No Ames Haunted Forest this year :(

Last night would have been the normal opening night for the Ames Haunted Forest. With no official announcement or dates posted to their website, we assumed they were not operating this year. This newspaper article finally confirms it:

https://whoradio.iheart.com/content/2020-10-02-haunted-forest-owner-says-city-of-ames-state-say-yes-to-tailgating/

See you in 2021, Ames Haunted Forest!

Iowa Department of Health haunted house guidance.

Source: https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/resources/IDPH%202020%20Halloween%20Guidance.pdf

Moderate Risk: Haunted Walks

  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.

Note that having an outdoor movie night with social distancing, and going to a pumpkin patch, are also considered moderate risk.

High risk: Haunted Houses

  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming.

Note that traditional “trick-or-treating” where kids go door to door for candy is also considered high risk.

No Circus of Freaks this year :(

Out in Bussey, Iowa is a haunt I have been very curious about these past few years: Circus of Freaks. A haunt full of psycho clowns? Sounds like nightmare fuel to me.

Although they had been working on getting the haunt set up all year, they have decided to postpone until 2021. Yeah, Covid-19.

However, the operator claims “huge things are coming for the circus!”

I can’t wait!

But I guess I have to.

See you next year, Circus of Freaks!

No Grimes Haunted Garage home haunt this year :(

Some of my favorite haunt experiences in the area have been home haunts. The Haunted Garage in Grimes has been an absolutely wonderful experience where they pack in a dozen or more actors in their twisty garage haunt to traumatize the kids (er, and adults) that are brave enough to stroll through. I really think they have more screams per square foot than any of the commercial haunts 😉 And they are fun people.

Sadly, no home haunt for the 2020 season.

It could be worse, though. Los Angeles County California banned Halloween a few weeks ago, then lightened up a bit and changed that to “not recommending” Halloween. Hopefully we can at least have some form of Beggar’s Night here in Des Moines.

No Trail of Terror this year :(

The Baxter, Iowa fundraiser event, Trail of Terror, will not be happening this year. According to a post on their Facebook page today:

“Baxter Fun Days Trail of Terror is cancelled this year due to the Park is unavailable due to Covid!

We will be back bigger and stronger 2021″

Baxter Fun Days Trail of Terror Facebook Page

This is a bummer because it’s easily the largest and longest haunted attraction in our region, thanks to using a 3/4 mile trail and up to fifty of local volunteers.

We look forward to screaming in the woods in 2021!

No Linn’s this year :(

Unfortunately, Linn’s Supermarket Haunted House will not be operating this year. This message was posted to their Facebook page today:

“After 37 years of operating our Haunted House in the basement of Linn’s Super Market, we regret we will not be opening this year (2020) due to Covid-19.

We will miss seeing you this year, but feel that since the experts have said we have one of the worst outbreaks in the country at this time, we should not put our customers and workers at risk.

We have always prided ourselves in running a safe Haunted House and feel it would be impossible to keep everyone safe at this time.We will continue working to improve the Haunted House and are looking forward to seeing you in 2021.”

Merlyn & Shari Linn, Owners

What a year 2020 has been…