After years of adding Halloween events to my monthly events roundups, it’s time to just give Halloween its own post. Here’s a list of events celebrating Halloween in Omaha including Halloween movies, trunk or treats and free activities involving all-things-pumpkin. If you’re looking for things to do that gets you into the mood for Halloween, this your list.
NOTE: This post was first published in 2018 and is now updated in August with 2021 Halloween events. Many more will be added as dates become known. If you know of an event to add, please let me know at email@example.com!
Omaha traditions: Halloween and fall activities
I’ve got a few family traditions for Halloween. Top on that list is “Go to the pumpkin patch.” If you don’t have any traditions, here are a few things to do in Omaha this time of year.
- Visit a pumpkin patch. Here’s a list of more than 15 pumpkin patches near Omaha.
- Visit a haunted house. There are 10 haunted houses near Omaha.
- Visited a haunted park, business, or urban legend of Omaha.
- Navigate a corn maze.
- Camp at a Nebraska State Park during a Halloween-themed event.
- Drive around and see all the Omaha homes with awesome Halloween decorations.
2021 Halloween Events in Omaha (and nearby)
Events can change after this is published, so it’s best to check with the venue ahead of time before planning on attending any event.
Cobweb Castle is open at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St., from Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Included with regular admission, which is $14 for kids and adults, $13 for seniors, and FREE for kids under 24 months and Member Families.
Practically Magic is Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Salt Creek Mercantile, 1502 Silver St., Ashland, Neb. Shop, trivia, enjoy sips from Glacial Till and snacks, as well as watch an outdoor screening of “Practical Magic.” No reservation required.
Spooky Night Climbs at TreeRush Adventures at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb., are Friday nights in October (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29). Scary night climbs include a DJ, costume party and parade on Halloween where winners receive free swag and tickets to climb. Night climbs are $38.
Witches Night, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. at Edge of the Universe, 6070 N. Maple St. (movie starts at 7 p.m.). Kick off the best month with witch’s brews, wicked treats, and, as requested, “Practical Magic” viewing party!! Come dressed up with us and feel free to quote alongCostumes encouraged. FREE
Ghouls and Glow, Oct. 8-10 and 15-30. Times are Sunday through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Ticket prices vary based on date of attendance and for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members. If purchased onsite at the zoo, prices increase $4 per ticket. Online ticket purchases are encouraged.
Camp Kitaki Halloween Camp, Oct. 9-10, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 22-23, and Oct. 23-24 from 5:30 p.m. check-in to 1 p.m. check-out at YMCA Camp Kitaki in 14917 E. Park Highway, Louisville, Neb. Halloween-themed games and activities, plus an evening Halloween costume dance party. Includes meals and overnight in cabins. Cost is $75 for ages 7-14.
Kids Pumpkin Painting is Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Canoyer Garden Center, 11240 S. 66th St., Papillion, Neb. Stop in at any time. $5 per pumpkin.
Trunk-or-Treat at Adams Park Community Center on Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. 3230 John A. Creighton Blvd. There’s a costume contest for ages 1-5 and 6-12 (must register online).
Halloween Drive-In Movies at Falconwood Park, 905 Allied Road, Bellevue, Neb., include “The Mummy” (Oct. 14), “Hocus Pocus” (Oct. 21), and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (Oct. 28). Gates open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8-$24.
Howl-O-Ween Safari is Oct. 15 and 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wildlife Safari, 16406 292nd St., Ashland, Neb. Go on a hayrack ride, enjoy dinner and Halloween-themed games, roast some marshmallows, and more. Tickets are $20 and FREE for children under 2; VIP experience is $30 and includes a guided hike, s’mores and meeting an animal ambassador. Reservations required.
Halloween Movie Nights are Fridays, Oct. 15, 22 and 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Edge of the Universe, 6070 Maple St. Movies include “Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Corpse Bride” (Oct. 15), “Addams Family 1 & 2” (Oct. 22) and “Warm Bodies” and “Shaun of the Dead” (Oct. 29). Halloween movies will also be screened on Oct. 16 for Hocus Pocus Day (11 a.m. screening for kids, 7 p.m. screening for adults). “Scream” will be screened on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. FREE
Trick-or-Treat Nights, Oct. 15 and 22 at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Included with regular admission, which is $14 for kids and adults, $13 for seniors, and FREE for kids under 24 months and Member Families.
Trick-or-Treat with the Animals, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Rd., Bellevue, Neb. There will also be hayrides and farm games. Cost is $5 for each trick-or-treater using cash or check only.
Slasher Movie Monday, Oct. 18 starting at 3 p.m. at The Down Under Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St. Double-feature movie screening. FREE
90’s Halloween Movies Trivia, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Observatory Bar & Grill, 14525 W. Center Road. FREE
Baseballoween, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb. FREE
Hitchcock Haunted Hollow, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa. Participants may arrive anytime during the scheduled times to pick up their treasure hunt materials. Once you have your clues in hand hit the trails to see if you can find the answers & return victorious. Costumes are welcome! Cost is $5 per person ages 4 & older & includes park admission. Children age 3 and younger are free & do not need a reservation. Online pre-registration is requested; it opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17.
Scales and Tails, Oct. 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb. The family program will include slime-making, decorating spooky cookies, and other exciting activities. Cost is $10 for members; $20 for non-members. Registration recommended.
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Siso Martial Arts, 643 N. 114th St. FREE
Trunk or Treat is Oct. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Munroe-Meyer Institute, 6902 Pine St. This drive thru event is in the parking lot as socially-distanced event for children with disabilities and their families. FREE
Spooky Storytime, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Charles B. Washington Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 2868 Ames Ave. FREE
Monster Rock on the 100 Block, Oct. 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. on the historic 100 Block of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Trick or treat along the 100 Block, play games, and touch a truck. FREE
Little Guys Spooky Gym, Oct. 26 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave. Includes games and a treat bag for all kids in a costume (age 6 and younger). FREE for kids, $1 for adults.
The Great HALL-oween Haunt, is Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Snag sweets from historical characters and spooktacular displays located throughout the museum and try your hand at ghostly games on The Platform. Tour the spooky Haunted Train and Cobweb Caboose. Masks required. Capacity is limited and advanced tickets are required (no on-site ticket sales). Free for members and included with regular museum admission for non-members. Tickets go on sale to members on Oct. 15 and to the general public Oct. 18.
Spooky Tales for Tots is Oct. 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Celebrate Halloween with a reading of a Halloween story followed by a craft. Registration is not required. Included with museum admission.
Florence Halloween Bash, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Florence Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 2920 Bondesson St. Registration recommended for ages 5 and younger. FREE
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Creekside Church, 3320 Harry Langdon Blvd., Council Bluffs, Iowa. FREE
Parent and Tot Halloween Party, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at A.V. Sorensen Community Center, 4808 Cass St. Bounce house and crafts for kids 5 and under, costumes encouraged. FREE
Halloween Laser Light Show is Oct. 28 and 29 from sundown to 11 p.m. at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. The laser light show will light up Union Station’s exterior with spooky pumpkins, bats, witches and more. FREE
Dia de los Muertos, Oct. 29-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St. Included with regular admission, which is $14 for kids and adults, $13 for seniors, and FREE for kids under 24 months and Member Families.
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sarpy Community YMCA, 1111 E. First St., Papillion, Neb. FREE
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave. FREE
Jitterbugs’ Night Out: Halloween Party, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Eagles Ballroom, 201 S. 24th St. $5 at door.
Spooky Storytime, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Benson Branch of Omaha Public Library, 6015 Binney St. Trick or treating, stories, dancing and crafts. FREE
Monster Mash, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway. Activities included with museum admission.
Hallo-weekend is Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. All weekend long, children 12 and under get in free and costumes are encouraged! Plus, enjoy a pre-packaged bag of Halloween goodies, the Haunted Train and games on The Platform…just be on the lookout for dancing zombies throughout the day. Included with regular museum admission.
Trick-or-Treat at Rockbrook Village is Oct. 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Rockbrook Village at 108th Street and Center. Trick-or-treat at 20+ merchants and meet the Little Mermaid and Spiderman in the pavilion. FREE
Trunk-or-Treat on Oct. 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2444 N. Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa. FREE
Shtick-or-Treat, Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. at The Backline, 1618 Harney St. Comedians dress up and do sets as the character. Tickets are $10, must be 18+.
Symphony Spooktacular, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Take a journey on the Night Bus through all of your favorite creepy classics on Halloween. This Omaha Symphony concert features dancers from Heartland Youth Ballet and violinists from Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Frontier Strings on pieces like Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, Thriller, and more. Tickets are $15.
Keep this list updated! Know of any Halloween events in the Omaha Metro area happening in 2021 that aren’t on this list? Leave a comment with the details or email ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com.
Want more things to do near Omaha this October?
I share more events in the Facebook Group “Things To Do In Omaha & Beyond” – many things that are announced on short notice. Join the group to see what’s coming up!