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!
- 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
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.
October 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. @ NewBo City Market
October 17 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. @ Illuminations
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.
October 18 from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. @ JuJu’s Arts & Crafts & Classes
October 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. @ Wickiup Hill Learning Center
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.
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!
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.
October 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ The Views of Marion
October 24 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. @ Hawkeye Downs Speedway & Expo Center
October 25 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. @ SkyZone
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!
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 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. @ Lowe Park Amphitheater
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
October 31 & November 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Bass Farms
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.
Marion: No set time, but should conclude by 8:00 pm
*Mt. Vernon: 5:00-8:00 p.m.
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.
Do you know of more Cedar Rapids area trick or treat times or Halloween events we should know about? Comment and let us know!
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