by Jessica Waytenick • September 13, 2012

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

Discover the Ghosts of Pine Creek on Friday, October 12, 2012, from 7-8 p.m. at the historic Pine Creek Grist Mill, 1884 Wildcat Den Road in Muscatine, Iowa.  It’s an evening of family fun and learning about early history.

Cordova Dragway Park has open racing for anyone on Saturday, October 20 during Halloweird XIV.  There will be test-n-tune, gamblers, and trophy classes, plus a costume contest, trailer decorating, trick or treating, and supervised activities for the kids.  Kids can tour the "Asylum of Mad Dreams" Haunted Forest.  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

Calling all witches, warlocks and – mummies!  You can strut your stuff at the Mummy Madness party on Saturday, October 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa.  Wear your best costume, bring a flashlight and get ready to celebrate one of our region’s most notable icons at the Putnam.  Enjoy some spooky (but fun!) science demonstrations, hands-on activities, and explore the museum with lights out!  Visit for more information.

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 25 for Fright Night in The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District of Rock Island, Ill.  Visit participating art galleries, shops, and restaurants for spooky surprises from 5-8 p.m.  Children and adults alike will enjoy trickery throughout the evening.  Find treats at the different sites during a treasure hunt and see whose costume is the best at the costume contest. Storytellers will weave spine-tingling tales; pumpkin carvers will showcase their wicked designs; and kids can join in with make-and-take activities. Each participating business will be transformed with the sights and sounds of Halloween as they compete to win the storefront-decorating contest.  Free admission.  For more information, contact The District at 309-788-6311 or

Bucktown Center for the Arts monthly free party takes on a paranormal feel on Friday, October 26 for Deadstock from 6-9 p.m.  There is the Silent but Deadly Art Auction with over 70 donations from Riverssance Artists and local Artists, along with entertainment.  Food and refreshments will be served, creepy costumes encouraged!  Bucktown is located at 225 E. 2nd St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  For more information, visit

Roads, trails, scary Halloween stuff, and scenic Sylvan Island make the Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K Race the most interesting and fastest course in the bi-state area that’s great fun for the whole family.  It starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 27 at the i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive in downtown Moline, Ill., and finishes at Bass Street Landing in downtown Moline for the post-race party.  Race admission includes: High Quality Fleece Vest and Lagomarcino's Chocolate.  Register at  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 27-28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.  Local businesses and non-profit organizations decorate their designated area in a Halloween theme, and dressed in costume, they give out "goodies" to the children as they trick-or-treat around the zoo.  Admission tickets bought in advance are $4.  Adults: $6.00; Children 3-16: $5.00; Seniors: $5.50 for seniors over 62; Children 2 and under: Free.  Niabi Zoo is located at 13010 Niabi Zoo Rd. in Coal Valley, Ill.

Stroll the streets of downtown LeClaire, Iowa, on Saturday, October 27 for the annual Witches Walk from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  This free family event includes a costume contest, a parade up and down Cody Road at 1:00 p.m., prizes, candy, a witch's cackle contest, music, face painting, children's games, pumpkin decorating, a dog costume contest, treat bags, cookies, hot chocolate, and more.  Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged at

The City of Bettendorf, Iowa, is having a daytime parade on Sunday, October 28 at 1 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

On Sunday, October 28, from 12 noon-5:00 p.m., the Family Museum’s annual event, Scarecrow Shenanigans, with mini-pumpkin decorating, horse carriage rides, games, spooktacular galleries, make and take activities, and more!  Tickets are free for Family Museum members and $8.00 each for the general public.  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, call 563-344-4106, or visit

The Zombie Pride Parade is on Wednesday, October 31, 2012. The event starts at Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E. 2nd Street, downtown Davenport, Iowa) at 2 p.m.  Get zombie-fied for a small fee by the makeup team or come ready to march by 5 p.m.  The parade leaves Bucktown at 7 p.m. to march the streets of downtown Davenport to show some Zombie Pride!  There is an after party at the River Music Experience, 126 Main St. in Davenport, with live music.  Admission charged.  For more information, visit

The City of Davenport Halloween Parade will be held in the downtown on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, beginning at 7 p.m.  For more information, visit

Haunted Houses and Corn Mazes

Learn about the fascinating people buried in Fairmount Cemetery, 3902 Rockingham Road in Davenport, Iowa, from businessmen and military veterans to stranger and quirkier stories of individuals interred there.  Take the free guided walking tour on Friday, Oct. 26th at 7:00 p.m. or Saturday, Oct. 27th at 2:00 p.m.  The 7:00 p.m. will have more gory and scary true stories, while the 2:00 p.m. tours will be more family-friendly.  Bring along a flashlight to the evening tour.  To register, call 563-326-7832 or visit

Death, Murder, & Mayhem: Graves Tell the Story of Gangster John Looney is the title of the new walking tour and exhibit at Chippiannock Cemetery in Rock Island, Ill.  The story of John Looney was played out at the turn of the century in grief and death where both the perpetrators and victims were laid to rest in Chippiannock Cemetery at 2901 12th Street.  Take a free walking tour and follow the stories of ten people who crossed the path of Rock Island’s notorious gangster of whom even Al Capone was scared of.  Looney ran the city’s underworld of liquor, gambling and prostitution.  The 2002 movie “Road to Perdition” starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, and Jude Law is based on Looney’s life.  Brochures are available at either the cemetery office or in a box near the cemetery entrance.  The cemetery grounds are open to visitors from 8 a.m. to sunset.

Experience the deepest, darkest haunted forest in the Quad Cities!  Begin the journey of horror in the most terrifying hayrack ride ever.  Then suddenly riders must disembark the safety of the hayrack and find themselves in the middle of 56 acres of unrelenting darkness.  Find the way back to civilization on foot through petrifying trails of horror and doom. The horrible sounds, hideous creatures, and chainsaws threatening life and limb will leave you screaming!  QC Haunted Forest at Adventure Quest is open in October on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m.  Admission is $13.  The QC Haunted Forest will also be offering several indoor interactive inflatable games, a photo opportunity, 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

Take a Haunted Hay Rack Ride and Haunted Tour through the Woods at the Hillcrest Golf & Camping Resort, 16260 East 350th Street in Orion, Ill., every Friday and Saturday night in October.  $10.00 Admission.  Food specials include:  Witches Warts Chili, Slithering Salad, and Creepy Crawler Cupcakes!  Admission charged.  For more information, contact 309-755-6550 or

The Feargrounds haunted house is under the 90-year old grandstands at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa.  It is open each Thursday-Saturday in October at 7 p.m. through Halloween.  Admission is $10.  For more information, visit

The Junkyard haunted house is open at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue in Rock Island, Ill.  It is open every Friday and Saturday in October at 7:30 p.m. through Halloween.  Admission is $10, or a fast pass for $15.  For more information, visit

For more information on Halloween in the Quad Cities and lodging, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at  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.

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