Get yo' freaky freak-on with some of the freakiest haunted houses in Siouxland. Just how scary are these devilish domiciles, anyway? Well, all of them have certified by Better Ghouls & Garden, that's how batty these belfries are. Let the spooky tour begin!
Downtown Sioux City often leaves a person with a queasy feeling in the pit of one's stomach. Yeah, we know that parking's a bitch. But we're actually talking about a boo-fest that takes place at 1229 Historic Fourth Street. Nightmare on Fourth Street offers more than 5,000 square feet of fright while its creepy cousin, the Fear Factory, terrorizes in more than 4,500 square feet of fright. Both locales will be open nightly through Halloween, beginning Friday. Although each will cost you $9 a pop, we recommend going to both for $15. Yup, saving money is scary ... very scary!
Want to have the bejesus frightened out of you while helping your kids' 4-H club? That's the ghoulish concept behind the Dark Corner Insane Asylum Haunted House, which will be terrorizing the Midtown Family Community Center (14th & Nebraska Streets) beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $3, but they'll take a buck off if you bring a canned good. Spoiler alert: We think vampires like lima beans.
Train tracks of terror
What's scarier than an old train station roundhouse at high noon? Alright, it ain't really THAT scary yet the Milwaukee Railroad Shops, 3400 Sioux River Road, will be hosting a family-friendly Halloween at the Roundhouse, starting at noon on Saturday.
'Y' are you such a freak?
Leave it to the Norm Waitt YMCA (601 Riverview Drive, South Sioux City) to combine fright with fitness. They will be hosting its first-ever Monster Dash & Halloween Fun House from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include a costume parade, bounce house and 3K family fun walk. Um ... yeah, that always works on "True Blood." The best way to beat creepy vamps is to outwalk em. Should work, right?
College kids are creepy!
Mole people are alive and well at Briar Cliff University. Well, maybe not, but the underground thoroughfares connecting campus buildings will be getting a spooky, subterranean makeovers of the creepiest kind. The university's 22nd annual "Haunted Tunnels" will be open from 7 - 9 p.m Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. It will only cost you $3 ($1 for kids, under 12) to get six feet under (or below).
The Ice Cream Capital of the World can be a scary place ... if you're lactose intolerant, that is. Yet, the town's Haunted Shelter House of Horror (Le Mars Municipal Park) promises to make you a Blue Bunny non-believer at 6 p.m. Saturday. Even hideous monsters deserve a "vacay" on occasion and they'll be heading for Lake Okoboji from 7 - 10 p.m., every night until Tuesday for the Spirit Lake Mainsail & KUOO Haunted House on the Dickinson County Fairgrounds.
Terror will descend on the tiny town of Scotland, SD, with the Scotland Youth Center's 5th annual haunted house. From 7 - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 7 - 11 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, strange sounds will be emanating at 340 Walnut Street. Thank goodness that's where the haunted house is located.