Iowa Governor’s Mansion to host halloween ball
This Oct. 31, the Terrace Hill Governor’s mansion will host its second annual Scare Us Hill Pumpkin Ball, with the governor and first lady. The Halloween celebration will begin at 6 p.m. for a night of witches brew, ghoulish delights, fortunetellers, costume contests and a live auction.
Attendees can bid to win a one-night stay for two in the mansion’s haunted guest suite, not usually open for public. The room contains F.M. Hubbell’s original mahogany furniture and an ornate bathroom with Victorian features, including a pull chain for flushing the toilet. The night stay concludes with breakfast in bed prepared by Terrace Hill’s personal chef.
The Victorian-era manor house will be transformed into the spooky and glamorous Halloween ball for one night only. Tickets to Scare-Us-Hill Pumpkin Ball are $75 per guest and can be purchased online at www.terracehilliowa.org. Des Moines young professionals under the age of 40 will receive a special discount for tickets priced at $40 per person.
“One of the goals of Scare-Us-Hill is to reach out to the next generation of young professionals, which we hope will take an interest in the beauty and history of Terrace Hill,” said Terrace Hill Events’ Chairwoman Patsy Tobis. “Our governor’s residence is truly unique to other states and it’s important that visitors from all over the world continue to enjoy the Victorian mansion year after year.”
There will be complimentary valet parking available at the west entrance to Terrace Hill. Street parking is available on Forest Drive and in the Terrace Hill Event Parking lot off Grand Avenue. Limited transportation will be available from these locations to drive guests to the Carriage House for check in.
Proceeds from Scare Us Hill Pumpkin Ball will benefit the ongoing restoration and educational programming at the governor’s mansion. Join Gov. Branstad and Iowa’s First Lady for an evening of Halloween fun as the lights at Terrace Hill dim low and the mansion’s true inhabitants come to life. Costumes are optional, but encouraged.