Whether you’re into pumpkin-carving contests, hayrack rides, or trick-or-treating, you’ll find fun Metro-area events here. The season comes but once a year, so don’t miss out on these autumn activities.
Haunted houses provide great fun and frights each Halloween season, however a scary corn maze raises the thrills to a whole new level. Visit Camp Fontanelle’s scary maze from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on October 21, 22, and 27. Maze and activities are open to the public on weekends during maze season. Groups can make reservations outside of regular hours.
Camp Fontanelle’s maze is located 2 miles south of Highway 91 at Fontanelle about 15 miles west of Blair. The 9 acre maze takes approximately 45 min. – 1 hour to solve the long part and 10-20 minutes for the short part during the day with a map. Imagine the fun you’ll have solving the maze at night! Bring a flashlight and extra batteries. There is safety in numbers. The scary maze may not be appropriate for smaller children or those easily scared though there will be a “dark only” portion with no spooks this year that will be better for the younger crowd. Great for a date, at dusk a free outdoor movie will also be shown on our big screen on scary nights. Bring your own lawn chair and s’mores and sit around a campfire while watching the movie.
Make time to search 3 acres of free will donation pumpkins and gourds. (Boxes are around the patch for donations, come any time) Pass ports and scavenger hunts make the maze interactive. From 2 pm to 6 pm on weekends, laser tag, zip line rides, and pony rides are also available for a fee. Hay rack rides are approximately every ½ hour. Visit the petting barn or cook on a free campfire. A bouncy house is also available for the little ones. A new 65′ x 31′ jumping pillow will delight kids of all ages. Admission is $7 (age 12 and over) and $5 (ages 3-11). Groups may make reservations and $1 off coupons are also available at our “Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze” site. Regular corn maze hours of operation are 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through 1st Sunday in November. Groups may make reservations through the “pumpkin patch & corn maze” link to visit outside of regular operating hours. Almost all concession stand items are only $1, and concessions are available only during regular operating hours and scary nights. Cash or check only for all admission, concessions, pumpkin donations, laser tag, and zip lines. For more information, visit www.durhammuseum.org for more information.
Explore the fall garden while trick-or-treating at twelve different candy stops and exploring themed activity stations throughout this year’s Ghoulish Garden Adventure scheduled for October 29th from noon- 4:00 pm. Children will learn about pumpkins, spiders, creepy crawlies and other things found in nature that make the fall so festive- and make ghoulish crafts to take home. Families will also have the opportunity to see incredible animals up-close, take pictures with Star Wars™ characters from the 501st Legion and more! Activities will be indoors and outdoors. Costumes are optional. Bring a camera to take memorable snap shots and a trick-or-treat sack to collect ghoulish goodies! The café will have a seasonal menu of beverages, snacks and food available for purchase. This spooktacular event is designed to provide a safe and fun Halloween event for families in a garden setting.
Omaha Children’s Museum
Cobweb Castle: The Not-So-Scary Haunted House
October 1 – 31
During regular museum hours
Families can visit the not-so-scary haunted house, Cobweb Castle, at Omaha Children’s Museum throughout the month of October. Designed to give young visitors the thrill of the season without the scares, this little castle is just right for Halloween fun. The Spider Climber is back and so is the Noodle Forest, but there are also a lot of new surprises for brave youngsters as well! Cobwebby Feelings will be a daily program teaching youngsters about feelings and ends with a hunt for silly ghosts throughout the castle.
Omaha Children’s Museum will hold its annual Healthy Trick or Treat Nights on Tuesdays, Oct. 17 and 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children can dress up and safely trick or treat indoors, collecting healthful goodies and treats. Bring a camera – children will meet a lot of characters!
Both Cobweb Castle and Healthy Trick or Treat Nights are included with museum admission and are free for members. For more information, visit www.ocm.org.
Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo’s Spooktacular
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® for Spooktacular presented by Hy-Vee. Join in the fun on October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29th, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for $8.95 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium® members or $9.95 per person for non-members online or at Guest Services. Children 2 and under are free. Help us stay green by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag to fill with candy and other goodies. When the sun goes down, what happens at the Zoo? Visit the Lied Jungle® to see free-flying bats or stop by Kingdoms of the Night® to see nocturnal animals during their daylight cycle. The evening includes admission to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium after-hours, trick-or-treating and fun interactive activities. Get up close and personal with different Animal Ambassadors, special animals used for educating visitors, and enjoy balloon-twisted figurines from Omaha balloon artists. Meet your favorite characters for a fun photo opportunity at Storybook Lane. Come to Spooktacular, and get ready for a candy-munchin, moon-howlin good time.
Spooktacular event tickets do not include general Zoo admission since this event occurs after regular Zoo operating hours. Event is rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. Exhibits open for Spooktacular include: Lied Jungle®, Kingdoms of the Night®, Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium, and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom Pavilion. For more information, visit www.omahazoo.com.
Enjoy an afternoon Symphony Spooktacular: Superheroes- Who’s your hero? Superman? Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Batman? Celebrate Halloween in character with music from favorite superhero movies. Spectacular music, thrilling costumes, and trick-or-treating! A concert that offers your family the perfect way to celebrate Halloween! Event takes place Sunday October 22rd at 2:00 p.m at the Holland Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony.org.
THAT POTTERY PLACE ‘20th ANNIVERSARY’– ‘PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY Since 1997’
Our studio is celebrating 20 YEARS in Omaha helping customers to create memories.
We would like to thank our wonderful customers for supporting us these past 20 years!
The shelves are fully stocked with Fall, Halloween and Christmas Pottery designs. Create your personal keepsakes or the perfect personalized gift for loved ones. OCTOBER EVENTS:
OCTOBER anniversary specials. Please call the studio for details. OCTOBER13th our monthly ‘KIDS’ NIGHT OUT‘ is held the 2nd Friday Night of the month from 6pm-8:30pm. $29+tax with reservations. Kids’ night out also plays as Adult night out! Leave your child with us to create and paint pottery while dining on pizza and other goodies while you go and enjoy yourself on a Friday Night! We have exciting new projects for this season-Pottery Painting, Clay building, Mosaics & Canvas Painting. OCTOBER 14th our monthly ‘PAINT ME A STORY’ Story time and Painting session is held the 2nd Sat. morning of the month. 10am-11am $13+tax with reservations. We have selected our favorite children’s books and developed special pottery projects to paint. First we’ll gather for a story, then create a pottery masterpiece! Your little ones’ creation will be perfect for their own collection or make keepsake gifts for loved ones.
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch
Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Nebraska offers family fun for all ages. Take a ride out to the pumpkin field, get lost in the corn maze, swish down the Big Slide Ride, bounce on the jumping pillows, Barnyard Challenge Course, where kids 2-7 can test their balance skills and more. We will be open Friday, through Tuesday, October 31st, 2017.
With over 50 attractions and activities at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, you should plan to spend a good chunk of your day exploring the farm. From the classic hayrack ride to the pumpkin fields to our giant jumping pillows, plus fall festival foods like hand-dipped caramel apples, we offer good, wholesome family fun for all ages.
General Admission on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in October: $18.95 per person + tax
Online Tickets for Friday, Saturday & Sunday in October: $17.95 per person + tax
September Weekend Discount Tickets: $14.25 per person + tax
Discount Admission, Mondays – Thursdays, all season: $11.50 per person + tax
Vala’s Adventure Pass (Includes 1 admission, 1 train ticket, 30 shots of paintball, $2.50 off a pumpkin): $23.95 + tax
Season Passes: $42.99 + tax, PER PERSON
Online Season Passes: $38.99 + tax, PER PERSON
Ages 2 and under are FREE
How to Buy Tickets
SAVE $1.00 ON OUR WEEKEND PRICE BY BUYING ONLINE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS. Convenient and fast admission to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. A General Admission ticket is for a one-day visit to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch with over 50 attractions and 3 live shows. Receive your tickets by e-mail and we will scan them at the gate. Tickets bought online are $18.95 (+ tax) for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and $11.50 (+ tax) for Mondays through Thursdays. Visit www.valaspumpkinpatch.com.