The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is hosting “Trick-or-Trees,” a Halloween event designed for youth and families, on Saturday, Oct. 31.  

Trick-or-Trees will feature interactive activities, entertainment and educational information about trees throughout the six acres of outdoor gardens. Halloween costumes are encouraged. 

The event includes costume parades; comedy magician Jonathan May; chainsaw artist Andy Klint; Story Sprouts, an interactive story time for toddlers; an antique cider press demonstration; paper making demonstration; goodie bags and more. 

Trick-or-Trees will be included with admission (members free, $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and military, $7 for youth ages 4-17 and children 3 and under free) and made accessible at no cost through the Garden’s Museums for All and Iowa Libraries Adventure Pass programs.  

To allow for safe social distancing, Trick-or-Trees will have timed tickets. Although walk-ins will be accepted throughout the day, admission is not guaranteed without advance registration. 

Face coverings are required for all Botanical Garden guests above age two, and costume masks are not a replacement for protective face masks. 

“We know that our community wants to celebrate Halloween safely, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this fun, outdoor event with precautions in place,” said Botanical Garden Interim President and CEO Mary Sellers.  

Trick-or-Trees will take place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Timed tickets and more information are available at