10/10 & Saturday 10/17
        • Will include grab & go Halloween crafts, campsite & cabin decorating contests, a haunted drive with visitors in their own cars instead of the usual hayrack rides, and a pumpkin carving contest!
        • For more info, visit the Nebraska Games & Parks website
      • Zombie Hunt at True North Paintball
      • Friends Fall Festival at Hillview Recreation Area
        • Hinton, Iowa
        • 2020 Halloween event details not yet available
      • Yankton's Harvest Halloween
      • Grand Meadows Heritage Center hosts an annual Haunted House

      Halloween Road Trip Ideas

      If you love Halloween enough to drive a bit, there are some really fun events planned in other places around the Midwest! Here's where to find more info (posts may still have 2019 info if you are reading this early in fall 2020):


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