Family Halloween

Family at Halloween eventOctober 18-21 and October 25-28, 2018

Take part in a 31-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, try their hand at pumpkin bowling, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and listen to enchanting storytellers. Living History Farms offers “teal pumpkins” stops for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Buy your ticket early – pre-registrants save money and skip the line!

Endorsing Sponsor: Bob Brown Chevrolet

Supporting Sponsors: Renewal By Andersen, University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Media Partner: WHO-HD Channel 13


superheroes and kids at Family HalloweenTheme Nights

Need some costume inspiration? Take a look at our theme for each night!
  • Thursdays: Double Treats and Athletes – Get twice as many treats, dress up as your favorite athlete, and meet a local mascot! Come take a photo with a giant inflatable Cy on October 18 for Iowa State University night, or come meet Herky on October 25 for University of Iowa night!
  • Fridays: Doggone Scary – bring your furry friend along (in costume!) for trick-or-treating. Get treats for your dog and take home a canine caricature. October 26 is also Drake University Night!
  • Saturdays: Fairytales and Superheroes – meet your favorite characters and dress up in your best superhero and fairytale costumes.
  • Sundays: 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, and stop by to meet Webster, the Therapy Duck!


princess and girl at Living History FarmsTickets

Save money and avoid long lines – get your tickets in advance online. Advanced tickets will be available online through October 17 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.

Adults (13+) Children (2-12) Member Adults (13+) Member Children (2-12)
Advanced Tickets
Available Sep. 27 (10am) – Oct. 17 (noon)
$6.50 $6.00 $5.25 $4.75
Tickets at the Door
Available Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 25-28
$7.25 $6.50 $6.00 $5.50


family at halloween eventNEW! Eats & Treats Dinner

October 18, 19, and 20

Start your night off 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, storytelling, and other Family Halloween activities.

Dinner seating and Parlor activity at Tangen House (6:00-7:15pm) and admission to Living History Farms’ Family Halloween (7:15-8:30pm). Eats & Treats program tickets include:

  • VIP Halloween Parking in Visitor Center Lot
  • A fall family meal at Tangen House
  • Children’s Craft at Tangen
  • Trick or Treat Bag with special goodies
  • Admission to Living History Farms Family Halloween

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volunteers at Family Halloween


Help Living History Farms offer a fun, safe Halloween for our community the nights of October 18-21 and 25-28. Most shifts are 5-8:30pm. Help with greeting or assisting visitors, directing cars, helping with games and more.

Sign up to volunteer for Family Halloween