As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Central Iowa, Sherman Hill has delayed the return of Halloween on the Hill until 2022. With Halloween falling on a weekend this year, we expected a likely huge crowd and hosting a safe event remains our priority.
Since its inception in 2010, Halloween on the Hill has grown to become Des Moines’s premier Halloween event. At the core of Halloween on the Hill has always been a desire to use this fun event help others. For a decade, residents of the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood have gone all out to decorate their homes with spooky scenes while also collecting food items for the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network. In 2019, Halloween on the Hill raised over $1,000 and collected nearly 5,000 individual items in support of the DMARC Food Pantry Network. However, the need to help those who face food insecurity in our community has never been greater.
This year, Sherman Hill is partnering with three neighborhood businesses to support DMARC with the Scare Away Hunger! campaign. Please visit Gateway Market (2002 Woodland Ave.), Lua Brewing (1525 High Street), and Smokey Row (1910 Cottage Grove Ave.) where you can purchase special Halloween masks or make a donation directly to DMARC.
All funds raised will be used to support DMARC’s Food Pantry Network, which last year assisted more than 58,000 individuals in Greater Des Moines, 35% of whom were children and youth age 17 or younger. Established in 1976, it is the largest food pantry network in Iowa with pantry sites located in West Des Moines, Ankeny, Clive, Johnston, Urbandale, and Des Moines.