Halloween Activities in Des Moines

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Spooky season is here, and there’s never a better time to go on adventures with your friends or family. So what are some highly recommended Halloween activities in Des Moines? There is plenty to do, from family activities in the Des Moines area to adult-friendly ones. While the team at Volkswagen of Des Moines is an expert in Volkswagen vehicles, we are also familiar with the best places you can go to enjoy the season, so we have listed the ideal spots for trick-or-treating, fruit picking, and getting a good scare in haunted houses!



Fall Events

Comic & Toy Show

If you’re looking for something exciting to do with friends and family this Halloween, the free Des Moines Comic & Toy Show is taking place in the entire mall at Merle Hay Mall on October 28 and 29! Enjoy checking out more than 90 tables of comics, toys, posters, art, Funko pop vinyls, and video games, as well as a cosplay contest and video game tournaments!


Have young children, nephews, or nieces? Then, candy is a must for the perfect Halloween in Des Moines! Instead of just walking from house to house, there are some top spots that you can bring the kids to for the best and most candies. Check out two recommended spots below:

Living History Farms

When you pay a cheap fee of $9 (or $8 for members) for admission into the 1876 town of Walnut Hill, you can go trick-or-treating in the historic businesses. It is free for children 1-year-old and younger! Besides trick-or-treating, enjoy other family activities like pumpkin bowling, horse-drawn wagon rides, and listening to enchanting storytellers. Find out more details here.

Copper Creek Lake

If you want to enjoy the fall weather before the winter hits near Des Moines instead, take your kids to trick-or-treat around Copper Creek Lake. The business surrounding the lake will have candies out, so you can take in nature while making the kid’s dreams come true.

Pumpkin Patches

Speaking of enjoying nature one last time before the end of the year, pumpkin patches are one of the best family activities in Des Moines. You get to enjoy the cool weather while making new memories with your family and friends. Volkswagen of Des Moines recommends the following pumpkin patches near the Urbandale area!

Center Grove Orchard

Located at 32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge, the Center Grove Orchard (temporarily closed) is perfect for families and influencers. It features a 25-acre pumpkin patch as well as a 20-acre apple orchard, so there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. Plus, you can even explore the corn maze, bounce around on the giant jumping pillows, or even get some serotonin by bottle-feeding a baby goat (if you’re an animal lover).

Deals Orchard

Looking for an even bigger orchard to get lost in? Located at 1102 244th Street, Jefferson, the Deals Orchard has a 45-acre apple orchard with more than 25 varieties of apples. If you are an apple lover, this one is for you! Besides picking out apples, you can also feed goats and race ducks or even enjoy the Human Hamster Wheel. For adults, enjoy one of the hard apple ciders that come in multiple flavors, such as blackberry, raspberry, peach, limited edition pear, and more!

Haunted Houses

Of course, it isn’t the spooky season without any jump scares. While some of these haunted houses allow young children, it isn’t recommended due to their graphic nature. Grab your adult friends and scream out all of your fears in one of these suggested places near West Des Moines:

Find Out the Best Seasonal Places to Visit from Volkswagen of Des Moines

As always, Volkswagen of Des Moines knows the area inside and out, so we can definitely recommend places and things to do nearby! Before you hit the Johnston roads to enjoy any of these Halloween activities in Des Moines, be sure to get your vehicle checked by our service center. Schedule a visit today!


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