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10 frightening haunted houses near Omaha

My kids are just starting to get to the age where they’re going to start asking to go to haunted houses. While our speed has been Cobweb Castle as far as scares go, there are a lot bigger, scarier haunted houses around Omaha. Here’s a list of the haunted houses in Omaha, and nearby. 

COVID Update: Some haunted houses will not open in 2020, especially the ones that are only indoors. Those with outdoor space will have social distancing measures in place and likely a changed experience for fans of past haunted houses. Check each individual website or call ahead as the situation changes frequently. 

Haunted houses in Omaha (and nearby)

1. Haunted Hollow Scream Park 

Where: 12501 Old Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Dates: Opens Sept. 18 through Oct. 31

What makes it unique: Haunted Hollow is reportedly certified haunted. You can read about it soon in a post I’m writing about urban legends of Omaha.

2. Scary Acres

Where: 17272 Giles Road, Omaha

Dates: Runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 31

What makes it unique: There are three attractions at Scary Acres: the Master’s Castle, the House on the Hill, and the Haunted Woods.

3. Ranch of Terror Haunted House and Haunted Hayrack Rides 

Where: Bellevue Berry Farm, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, Neb.

Dates: Runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 31

What makes it unique: The scary hayrack rides at Bellevue Berry Farm are legendary.

4. Mystery Manor Haunted Theater 

Where: 716 N. 18th St., Omaha

Dates: Mystery Manor will not be open in 2020, but plans a Ghouls Gone Wild season in April 2021.

What makes it unique: This is Omaha’s longest-running haunted house with a rumor of being “for real” haunted. (It’s not – but it makes for a great storyline)

Mystery Manor in downtown Omaha

5. The Shadow’s Edge 

Where: 3457 S. 84th St., Omaha

Dates: The haunted house will not open in 2020.

What makes it unique: This haunted house is in the heart of Omaha and near one of the best stores for Halloween shopping, Mangelsen’s.

6. Cobweb Castle 

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St., Omaha

Dates: The not-so-scary Halloween attraction will not be open in 2020.

What makes it unique: This is the best haunted house for those not wanting to actually be scared: AKA young children. 

Cobweb Castle, a not-scary haunted house inside Omaha Children's Museum

7. Camp Fear 

Where: 233rd Street and West Maple Road, Elkhorn, Neb.

Dates: 2020 dates have not been announced. 

What makes it unique: Camp Fear includes three attractions – Bloodrush: Forest of Terror, Nyctophobia, and Dark Ritual Escape Room. You can save money if you purchase ahead online.

8. Hillside House of Hell 

Where: 114 Green St., Glenwood, Iowa

Dates: Runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 31 

What makes it unique: This Glenwood attraction is Iowa’s largest haunted house and it is only 25 miles from Omaha.  

9. Eagle Hollow Haunts 

Where: 617 238th St., Eagle, Neb.

Dates: Opening date hasn’t been announced.

What makes it unique: The Eagle Hollow haunted house is expanding its outdoor offerings in 2020 by expanding the outdoor walking path, Darklands, and the bus ride to get visitors there.  Due to COVID restrictions, Luminon and Night Terrors will be closed for 2020.

10. Roca Scary Farm 

Where: 16531 S. 38th St., Roca, Neb.

When: Open Sept. 25 through Oct. 30.

What makes it unique: A pumpkin patch by day, a scary farm by night.

Haunted road trips

If you want to get out of town for your scares, I recommend heading to Kansas City, Mo., for Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun.

Worlds of Fun during the Halloween season in the daytime.

Unfortunately, Halloween Haunt will not be held in 2020.

The night is pretty scary, so if you have young kids, I recommend going for Halloween fun during the daytime.

Want a ghost tour or a “real” haunted place?

I just finished researching a post about the urban legends, rumored hauntings, and other freaky places in Omaha and nearby. At the end of the post, you’ll find links to several ghost tours and cemetery tours, so you don’t have to DIY your own haunting expedition.

Want to get scared this Halloween season? Here are the haunted houses in Omaha, as well as haunted outdoor attractions near Omaha.

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