Oct 13, 2021 Communities

18 Ways to Celebrate Halloween 2021 in Omaha

Ghosts and goblins, scary witches, flickering Jack-o-lanterns—Halloween is only a few weeks away!  

Our local communities take Halloween very seriously, celebrating with fun events, trick-or-treating, spooky movies and more. And while many events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, there are still plenty of ways to get into the Halloween spirit safely around Omaha and Council Bluffs. Below we have a list of our anticipated Halloween events along with a few other ways to celebrate in the area and at home. Happy hauntings!  

Local Halloween Events 

Ghouls & Glows 

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium 

When: October 8-10 & 15-30, 6-10 p.m. 

Halloween at Omaha Zoo

Photo courtesy of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Experience a light-time adventure for the whole family this Halloween at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium! This fun, kid-friendly event will feature more than 400 larger-than-life lantern displays that will illuminate the Bay Family’s Children’s Adventure Trails. Visitors will encounter dancing skeletons, candy monsters, Jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, witches, wizards and much more. There will also be trick-or-treating, so be sure to dress up and bring your own bags to collect treats.  

Trick-or-Treat Days 

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum 

When: October 15 & 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Don’t miss this fun (and socially-distanced) trick-or-treating event at the Omaha Children’s Museum! Treat tables will be spread out all around the museum and special exhibits like Cobweb Castle and Game On will be open as well as the permanent exhibits. The museum will be open late to allow families to comfortably visit the museum without a crowd.  

Howl-O-Ween Safari 

Where: Wildlife Safari Park 

When: October 15 & 16, 5-8 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of The Wildlife Safari Park

Join the Wildlife Safari Park Education Staff as they celebrate Halloween a little differently this year! This fun, “spooky” event, happening on October 15th and 16th, will feature hayrack rides, Halloween-themed games, dinner and S’mores. Due to COVID-19, they are offering a limited number of tickets. Click here to purchase yours today!  

Trick-or-Treat with Animals 

Where: Gifford Farm 

When: October 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Bring out your ghouls, goblins, ghosts, princesses and superheroes to a day of fun and safe trick-or-treating! Gifford Farm invites you and your family to visit the farm animals, visit with their special guests and take a hayride through their “Almost Scary Woods”. Admission is $5 per trick-or-treater and reservations are required. Click here for more information.  

Scales & Tails 

Where: Fontenelle Forest 

When: October 23, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Can an owl turn his head all the way around? Can a snake hypnotize you? Can he spit poison? Do a little myth busting with Fontenelle Forest during this exciting Halloween event! On October 23, head to Bellevue for a day of slime-making, spooky cooking eating and other exciting activities.  

Hitchcock Haunted Hollow 

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center 

When: October 23 & 24, Times Vary 

Get outdoors this month and explore autumn in Iowa! The Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek is hosting an exciting Halloween treasure hunt perfect for the whole family. On October 23rd and 24th, head to the nature center anytime between 11 and 2 p.m. to pick up your treasure hunt materials. Once you have your clues in hand, hit the trails to see if you can find the answers and return victorious! The cost is $5 for every person over the age of 4 and costumes are highly encouraged. Click here to learn more and to pre-register. 

Ghoulish Garden Adventure 

Where: Lauritzen Gardens 

When: October 24, 12-4 p.m. 

Halloween Lauritzen Gardens

Photo courtesy of Larry Fasnacht via Lauritzen Gardens

Head to Lauritzen Gardens on October 24th for a day of Halloween activities among the beautiful plants! Learn about pumpkins, spiders and other creepy crawlies and make a few ghoulish crafts to take home. There will also be photo stations, trick-or-treating, a seasonal café menu and much more. This event is free with regular garden admission or membership.  

Monster Rock on the 100 Block 

Where: The Historic 100 Block of West Broadway, Council Bluffs 

When: October 25, 3 p.m. 

For those looking for a way to trick-or-treat with your families this year while also staying safe, head to the historic 100 Block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs for this Halloween event! They’ll be shutting the street down for families to trick-or-treat, touch a truck, play games and, of course, to eat lots of candy.  

Monster Mash 

Where: The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum 

When: October 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

On October 30th, throw on your costume and visit the iconic air and space museum in Ashland, where they’ll be hosting their annual Monster Mash! Children will be able to walk through a “not so scary” haunted house; take a photo at their photo op station; eat cookies from the Cookie Company Food Truck and much more. The Red Cross will also be hosting a blood drive at the museum on the same day and adults are encouraged to donate! Click here for more information. 

Symphony Spooktacular 

Where: Holland Center 

When: October 31, 2 p.m. 

Take a journey on the Night Bus through all of your favorite creepy classic music on Halloween! The Omaha Symphony is treating you to an incredible show this season, featuring dancers from the Heartland Youth Ballet and violinists from the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Frontier Strings. Enjoy pieces like Dance Macabre, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Thriller and more!  

Omaha Trunk-or-Treat 

Where: West DodgeMidtown & Fremont 

When: October 30 & 31, Times Vary 

On October 30th and 31st, visit various locations across Omaha for a widespread trunk-or-treating event! Visit West Dodge, Midtown and Fremont to see well decorated car trunks and receive a treat. Times vary, so visit the Lifegate Church website to learn more before heading out.  

Other Halloween Fun Throughout Omaha 

Explore a haunted attraction

Photo courtesy of The Shadow’s Edge

From traditional haunted houses to scary corn mazes and dark, mysterious woods—Omaha is packed full of terrifying haunted attractions for you to explore this season! We have a list of our favorites on our blog, which includes attractions like The Shadow’s Edge, the Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre and Haunted HollowClick here to read our post and start planning your spine-chilling itinerary!  

Take a cemetery tour 

If haunted houses aren’t your thing, consider checking out another slightly spooky attraction here in Omaha: cemetery tours. Prospect Hill Cemetery, which is Omaha’s oldest cemetery, can be toured through History Walks, a local tour company. During the tour, you’ll get to learn about our area’s prominent settlers, the Queen of the Underworld, famous tragic accidents, the Megeath Mausoleum and more. Click here for more information and to reserve your tour!  

Watch a Halloween movie outdoors 

Ditmars Orchard is one of our favorite destinations in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area for fall fun! This season, Ditmars Orchard will be hosting free family movie nights every Friday, complete with tasty treats from their cafe (featuring their famous donuts and wine), a stunning scenic view and so much more. Click here to peruse their entire fall lineup, which includes showings of classic Halloween favorites like Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family and Hotel Transylvania. Social distancing is strongly encouraged; no outside food or drinks are allowed; and they ask that you bring your own chairs, blankets and bug spray. 

Or at a drive-in 

If you still want to see a movie on the big screen but would rather stay in your car—Falconwood Park in Bellevue has you covered! This season, they’ll be showing Hocus Pocus on October 21st and the Nightmare Before Christmas on October 28th, in celebration of Halloween. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets!


Get a costume at the Ibsen Costume Gallery 

Ibsen Costumes

Photo courtesy of Ibsen Costume Gallery 

While we love shopping at Spirit Halloween as much as the next person, we always try to prioritize shopping local—no matter the season. Luckily, Omaha is home to a spectacular costume shop where you can rent or buy fantastic Halloween costumes. Isben Costume Gallery has been dressing Omahans for theater productions, masquerades, feasts and Halloween for years. Click here to start exploring all they have to offer online.  

Eat seafood in a “haunted” restaurant 

A seafood restaurant in a haunted house? You bet! Haunted House Shaking Seafood opened in October of 2020 with a scary-good menu of classic Cajun seafood favorites. Enjoy seafood bags just the way you like them, with whatever seafood you enjoy. Dig into king crab, snow crab, Dungeness or blue crab, jumbo shrimp, mussels or lobster—all topped with their signature Cajun seasonings and paired with plenty of steamed corn and potatoes. But the tasty seafood isn’t the only thing that makes this restaurant stand out. They also have a pretty spooky interior boasting black walls, plenty of fake spiderwebs and even some friendly ghosts lining the walls.  

Decorate Halloween cupcakes 

For an easy and delicious activity this Halloween, don’t miss Cake Rendezvous’ popular DIY Dozen Delicious Distractions Cupcake Kits. These incredible and seasonally themed DIY kits feature a dozen cupcakes, either chocolate, vanilla or a mixture, along with several different types of frosting, sprinkles and other decorations. Each kit runs anywhere from $35-$45 and is the perfect at-home activity for the whole family! 

Have a happy Halloween!  

How do you plan on spending Halloween here in Omaha? Let us—and our readers—know, in the comments below. 

Oct 13, 2021 Communities
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