This list will be continuously updated until October 31, 2020

Fall is here and to celebrate, we’ve made a list of all of the upcoming fall events and activities in Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County! Grab your favorite pumpkin spice treat and let’s get celebrating.

 

Pumpkin Patches:

Pumpkin Hill Farms 

 

3 Bee Farms 
Season: September 8  – October 31
Admission: $5 on the weekends, $3 during the week (No hayrack rides during the week)
Hours:
Monday - Thursday | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Close at 2 p.m. on Thursdays in September) 
Friday - Saturday | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Search for the perfect pumpkin or pick the best-looking apples at 3 Bee Farms! Enjoy numerous family-fun activities with admission including hayrides, corn maze, meeting the barnyard animals, playgrounds, and plenty of perfect family photo backdrops. 
 

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Season: Weekend of September – October (weather permitting)
Admission: Weekend Day Pass $10.95 per person, Weekday Pass $6.95 per person, Family Season Pass $79.95, Individual Season Pass $29.95
Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday | 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, petting zoo with goats, kids activities like bumper balls, barrel cart rides and a bounce house, and a corn and pallet maze. Food and drinks are available from their store and café.

 

Pumpkin Hill Farms
Season: September 19 – November 1
Admission:
$6-8 and children two and under are free — see their website for full details
Hours:
Weekends | 12-6 p.m.

The county’s newest pumpkin patch, Pumpkin Hill guests can enjoy a bounce house, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, and animals like mini goats, mini donkeys, and ducks. Food and drinks are available.

 

Welch’s Pumpkin Patch
Season: September 12 – October 31
Admission: Free
Hours:
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.

 

Festive Fall Attractions:

 

Shady Lane Ranch

Explore the Loess Hills on horseback or on a scenic hayrack ride at Shady Lane Ranch! Saddle up and enjoy hourly guided rides with your friends or family out on the trails. To make a reservation, call 712-323-1932. Hayrack rides are perfect for larger groups and you can even enjoy a private campfire afterward!

 

Historic Squirrel Cage Jail

Town legend has it that the Historic Squirrel Cage Jail has been haunted since the jail’s opening. A former jail tour guide claimed the ghost is J.M. Carter, the man who oversaw the construction of the building. Visit their website for information on booking a paranormal investigation!  

 

The Cryptic Room

The Cryptic Room is a live-action, team-based escape room game that is perfect for the Halloween season. Once you are inside of the themed room, the clock starts ticking and you have limited time to work together, find and use clues, solve the puzzles, and "break out". You must hurry though — once the clock hits zero, it is all over!

 

Fall Events:

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

Famers Market Council Bluffs: Final Market 
Bayliss Park
September 24 | 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night- The Wizard of Oz
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 
September 25 | 7:15 p.m. 

Monarch Tagging
Hitchcock Nature Center 
September 26 | 9:00 a.m. 

Fall Into Gardening Seed Share
CreekTop Gardens
September 27 | 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night- Casper
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 
October 2 | 7 p.m. 

BIKEtober in the Bluffs
Historic 100 Block
October 3 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark
Olde Town Park, Macedonia
October 3 | 7:30 p.m.

Free Friday Family Movie Night- Hocus Pocus
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 
October 9 | 6:45 p.m.  

The Science of Fall
Hitchcock Nature Center
October 10 | 9:00 a.m.   

Fall Fest 
Full Fledged Brewing Co. 
October 10 | Noon - 11:00 p.m.   

Arrowhead Park Chili Fest 
Arrowhead Park 
October 10 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   

Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark
Olde Town Park, Macedonia 
October 10 | 7:30 p.m. 

Arrowhead Trail Run
Arrowhead Park 
October 11 | 8:00 a.m.  

Free Friday Family Movie Night- The Nightmare Before Christmas 
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 
October 16 | 6:30 p.m.  

Hitchcock Haunted Hollow 
Hitchcock Nature Center
October 17 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

HawkWatch 5k Virtual Run
Anywhere!
October 17 | 5:00 p.m. 

Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark
Olde Town Park, Macedonia 
October 17 | 7:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Historic Squirrel Cage Jail
October 22 | 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night- Goosebumps 
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 
October 23 | 6:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Historic Squirrel Cage Jail
October 23 | 7:00 p.m. - Midnight

Iowa's Most Haunted Places with Chad Lewis 
Virtual or Council Bluffs Public Library 
October 24 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Halloween Witchy Woods Walk
Hitchcock Nature Center
October 24 | 4:30 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Historic Squirrel Cage Jail
October 24 | 7:00 p.m. - Midnight

Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark
Olde Town Park, Macedonia
October 24 | 7:30 p.m. 

Halloween Witchy Woods Walk
Hitchcock Nature Center
October 25 | 4:30 p.m. 

Visiting the Beyond with Curtis Strutz
Virtual or Council Bluffs Public Library
October 27 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Historic Squirrel Cage Jail
October 29 | 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

Free Friday Family Movie Night- Ghostbusters 
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 
October 30 | 6:15 p.m. 

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Historic Squirrel Cage Jail
October 30 | 7:00 p.m. - Midnight

Squirrel Cage Jail Flashlight Tours
Historic Squirrel Cage Jail
October 31 | 7:00 p.m. - Midnight

Ghost Stories in the Park After Dark
Olde Town Park, Macedonia
October 31 | 7:30 p.m. 

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

This post was originally published on September 10, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.