Last two nights for Tormented Souls (10/29 and 10/30/2020)

There are only a few more days to get chased by clowns with chainsaws before the haunts close for the season:

Tormented Souls Haunt and Screampark will be open this Thursday (10/29/2020) and Friday (10/30/2020) night from 7pm to 11:45pm.

Remember: You do not drive to this haunt. You will abandon your vehicle and they will pick you up in their Terror Bus and drive you to the haunt location deep in the woods, far away where no one can hear you scream. . .

From their website:

Pick up the Tormented Souls Terror Bus, (if you dare) at Edgewood Park in Madrid, IA; it’s the only way to reach what lies in wait – out in the middle of no where! So hitch a ride on this scream maker with your eyes wide open in the pitch dark.

https://www.tormentedsoulshaunt.com/

Have fun!

Spooktacular fun

Although the cold temperatures kept attendance low (a hundred or so), tonight’s Saylorville Event Center Halloween Spooktacular was quite fun. There was a food truck with hot food, and a window service hot cocoa and apple cider. There were some kid’s activities, a story teller, a (for pay) fortune teller, and a cool haunted forest walk through. Let’s hope for less wind on Saturday and higher attendance.

Snow advisory

Happy Iowa October, everyone. After a light dusting of snow on Sunday morning, we are now under several inches of snow. Modern cell phones have even popped up snowfall alerts (I think that’s the first time I’ve seen that, especially using the word “squall”).

While the snow should be long gone by the time haunts open up this Thursday night (Tormented Souls adds Thursday to its operation schedule this week), the chilly temperatures are going to be with us. Though current predictions show near-80s on Thursday, the overnight low will be near-freezing. It looks like we’ll stay that way for the next week at least.

Wrap up.

Ames Tribune article about Ames Haunted Forest

Some official confirmation about the Ames Haunted Forest this year:

https://www.amestrib.com/story/news/2020/10/09/halloween-in-iowa-covid-19-coronavirus-stops-ames-haunted-forest-2020-season/5938312002/

The official website has now been updated to read “2020 Dates & Hours” as TBA. Interesting. Maybe they are still thinking about doing something later this month?

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!

Opening night!

Tonight (Friday, October 2, 2020) is opening night for haunted houses around Des Moines. This year has been quiet and I haven’t heard from many of the haunts that usually contact me, which is probably just an indication of how many are not operating this year.

For those ready to not scream (screaming is bad on spreading SARS-CoV-2, the CDC says), tonight you can visit:

Both open at 7 p.m.

Be sure to post your rating to this site when you are done not screaming!