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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 2021 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 2021

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 Sunday 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 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, South Sioux City, and North Sioux City

  • Hocus Pocus Drive-in Movie Night
    • Saturday, 9/26 at dusk, with parking permitted starting at 6:30pm
    • at Knoepfler Chevrolet in Sioux City, IA
    • FREE, but with donations accepted towards the Food Bank of Siouxland
    • More information available here
  • Halloween Mocktails & Coloring at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • Thurs 10/7 from 5-6pm
    • More information here
  • Fall Festival hosted by the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA 
    • Fri 10/15 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
  • LaunchPad's Halloween Spectacular
    • Thurs 10/21 from 6-7pm
    • Treats, activities, prizes, and festive surprises. Costumes encouraged! 
    • Included with membership or paid daily admission!
    • More information here
  • Halloween Doll Head Planter Craft at the South Sioux City Library
    • Thurs 10/21 from 5-6pm
    • More information here.
  • Boo-tacular Bash at Miracle Field
    • Fri 10/22 from 6-7:30pm
    • Dancing, candy, and a selfie station
    • Open to all ages and open to people with special needs or disabilities and their family and friends!
    • Free event, but RSVP required
    • More information here.
  • Pumpkin Painting at Art SUX Gallery
    • Sat 10/23 from 10am to noon
    • FREE pumpkin painting for kids (free will donation requested of adults who wish to paint a pumpkin!)

  • Halloween Soapmaking at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • Thurs 10/28 from 5-6pm
    • More information here.
  • Halloween Party at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • Sat 10/30 from 2:30-5pm
    • Come in costume for fun and festive treats!
    • More information here.
  • Haunted Lodge Party hosted by Camp High Hopes
    • Sat 10/30 from 6pm to 11:45pm
    • Held at the Marriott South Sioux City Riverfront (former Marina)
    • More info and tickets here
  • Halloween at the Roundhouse at the Sioux City Railroad Museum
    • Sat 10/30 from 10am to 4pm and Sun 10/31 from noon to 4pm
    • Featuring hay rides, costumed characters, spooky tales in train cars, and much more!
    • $2 per person, with most other activities included in admission
    • Pony rides, motor car rides, and grand scale train rides also available for a small additional fee
    • More info here
  • Boo & Brew at the Southern Hills Mall

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

      Addresses are in Sioux City, Iowa unless otherwise noted
      • 10/16: Telco Triad Community Credit Union: Members of the credit union are invited to attend this Trunk-or-Treat at the Main Branch, 1420 Tri-View, from 1-2pm on Sat 10/16. More info here
      • 10/21: Heartland Trunk or Treat: Free candy at this fun community trunk-or-treat at Heartland Counseling at 917 West 21st Street in South Sioux City, Nebraska. On Thurs 10/21 at 5pm.
      • 10/23: Holy Cross Catholic Church Trunk-or-Treat at the Blessed Sacrament Parking Lot on Saturday 10/23 starting at 6pm. 
      • 10/28: Tyson Events Center Trunk-or-Treat from over 30 local businesses, non-profits, community members, and more all at the Tyson Events Center, 5-7pm. More info here. 
      • 10/28: Siouxland Community Health: Trunk-or-Treat at 10th & Pierce on Thurs 10/28 from 5-7pm, more info here.
      • 10/31: Leeds Community Club: Trunk-or-Treat at the Leeds Community Sign on Halloween (Sun 10/31) from 6-8pm. More info here

      Trunk or Treat events in other Siouxland communities

      • Downtown Onawa
        • Onawa, IA
        • Fri Oct 29, 2021 from 3-5pm
      • Kingsley Public Library
        • Kingsley, IA
        • Sat Oct 30, 2021, from 3-4pm
      • Salix Community Center
        • Salix, IA
        • Sun Oct 31, 2021, from 5-7pm

      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
        • Haunted Sunset Painting on 10/11 from 1-2:30pm, for ages 7+, $5 per artist, more details here
        • Spooky Slime & Magic Potions on 10/12 from 10-11:30am, for ages 6+, $10 per artist, more details here.
        • Monster Clay Pot workshop on 10/12 from 1-2:30pm, for ages 5+, $5 per artist, more details here
      • Rocky Horror Picture Show at Washington Pavilion
        • 10/29 & 10:30 at 7:30pm at the Sioux Falls Orpheum at 315 N. Phillips
        • This movie is rated R
        • Optional props bag for $10 to enhance the experience available (no outside props will be permitted, and no throwing anything at the screen!)
        • More information here.
      • Halloween Festival at Washington Pavilion
        • 2021 details TBA

      Other Halloween events in Siouxland

      • Haunted History Tours at the Mead Cultural Center
        • Yankton, SD
        • Friday, October 22nd & Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
        • $10 for Yankton County Historical Society Members and $20 for non-members
        • For more information, visit the Mead Cultural Center website
      • Haunted History Overnight at the Mead Cultural Center
        • Yankton, SD
        • Saturday, October 30th, 2021
        • Spend the night in this unique museum, originally opened in 1879 as the South Dakota Hospital for the Insane, with a truly tragic history over a century ago, and reports of paranormal activity for decades
        • For more information, visit the Mead Cultural Center website
      • Jefferson Halloween Party
        • Jefferson, SD
        • 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
      • Annual Hallowfest at Ponca State Park
      • Zombie Hunt at Rev-Tac
        • Jackson, Nebraska
        • Every Friday and Saturday in October 2021
        • Hunt Zombies in the woods with paintball guns! 
        • All ages welcome
        • $20 per person
        • Call or text (712)253-8810 for more information!
      • Halloween at Hillview at Hillview Recreation Area
        • Hinton, Iowa
        • October 9th, 2021 from 6-8pm
        • Trick-or-Treat in both campgrounds, plus visit the haunted house!
        • Campers can receive free camping in exchange for handing out treats to kids, but must be Iowa residents to qualify!
      • Grant Park Spooktacular
        • Auburn, IA
        • October 2nd, 2021 from 6-8pm
        • Drive through event organized the Sac County Conservation Board
      • 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 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 2021 details but will still give a good idea of annual events in those cities!)


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