by Jessica Waytenick • September 13, 2017

OCTOBER 2017 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.

Known for his elusive and eccentric ways, Max McAlister, the long-time “owner” of Hauberg Estate in Rock Island, Illinois, has issued a rare invitation for the public to join him for a Halloween Scavenger Hunt at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017.  Guests will enjoy seeing Max’s collections of creepy and curious objects, inspired by his love of black-and-white horror films, while sampling tasty hors d’oeuvres in the spooky elegance of the historic mansion.  But the real reason behind the invitation is a puzzling mystery that Max has recently unearthed and he needs your help to solve it!  Following newly-discovered instructions, you will search the house for clues, collecting all the pieces to complete the puzzle.  Bring your friends and work together at your own pace to unravel the mystery!  To get tickets to the new Halloween Scavenger Hunt, visit or call 563-265-2753.

This timeless, gothic tale of love, lust, and horror returns!  Dracula kicks off Ballet Quad Cities’ 21st Anniversary Season.  International artist Domingo Rubio seduces audiences for two performances on October 20-21 at 8 p.m. at the imposing, historic Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave. in Moline, Ill., with the love story of Dracula and Mina, inspired by Bram Stoker's 1897 novel.  Festive Halloween fare surrounds each performance with dinner, desserts, area artists' exhibits, and an afterglow.  For more information and for ticket reservations, call 309-786-3779 or visit  Ballet Quad Cities is the longest-running resident professional ballet company in Iowa, one of only 100 in the U.S.

On Friday, October 21, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. the Black Hawk State Historic Site creates a Halloween celebration 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

The Circa ’21 Speakeasy presents The Rocky Horror Show in October with shows at 7 and 11 p.m. on October 20, 21, 27, 28, 2017.  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

Cordova International Raceway has open racing for anyone on Saturday, October 21, 2017, 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  

It’s a Spooktacular time at Prospect Park, 30th Ave. and Park 16th Street in Moline, Ill., on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Participants can enjoy a complimentary wiener roast, storytelling, trick-or-treating and a magic show!  Kids can come dressed in costume to trick-or-treat around the lagoon. There will be plenty of fun characters to meet along the trail. Admission is FREE!  For more information, contact 309-524-2424 or

On Sunday, October 22, 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!  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, contact 563-344-4106 or visit

Bring the kids to celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 26, 2017, for Fright Night in Downtown Rock Island, Ill.  Visit participating art galleries, shops, and restaurants for fun, spooky surprises from 5-8 p.m.  See whose costume is the best at the costume contest, and kids can join in with make-and-take activities and games.  Each participating business will be transformed with the sights and sounds of Halloween.  Free admission.  For more information, contact Downtown Rock Island at 309-788-6311 or

The Lagomarcino’s Halloween Hot Chocolate Race is great fun for the whole family.  It starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 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  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 28-29, 2017, 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

Enjoy free admission at the Figge Art Museum on Sunday, October 29, 2017, 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 or call 563-326-7804.

Magical Exhibit

The German American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa, has become a place of mystery, amusement, and magic until November 4, 2017.  Explore the man behind the illusions—Houdini!  Born Ehrich Weiss, a Hungarian immigrant to the U.S., the exhibit explores his life and how he transformed into The Great Harry Houdini.  Learn about the influences from his mother, Robert Houdin, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes.  Watch in awe at his tricks that made him into the pop cultural phenomenon that nearly all Americans recognize, and learn about the innovations and challenges outside of magic that Houdini succeeded and sometimes failed.  For more information, visit or call 563-322-8844.

Halloween Parades

Downtown LeClaire hosts a Witches’ Walk and Costume Parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 1 p.m.  Enter to have your costume judged or just join the parade. There will be kid’s activities before the parade and candy and “Trunk or Treat” during the parade.  For more information,

The City of Davenport’s new daytime Halloween Parade is Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.  For more information, visit

The City of Bettendorf, Iowa, hosts a nighttime Halloween parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 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, 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

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 6 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

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.  It is open starting September 29 on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight, and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. during the last three weekends.  Admission is $15.  For more information, visit

Discover these and many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  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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