Local haunted houses provide wide variety of scares

Sarah Church/Staff Writer

Looking to get spooked this Halloween season?

Check out these facts and reviews for the best haunted houses around the Cedar Valley.

The Heart of Darkness (THOD) is located on 5111 Osage Road in Waterloo.

It has 22,600 square feet of space for entertaining, and it boasts the longest walk-through time in the state of Iowa at 25 minutes.

It takes about 25 minutes to get there from the UNI campus.

The cost of entering THOD is $13 per person and $20 for a fast-pass, meaning you go through the line and right to the front.

There are discounts available, like showing your student I.D. or military I.D on Thursdays or Sundays to land $3 off.

Harris Haven Funeral Home is located in Evansdale at 3767 Lafayette Rd.

This attraction promises a good scare, claiming, “We bury the competition.”

The cost of this haunted house is $12 per person, and $10 if you wear a school spirit shirt, or you can print a $2 off coupon on their website, www.harrishaven.com.

Panic Park, located at 5932 N. Union Road in Cedar Falls, offers an indoor lobby with concessions where you can snack and wait for your turn while sitting down in a heated building.

The tickets are $10 per person, and they have a $1 off coupon on their website, www.panicpark.org.

They are allowing anyone to volunteer.

If you are interested, e-mail Al Weber at aweber@co.black-hawk.ia.us, or call him at 319-433-7275.

The Cedar Valley isn’t all about serious spooks and scares, however.

The Waterhawks 14th annual Haunted Hayride offers a family-friendly attraction for all ages and the faint of heart.

This is located in Evansdale at Eagle Lake, and it’s open on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at sundown to 11 p.m, and on Sundays from sundown to 9 p.m.

The cost of the hay ride is $8.

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