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Halloween in Sioux City & Siouxland

*excuse my digital dust: 2023 update in progress!!*

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 2023 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 2023

There are no ordinances setting or restricting trick-or-treat hours in Sioux City, Iowa, South Sioux City, Nebraska, or North Sioux City, South Dakota. Customarily trick-or-treat hours in the Sioux City area happen between 6-8pm on October 31st, which is a Tuesday this year. Whether you live in one of those communities or one of our neighboring areas, 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 patches to Sioux City are Scarecrow Farm in Lawton, Iowa, and MadCat Pumpkin Patch in Jefferson, SD. 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 working farms, and some are nearly theme parks! All of them are great places to celebrate fall!

Halloween events in Sioux City, South Sioux City, and North Sioux City

  • Coco Drive-in Movie Night
    • Saturday Sept. 23rd, 2022 held at dusk, with parking permitted starting at 6:30pm
    • at Knoepfler Chevrolet in Sioux City, IA
    • FREE admission, with concessions available for purchase from local boy scouts
    • More information available here
  • First Saturday Family Storytime
    • TBA
  • Fall Festival hosted by the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA 
    • Fri 10/13th from 6-8pm
    • Includes a costume parade, family yard games, pumpkin patch, and a trick-or-treat village!
    • For more information or to reserve tickets, visit the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA website.
  • Haunted Hike at Bacon Creek
    • Friday and Saturday, 10/27th & 28th, 2023 with half hour time slots starting from 7 to 9pm
    • .5 mile hike full of spooky surprises!
    • $10 for each person 3 or older (free for babies and toddlers 2 & under)
    • Sign up on the Sioux City Parks & Rec registration website.
  • Riverfront Monster Dash 5k/1 mile Run
    • 2023 details TBA
    • Hosted by Profile Sioux City
    • Includes 5k and 1 mile run/walk distances plus games, treats and face painting!
    • More details and registration here.
  • Haunted Lodge Party hosted by Camp High Hopes
    • This year's party will be on Saturday, October 28th from 7 to 10pm
    • Held at the Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront (former Marina)
    • More info and tickets here
  • Cirque de la Symphonie
    • Halloween concert from the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, October 21st, 2023 
    • Includes spooky music from the symphony paired with spectacular acrobatics, aerial acts, and other cirque-style acts sure to amaze
    • At Sioux City's historic (and rumored haunted) Orpheum Theatre
    • More info and tickets here
  • Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum
    • 2023 details TBA
    • Featuring hay rides, costumed characters, spooky tales in train cars, and much more!
    • Pony rides, motor car rides, and grand scale train rides also available for a small additional fee
    • More info here

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

      Addresses are in Sioux City, Iowa unless otherwise noted
      • Thurs 10/19
        • 5:30-7pm: Heartland Counseling in South Sioux City
      • Sun 10/22
        • 1pm: St Luke Evangelical Lutheran
      • Thurs 10/26
        • 5:30-7pm:  Keller Williams Trunk or Treat at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
      • Sat 10/28
        • 11am to 1pm: First Choice Tinting 
      • Sun 10/29, 
        • 1-3pm: Grace UMC
        • 2-4pm: St. Mark Lutheran Church

      Trunk or Treat events in other Siouxland communities

      • Trunk or Treat at Jefferson Beer Supply
        • Jefferson, SD
        • Sat 10/28 from 1-5pm
        • Also includes face painting and pumpkin painting, a zombie walk, pulled pork, pumpkin ale, and tons of other fun
      • Trunk or Treat at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area
        • 2023 details TBA
        • in Yankton, SD at the Gavin's Point Boat Ramp Parking Lot & Nature Trail
        • Trick or Treat plus a Halloween hike!
      • Willow Creek Creepy Camper Crawl
        • Le Mars, IA
        • Sat October 8th from 5-8pm
        • Everyone welcome to come trick or treat from decked out campers at Willow Creek, and there will be door prizes as well! 
        • Full details here.

      Halloween events in Sioux Falls

      All addresses in this section are in Sioux Falls, SD unless otherwise noted
      • Spooky Art Projects at the Museum of Visual Materials
        • 2023 details TBA
      • Beetlejuice the live stage musical at Washington Pavilion
      • Spooky Science at Washington Pavilion
        • Saturday, October 21st from 10am to 5pm
        • At the Kirby Science Discovery Center
        • Includes activities with Boo Bubbles, Squishy Slime, and more, plus Halloween treats!
        • $15 for adults and teens, $12 for kids 3-12, and FREE for babies and toddlers
        • Full details here.

      Other Halloween events in Siouxland

      • Jefferson Halloween Party
        • Jefferson, SD
        • TBA
        • Trunk or treat with prizes for best trunk and best costume
        • Food truck on site!
        • Beer garden hosted by Jefferson Beer Supply, featuring pumpkin spice beer made with local pumpkins!
        • More info here
      • Halloween at Hillview at Hillview Recreation Area
        • Hinton, Iowa
        • hosted by Plymouth County Recreation
        • Kiddie Carnival, Bake Sale and more starts at 2, with trick-or-treating starting at 6pm!
      • Haunted History Tours at the Mead Cultural Center
      • Haunted History Overnight at the Mead Cultural Center
      • Grant Park Spooktacular
      • Yankton's Harvest Halloween
      • Grand Meadows Heritage Center an annual Haunted House
      • Annual Hallowfest at Ponca State Park
      • Zombie Hunt at Rev-Tac

      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 on Halloween celebrations in other Midwest communities (if it's late summer or early fall when you're reading this, posts may not yet but updated with 2023 details but will still give a good idea of annual events in those cities!)


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