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Halloweenapalooza: Iowa’s Only Horror Film Festival, Located in Ottumwa
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Halloweenapalooza: Iowa’s Only Horror Film Festival, Located in Ottumwa

Halloween is right around the corner and what better way to start off this eerie season then by heading to Ottumwa to Halloweenapalooza, Iowa’s ONLY Horror Film Festival presented by Prescribed Films. The Festival is on Saturday, October 1 at the Hotel Ottumwa, a perfect location because rumor has it the Hotel has been known to be home to some mysterious paranormal experiences.

Writer/Actor/Director/Podcaster Justin Beahm will set the mood for the event by reading chilling stories in the ballroom from noon to 1:00 PM. Films will begin showing at noon and will run through 8:00 PM. Over forty short and feature films from around the world will be showing in two different viewing rooms. The Feature Presentation for the evening was filmed right here in Iowa. The award-winning documentary by Kelly & Tammy Rundle explores the mystery behind the 1912 Villisca axe murders. Villisca: Living with a Mystery will begin at 5:30 PM in the Hotel Ottumwa ballroom.

There will be plenty to do and see at the festival with Halloween vendors, Q & A sessions with horror film bloggers and TV show hosts, a tattoo artist, fall beer bar featuring Halloween inspired brews, hypnotist Ray Thompson, a Zombie Walk and Zombie costume contest, film awards, live music, trivia, and that is not all! The brave and curious will be able to participate in a ghost hunt with Iowa Paranormal, a team of professional ghost hunters, to the Bloomfield Elementary School from 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM. For those who would rather not encounter spirit, everybody’s favorite audience participation movie, Rocky Horror Picture Show, will start at midnight in the Hotel Ballroom. Bring your own props for two hours of Rice throwing, newspaper wearing, flashlight lighting and more! The Hotel Ottumwa does have discounted room rates available for those traveling from afar or for those who just want to be a part of the fun all night long.

Halloweenapalooza is a perfect way for slasher fans and scream queens to kick off their Halloween season. Ottumwa will be abuzz that weekend with The Happy Mutant Adventure Race’s Run for your Life event on Friday, September 30. It’s the ultimate game of hide-and-seek meets tag while being chased by scary characters throughout the downtown area. Ottumwa’s Oktoberfest is also happening that weekend as well.

Come for the fun and spook and get a good scare in Ottumwa this October.


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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
    What a great post! Thanks for keeping us in the loop on this spooktacular Iowa event!
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