Looking for haunted places in Des Moines, Iowa? All cities have urban legends and haunts, and Des Moines is no exception. In fact, haunted Des Moines actually has quite a few high schools on the list. (Students and faculty, beware!) Here are eight haunted places in Des Moines that will send chills down your spine.

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What are the scariest haunted houses in Des Moines? 

If you’re looking for some scares come this Halloween, there are several haunted houses in Des Moines to head to. On Sixth Avenue, there’s Linn’s Haunted House. Operating since way back in 1984, you’ll head through a black-out tunnel into a basement of horrors, which features over a dozen different scary scenes, like a marshy swamp and some not-so-fun clowns.

Where are the best places to see fall foliage in Iowa?

Fall in Iowa can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, and there are plenty of places across the Hawkeye State to take it in from. In West Des Moines, there’s Brown’s Woods Forest Preserve. This 486-acre forest features tons of hickory and mature oak trees that you can explore from four miles of trails. You can also cross-country ski and snowshoe here in the winter. Brenton Arboretum is in Dallas Center and offers 141 acres of nature to roam through. You'll also find thousands of trees as well as a nature play area for kids and a horticulture library to browse.

Which state parks should I visit in Iowa?

There are a total of 83 state parks in Iowa for outdoor exploration. In Maquoketa Caves State Park, you’ll have 111 acres to explore, complete with caves, bluffs, and forests. Aside from its fishing, birdwatching, and hiking opportunities, it also makes for a great spot for climbing. And make sure to schedule a tour of the caves! Established in 1919, Backbone State Park was Iowa’s first state park. The 1,415-acre park features 21 miles of hiking trails as well as rock climbing, boating, swimming, camping, biking, and caves.