Slaughterhouse video interview

Earlier this afternoon we swung through downtown Des Moines to speak with Ian Miller about The Slaughterhouse. I had not seen the place since it moved to this new Locust Street location, and I was blown away. I had assumed they were still the “pig rendering factory” I had seen in past visits, but this is an all-new experience. It was not at all what I was expecting, and I can’t wait to see it with the lights off. Or themed lights on. Whatever. Here’s the video.

Bouton Haunted Church video interview

Just a short drive from Des Moines is Bouton, Iowa where an old church building has been turned in to a haunted house. It is only $5, and more than worth it. The funds go to the firefighters there (who also operate this haunted house). The haunt has all kinds of stuff in it — dark twisty hallways, creepy folks waiting for you in corners, clowns, unexpected blasts of air … it was a great time.

Krampus: Jingle Hell!

I know we are not even done with Halloween yet, but this was just sent to me about an event happening at The Slaughterhouse in a little over a month:

Krampus: Jingle Hell is describe as:

Prepare for a Night of Terror and Delight on December 2nd in Des Moines!

Get ready for an unforgettable evening as Krampus and his mischievous H’elves unleash their mayhem at The Slaughterhouse! For one night only, this spine-chilling event is open to all ages from 6-9pm. (Ages 6 and up strongly recommended)

Embrace the darkness at our BLACKOUT show where the Christmas Beast has devoured the power lines! Feel the adrenaline surge through your veins as you navigate our subterranean lair, with only the red Rudolph Glow Necklaces provided to light your way.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Krampus and our haunting Holiday ghouls! Bring your mischievous loved ones along and capture the terrifyingly memorable moments with a photo alongside these mysterious creatures.

Experience the thrill and excitement of Krampus: Jingle Hell by securing your tickets now!

Consider this your advance notice to do some early Christmas (ticket) shopping. With only three hours on one night, I do not expect these tickets to last long.

Future Nightmare adds more days

Just in time for “Halloween Week,” Future Nightmares in Merle Hay Mall has added extra nights:

I will try to get the information on this website updated (as well as the calendar) as soon as I can. But, as always, check official sources before heading out. This year, at least three of the haunts have added or removed nights in the past week. Do not rely on what you see in a newspaper article or some Halloween nerd’s website. 😉

Linn’s in Des Moines Register

Linn’s Haunted House, which started in 1984, is the longest running haunted house around. The Des Moines Register‘s Paris Barraza posted an article about it today:

I have added these to the Linn’s page on this site (the one that shows up in the pull down menu at the top of the pages). There wasn’t a place for it on the index software so I have to keep a separate “launch page” for each haunt for things like this.

Zombie Hollow date changes

Always check with the haunt’s official website or social media before heading out. Dates sometimes get added or removed. Or both, in the case of Winterset’s Zombie Hollow. From their Facebook page:

We’ve switched up our calendar a bit. We took out Thursday the 26th but added Sunday the 29th. Friday night is looking dry and just right! Come on out, grab a hot chocolate at Nick’s Kettle Korn located right at our front entrance and carry it with you as you enjoy the show! By Tuesday, we may be adding Christmas lights if the snow keeps up! ????????????❄️

Zombie Hollow on Facebook

Barnum Circus of Freaks also posted about adding an extra night this week.

For outdoor events, weather may also be a concern, with rain expected today and a potential to see some snow this weekend. Carlisle’s Haunted Woods has posted about potentially changing hours due to weather. Outdoor events such as these (and Sleepy Hollow, and Adventureland, and Trail of Terror, and…) can be impacted by wet or color weather.

Wrap up warm this weekend!