Everyone has awakened with a chill when things go bump in the night. Children often insist that someone search under the bed for the boogeyman. Many students remember quivering in a desk, while taking finals in eleventh grade physics class. While others, the scariest sensation was dad’s lecture after being late for curfew. These four Halloween attractions are sure to prove frightfully entertaining.
- Ames Haunted Forest: Ames Haunted Forest is located off 4th Street, near Jack Trice Stadium and the Intramural Fields in Ames, Iowa in Story County. The guide begins by relating the story of The Phantom of the Bijou. A teenage boy named Vincent was badly burned at a theater. Vincent now roams the forest with a tortured mind and scarred face.
- Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction: The Dark Chambers Haunted Attraction is located off Ice Harbor Road, which may be reached from Hwy 151 in Dubuque, Iowa. Dark Chambers boasts over 5,000 ft. of frightful fun. Nightmarish monsters and ghouls lurk in the darkness waiting for innocent victims. The attraction changes slightly each year, so even guests from previous years, experience a spooktacular good time.
- Eldora Haunted Hospital: Eldora Haunted Hospital is not an attraction for the faint of heart or very young children. The tour guides allow flashlights for an hour each night. The hospital is located on Edgington Avenue in Eldora, Iowa in Hardin County. The story begins with the hospital founder, a Quaker female dressed in black that roams the halls of the hospital, although she died in 1907.
- Thrashers House of Terror: Thrashers House of Terror, located off Threshers Road in Mount Pleasant, Iowa in Henry County, promises a scareific journey with automations, damp or wet conditions, extreme sound effects, low visibility, and trained performers. A restricted number of fast passes are available each night to allow guests to avoid the waiting line.
*Photo courtesy of at Winter's Night Haunted House by Ricky Brigante at Flickr’s Creative Commons.