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Family Halloween

Family at Halloween eventOctober 17-20 and October 24-27, 2019

Take part in a 32-year old tradition at Living History Farms – Family Halloween! Families are welcomed into the 1875 town of Walnut Hill to enjoy safe, non-scary trick-or-treating at our historic businesses, play fun games, and take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Save money when you get your tickets in advance online.


Help us make this a great event! Sign up to help with games, hand out treats, or help visitors during the event. Find out more about our open positions and sign up now!

Volunteer for Family Halloween

superheroes and kids at Family HalloweenTheme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm: School Spirit Night – Dress up in your school colors or as your favorite athlete, and meet a local mascot! Come take a photo with Cy on Iowa State University night, Oct. 17 or with Herky on University of Iowa night, Oct. 24!
  • Fridays, 5:30-8:30pm: Doggone Scary – bring your furry friend along (in costume!) for trick-or-treating and get treats for your dog.
  • Saturdays, 3:30-8:30pm: Fairytales and Superheroes – meet your favorite characters and dress up in your best superhero and fairytale costumes.
  • Sundays, 5:30-8:30pm: Farmer & Friends – Dress up as an animal on the farm, a farmer, or Victorian style like a person in the past! Wear your best “Living History Farms” themed costume for trick-or-treating.

princess and girl at Living History FarmsTickets

Save money and get your tickets in advance online! Advanced tickets go on sale September 24 at 10am and will be available online through October 16 at noon. Tickets will also be available at the door; bring cash for faster entry. Last ticket sold at 8pm each night. Tickets required for everyone 2 years and older. Children 1 and under are free.

Purchase Tickets

Adults (13+) Children (2-12) Member Adults (13+) Member Children (2-12)
Spook-on Tickets
Available Sep. 24 (10am) – Sep. 26 (10am)
$4.50 $4.50 $4.50 $4.50
Advanced Tickets
Available Sep. 26 (10am) – Oct. 16 (noon)
$6.50 $6.00 $5.25 $4.75
Tickets at the Door
Available Oct. 17-20 and Oct. 24-27
$7.25 $6.50 $6.00 $5.50


Halloween Eats and Treats Family Dinnerpie

Start your night with a family meal at the Tangen Home, followed by a fun fall craft, and then head out to the town of Walnut Hill to take part in trick-or-treating, wagon rides, and other Family Halloween activities. This program is geared towards families with children.

Info for Family Halloween Eats & Treats Programs


Presenting Sponsor – Iowa Total Care

Endorsing Sponsors – Bob Brown Chevrolet, Green State Credit Union 

Supporting Sponsor – Renewal by Andersen

Contributing Sponsors – Delta Dental, Walnut Lake Apartments