Cedar Rapids Area Trick or Treat Times, Trunk or Treats, and Halloween Activities 2020

Halloween is coming soon!! Looking for some fun Halloween Activities in the Cedar Rapids area? Or for Cedar Rapids Area Trick or Treat times? We’ve got you covered! Read on for all the details!!

*Be sure to click on the event names to go to each event’s website for more info and COVID-19 guidelines!

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published safety guidelines for the upcoming holidays. Read along and follow guidelines as necessary to make this a safe Halloween for all! 

General Guidelines:

  • Follow state, local, territorial or tribal health and safety laws
  • Consider community levels, location, duration, attendance, travel, and behaviors of attendees
  • People who have COVID-19, have been exposed or have symptoms, and/or are at increased risk of severe illness, should not attend any in-person festivities.
  • Masks should be two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose. Costume masks are not a substitute unless they meet these requirements. Avoid wearing costume masks over cloth masks to prevent breathing obstruction. 
  • Keep 6-foot separation from other groups or individuals. If screaming will happen, such as in haunted attractions, social distance should be greater. The greater the distance, the lower the risk. 
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer before prepping or touching items (treat bags, apples or pumpkins at orchards, etc)
  • Limit contact with shared surfaces
  • Avoid pot-luck style gatherings and instead opt for single-use/individual options. 
  • If hosting a gathering, consider keeping an attendee list for contact tracing if necessary.

Cedar Rapids Area Pumpkin Patches

If you haven’t already picked a great pumpkin to decorate or carve, be sure to check out our Guide to Cedar Rapids Area Pumpkin Patches & Apple Orchards. Many have events going on through October 31st!

Cedar Rapids Halloween Activities & Events

Clay Pumpkin Workshop

October 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. every hour @ Iowa Ceramics Center

With sponsorship from UFG, we are excited to announce our October Clay Pumpkin Jack o’ Lantern workshop. All projects will be kiln fired and available for pickup on October 31st. To adhere to all COVID-19 protocols, we are holding multiple workshops through the morning and day on October 17th, in our dedicated STEAM Classroom. Each workshop will be held on the hour, with 15 minutes between workshops to clean. Each workshop is limited to 8 people. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is required (for all non-family members). Our Saturday family workshops are intended for all ages, pre-registration is required and space is limited. The cost is $10. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Costumes for Kids Distribution Event

October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ NewBo City Market

This is our big distribution event. There will be more information regarding the distribution process, what you need to do to get a costume, and what we will have available. Please follow the page to stay up to date on the event. Please be aware that anyone attending the event will need to comply with the COVID-19 expectations laid out by NewBo City Market.

Book and Treat-Children’s Book Signing

October 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. @ Illuminations

Come to Illuminations on October 17th between 1-4 pm with your child for the book signing of Nicole Beil’s Halloween Edition of I’m a? (A Book of Rhymes, Riddles, and Choices). Any child in costume will be granted something sweet! Note: Everyone with the exception of children under the age of 2 must wear a mask.

Safe Halloween for Kids Drive Through

October 18 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. every hour @ Ushers Ferry

*UPDATE: Event moved from Ushers Ferry to Kingston Stadium* Put on a costume, jump in the car, and drive over to Veterans Memorial Stadium for a new event, “Halloween Drive-Thru,” with safety precautions in place. Line up to trick-or-treat in your car at your assigned time for check in (registration receipt required) at the Kingston parking lot entrance, off 15th Street, then parade (slowly and carefully) through the Kernel’s parking lot where the event staff, sponsors, and volunteers will hand out treats. Assigned one-hour time slots are available from 12:00-4:00 p.m. Advance online registration is required. The fee is only $5 per car.

Halloween Cat

October 18 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. @ JuJu’s Arts & Crafts & Classes

Come join me at my studio while we paint this spooky Halloween cat sitting on a pumpkin in front of the bright moon on canvas. Easy instruction and guidance while you paint your very own artwork to take home with you after the class is finished. All ages welcome. All materials provided. Please pre-register to guarantee your materials and spot. 10 seats available. Bring a refreshment if you would like! Cost: $35/adult, $25/under 18, $25/take-home-kit

Nature at Night!

October 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Wickiup Hill Learning Center

Get your costume on and come play at the Wickiup’s Wandering Woods as we light up the playscape and add a few special surprises! Due to COVID we will not be having our annual Wickiup Fall Fest this year. Instead, we will have a troll trail eye spy, storybook trail, bat toss, pumpkin bowling, photo opportunities with your costumes, and s’mores and hot cider by the campfire. We will not have prizes/trick or treating this year, so this event will be free. We WILL be giving you fresh air and a chance to show off your costumes with a little extra fun! We do ask that you pre-register for this event so we can keep the crowd size smaller this year. For all ages.

Program to Go: Family Fun Halloween!

October 23 @ Cedar Rapids Public Library Downtown

“Programs to Go” are kits that patrons reserve in advance for pickup. Everything in the kit, including a book, is yours to keep. Register in advance to pick up a Halloween Fun Pack on October 23. A spooky Halloween banner, masks to decorate and a mystery chapter book are just a few of the treats in store for your family in the Halloween Program to Go. Each Halloween Program to Go is unique; one per family, please.

Fall Festivities! – Self-Guided

October 23-25 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Wickiup Hill Learning Center

We will have a few extra activities out in the prairie to help celebrate the season! Self-serve activities include: troll trail eye spy, storybook trail, bat toss, pumpkin bowling, and fun photo opportunities. Wear your costume too!

Ghost Luminaries

October 24 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. @ Iowa Ceramics Center

Create a ghostly luminary to decorate your stoop or table for Halloween from clay. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is required (for all non-family members). Our Saturday family workshops are intended for all ages, pre-registration is required and space is limited. The cost is $18. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Costume Parade

October 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ The Views of Marion

Children and families are invited to a socially-distanced costume parade at The Views of Marion Senior Living! Please wear masks to maintain the safety of attendees and residents. Children will get a treat bag at the end of the parade. Let’s spread some joy! Rain date: Saturday, Oct. 31. Registration is requested to determine attendance numbers.

Haunting at Hawkeye Downs-Drive In

October 24 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. @ Hawkeye Downs Speedway & Expo Center

Our Halloween Parade is taking a year off…so let’s experience a Drive-In Movie Experience “OUT OF THIS WORLD”! Extraterrestrial activities for the whole family…Saturday, October 24th — gate opens at 5:30 PM. Not just one, but TWO MOVIES – ONE AMAZING HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION!! 1st Feature = Hocus Pocus starts at 7 PM. 2nd Feature = Van Helsing starts at 9 PM. Come in costume!! Awards for: Best Alien / Spaceship themed vehicle, Best Kids Costume, Most Creative FAMILY Costume, Best Super Hero, Best Villian.
Food / Drink (Adult Beverages too!) for purchase! FREE ghoulie bags and scary / glow stuff while supplies last! *This is a COVID-regulated event. All attendees must wear a mask. Social distancing will be required.  Suggested cost: $10/car (donation for Derecho Relief Fund, not required)

Trick or Treat Toddler Time

October 25 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. @ SkyZone

Join us for Trick or Treat Toddler Time! Costume Contest with your Favorite Characters! This Toddler Time Event is for Ages 6 & Under. We’re excited to see you! Cost: $14.99 for One Parent & One Child; $4.99 for each additional parent; $2.99 Sky Socks

Sensitive Trick or Treat

October 25 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. @ Lindale Mall

Those with special needs (and their families) are invited to attend our Special Needs Trick or Treat. Extra precautions are taken to create an environment more suitable for individuals with sensory concerns. Visit tables/stores throughout the main level of the mall to collect candy and show off your costume!

Scare and Tell – Virtual Ghost Story Telling

October 26 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Cedar Rapids Public Library Downtown

Hear scary stories from the community and share your own. Sharing scary stories has been a favorite campfire activity for ages. Let’s keep it going virtually. Hear scary stories from the community and share your own. Paranormal enthusiasts to casual chill seekers are welcome. This program is intended for teens and adults. Registration is required. Information will be sent out via email prior to the event for virtual attendance. When registering, please select if you have a story you would like to share or if you would prefer to just listen.


October 27 – November 1 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ The Iowa Children’s Museum

Make a spider pizza, bowl with a pumpkin, and weave your way through a spooky labyrinth when you come play at The Iowa Children’s Museum between Tuesday, October 27th and Sunday, November 1st! Costumes are encouraged all week!* While supplies last, all of our costumed friends will receive a special goodie bag during their visit. And you won’t be the only one in costume; keep an eye out for special appearances from dinosaurs, squids, and other characters, too! Online ticket reservations are required. Play sessions available Tuesday through Sunday, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM & 1:30-4:30 PM. *Masks that cover the nose and mouth are still required for those 6 years and older.

All Ages Spooky Stories

October 27 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. @ Lowe Park Amphitheater

Spooky book lovers of all ages are invited to the Lowe Park Amphitheater for some exciting, creepy stories! Staff will have stories for youth, teens, and adults; once you arrive we will split into groups for a howling good time!

Trick or Treat

October 28 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ Aces & Eights Saloon

We have decided to get together and pass out candy to the children. We will have several stations and a path for children to stay on. Enter through the 16th Ave gate, go around in a circle and exit through the 15th Ave gate. Social distancing rules will apply. Candy will be individually bagged for cleanliness. The stations will be decorated, we will be dressed up and Halloween music will be played. No dogs, please. Let’s make this Halloween great for our kids!

Halloween Hustle with Charlotte Gunnufson

October 30 at 10:00 a.m. @ Facebook Live (Hiawatha Public Library)

Join our own Charlotte Gunnufson as she shares her book Halloween Hustle and the wicked dance moves that accompany it. Kids and their caregivers will enjoy this program on Facebook Live.


October 30 & 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Prairie Patch Farm

Join Us for our 1st Annual LLAMAWEEN (Halloween with Llamas!) at Prairie Patch Farm. Adventure out to the Spooky Trail on Poppy Lane with a Llama in costume by your side!
Yes, there will even be a LLUMMY! (Llama Mummy) Overview: This is a 1-hour farm visit with a guided 20-minute walk down a Spooky Trail with TWO llamas in Costume with your private group of up to 10 people. Take all the photos you would like and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience but BEWARE of witches, goblins, and ghouls! The spooky trail walk is about 20 minutes, and your total group time at the farm is 1 hour. Cost: $100/private group of 10 (kids 2 and under do not count in the total number of persons but can not exceed more than three per group).

Candy Crawl

October 30 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Lindale Mall

Goblins and Ghouls, You’re invited to join us for a Candy Crawl on Friday, October 30th from 5-7 pm. Come dressed ready to spook the crowd and collect all of your favorite treats. Take a stroll around the mall to show off your costume, trick-or-treat at participating retailers, and stop by the center court to grab some additional goodies! Open to children 12 and under. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. And don’t forget, masks are required for this event.

Trunk or Treat

October 30 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. @ El Kahir Shrine

The El Kahir Shrine Auxiliary is hosting Trunk or Treat at the El Kahir Shrine Center on Friday, Oct 30 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All are welcome.

Drive-through Trunk or Treat

October 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. @ Springs of Life Foursquare Church

Join us for a drive-through trunk or treat! Enjoy the sights and get some candy from the safety of your own car. Kids of all ages welcome!


October 31 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. @ Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Come on out to the Howard H. Cherry Scout Reservation for fun and safe activities for the whole family. Take a spooky haunted hayride or try your hand at games on our Monster Midway. Test your physical abilities on our Zombie Survival Course and shoot apples on the archery range. Prizes will be given for best costume at each rank, as well as prizes for best-dressed adults! Register today!

Fall Festival – Halloween at the Farm

October 31 & November 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Bass Farms

Join us for our last Fall Festival Weekend at Bass Farms! It’s Halloween so let’s go all out, wear your costumes and celebrate!!! Open 10-6 Saturday and Sunday!! Bring your family to pick out your pumpkins, shop our country store, and have some family fun! Activities include slingshots, newly redone 18 hole mini-golf, GIANT tic tac toe and checkerboard tables, photo ops, teeter-totters, LIFE size connect four, GIANT Jenga, music wall, candy corn bag toss, pumpkin slide, pumpkin bowling, and much much more! * Please note we are taking extra precautions due to COVID-19. All guests are highly encouraged to wear face masks per the CDC guidelines. By visiting Bass Farms, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Admission $5 per person (2 and under are free).

Open Studio Saturday – Halloween

October 31 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. @ The Music and Arts Studios at the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy

Grab your member art box or any creepy Halloween supplies you may have at home and join us for an hour of creativity and fun with Miss Shirley! Students are advised to bring art they have been working on to show others as well as discuss projects they have in mind for future projects. Class is FREE and open to the public. To become a member and receive a FREE art box full of supplies for your student please inquire by calling our office at 319-350-1805.

Cedar Rapids Jaycees’s Trunk or Treat

October 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ St. Matthew Catholic Parish & School

Join us for some family fun for a good cause! We will be handing out candy in the St Matthew Catholic Church parking lot on Halloween and collecting pet supplies to donate to SAINT Rescue and Adoption Center and Fur Fun Friends. Covid-19 precautions will be put in place and face masks are required. Candy available while supplies last.

Social Distance Kids Halloween Event

October 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ Hy-Vee (Collins Rd)

Join us outside for a social distance Halloween Kids Event! Activities and give-aways. Costumes welcome and Masks encouraged, see you this weekend!

Halloween Monsters

October 31 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ Iowa Ceramics Center

A workshop on Halloween! Come in and create a monster before trick or treating begins. Masks are mandatory and social distancing is required (for all non family members). Our Saturday family workshops are intended for all ages, pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $18. Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

A Social Distant Trick or Trunk

October 31 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ 250 8th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids
Come on down for a spooky good time we will have treats, games, and food will be served to all attendees and volunteers. Do you want to win a prize for decorating your trunk for the best trick or trunk ever message us directly for info. We will make sure that all of the cars are adequately spaced out to keep a social distance. Also if your costume doesn’t come with a mask please bring one with to keep everyone safe. We ask that you don’t bring any homemade baked goods only pre-packaged treats or stickers etc. We will have a clown making balloon animals and a face paint artist as well come out enjoy yourselves bring your family and your friends.

Halloween Costume Pictures!

October 31 from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. @ Kacena Farms

Before you Trick or Treat on Halloween, stop out at Kacena Pumpkin Farm (2510 55th St, Vinton) for a FREE picture with Afton Marie Photography!

Drive Thru Trunk-OR-Treat

October 31 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Gospel Light Baptist Church

With all of the difficulties going on in our society today, and many looked forward to events canceled and postponed, we are striving to help bring a little normal to our friends and neighbors in the Marion area. On Saturday, October 31st, we will be having a drive thru Trunk-Or-Treat! It will be free to attend, but you must sign up so we know how many to prepare for.


Cedar Rapids Area Trick or Treat Times

*All hours are for Saturday, October 31st. Many local cities don’t have set times for trick-or-treating. Tips: head out at dusk and make sure to only go to houses with a porch light on!! Additional COVID-19 guidelines: wear masks, keep social distance, wash hands or use hand sanitizer often, stay home if sick. *Has not been confirmed by city

*Cedar Rapids: Dusk

*Center Point: 5:00-7:30 p.m.

*Fairfax: Dusk

*Hiawatha: Dusk

Marion: No set time, but should conclude by 8:00 pm

*Lisbon: Dusk

*Mt. Vernon: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

*Shueyville: Dusk

Solon: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Springville: No set hours, but usually 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Swisher: Dusk, up to residents’ discretion

Urbana: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Walford: Dusk

Need some costume ideas? Visit our Guide to Easy DIY Halloween Costumes! Looking for healthy Halloween treat ideas? Check out these Healthy Halloween Treats for Boos and Ghouls!

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Paola, originally from Puerto Rico, came to Iowa to study at Iowa state University where Ryan, an Iowa native, won her heart and they’ve been married for five years. They now call Cedar Rapids home and work as landscape designers in North Liberty. They love watching their toddler, Olivia, grow and are excited to see her as a big sister in the Fall of 2019. Paola's hobbies include crafting, running, yoga, baking and anything handmade. She recently opened Pikosa Creations to share her creativity with the world. Her passions include family, kindness, desserts and vacations to the beach.