Halloween Parties & Events 2023

Whether you prefer to spend Halloween with spiked witches brew, venturing through haunts or solving a murder mystery, the following Halloween events in Iowa have something in store for all grownup celebrators. 

Click here to check out our list of family Halloween events.

Oct. 6 to Oct. 28, Friday and Saturday: Scream Acres Park


For a spine-tingling Halloween experience, head to Scream Acres Park, where terror and thrills await around every corner. This haunted attraction offers a variety of chilling adventures, including four incredible haunts: 3D Sinister Silo, Cell Block Z, The Slaughterhouse and the fan-favorite Haunted Cornfield. This year, the Halloween attraction will also house a Glass Alley Beer Garden for 21-plus guests to enjoy handcraft sips and brews before the horror begins. 
Cost: General admission $39.95 online or $45.95 at the gate. 
Tickets: screamacrespark.com.

Oct. 13: Haunted Heels Drag Show & Costume Party with Servd Events

Des Moines

Prepare for a night of glamour and haunting performances at Haunted Heels Drag Show & Costume Party at Surety Hotel in Des Moines. Hosted by Servd Events, this adult Halloween event in Iowa combines the art of drag with holiday festivities, promising a night filled with dazzling costumes, incredible performances and a dance floor that won’t quit. Come in your best costume and witness a show like no other in the state from 8 p.m. to midnight. 
Cost: $45 per person for general admission. 
Tickets: eventbrite.com.

Oct. 23: Murder Mystery Dinner 


Step into a world of mystery and intrigue at the Murder Mystery Dinner courtesy of Kinship Brewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Put on your detective hat and enjoy an interactive evening of dining and sleuthing. Uncover clues, interrogate suspects and try to solve the captivating mystery of the murder at Della House Hotel while savoring a delicious meal.
Cost: $30 per person. 
Tickets: eventbrite.com.

Oct. 27 and Oct. 28: Halloween Bar Crawl

Des Moines

Crawl your way through Des Moines at the annual Halloween Bar Crawl. Taking place for its sixth year, the spooktacular adult Halloween event in Iowa features a two-night extravaganza filled with costume contests (there is $1,000 at stake!), themed drink specials and unforgettable memories captured by a professional photographer. Dress up as your favorite ghoul or goblin and roam the city’s best bars, meeting fellow Halloween enthusiasts along the way. The bar crawl is 4 to 10 p.m. each night.
Cost: $15 for group tickets (must purchase four-plus tickets) or $20 for general admission. 
Tickets: eventbrite.com.


Oct. 31: Halloween-Themed Charcuterie Workshop


Indulge your senses with a unique Halloween-themed charcuterie workshop at Middlebrook Mercantile in Cumming. Hosted by skilled artisans, this creative event lets you channel your inner chef to craft spooky and delicious charcuterie boards. Learn the art of arranging meats, cheeses and other delectables in a way that captures the spirit of Halloween. This class is perfect for those looking to create a unique dish for their upcoming Halloween parties. 
Cost: $65 per person. 
Tickets: eventbrite.com.

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