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

Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for the annual Not So Scary Halloween Walk at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave. in Rock Island, Ill.  Bring flashlights and explore the nooks and crannies of the Sun Garden – search for spiders, bats, jack-o-lanterns and toads as you wander down the darkened pathways. Enjoy refreshments, games and crafts and get a glimpse of the Halloween train in our popular train garden. It’s not so scary in the gardens, making this event great for all ages. Take home a goodie bag after the fun.  Dates are October 11 and 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.qcgardens.com

As the Halloween season is here, what could be more fitting than Bats? These amazing animals are very helpful and not the spooky creatures of the night you think they are. On Saturday, October 19, 2019, find out how bats help us and how the Niabi Zoo is helping endangered and threatened bats locally.  Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  For more information, visit www.niabizoo.com

The Hauberg Estate in Rock Island, Illinois, has issued an invitation for the public to join them for a Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019.  The witching hour is the time of night associated with supernatural events. Creatures such as witches, demons and ghosts are thought to appear and to be at their most powerful.  To get tickets to the Halloween Scavenger Hunt, visit www.haubergcenter.org or call 309-373-5080.

The Circa ’21 Speakeasy presents The Rocky Horror Show in October with shows at 7 and 11 p.m. on October 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 2019.  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

Cordova International Raceway has open racing for anyone on Saturday, October 19, 2019, during Halloweird XXII.  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.; racing starts at 11 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

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 12 noon-5:00 p.m., the Family Museum’s annual event, Scarecrow Shenanigans features games, spooktacular galleries, make and take activities, and more!  This year’s Monster Takeover has a bunch of fun monster activities.  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.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. the Black Hawk State Historic Site creates a Halloween celebration called Meet the Unhuggables aimed at all ages 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” tell their stories about living in the Black Hawk Forest.  Inside Singing Bird Center, enjoy refreshments and a show and tell by Site naturalist Chuck Wester.  This free event will be held in and around Singing Bird Center, located north of Blackhawk Rd (IL Rte 5) in Rock Island, Illinois.  For more information, visit www.blackhawkpark.org.

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 24, 2019, for Fright Night in the Park in Downtown Rock Island, Ill. at Schwiebert Riverfront Park from 5-7:30 p.m.  This free Halloween Party for kids will be a blast with DJ Jeff James, Goodie Bags, Kids Games, Raffle Prizes, and surprise costume judging.  For more information, contact Rock Island Parks & Rec at 309-732-7275 or www.rigov.org

This timeless, gothic tale of love, lust, and horror returns with Dracula Unleashed, presented by Ballet Quad Cities.  International artist Domingo Rubio seduces audiences for two performances on October 25-26, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the new Bartlett Performing Arts Center in Moline, Ill., with the love story of Dracula and Mina, inspired by Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel.  For more information and for ticket reservations, call 309-786-3779 or visit www.balletquadcities.com.  Ballet Quad Cities is the longest-running resident professional ballet company in Iowa, one of only 100 in the U.S.

The Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K & 10K is great fun for the whole family.  It starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 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 26-27, 2019, 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.  For more information, visit www.niabizoo.com

Enjoy free admission at the Figge Art Museum on Sunday, October 27, 2019, 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

Get spooky and watch the Moline Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 20, 2019, The Parade starts at 2 p.m. in downtown Moline, Ill.  The parade begins and ends at the TaxSlayer Center.

Downtown LeClaire hosts a Witches’ Walk and Costume Parade on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 1 p.m.  Enter to have your costume judged or just join the parade. There will be kid’s activities, games, food, and fall vendors before the parade and candy and “Trunk or Treat” during the parade from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For more information, www.visitleclaire.com  

The City of Davenport’s daytime Halloween Parade is Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. starting at 3rd and Pershing.  For more information, visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com.

The City of Bettendorf, Iowa, hosts a night-time Halloween parade on Saturday, October 26, 2019, 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, turns 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 5 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.  In 2019, the 3D experience will be split off to a separate haunt!  Psycho Circus 3D features work from the world-famous Stuartizm Designs, special characters, and more!  It is open starting September 27 on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, and select Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. in October.  Admission is $15.  For more information, visit www.qcshockhouse.com

Terror at Skellington Manor is an immersive, haunted attraction voted one of Illinois Top 10 haunts.  This theatre of the Macabre is a Terrifying Haunted Manor Experience located at 420 18th Street in Rock Island, Ill.  Doors open at 7 p.m. starting September 28 and they are open weekends in October including Halloween.  Admission is $20.  For more information, visit www.skellingtonmanor.com

After 25 years, Factory of Fear is the Quad Cities largest and longest-running haunted attraction, located at 5027 4th Ave. in Moline, Ill.  It was rated a top ten haunt in 2018 by the review team at hauntedillinois.com and voted in the top ten by the users of hauntedillinois.com.  After a 100% rebuild last season, the Factory of Fear has added a nearly 5,000 sq. ft. addition to the haunt for 2019 with new characters and new rooms.  Doors open at 7 p.m. starting September 27 and they are open weekends in October including Halloween.  Admission is $20.  For more information, visit www.qcfactoryoffear.com

Contact Visit Quad Cities at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.  The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.