Try 1 month for 99¢

Whether you'd rather be spooked or carve a pumpkin, there are a slew of ways to celebrate the Halloween season in the Quad-Cities.

To keep with the theme, though, we stuck to 13 things. 

Read on for some ideas on how to get into the Halloween spirit. 

1. Halloween show at the Redstone Room

Area bands The Dawn, Winterland and The Tripp Brothers will be performing in a Halloween-themed concert at the Redstone Room on Halloween night. Each band will get into the Halloween spirit by performing as The Who, The Grateful Dead and Daft Punk, respectively. Doors open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the show. Don't forget to wear a costume. For more info, visit

2. 'Dracula'

What's more Halloween than seeing "Dracula?" Ballet Quad-Cities will continue their October tradition and offer two performance of "Dracula" next weekend. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20 at The Spotkloght Theatre, 1800 7th Ave., Moline. For more info, visit

3. Tour the 'Darker Side of Davenport'

Want to see all the so-called haunted spots in Davenport? The German American Heritage Center is hosting a round of "Darker Side of Davenport" walking tours this month. More than 1.6 miles, the tour features several haunt-filled and mysterious stops around downtown Davenport. Tours cost $6 per person and will be offered this weekend at 5 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday as well as 5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20. Tickets are available on For more info, visit 

4. Codfish Holloween

Tanks and the Bangas, the musical group based in New Orleans that won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest last year, is headlining Codfish Holloween, the final scheduled concert of the year at Codfish Hollow, the barn/music venue in Maquoketa, Iowa. The show, also featuring Naughty Professor and Big Freedia, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. For tickets, $25-$30, visit

5. Cocoa Beano 5k

Get in the fall mood with a 5k or 10k run that ends with a warm cup of hot chocolate. The Lagomarcino Cocoa Beano 10k/5k is set to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Village of East Davenport. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley. Register at

6. Dia de los Muertos at Mercado on Fifth

On the final night of the season for Mercado on Fifth, the night market will celebrate Día de los Muertos, featuring trunk or treat, a communal altar, a costume parade as well as activities from the Putnam Museum. Activities start at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in downtown Moline. In addition, Mercado on Fifth will present a screening of "Coco!" the Pixar film with a Dia de los Muertos theme, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at The CLUB, 1122 5th Ave., Moline. For more info about the Mercado, visit

7. Day of the Dead at the Figge

The Figge Art Museum is also celebrating the Day of the Dead with family-friendly art project, live performances and food starting at
Starting at noon Sunday, Oct. 28 at the museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. Admission is free on that day. 

8. Bettendorf Halloween Parade 

The Greater Bettendorf Community Foundation's Halloween Parade, themed this year as "Witches on a Walk," is set to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the intersection of 23rd Street and Middle Road and continue onto Spruce Hills Drive. The procession will then travel to 18th Street, turn left onto 18th Street, continue to Middle Road and and end at the entrance of the Life Fitness parking lot. For more info, visit

9. Davenport Halloween Parade

Here's another parade option earlier in the day. The city of Davenport is hosting its daytime Halloween Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, visit Before the parade, check out Halloween festivities at the Freight House Farmers Market. 

10. Witches’ Walk Parade and Costume Contest

The Witches’ Walk & Costume Parade is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, in LeClaire. Festivities start at 11 a.m. and the parade steps off at 12:30 p.m. For more information, go to

11. Hocus Pocus trivia night 

How well do you know "Hocus Pocus"? Test your knowledge during a "Hocus Pocus" trivia night at Baked Beer & Bread Company on Halloween night. Trivia starts at at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. 

12. Pumpkin Extravaganza

The Quad City Botanical Center has plenty of fall festivities planned during its month-long Pumpkin Extravaganza, featuring a chance to build-your-own scarecrow from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct.  7 and a pumpkin painting event on Sunday, Oct. 14 and more. For more info, visit

13. Haunted houses

If you're up for a visit to a haunted house this season, there are plenty to check out in the area. Terror at Skellington Manor is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 to 10 p.m. on Sundays in October. Tickets, $15. For more info, visit In addition, Q-C Shock House is open 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through October at the QCCA Expo Center 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island. Tickets, $15. For more info, visit


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).