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The Heart of Darkness

 
  • 5111 Osage Road
  • Waterloo, IA
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  (22 reviews)
Scare Factor
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Appropriate For
12 years and above
Organization Type
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Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes / Haunted Corn Mazes, Scream Parks
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Touching Not Allowed, Free Parking
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3 Awards Received

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The Largest Haunt in Iowa -plus- Longest Walk-thru The 22,600 square foot indoor/outdoor Haunted Attraction named… The Heart of Darkness… is the largest in the state of Iowa. 13 years of New Construction and Added Footage at Heartland Farm have made this possible, and a lot of help from the top talented Fear Engineers around! That allows us to give the Cedar Valley a 30 Minute walk-through tour of the Haunted Grounds. Your Survival begins at DarkHold Castle, and continues through 9 more differently themed areas till your departure…running from Grizzley's Chainsaw Massacre! And… there are No Guides to help you escape! See the rest, then come see the Biggest and the Best that Iowa has to offer… The Heart of Darkness… you be the judge, we welcome your opinion and advice on how to provide the Top in Haunted Entertainment.

10 Separately Themed Haunted Areas The Heart of Darkness gives you all that the haunt industry has to offer, so we provide 10 fear gilled themed areas for your screaming pleasure! Enter The Terror Grounds of The Heart of Darkness through DarkHold Castle, then journey thru The Haunted Bus, next on to The Dead Camp Grounds, Followed by The Zombie Survival House. After a quick run from a Deadly ScareCrow, Wind through the Coffin Catacombs, and DeadWalker Crypts to Crow's Call Barn. Your Venture into Fear is just beginning as you enter The Anti-Gravity Vortex Tunnel then it's time to get your Chroma Depth Glasses Ready for the Killer Circus in Full 3-D. Running from Giggles The Insane Clown Doctor, you enter Scream in the Dark. It's all over, Right? Wait.. Is that Grizzly and his Chainsaw Brothers! Email Haunt Owner
 
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  • Email Verified Wonderful scary time

    Had a wonderful scary time at the Heart of Darkness. We were a group of two families and the kids were unstoppable. With exemplary actors and innovative ideas... Thod was worth all the money.

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    Posted November 2017

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  • Email Verified Had a bad experience

    I had a bad experience.. they said little mud..but it was too muddy that I lost a shoe at one point. I also tripped over something and the actor did not seem to care much. The clown room was also pretty average. I was not impressed.

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    Posted November 2017

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  • Amazing - Thod & 3D Killer Circus

    Papa Voodoo was the word my 6 year old learnt yesterday at the Heart of Darkness…he loved the experience so much. Thanks to THOD. 3D Killer Circus was entertaining to say the least… with actors and props adding to the eerie effect. The staff was courteous… put an honest effort to entertain us while waiting in the line. Absolutely worth every $$$.

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    Posted November 2017

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  • Actors at its scariest and wittiest end!!

    Loads of fun... loads of scare…. That is THOD for you. Been there a couple of times and loved the experience. Each corner and attractions were differently themed. Special effects and creatures added to the eerie haunted surroundings…Though at times we lost our way and floundered in darkness. Had a blast at the Horror Circus with actors at its scariest and wittiest end. THOD is where I recommend if you wanna have a blast with your bestie and family.

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    Posted November 2017

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  • Email Verified 3D Clown Room is the best

    The best part was 3D Clown Room as we jumped so often out of fear and all scares inside the house was damn good. I interacted with the management team and they all were very friendly. Overall, worth the drive, time and money spent to have a lifelong horror experience at the heart of darkness. Keep it up guys.

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    Posted October 2017

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  • Email Verified Waste of money

    It had not enough actors..we lost our way and eventually exited through the emergency exit. Lost over 30 minutes. The scares were also not up to the mark. It was a waste of money. Contrary to their advertised timings, the car parking was closed by 11pm.

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    Posted October 2017

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  • 3D Clown room was awesome

    I went along with my kids and they had a great time!! Lots of scares, and very real interactive session with actors was so much enthralling. In-fact, I got scared so many times. Highly impressed with the details crafted on the sets, especially the 3D Clown room was awesome. Perfect blend of entertainment and terror. Worth spending time and money at the Heart of Darkness.

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    Posted October 2017

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  • Email Verified Super scary, amazing actors

    Super scary. Amazing actors, cool props and highly detailed set design. Loved the ambience and can’t wait to see them again. Just go for it!!

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    Posted October 2017

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  • So Scary and Fun

    I really recommend this place to people looking forward to a fun filled scary experience. Freddy’s Bus Ride was witchy… so was the Zombie Forest…. It was sooo muddy that I lost my shoes. Can’t ask for a better haunted attraction in Iowa. Actors were at their scariest best… the skeleton man with the skeleton makeover was looking so realistic…I must say the makeup artist have done a great job. Will be back soon Thod!!!

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    Posted October 2017

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  • Email Verified Average scares, some fun

    I and wife went to the Heart of Darkness during Halloween. But it was a disappointment. The scares were average. Not even once I or wife was startled. The clown looked like a circus clown. It invoked laughter than fear. I would not recommend this place.

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    Posted October 2017

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  • My most favorite haunted house in the state

    This haunt is the longest in Iowa. A total 30-45 minute walk through. Featuring zombies, clowns, and demons. The ticket prices are well worth it.

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    Posted October 2017

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  • Email Verified Best haunt ever

    Always great went for years and now helping. It's awesome to see what goes into them and all there hardwork they put in to make this the greatest in iowa

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    Posted July 2017

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  • Awesome

    Fun

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  • perfect

    When I worked there I got to meet amazing people and scare a whole lot of others this is a perfect bonding experience and a great way to spend your time in the spirit of Halloween .

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    Posted October 2016

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    2 out of 3 found this review helpful

  • True Review

    I myself am a pretty big chicken. I don't like scary things. The Heart of Darkness is a good place for a moderate scare. However the line is terrible. They give you a ticket and on the ticket is a number. We had to wait for 300 people to go in. It took probably a good 2 hours and a half to actually get into the attraction. The haunt itself was pretty good. It took 30 mins to go through.

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    Length of Event: 21-30 minutes
    Time Visited: After 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Yes
    Posted October 2015

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    4 out of 4 found this review helpful

  • So much fun!!

    I enjoyed this trip so much, so thank you!

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    Length of Event: 45-60 minutes
    Time Visited: 5PM - 9PM
    Would Recommend: Yes
    Suitable For Kids: Unsure
    Posted October 2015

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  • love it

    have always had an awesome experience working and go thru the heart of darkness. Kevin and his family do an awesome job every year and im proud that i get to be a part of it.

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    Posted October 2015

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    1 out of 3 found this review helpful

  • awesome loved it!!

    love love loved this haunt!!!

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    Posted October 2015

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    2 out of 4 found this review helpful

  • SCARY FUN!

    Don't listen to the last reviewer! Fun for adults and scary for kids. A little pricey so get your website coupons ($2.00 off and 4 for $50.00. Regular is $18.00 each) and have fun. For $12.50, well worth the money. I wanted to go through twice!

    Posted October 2014

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    6 out of 7 found this review helpful

  • AWESOME

    This place is awesome and I work here all the time. Even if I go through it I still get scared.

    Posted October 2014

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    4 out of 5 found this review helpful

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