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Circle of Ash is Eastern Iowa's only year-round event haunted attraction. Offering three major shows in 2011, stop by and let us scare and entertain you!

412 7th Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

Though it has pastures, cornfields, and livestock, Bloomsbury Farm isn't your average farm—in fact, it's an agritourism destination. The farm boasts more than 20 attractions, including a 10-acre corn maze and a giant jumping pillow popular with kids and flightless birds alike. For the more adventurous, a newly installed zipline speeds people across the farm at a height of 40–50 feet, offering bird's-eye views of the land below. Throughout the year, special events celebrate the seasons with wine tastings, concerts, and breakfasts with Santa.

3260 69th St
Atkins,
IA
US

Cedar Rapids’ only barhopping bus service, The Loop’s Bus #69 spends Saturday nights cruising hourly circuits of nine nightlife districts from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The DOT-compliant conveyance’s schedule sends it zooming toward stops such as Red Frog in Czech Village, Paddy O’Rourkes in the Irish District, and downtown’s Piano Lounge, ensuring safe festivities for traveling merry-makers and drive-by resumé drops for aspiring barkeeps. Riders sport wristbands for easy identification, and can bring unopened cans onboard for mid-ride sipping.

208 2nd Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

The family-owned-and-operated Fireside Winery has tilled and harvested the rolling hills of Iowa to produce award-winning wines. Growing a variety of diverse grapes contributes to the complex flavors and blends found in each Fireside wine bottle. The CoCo Cabernet Sauvignon tickles taste receptors with deep black fruit notes and notions of green pepper ($15), while the Storyteller uses exotic fruits, mineral aromas, the secret of Alex Trebek's methodical success, and crisp acidity to create a well-balanced blend ($14). For the sweet-toothed sipper, the Night Cap is Fireside's first dessert wine, offering spicy notes that dance in the moonlight with plum and dark cherry ($18).

1755 P Ave
Marengo,
IA
US

The Wisconsin Historical Society preserves the knowledge, artifacts, and historic sites that have popped up over the course of Wisconsin's tenure as a territory and state. Browse the hallowed halls of history in the historical museum, the First Capitol, or the Wade House, an 1844 settlement home. Click here to see a full listing of the sites maintained by the society.

12195 County Highway Vv
Cassville,
WI
US

For more than 10 years, The Heart of Darkness has elicited scares from nearly 10,000 visitors every Halloween season with one of the largest haunts in Iowa. People from across the country and ghosts studying abroad brave nine separately themed areas on the terror-infested grounds, from a haunted playground to a maniacal-clown asylum. Each section crawls with grotesque creatures. A living scarecrow swipes at guests with a rusted sickle, causing them to flee right into the padded cell of Crispy, a demented arsonist whose victims gave him a taste of his own medicine by scorching his skin.

So committed to their duty to terrify, owners Kevin and Dolly Schults are affectionately known as The Halloween Family, as detailed on a 2009 episode of ABC's Wife Swap. Outside their spooky corridors, the Schults reward survivors with concession stands, a live DJ, and a photo booth that snapped the pictures Crispy uses for his online-dating profile.

5111 Osage Road
Waterloo,
IA
US