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

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 9:23 a.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) 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.

BYU students Ben Ader, left, and Duncan McNeil exit a corn maze at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) BYU students Ben Ader, left, and Duncan McNeil exit a corn maze at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

"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.

Halloween Spooktacular at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum: Get your little goblins, superheroes and fairies ready for a Halloween extravaganza. This scare-free Halloween party is full of fun surprises and hands-on activities.

Location: 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake

Hours: Oct. 27, noon-6 p.m.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Contact: 801-456-2000, childmuseum.org

Haunted Village: The dark streets of This Is the Place Heritage Park are transformed into a village of creepy themed houses and spooks, including Brigham's Haunted House.

Location: 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake

Hours: Oct. 10-31, evenings

Cost: $15

Contact: thisistheplace.org

Age recommendation: Ages 12 and older

Little Haunts: This Is the Place Heritage Park's Haunted Village isn't quite as haunted during the day.

Location: 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake

Hours: Oct. 18-20, 27

Contact: 801-582-1847, thisistheplace.org

Garden After Dark: Red Butte Garden incorporates natural aspects of Halloween with vampires, werewolves and ghosts teaching about the world we live in.

Location: 300 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake

Hours: Thursday-Saturday 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $8 Adults, $6 Children ages 3-17

Contact: 801-581-8454, redbuttegarden.org/garden_after_dark_2012

Nightmare on 13th: The classic venue in Salt Lake is open for another year of screams and nightmares.

Location: 300 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake

Hours: Weekdays 7:30-10 p.m., Weekends 7:30-midnight

Cost: $20 admission

Contact: 801-467-8100, nightmareon13th.com

Age recommendation: 13 years or older

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus: This haunted circus is full of unique lighting and sound to create a creepy circus.

Location: 98 E. 13800 South, Draper

Hours: Weekdays 7:30-10 p.m., Weekends 7:30-midnight

Cost: $20

Age recommendation: 10 years and older, stranglingbros.com

Fear Factory: This is an entire city block of scary, located in an abandoned factory.

Location: 800 S. 666 West, Salt Lake

Hours: Weekdays 7-10 p.m., Weekends and UEA 7 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 31 and Nov. 2-3, 7-11 p.m.

Cost: $25 weekends, $20 weekdays

Contact: fearfactoryslc.com

Age recommendations: Discretion for kids under 12

Breakfast With a Witch: Families can enjoy a meal with a group of magical witches at Gardner Village.

Location: 110 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Hours: Days vary through Oct. 27

Cost: $13 VIP seating, $11 regular seating

Contact: 801-566-0917, gardnervillage.com

Witchapalooza: The popular dinner and a show event is back for another season of "The Taming of the Brew."

Location: 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Hours: Monday-Saturday, dinner show 7 p.m., late shows 10 p.m., matinees on select dates 2 p.m.

Cost: $29.95 reserved seating, $34.95 VIP seating, $15 reserved and $17 VIP for late night shows.

Contact: 801-566-0917, gardnervillage.com

Northern Utah

Castle of Chaos in Riverdale: New for 2012 is the 7 Deadly Sins horror included with a carnival of chaos and a “screamatarium.”

Location: 1100 W. Riverdale Rd, Riverdale

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

Cost: $20 admission to all four haunted houses, also $3 Six Feet Under Coffin Ride

Contact: 801-904-2270, castleofchaos.com

Age limit: Not for children, parent's permission for younger than 18

American West Heritage Center Corn Haunted Hollow and Corn Maze: Take a walk on the dark side of history through the scariest river hollow in the valley. Or if that's too much to take, enjoy the seven-acre corn maze with child-friendly activities.

Location: 4025 South Hwy 89-91, Wellsville

Hours: Corn maze – Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Haunted Hollow – 7:30-10:30 p.m. on select days.

Cost: $6 adults; $5 students, children ages 3-11 and seniors; $7.50 Haunted Hollow ticket

Contact: 435-245-6050, awhc.org

Dark Meadows Haunted Forest and Manor: Travel on the haunted trail into the dark forest searching for the remains of the old manor that suspiciously was torn down years ago. A family trail is also available and is designed for everyone to enjoy.

Location: 7877 S. Hwy 89-91, Wellsville

Hours: Mondays and Thursdays open at dark until 10:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays open at dark until midnight. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the week of Halloween.

Cost: $10 for family trail, $15 for haunted trail. $2 discount when a Utah Food Bank item is donated.

Contact: darkmeadows.com

Age recommendation: 12 and older

Lagoon's Frightmares: Several different events will take place for all ages and all levels of scary.

Location: 375 Lagoon Dr., Farmington

Hours: Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. Check website for specific dates and prices.

Contact: 801-451-8000, lagoonpark.com

Sleepy Millcreek Hollow Trail of Terror: Follow the trail of terror around the 160-year-old farm. Don't be surprised if the Headless Horseman joins you for some fun.

Location: 2250 W. 187 North, Slaterville

Hours: Oct. 23-31, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $5

Contact: sleepymillcreekhollow.com

Age recommendation: 8 years and up

Cherry Hill's Scary Hill: Halloween has hit Cherry Hill. Come enjoy a fun day full of different Halloween events.

Location: 1325 S. Main, Kaysville

Cost: $5-13 depending on number of activities

Contact: cherry-hill.com

Little Bear Bottoms Corn Maze and Haunted River Trail: Little Bear Bottoms has 30 acres of fall and Halloween fun including a large corn maze, a hay bale fort, a spooky barn and a river trail.

Location: 5000 U.S. 89, Wellsville

Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday 1-11 p.m.

Cost: $6-11 combo deals

Contact: lbbcornmaze.com

Green Canyon Farms Corn Maze: 20 acres of Halloween fun whether you venture into the normal maze or the haunted maze.

Location: 2850 N. 200 East, Logan

Hours: Monday-Thursday 5-11 p.m, Friday 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 2 p.m.-midnight

Cost: Non-haunted $6 for age 12 and up, $4 ages 3-11; haunted $7 age 12 and up, $5 age 3-11

Contact: 435-770-7547, greencanyonfarms.com

Black Island Farms Corn Maze, Nightmare Acres and Haunted Barn: A real working farm open to the public this Halloween season.

Location: 3178 S. 3000 West, Syracuse

Hours: Sept. 21-Oct. 31, check website for specific times

Cost: $8-$15 depending on the event

Contact: 801-825-6236, blackislandfarms.com

Central and Southern Utah

HeeHaw Farms: Come ride the haunted hayrides, walk through the night terrors rail or enjoy a corn maze with courtyard activities.

Location: Pleasant Grove

Hours: Hayrides open Monday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; night terrors open Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; corn maze open Monday-Thursdays 4-10 p.m., Fridays 4-11 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Cost:
Hayride and night terrors $10 for ages 3 and up, Corn maze $8

Contact: heehawfarms.com, 801-368-4335

Heber Valley Railroad Pumpkin Festival

Location: Heber

Hours: Visit website for specific times

Cost: $15 ages 4 and up, $3 ages 3 and under

Contact: hebervalleyrr.org

Cornbelly's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest: Get inside Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's head at the presidential-themed corn maze at Cornbelly's. An easy children’s maze is also available.

Location: Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Hours: Weekends 10 a.m.-11 p.m., weekdays 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Cost: $8.95 Monday-Thursday, $10.95 Friday-Saturday, Age 2 and under are free

Contact: cornbellys.com

Cornbelly's Fright By Night: This haunted venue contains a haunted corn maze, insanity point and other attractions.

Location: Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Hours: Weekends 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Weekdays 4-10 p.m.

Cost: $15.95

Contact: cornbellys.com

Age recommendation: 12 and older

Halloween Cruise: See more than 100 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns' reflection off the water and hear the captain tell a scary story.

Location: CLAS Ropes Course, 3606 W. Center, Provo

Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6:30-10 p.m.

Cost: $8 per person

Contact: clasropes.com

Haunted Forest: An hourlong attraction that includes a haunted house and haunted forest.

Location: 500 E. 1000 South, American Fork

Hours: Weekdays 7:30- 10 p.m., Weekends 7:30-midnight

Cost: $20

Contact: hauntedutah.com/forest.html

Age recommendation: Not for small children

Asylum 49 The Haunted Hopsital and Ghost Tours: A former hospital that is now haunted with crazy and scary nurses, doctors and patients.

Location: 140 E. 200 South, Tooele

Cost: $20 adult, $15 for 10 and under

Contact: asylum49.com

Bluebell Corn Maze/Haunted Trail: A corn maze that includes several activities along with a haunted trail option.

Location: 11948 W. 5000 North, Bluebell

Hours: Visit the website for specific times

Cost: $8 adult, $6 child

Age recommendation: Not for young children

Contact: bluebellcornmaze.com

Anguish Asylum Haunted House: Located in the basement parking garage of Provo Towne Centre

Location: 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo

Hours: Weeknights 7-10 p.m., Weekdays 7-midnight

Cost: $15

Contact: anguishasylum.com

Age recommendation: Children under 13 may need an adult to accompany them.

Staheli Family Farm-Field of Screams: A simple cornfield turned into what is now a haven of ghosts

Location: Staheli Family Farm, 3400 S. Washington Fields Road, Washington

Hours: Visit the website for specific hours

Cost: $6-16 depending on event

Contact: 435-673-4096, stahelifamilyfarm.com

Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and other feature articles. She is a Communications major and editing minor.

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