When the Ankeny Haunted Barn announced they were returning, one of the details they provided was that they would be “handicap accessible.” Because of this, I created a new category this year called “Wheelchair Access.” You will now be able to select that category and see all the attractions that should be able to accommodate screaming guests travelling in wheelchairs.
Ian Miller, one of the folks behind the newly rebuilt Slaughterhouse, also says that they are “definitely accessible!”
Be sure to check out these haunt’s entries in our index for maps, discount information, and links to official websites and social media accounts.
And please let us know if there are any others in the state of Iowa. Thanks to the filters in the new directory (which let you see only haunts within a certain distance), I will now be listing any haunt in the state of Iowa that wishes to be included.
In 2009, the Bondurant Haunted Barn appeared on the scene. In 2011, they relocated to Ankeny where they became known as the Ankeny Haunted Barn. This was the year Des Moines Haunted Houses first began doing video interviews. The Haunted Barn was the second haunt ever interviewed by this site. Here is that original interview. (Sadly, the interviewee Chris Bales passed away last year.)
In 2020, the Ankeny Haunted Barn will be returning. They will be in the same Ankeny location as past years, but the haunt has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. DMHH got a sneak peek at their new layout, and it looks quite fun.
The Barn will continue its style of having random scenes of horror. Many rooms are inspired by popular horror movies. The tradition of using live snakes and rats is also expected to return. There are even some fan-favorite actors returning.
New for 2020 will be wheelchair access thanks to wider hallways. There will also be a new sound system and computerized show lighting.
Admission will be $25, but look for $5 OFF coupons if you want to save some money. (Just note you have to have a physical coupon.)
For more details, see their listing on this site and follow links to their website and social media page.