The Beat

The Beat

Road Trip:

Haunt Nation located in Grimes is nestled in the center of Cutty’s Camping Club. Open 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 30 to 31, Haunt Nation is said to be one of Des Moines’ best haunted houses. Overcome your fear for only $12.

The Haunted Forest in Ames is good for a gasp and grope. It is open Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday until 10 p.m. For just $12 a person, the Haunted Forest is sure to provide a reason to get close to someone.

Stalker’s Haunted House in Carlisle is a maze of horror. $12 gets you in, though they warn you may never get out. Hours are Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 starting at 7 p.m. until midnight and Nov. 2 until 10 p.m. Watch out for the wall walker, he’ll get you every time.

The Dish:

Splash Seafood Bar & Grill is rated as Des Moines’s best restaurant by This restaurant features American, Continental and seafood cuisine. It is business casual dress with the average entrée costing about $37.00. So, if you’re looking to impress that special someone, this is the place for you.

Locally acclaimed, Waveland Café may be the best breakfast spot in Des Moines. The menu features home-style cooking, and breakfast is served all day. Located on University Avenue in Des Moines you just can’t go wrong with this place. The average cost of a main course is $8.00, and they are open seven days a week.

Whether it’s the mahogany furnishings or the 24-ounce Porterhouse steak, excess is key at 801 Steak and Chop House. The 801 provides a gentlemen’s club ambience and is renowned among the business crowd. The menu is classic and the food rich. At $40.00 an entrée it’s not cheap, but totally worth it.

Check It:

Saw V is undoubtedly one of the season’s most anticipated film releases. Sure to shock, Saw V is already receiving great reviews. Perhaps the best Saw sequel yet, Saw V is as full of twists and turns as its predecessors.

Quarantine, although not as scary as Saw V, is still sure to make you jump. Comparable to Resident Evil’s plague plot, Quarantine will keep you thinking well into the night.

If you are looking for a movie you won’t have to pull your feet up in the seat to enjoy, try Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Comical, sweet and not your average, “chick flick,” it would be a great date night movie.

For theater show times of each of these films, scope out the web for listings.