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Written by Natalie Scully, Valley High School Student

Looking for a way to make memories with family and friends this fall? Here are SEVEN ways you can celebrate the spooky season right here in West Des Moines: 

Howl-O-Ween Pawty

Raccoon River Dog Park is where all the doggy fun will be on October 23rd from 9 – 11 AM! Dog-Friendly treats, a Doggy Parade for all your canine friends, and plenty of games to play. Make sure your furry friends get into their best costumes, and take a lot of pictures. 

Pumpkin Walk

Valley Junction’s great pumpkin walk is on October 24th from 2 – 5 PM. Free pumpkins for early birds at the Swander Gazebo. Face Painting, Bubble Blowing, Balloons, and Hayrack Rides! Bring the family, show off costumes, and trick or treat up and down Valley Junction. Enjoy The Betty Hill Dancers on 5th and maple!

Halloween Hullabaloo

The RecPlex is going to have a very spooky halloween, decorating pumpkins and glittery mason jars. Pumpkin Toss with Hulahoops, there will be plenty of snacks as well. Go to the RecPlex Hullabaloo on October 31st for a scary good time! 

Spooky Library Fun

Dress the little ones up one more time, and head down to the West Des Moines Library on October 25th from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Check out some spooky library books while you’re there, and do some fun crafting projects!

Huge Smash 

Smash Park is putting on it’s third annual Halloween Party on October 29th from 8 PM – 12 AM. Who will get the cash prize for the best costume? Make sure to dress up! They’ll have a DJ and even Halloween-themed drinks. They’re excited for you to join them, so add it to your calendar. 

Puppy Pumpkin Patch

The Raccoon River Dog Park has created the perfect photography opportunities, to take the most adorable Halloween photos of your pets. Make sure to put your puppies in the cutest Halloween costumes. Get the perfect fall photo anytime between October 23rd – November 5th! 

Halloween Hoopla

Ready for some more family-friendly Halloween fun, Raccoon River Park is having plenty of fun and freaky festivities. Riding a “Witches Wagon” around the lake, you’ll be treated to “Dracula’s Blood” while you create skeleton s’mores. See you on October 22nd from 5:30 – 7:30 PM! 

West Des Moines is the best Des Moines, and we can’t wait to have all kinds of fall fun with you. Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts (@WDMchamber). Happy fall, y’all!