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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,
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Rockstock IV, sponsored by Rock 108 FM, merges with the 2011 Carnival of Madness to showcase 11 hard-hitting rock bands, punching ears and lifting spirits in a long night of rousing performances sprawled across two stages. Headlining the festivities, platinum-selling Vancouver quartet Theory of A Deadman exhorts raucous anthems such as "Bad Girlfriend" and "Hate My Life," whose wrathful riffage, tongue-through-cheek humor, and cathartic lyrics keep Eeyore from pouting himself to death. Filling the carnival’s roster of head-banging roustabouts, Alter Bridge shreds blocks of euphonic metal over moats of chugging guitars and petulant double-bass kick pedals, and Black Stone Cherry narrates southern Gothic stories with guitars forged from Tom Petty’s femur. Concluding the cluster of combustible rock 'n' roll, Adelitas Way scores unflinching tales of perseverance with hardcore and classic influences, and Emphatic unleashes chugging sonnets. Keeping both stages of Rockstock IV equipped with jackhammer melodies, a sextet of head-bangers, including Nonpoint, Pop Evil, and Bobaflex, also appears to bludgeon the remaining sunlight out of the day.
257 Ansborough Avenue
Waterloo,
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Chow down on all of your pub favorites at Ljs Neighborhood Grill and Bar. Dieters looking for low-fat options will be out of luck, though, as taste trumps caloric value here. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Ljs Neighborhood Grill and Bar's extensive drink list. At Ljs Neighborhood Grill and Bar, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Ljs Neighborhood Grill and Bar — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. Tired of driving in circles? Head to Ljs Neighborhood Grill and Bar for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door. Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Ljs Neighborhood Grill and Bar has to offer.
3550 Kimball Ave
Waterloo,
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Enjoy a large array of finger food at Waterloo's The Half Pint Saloon, a local pub. Those who prefer to eat vegan will love the menu at The Half Pint Saloon. Gather up your group of friends and head to The Half Pint Saloon, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back The Half Pint Saloon is come-as-you-are. The Half Pint Saloon is just steps away from a parking lot. Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy The Half Pint Saloon since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
1831 Independence Avenue
Waterloo,
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Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Waterloo's Lighthouse Lounge offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes. You won t find fare that s low in fat here Lighthouse Lounge is the perfect place to indulge. Lighthouse Lounge is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups. null null Lighthouse Lounge is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price. Head on over to Lighthouse Lounge first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Lighthouse Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
1307 W 5th St
Waterloo,
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Astronaut Basketball Academy gives young players the skills to make it look as though they're dribbling, shooting, and slam-dunking in zero gravity. Even though their shoes are technically on the ground, they fly across the court, developing high-level techniques from a young age through lessons, skill clinics, and camps. Boys and girls can play against their peers in friendly competitions and perform drills to commit the moves to muscle memory. Soon, they'll be hanging from the rim with no effort at all.
300 Jefferson St.
Waterloo,
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