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Top Things To Do In Omaha In October (2022 Halloween Updates)

Top Things To Do In Omaha In October (2022 Halloween Updates)

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. The season has started earlier and earlier each year, and in 2022, I have added Halloween events that are in September.

NOTE: This post was first published in 2018 and is now updated in September with 2022 Halloween events. Many more will be added as dates become known. If you know of an event to add, please let me know at!

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Omaha traditions: Halloween and fall activities

A boy on a giant swing at Vala's Pumpkin Patch & Orchard

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.

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch. Here’s a list of more than 15 pumpkin patches near Omaha.
  2. Visit a haunted house. There are 10 haunted houses near Omaha.
  3. Visited a haunted park, business, or urban legend of Omaha.
  4. Navigate a corn maze.
  5. Camp at a Nebraska State Park during a Halloween-themed event.
  6. Drive around and see all the Omaha homes with awesome Halloween decorations.

2022 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. Originally, this list was going to have only October events, but the Halloween season now extends into September apparently.

Ghouls and Glow at Omaha's Zoo

Friday Night movies at Edge of the Universe, 6070 N. Maple St., have a Halloween theme in September. (movie starts at 7 p.m.). Movies include “The Witches” (Sept. 16), “Stardust” (Sept. 23) and “Maleficent” (Sept. 30). Other fall events include: Autumnal Witch Party on Sept. 24 starting at 6 p.m.; Spooky Cookie Decorating Class on Oct. 9; FREE

Friday the 13th From Dusk Til Dawn Marathon is Sept. 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Quasar Drive-In Theater, 13427 N. 300th St., Valley, Neb. Cost is $40/carload and includes all seven movies. Outside food permit is $20.

Jack O’Lantern World runs Sept. 30 through Oct. 30 at Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb. Cost is $20-$24 for adults and $14-$16 for kids (ages 3-12). Tickets must be purchased in advance for day and time.

Scary Movie Marathon: A Creature Feature Weekend (21+) is Sept. 30 starting at 8 p.m. at the outdoor movie theater at Tiny House Bar, 1411 S. 13th St. $5 for non-members, free for movie club members.

Free Friday Movie Nights at Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19475 225th St, Council Bluffs, Iowa, includes Halloween movies starting at dusk. “Hocus Pocus” double feature (Sept. 30), “Nightmare Before Christmas” (Oct. 7), “ET” (Oct. 14), “Beetlejuice” (Oct. 21), and “Ghostbusters” (Oct. 28). FREE

Fall Fest is Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hummel Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Park Road. Activities include archery, crafts, guided hikes, a scavenger hunt, refreshments, s’mores, and outdoor games. FREE

Hocus Pocus at the Mercantile 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 “Hocus Pocus 2.” No reservation required.

Cobweb Castle is open at Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St., from Oct. 1-30. Included with regular admission, which is $14 for kids and adults, $13 for seniors, and FREE for kids under 24 months and Member Families.

Haunted History Trivia Night is Oct. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” runs Oct. 6-31 at Bluebarn Theatre, 1106 S. 10th St. General Admission tickets are $37; Military, Educator, and Healthcare Worker tickets are $32; and FREE for TruBLU Members.

A huge lantern at Omaha's zoo's Ghouls and Glow in 2021

Ghouls and Glow, Oct. 7-9, Oct. 14-16, and Oct. 21-30. 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. Online ticket purchases are encouraged.

WAG-O-WEEN Boo Bash Fundraiser for Midwest Dog Rescue Network is Oct. 8 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Therapy Bar & Grill, 5059 S. 108th St. Kid- and dog-friendly with live music, food and drinks, bounce house, face painting, games, and a dog costume contest.

Annual Fall Festival at Lanoha Nurseries, 19111 W. Center Road, is Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. FREE

Trunk or Treat at Quaker Steak and Lube, 3320 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa, is Oct. 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. FREE

Pumpkin Painting Palooza is Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at McGuigan Arts Academy, 8708 Countryside Plaza. Cost is $15 for a single person or a Family Pass for $50 (for four people).

Camp Kitaki Halloween Camp, Oct. 14-15, Oct. 15-16, Oct. 21-22, 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 $80 for ages 7-14.

Howl-O-Ween Safari is Oct. 14 and 15 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.

The Bone-Spiel Fun Spiel 2022 with Aksarben Curling is Oct. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring the season-opening tournament with costumes, prizes, with broomstacking afterward. Costumes are encouraged. 10 team max, individual cost is $50.

Trick-or-Treat Days, Oct. 15, 22 & 29 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.

Extreme Pumpkin Carving is Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Baseballoween, Oct. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb. FREE

“The Rocky Horror Show” presented by Rave On Productions is Oct. 21-29 at The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $35, General Admission; $40, Pit & Balcony (Seated); and $50, Pitside (Seated).

Trick-or-Treat with the Animals, Oct. 22 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.

Kids w/ Cuts! Movie Magic & Monsters is Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Halloween Costuming: Make It At Home is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Trunk or Treat at Candlewood Church, 5051 F St., is Oct. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. FREE

Hitchcock Haunted Hollow, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oct. 23 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. 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. 

“Symphony Spooktacular: Sleepover at the Museum” is Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. Tickets are $15 per person.

Toddler Spooktacular is Oct. 25 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave. It will include a storybook walk, craft and gym time for kids up to 6 years old. FREE

Parent & Tot Fall Party is Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at A.V. Sorensen Community Center, 4808 Cass St. Includes a storytime, crafts, bounce house, and playtime in the gym for kids up to 6 years old. FREE

The Great HALL-oween Haunt, is Oct. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St. Included with museum admission but purchasing advanced tickets is recommended. Spooky Tales For Tots is Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. (included with admission). Hallo-Weekend is all day Oct. 29 and 30, and kids in costume (ages 12 and under) are admitted FREE.

Trunk or Treat at Creekside Church, 3320 Harry Langdon Blvd., Council Bluffs, Iowa, is Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE

Trick-or-Treat at at Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center, 1001 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., as well as Pumpkin Chainsaw Carving from 5 to 6 p.m. and Costume Contest from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Trunk or Treat at Farnam Hill is Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Zen Coffee Co., 2504 Farnam St. There will be face paining, bounce houses, and games. FREE

Scales and Tails, Oct. 29 from 1 to 2 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.

Trick-or-Treat at Rockbrook Village, 108th and Center, on Oct. 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Chase from “Paw Patrol” will be at the plaza from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and Woody from “Toy Story” from 2:45 3:30 p.m. FREE

Button to read about the haunted houses and haunted forests near Omaha

Fifth Annual Halloween Bar Crawl (21+) is Oct. 29, with check-in from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dubliner Pub, 1205 Harney St. Single tickets start a $15.

The Halloween Party (21+) at The Maxx, 1417 Jackson St., is Oct. 31 starting at 8 p.m.

Keep this list updated! Know of any Halloween events in the Omaha Metro area happening in 2022 that aren’t on this list? Leave a comment with the details or email ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com.

Omaha, Nebraska has annual Halloween events, trunk or treats, and movie screenings. Here's a list of things to do to celebrate Halloween in 2020.

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Margie M Guy

Saturday 20th of October 2018

This event isn't listed. Trick or treat olde towne bellevue on 10/28/18 from 4-630 free event. 3rd year fun safe family fun for everyone


Saturday 20th of October 2018

Thanks! I hadn't heard of that particular trick or treat event. Next year, let me know early so I can add it to the list from the start.

Christina Wingert

Wednesday 26th of September 2018

you should add a section that includes the animals, dogs and cats are part of families also and we need to promote those events as well would love to see you add some animal events please and thank you


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

That's a good idea, Christina. I'll look into what pet-friendly events may be going on, too. Thanks!


Saturday 15th of September 2018

OMG thank you, this is really helpful!!!


Saturday 15th of September 2018

You're welcome! Hope it's a fun fall for you!

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