To be haunted, or not to be haunted: Halloween attractions around the state

Published: Thursday, Sept. 27 2012 4:28 p.m. MDT

Candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are featured at a corn maze at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

Whether you are the spooky, eerie, spine-chilling type or are in it for the family time, there is something for you this Halloween season — and some attractions are dressed to impress this year.

One such attraction is the Heber Valley Railroad, according to special events coordinator Steven DeBoom.

"We want to be better than we've always been," he said. The railroad has featured a traditional haunted train ride for several years, but this year organizers have decided to mix it up.

"The haunted ride just became very tired,” DeBoom said. “We wanted to revamp it and make it more enticing. It was too late this year to redo the storyline so we're doing something different."

He said things are still in the works, but organizers are looking to create a stationary haunted train.

"We have two or three empty coaches and cars that are just sitting there because they're old and aren't safe enough to go down the tracks," DeBoom said. "But they're safe enough to go through, so we want to have something like a walk-through haunted house but instead through our haunted coaches. The paint is peeling off and they have cobwebs in them — we won't even have to clean them."

The haunted coaches event is not listed on the Heber Valley Railroad website, but DeBoom says it will be when everything is complete.

Also this year, the railroad will enhance its Pumpkin Patch train ride. The Pumpkin Festival will include a large pumpkin patch to pick from, decorating stations for pumpkins, a hay maze, bounce houses, pie eating contests and pumpkin desserts.

"This year with the Pumpkin Festival we wanted more fun directed at families," DeBoom said.

Young ones who enjoy little scares will have a family-friendly train just for them.

"It will be for those who want a little creepy, but not really scary," DeBoom said.

Salt Lake County

Castle of Chaos on Redwood Road: Castle of Chaos has stepped it up this year with five levels of terror. All guests must sign a waiver to participate in the hands-on portion of the haunted house, and those younger than 18 must have parental permission.

Location: 5576 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30-10 p.m., weekends 7:30-midnight

Cost: $20 admission to all five levels, also $3 "buried alive" coffin slide

Contact: 801-904-2279, castleofchaos.com

Age limit: Not for children, parent's permission for under age 18

Crazy Corn Maze: Celebrating 14 years, this family-fun event will test participant skills with trivia questions throughout the maze. There is also a haunted trail, three times bigger and better this year.

Location: 8800 S. 4000 West, West Jordan

Hours: Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m., Friday 6-11:30 p.m., Saturday noon-11:30 p.m., closed Sunday

Cost: $7 ages 11 and up, $4 ages 5-10, free under 4. Additional $4.50 for haunted trail.

Contact: 801-569-2356, utahmaze.com

Age recommendation: The corn maze is open to all ages; 12 years and older for the haunted trail.

Boo at the Zoo

Location: 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake

Hours: Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cost: $12.75 adults, $9.75 seniors, children free

Contact: 801-582-1631, hoglezoo.org

Age recommendation: Open to all ages.

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