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Spooktacular Halloween Events in the Ottumwa Area!
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Spooktacular Halloween Events in the Ottumwa Area!

It’s that time of year-- pumpkin spice is in the air, fall leaves are on the ground, and Halloween is days away!

Here at the Ottumwa Area CVB, we love Halloween so much that we have compiled a list of the most spooktacular events in the area. Whether you’re in search of some fun for the little gremlins, or want to raise the fright factor, we have a variety of events that will thrill Halloween lovers of all ages.

Let Ottumwa give you the ultimate Halloween experience this year with a little bewitching. Costumes, horror films, live entertainment, and much more are waiting for you! Happy Haunting!

OCTOBER 30 & 31:

Haunted House at Eldon City Hall, 7:00 pm to Midnight.  From the creative minds of Ottumwa Nightmare on 3rd Street and the Eldon Fire & Rescue Haunted House. Admission is $6 per person and all proceeds will benefit Eldon Fire & Rescue.


Trunk or Treat/Fall Festival at Ottumwa YMCA, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Join the Ottumwa YMCA for a spooky fun time! This event is FREE to the public!


Ottumwa Community Children's Playhouse Halloween Dance at Bridge View Center. Begins at 6:00 PM


Halloween Party at the American Gothic House, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Celebrate Halloween in front of the famed American Gothic House while creating spooky American Gothic Parodies! Open to children ages Preschool - 5th grade. 


HALLOWEENAPALOOZA 6 at Hotel Ottumwa. Ottumwa is home to the ONLY horror movie film festival in Iowa-- Halloweenapalooza! You don’t want to miss this! This unique film fest, presented by Prescribed Films, is Saturday, October 31 from 12:00-8:00 pm at the Hotel Ottumwa. The event includes a zombie walk, costume contests, vendors, and appearances by Jason Haxton (owner of the Dibbuk Box) and Justin Beahm (writer/director/actor).

As an especially wicked treat, there will be a 6:00 showing of Nightlight, from Iowa filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and a Midnight viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In addition, Main Street Ottumwa is hosting a Kid’s Cinema with treats, activities, and a screening of Hotel Transylvania from 1:00-3:00pm. Hotel packages available at the Hotel Ottumwa.


Trunk or Treat at Willard Street United Methodist Church, 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Because what kid doesn’t want more candy?


Halloween Party at the Ottumwa Public Library, 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and kick off your Trick-or-Treating at the library


Ottumwa Trick-or-Treat, 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Watch for little ghosts and goblins roaming the streets of Ottumwa, performing tricks to receive their treats. Citizens are reminded to keep an eye out for little ghosts and goblins while driving. 

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