Silly & Spooky 2019: Halloween & Fall Events in Council Bluffs

All things fall and Halloween in CB

This list will be continuously updated until October 31, 2019.

It’s officially autumn, and to celebrate we’ve made a list of all of the Halloween and fall events occurring this year in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County along with a list of area pumpkin patches!

Grab a pumpkin spice treat of your choice and let’s get celebrating!

Pumpkin Patches:

Photo: Pumpkin Hill Farms

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Season: Weekend of September 28 – October 31 (weather permitting)
Admission: Free entry | Fees for activities
Tuesday-Saturday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Weekends | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

With 10 acres of pumpkins to peruse, you can choose from several pumpkin types along with mini gourds and white squash. Guests can take a hayrack ride to the pumpkins or walk/drive up to the patch. Other activities include apple picking, kids activities like bumper balls and a bounce house, and a corn maze. Food and drinks are available from their store and café.

Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch
Season: September 28 – October 31
Admission: $6
Wednesday & Thursday | 5-9 p.m.
Friday | 5-10 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday | 12-7 p.m.

Pioneer Trail’s admission fee includes a hayrack ride to the pumpkin fields along with haunted events, a corn maze, and more.  Food and drinks are available at their winery and grill, Apple Jacks at the Patch.

Pumpkin Hill Farms
Season: September 20 – November 2
$6-8 and children two and under are free — see their website for full details
Thursdays | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fridays | 5-8 p.m.
Weekends | 12-6 p.m.

The county’s newest pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Hill guests can enjoy a bounce house, playgrounds, a zip line ($1 per ride), and animals like mini goats, mini donkeys, and ducks. Food and drinks are available.

Welch’s Pumpkin Patch
Season: September 2 – October 31
Admission: Free
Monday-Friday | 4-7 p.m.
Weekends | 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Welch’s is a small, family-owned pumpkin patch that sells a variety of pumpkins. Kids are welcome to run around the spacious patch and there are activities for young children.

Haunted Houses:

Madness Haunted House
Season: September 13 – November 1
Admission: $7-$20
Tuesday-Thursday | 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Friday-Saturday | 7:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Halloween | 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. 
Their hours and schedule vary the week of Halloween. Visit their website calendar for full details. 

All Things Fall:

Friday Night Movies at the Orchard
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Sep 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, and 25 | 7:30 p.m.

Creator Clash
Oracle Art Supply Council Bluffs
Oct 26 | 12-3 p.m.

Not-So-Haunting Family-Friendly Halloween Events:

Photo: 100 Block Trick or Treat

Halloween Event
Bass Pro Shops
Oct 19-20 and 25-31 | See events for times

Halloween Howl 5K Fun Run & 1.5 Mile Walk
New Horizon Presbyterian Church
Oct 26 | 9-11 a.m. 

Trick or Treat the Museum
Union Pacific Railroad Museum
Oct 26 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Trunk or Treat
Minden Community Hall
Oct 27 | 4-6 p.m.
Free will donation

Trunk or Treat 
Epworth United Methodist Church
Oct 27 | 4:30-6 p.m.

Trunk or Treat
Salem United Methodist Church - Main Campus
Oct 27 | 5-7 p.m.

100 Block Trick or Treat
The 100 Block
Oct 28 | 4:30-6 p.m.

Trick or Treat
Primrose Retirement Community
Oct 28 | 6-7 p.m.

Trunk or Treat
Salem United Methodist Church - Manna Campus
Oct 29 | 6-8 p.m.

Shine Fest Free Carnival
Twin Cities Christian Church
Oct 30 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Trick or Treat on Main Street
Avoca Public Library & Avoca Main Street
Oct 31 | 4-6 p.m.

Full Fledged Family Fun Halloween
Full Fledged Brewing Co. 
Oct 31 | 4-8 p.m.

Day of the Dead Celebrations:

Day of the Dead Tequila Tasting*
Reception Hall at Walnut Hill Cemetery
Nov 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Donation of $20
*This event is for adults only.

Monster Mashes (Adult Halloween Celebrations & Activities):

Kikker’s Rock & Roll Halloween Bash
Kikker’s Bar & Grill
Oct 26 | 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Free entry

Sunday Funday Wine and Design Class - Halloween Centerpiece
Corum's Flowers and Gifts
Oct 27 | 1:30 p.m.

Succulent and Seltzers - Spooky Succulent Gardens
The Spillway
Oct 30 | 6-8 p.m.

Bewitched Art Show | Opening Night Halloween Celebration
Harvester Artist Lofts
Oct 31 | 6-10 p.m.

The Straight Up Spooky:

Flashlight Tours
Squirrel Cage Jail
Oct 1, 24, 25, 26, and 31 | See events for times
See events for ticket price ($9 - $20)

Halloween Eve Candlelight Tours - Sold Out
Historic General Dodge House
Oct 30 | 7 p.m.

Halloween Fundraisers & Causes: 

Costume Drive to Benefit Lakin Human Services
Council Bluffs Hy-Vee locations & Bloom Works Floral
Oct 1-21
Please consider donating new or gently used costumes to support children participating in programs at the Lakin Campus.The campus would like for all kiddos to be able to participate in the annual Lakin Campus trunk-or-treat in style. Their goal this year is 75 costumes (25 each for elementary-aged boys and girls and 25 for children under the age of 5). Donations are being accepted at both Council Bluffs Hy-Vee locations at the customer service desk as well as at Bloom Works Floral on the 100 Block. If you prefer to contribute a monetary donation, checks can be made payable to MICAH house. Please have donations turned in by October 21.

Halloween Howl 5K Fun Run & 1.5 Mile Walk
New Horizon Presbyterian Church
Oct 26 | 9-11 a.m. 

If you have a fall event in Council Bluffs or Pottawattamie County that you’d like added to this list, please submit the event details with our online form. Submitted events will also be added to our calendar and our weekly newsletter.

Event details are subject to change. Please contact the venues to confirm details as needed.


Header photo: Welch’s Pumpkin Patch

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This post was originally published on September 24, 2019 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.
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Ditmars Orchard

19475 225th St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 256-7053

Historic Squirrel Cage Jail

226 Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 323-2509

Madness Haunted House

1751 Madison Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch

21534 Chestnut Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 366-1505

Pumpkin Hill Farms

28835 Westgate Road
Neola, IA 51559
(712) 307-2746

Welch's Pumpkin Patch

17676 Sunnydale Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 323-4723
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