Spooky, Scary Halloween Events

It’s going to be a spooky, scary Halloween season this October 2016 in the Quad Cities area!  There are plenty of places and events to put you in the Halloween spirit.

The Circa ’21 Speakeasy presents The Rocky Horror Show in October with shows at 8 and 11 p.m. on October 8, 15, 28, 29, 2016.  The theatre is located at 1818 3rd Avenue in Rock Island, Ill.  Doors open one hour before curtain.  Seating is limited.  For more information and for ticket reservations, call 309-786-7336 or visit www.thecirca21speakeasy.com

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This timeless, gothic tale of love, lust, and horror returns!  Domingo Rubio reprises his role as Dracula to kick off Ballet Quad Cities’ 20th Anniversary Season.  International artist Domingo Rubio seduces audiences for two performances on October 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. at the imposing Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave. in Moline, Ill., with the love story of Dracula and Mina, inspired by Bram Stroker’s 1897 novel.  Festive Halloween fare surrounds each performance with dinner, desserts, area artists’ exhibits, and an afterglow.  For more information and for ticket reservations, call 309-786-3779 or visit www.balletquadcities.com

dracula ballet quad citiesOn Saturday, October 8, take a guided Halloween Hike from 10-11 a.m. on the paths through Nahant Marsh, 4220 Wapello Ave. in Davenport, Iowa.  Wear your costume and enjoy hands-on activities.  For more information, contact 309-336-3370 or www.nahantmarsh.org


Cordova International Raceway has open racing for anyone on Saturday, October 15, 2016, during Halloweird XXI.  There will be test-n-tune, gamblers, and trophy classes, plus a costume contest, trick or treating, and supervised activities for the kids.  Open at 9 a.m.  The dragway is located at 19425 IL Rt. 84 N, Cordova, Ill.  For more information, contact 309-654-2110 or www.racecir.com

Looking for an environmentally-friendly Halloween activity aimed at all ages?  On Friday, Oct. 21 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Black Hawk State Historic Site celebrates Halloween with a short walk in the moonlight to meet some of the Site’s special “critters”, such as chipmunks, foxes, spiders, snakes, bats and more. Hear the “animals” played by Augustana drama students tell their story about living in the Black Hawk Forest. Inside Singing Bird Center will be a “show and tell” by Site naturalist Chuck Wester and refreshments. This free event will be held in and around Singing Bird Center, accessed by turning north from Blackhawk Rd./Rte. 5 on to 15th St. in Rock Island. 

It’s a Spooktacular time at Prospect Park, 30th Ave. and Park 16th Street in Moline, Ill., on Saturday, October 22, 2016.  Participants can enjoy a complimentary wiener roast, storytelling, trick-or-treating and a magic show!  Kids can come dressed in costume to trick-or-treat around the lagoon. There will be plenty of fun characters to meet along the trail. Admission is FREE!  For more information, contact 309-524-2424 or www.molineparks.com

Glow in the Dark Family MuseumOn Sunday, October 23, from 12 noon-5:00 p.m., the Family Museum’s annual event, Scarecrow Shenanigans, with games, spooktacular galleries, make and take activities, and more!  Tickets are limited and go fast.  Everyone must have a ticket to enter – even Museum members.  The Family Museum is located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa.  For more information, contact 563-344-4106 or visit www.familymuseum.org.

Fright Night

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 27, 2016, for Fright Night in The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District of Rock Island, Ill.  Visit participating art galleries, shops, and restaurants for fun, spooky surprises from 5-8 p.m.  See whose costume is the best at the costume contest, and kids can join in with make-and-take activities and games.  Each participating business will be transformed with the sights and sounds of Halloween.  Free admission.  For more information, contact The District at 309-788-6311 or www.ridistrict.com.


The Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K is great fun for the whole family.  It starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at Lagomarcino’s, 2132 E. 11th Avenue in the Village of East Davenport, Iowa.  Race admission includes: Long-sleeved running jacket, Lagomarcino’s Chocolate, and the post-race party.  Register at www.lagomarcinos.com.  This century-old, family-owned soda fountain is famous for hot fudge sundaes, hand-dipped chocolates, and sponge candy.

Trick or treat at Niabi Zoo during Boo at the Zoo on October 29-30, 2016, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Local businesses and non-profit organizations decorate their designated area in a Halloween theme, and give out candy to the kids as they trick-or-treat around the zoo.  Niabi Zoo is located at 13010 Niabi Zoo Rd. in Coal Valley, Ill.  www.niabizoo.com

Figge_Orgs.f59d248f8b7b0dc23db51d1fc1aa82b8Enjoy free admission at the Figge Art Museum on Sunday, October 30, 2016, to celebrate the rich cultural traditions of El Día de los Muertos through art projects, live performances, music, and food.  This traditional holiday, The Day of the Dead, is a profoundly serious occasion frequently celebrated with great joy experienced through reconnecting with lost loved ones.  The Figge Art Museum is located at 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa.  For more information, visit their website at www.figgeartmuseum.org or call 563-326-7804.

Halloween Parades

Downtown LeClaire hosts a Witches’ Walk and Costume Parade on Saturday, October 29 at 1 p.m.  Enter to have your costume judged or just join the parade. There will be kid’s activities before the parade and candy and “Trunk or Treat” during the parade.  For more information, visit www.visitleclaire.com

The City of Davenport’s new daytime Halloween Parade is Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 1:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com.

The City of Bettendorf, Iowa, hosts a nighttime Halloween parade on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.  The parade starts at Middle Road and 23rd Street, crosses Middle Road onto Spruce Hills Drive, follows Spruce Hills Drive, turn left onto 18th Street, turns left on Middle Road and ends at the entrance to the Life Fitness Center/ Splash Landing parking lot.  For more information, visit www.bettendorf.org.

Haunted Houses and Forests

Experience the deepest, darkest haunted forest in the Quad Cities!  Begin the journey of horror in the most terrifying hayrack ride ever.  On the hayrack you will find yourself completely surrounded by darkness.  Suddenly and irrevocably you will find yourself traveling in the middle of acres of unrelenting darkness, you will meet the ghastly lair of the Unhappily Undead.  QC Haunted Forest at Adventure Quest is open starting October 7 on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m.  Admission is $15.  The QC Haunted Forest will also be offering several indoor interactive inflatable games, snacks, hot and cold beverages, as well as a full bar.  QC Haunted Forest is located at 3501 207th St. N., Port Byron, Ill.  For more information, call 309-523-3619 or visit www.qchauntedforest.com.

At Shock House, it’s an assault on your senses. You will be stalked, startled and disoriented as you travel through the passage ways of Shock House. There is indoor waiting for hundreds.  It is open starting October September 30 on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. during the last three weekends.  Admission is $15.  For more information, visit www.qcshockhouse.com

Take a haunted hayrack ride through the Quad Cities Haunted Woods open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hillcrest Event Center, 16260 E. 350th St. in Orion, Illinois.  Admission is $15.  For more information, visit www.qchauntedwoods.com

For more spooky fun and pumpkin patches in the Quad Cities, visit www.hauntedqc.com

For more events, go the online event calendar.


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