What time does trick-or-treating start? Here's a look at Halloween activities around Perry

From staff reports
Susan Smith waves to Gigi Brenyah outside the Proletariat during the Spooktacular Downtown Trick-Or-Treat Walk on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

Perry's annual Spooktacular Downtown Trick-or-Treat Walk returns as a safe opportunity to pick up sweet treats from local businesses and organizations while the Dallas County Hospital will offer a drive-thru Trunk or Treat event. Children will dress in costumes in towns all over Dallas County and go door-to-door during each town's official trick-or-treating or Beggars' Night.

Traditional Halloween events and activities are back after many were canceled or modified last year due to the pandemic, and organizers and participants alike seem to be especially excited about the return to witchy normal.

The Perry Chief has a list of spooky and fun events that will be happening in Perry and the surrounding areas:


Spooktacular Downtown Trick-or-Treat Walk

The Spooktacular Downtown Trick-or-Treat Walk will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in downtown Perry. This event, sponsored by the Perry Chamber of Commerce, includes safe trick-or-treating with local businesses and community organizations.

Willis Avenue (from 1st to 3rd) and 2nd Street (from Otley to Pattee) will be closed to vehicles during the event. Parking will be available at city lots as well as side streets. 

Participants should enter at intersections and stay to the right to follow the designated one-way route through the downtown area.

Businesses and organizations - not just those that are located downtown - are encouraged to participate. Contact the Perry Chamber for an assigned spot.

Dallas County Hospital’s Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru

Dallas County Hospital’s Trunk or Treat drive-thru event, which features safe and healthy trick-or-treating, is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in the hospital's north parking lot. Here is some information on what to expect:

  • Please enter the north parking lot from Iowa St. and enter Iowa St. from 16th St. and follow the posted signage and volunteers.
  • The event is completely drive-thru so there will be no parking.
  • When you enter, you’ll see stations with DCH departments and volunteers excited to see you and guide you along. These stations will not be passing out items.
  • There will be one bag of preassembled items waiting for each kiddo for giveaway at the end as you exit onto 10th St.
  • Please note the giveaways will occur while supplies last.
  • We are very excited to offer a fun, safe experience for all attendees while providing a smooth flow.
  • Any emergency visits to the hospital will naturally take priority to our entrances/exits and may cause some adjustment to the event.
  • Any updates to the event will be posted to the Dallas County Hospital's Facebook page.
  • The event is sponsored by Hy-Vee, Fareway and Perry Public Library.

Beggars' Night

Beggars' Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in Perry. The city of Perry offered the following tips for safe trick-or-treating:

  • Participating households should turn porch lights on.
  • Masks are recommended for trick-or-treaters, guardians and households giving away candy.
  • Social distancing recommendations should be followed.
  • If you are sick, please do not participate.
  • Follow safety guidelines set by the county, state and federal health departments.

Trick-or-treat times for Saturday, Oct. 30:

  • Adel: 6-8 p.m.
  • Clive: 6-8 p.m.
  • Dallas Center: 6-8 p.m. The Dallas Center Seasonal Fun Committee will host the Halloween Hayday Parade at 3:30 p.m., starting at Mound Park and ending at Heritage Park. The event also features arts and crafts, chili cookoff, apple cider and hotdogs from 4-6 p.m. 
  • De Soto: 6-8 p.m. The De Soto Public Library will host its annual Halloween party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Little Bridge Park. The event will feature roasting hot dogs over a fire, Halloween crafts and activities, a costume contest and more.
  • Dexter: 5-7 p.m.
  • Granger: 6-8 p.m.
  • Linden: 5-7 p.m. The Linden library will be handing out treats on Beggars' Night. Be sure to stop by to get candy and show off your costume at the library's kid-friendly monster selfie stations.
  • Redfield: 6-8 p.m. Halloween fun at Redfield City Park from 5-6 p.m. with hot chocolate, inflatables, s'mores, games and trunk or treat. An outdoor movie suitable for all ages will be shown at 8 p.m. at City Park.
  • Urbandale: 6-8 p.m.
  • Van Meter: 6-8 p.m. The Van Meter United Methodist Church will host a trunk or treat event at the same time in the church parking lot.
  • Woodward: 6-8 p.m.
  • Waukee: 6-8 p.m.
  • West Des Moines: 6-8 p.m.

Trick-or-treat times for Sunday, Oct. 31:

  • Minburn: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat will be set up on Baker Street in front of the Minburn Library during the same time.

Other Halloween events

Halloween Fun Time: 2-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Jamaica Public Library will host a Halloween Fun Time for area youth on Oct. 29 at the library. The event will include a Halloween costume contest, story time, scary Halloween videos, Halloween cookie decorating, snacks and more. Kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes. All kids will receive a special take-home Halloween treat bag. Kids of all ages in the area are encouraged to attend. Adults are welcome too. For more information, contact the library at 641-429-3362 between 1 and 5 p.m. weekdays or check the library's Facebook page.

Costume Parade at Kennybrook Village: 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Area residents are encouraged to bring their kids to show off their costumes to the residents. Participants should walk around the perimeter of Kennybrook Village and Maggie's Place while residents look from their windows or sidewalks. Small bags of candy will be available for each child who visits. Please follow COVID guidelines with social distancing, which includes no contact or passing out of treats.

Howl-O-Ween Dog Pawty: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Adel City Dog Park. Prizes will be awarded for the best dog costumes and the best dog/owner combo. The event will also feature a costume parade and peanut butter licking contest. Register by Oct. 27.

Eye Scream Social: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at 5th Quarter Bar and Grill in Van Meter.

Haunted Hallways: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at ADM High School. ADM Speech Team/ADM Yearbook will host the annual Haunted Hallways, which is designed for older students/adults who are wanting to be scared. Haunted Hallways takes thrill-seekers on a guided tour of many different classrooms of ADM High School – each with a different theme intended to make guests scream. Admission is $5 per person with proceeds going to ADM Speech Team/ADM Yearbook. Attendees should enter through the high school doors.

Mystical Forest Halloween Drive-Thru: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at Brenton Arboretum. Area residents are invited to come to Brenton Arboretum for a Halloween drive. During this daytime drive-thru event, participants will creep through the Mystical Forest to view delightfully spooky scenes crafted by local businesses, clubs and organizations with scenic fall vistas in between. Vote for your favorite sponsored scene at the end of your drive.

  • All ages welcome.
  • Costumes are strongly encouraged for all.
  • $5 per car for both members & non-members payable by exact cash at the gate.
  • Pre-register online by Oct. 30 for a $1 discount and faster check-in.
  • Maximum 15 passengers per vehicle, no buses.
  • Final vehicles will be admitted into the driving loop at 4:45 p.m., please plan your arrival accordingly.