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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Heidi Evans, left, and Michelle Hunt prepare their costumes for Frightmares at Lagoon in Farmington.

This Halloween season, scares take shape around Utah in the form of a train ride, a river cruise, a traveling circus and an abandoned factory.

There are plenty of unique venues in this year's lineup of Halloween attractions. There are also a good number of kid-friendly options.

After all, some kids — and some adults — just scare easier than others.

"We all know that Halloween is such a big deal now that I'm sure there are going to be some younger kids … wanting to go through (the haunted attractions)," said Dick Andrew, executive vice president of marketing at Lagoon, home of Frightmares.

Andrew says he's seen all ages lining up at some "really, really scary" attractions. To thwart any problems, Lagoon created a scare scale "spider rating" on its website. With one spider meaning "not scary at all," the more spiders a Frightmares attraction receives, the scarier it is. Lagoon also posts warning signs outside its scariest attractions.

Other places, such as Green Canyon Farms and American West Heritage Center, simply offer a variety of activities in hopes of providing less scary — but fun — alternatives for children.

In compiling this schedule, the Deseret News spoke to a variety of venues. Many were willing to provide an age recommendation. With a little research, Utah residents can find everything from haunted trails and houses for the older kids and adults, to storytelling, crafts and hay bale mazes for small children.

Provo Canyon features two out-of-the-ordinary offerings that cater to young children. CLAS Ropes in Provo offers a Halloween Cruise down the Provo River, while the Heber Valley Railroad offers a Haunted Canyon train ride.

"A lot of families come and thank us for a family activity where they can enjoy Halloween without the blood and gore," said Benjamin Allen, owner of CLAS Ropes. Allen says they had 5,000 to 6,000 guests last year who enjoyed the Halloween ride, a 25-minute round trip that features 100 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, scary stories told by the captain and a pirate interrupting the ride to pass out candy.

Further up the canyon, the Heber Valley Railroad allows families to wear their costumes aboard the train ride while listening to haunting stories of Provo Canyon. It's a "spooky adventure" but appropriate for younger children.

"When the train leaves Vivian Park, the lights are cut for a spooky story that comes alive through spooky outdoor scenes that are set against the blackness of Provo Canyon," said Suzanne Hansen, business manager of Heber Valley Railroad, via email.

This Is the Place Heritage Park takes the idea of a haunted house and amplifies it to its entire village. The venue draws on its mix of original and replica buildings to create an inherently scary setting once the sun sets on its shadowy streets. Age?

But there are also plenty of options for older thrill-seekers, from the traditional haunted house to unique spins on Halloween attractions.

A new site uses 23 semitrailers in addition to a large circus tent to create more than 50,000 square feet of haunt. Visible just off Interstate 15 in Draper, Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus has drawn curiosity.

"There's been a lot of mystique about it," said Bob Tillotson, partner and creator. "People see a huge tent and semitrailers and don't know what it is."

Tillotson said the use of movable trailers creates a likeness to a transient circus.

"We are building on something people have a natural fear toward," he said.

The Fear Factory is another new attraction that uses setting to its advantage. Located in an abandoned cement factory, the venue features changing elevations, underground tunnels and the constant creek of railroad tracks.

"A key reason why we picked this place is the unique character of the building," said Rob Dunfield, one of the owners of the Fear Factory. "It's more than just a warehouse converted into a haunted house."

The Haunted Forest, another outdoor activity for teens and adults, is located in American Fork. As its website warns, "This adventure is not for the faint of heart." The hour-plus attraction includes a Psycho Manor haunted house before entering the forest. The attraction features warped trees, damp underground dungeons, murky shacks, a 25-foot grim reaper, monster maze and working guillotines.

Salt Lake County

Castle of Chaos: Castle of Chaos will celebrate its final year in its original location with a variety of features, including "Hands on Horror," which allows customers to be touched by the spooky creatures. All guests must sign a waiver to participate in the hands-on portion of the haunted house, and those younger than 18 years of age require parental permission. The Castle of Chaos will relocate to Orem in the 2012 season.

Location: 120 W. 3300 South

Hours: Weekdays, 7:30-10 p.m.; weekends, 7 p.m.-midnight; closed Mondays

Age recommendation: 14 years and older

Cost: $20 for "Hands on Horror," $18 for general admission, $25 for entry into all three Castle of Chaos locations

Contact: 801-461-4444 or www.castleofchaos.com

Castle of Chaos Redwood Road: With four areas of increasing intensity, Castle of Chaos Redwood Road is like having four haunted houses in one place. The different levels include "Nightmare in 3D" and "The Dungeon." Payment options allow guests to take on one or more of the levels as they feel comfortable.

Location: 5576 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville

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

Age recommendation: 12 years and older for levels one and two, 14 years and older for levels three and four

Cost: $12 for level one; $15 for levels one and two; $17 for levels one, two and three; $18 for all four levels

Contact: 801-461-4444 or www.castleofchaos.com

Castle of Chaos Riverdale Road: The newest Castle of Chaos location offers options for the entire family. A midway area featuring acrobats, games and other entertainment, is free and appropriate for all ages. The haunt also features a 3D "Carnival of Chaos" and "Seven Deadly Sins" area for those interested in more of a scare.

Location: 1100 W. Riverdale Road, Riverdale

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

Age recommendation: All ages for the midway section and Haunted Theatre, 12 years and older for the "Carnival of Chaos," 14 years and older for "Seven Deadly Sins"

Cost: $10 for "Carnival of Chaos," $5 for "Seven Deadly Sins," $25 for entry into all three Castle of Chaos locations

Contact: 801-461-4444 or www.castleofchaos.com

Crazy Corn Maze: This maze, made of more than 8 acres of corn, allows you to do more than get lost. Trivia questions are placed along the way, with prizes for those who complete the challenge. For those interested in a scare, the Crazy Corn Maze also offers a separate Haunted Trial with actors and scenes to give patrons a scream.

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.; Haunted Trail closed Mondays

Age recommendation: Crazy Corn Maze is appropriate for all ages; 12 years and older for the Haunted Trail.

Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10, free for children under 4, $4 extra for Haunted Trail

Contact: 801-569-2356 or www.utahmaze.com

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.

Hours: Oct. 12-31; Monday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7-11 p.m.

Age recommendation: 12 years and older

Cost: $15 per person

Contact: 801-582-1847 or www.thisistheplace.org

Little Haunts: This Is the Place Heritage Park's Haunted Village isn't so haunted during the day. Families are invited to come in costume for trick-or-treating and Halloween crafts.

Location: 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave.

Hours: Oct. 20-22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Age recommendation: Appropriate for all ages, but is geared more toward children ages 12 and younger.

Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $7 for children ages 3-11, free for children under 2

Contact: 801-582-1847 or www.thisistheplace.org

Nightmare on 13th: Nightmare on 13th offers a scare the moment guests walk in the door with its well-known "Nightmare Theater" animatronics display. Zombies and winged creatures incorporate the "Night of the Dead" and "Realm of Darkness" themes throughout the remainder of the haunted house.

Location: 300 W. 1300 South

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

Age recommendation: 13 years and older

Cost: $20

Contact: 801-467-8100 or www.nightmareon13th.com

Garden After Dark: Red Butte Garden incorporates the natural aspects of Halloween with a "Light Up the Night" theme. Families are invited to come in costume to learn about night blooming plants and glowworms, participate in crafts and paint pumpkins.

Location: 300 Wakara Way

Hours: Oct. 20-22 and 27-29, 6-9 p.m.

Age recommendation: Appropriate for all ages, but is geared more toward children ages 12 and younger.

Cost: $10 for general, $5 for garden members

Contact: 801-585-0556 or www.redbuttegarden.org

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus: The new haunted circus contains multiple uniquely themed semitrailers outfitted with animatronics, lighting and sound to create a scary circus.

Location: 98 E. 13800 South, Draper

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.-midnight

Age recommendation: 10 years and older

Cost: $20 per person

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Fear Factory: This new haunted attraction fills an entire city block and is located in an abandoned cement factory built in the early 1900s. The venue includes five major buildings and will include scary features throughout its various underground tunnels, catwalks and silos.

Location: 666 W. 900 South

Hours: Weekdays, 6-10 p.m.; weekends 6 p.m.-midnight

Age recommendation: 12 years and older

Cost: $25 for general, $35 for VIP pass

Contact: www.fearfactoryslc.com

Breakfast With a Witch: Families can enjoy a meal with a group of magical witches at Gardner Village. Children are invited to come in costume to get autographs and pictures with the witches as they eat haunted hash browns, bewitching bacon, paranormal pancakes and many other dishes.

Location: 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Hours: Days vary through Oct. 29. The first seating each day will be 8:30-9:30 a.m., and the second seating will be 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Age recommendation: Appropriate for all ages, but is geared more toward children

Cost: $10 per person for regular seating, $12 per person for VIP seating

Contact: 801-566-8903 or www.gardnervillage.com

Ride to a Witch: Gardner Village invites guests to take a ride in the back of a vintage truck and listen to a witch tell her stories and work her magic.

Location: 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Hours: days and times vary through Oct. 29

Age recommendation: Appropriate for all ages, but is geared more toward children

Cost: $5 per person

Contact: 801-566-8903 or www.gardnervillage.com

Northern Utah

American West Heritage Center Haunted Hollow: American West Heritage Center's Fall Harvest 2011 includes a 7-acre corn maze, plenty of kids' activities and the Haunted Hollow featuring the stories of Lizzy Borden and Jack the Ripper.

Location: 4025 S. Hwy 89-91, Wellsville

Hours: Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 at 7-10pm

Age recommendation: 8 and up

Cost: $7.50, combo passes available

Contact: 435-245-6050 or www.awhc.org

Haunted Hollow: Trail of Terror: Thirteen acres of "the most menacing, horrifying and ghastly haunted forest in Utah." owned by the same group that does the Haunted Forest in American Fork.

Location: 1550 S. 1900 West, Ogden

Hours: weekdays, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $15, through Oct. 31

Age recommendation: It may be too extreme for younger children

Cost: $15

Contact: 801-603-4800 or www.hauntedutah.com

Lagoon's Frightmares: The theme park transforms for the Halloween holiday, using fog machines and spider webs to make everything a little spookier. Six added attractions include something appropriate for all ages from the "Spook-a-boo Walk-Thru" for young children to the very scary "Nightwalk."

Location: 375 Lagoon Dr., Farmington

Hours: Fridays 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; open UEA holiday, through Oct. 29

Age recommendation: "Nightwalk" specifically is recommended for 12 and up. Frightmares offers a scare rating for each attraction on the Lagoon web site.

Cost: $43.95, standard park admission fees

Walkthroughs are throughout the park. "It's our intent that this will be a multi-hour event."

Contact: 801-451-8000 or www.lagoonpark.com

Sleepy Millcreek Hollow/Trail of Terror: Sleepy Millcreek Hollow's new location, the Green Barn Gardens reception garden and heirloom seed farm, is on part of a farm that has been owned by the same family for 160 years. It's rumored there are real ghosts there. Activities include a market and a how-to presentation on haunting castles. Proceeds go to Pack and Pounce Animal Rescue and restoration of the Green Barn.

Location: Green Barn Gardens 195 S. 2250 West, Marriott-Slaterville

Hours: Thursday-Saturday 5-10 p.m., Trail of Terror from dark-11 p.m., Oct. 20-29

Age recommendation: Trail of Terror recommended for 8 and up

Cost: Sleepy Millcreek Hollow, $2-$3, Trail of Terror is an additional $5

Contact: www.sleepymillcreekhollow.com

Proceeds go to Pack and Pounce Animal Rescue, plus restoration of Green Barn

Cherry Hill's Scary Hill: Cherry Hill is Halloween themed. Enjoy a Halloween miniature golf course, the "batty" batting cages, a mini-maze, a Halloween bounce house and more.

Location: 1325 S. Main, Kaysville

Hours: Monday-Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Age recommendation: all ages, not scary at all.

Cost: $5-$13 depending on the number of activities and combo deals.

Contact: 801-451-5379 or www.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 17-acre corn maze, a smaller maze for those who worry about getting lost, a hay bale fort, a "Spooky Barn" wagon ride for all ages, or the Haunted River Trail for the brave.

Location: 5000 S. Hwy 89/91, Wellsville

Hours: Monday - Thursdays 5-10 p.m.; Fridays 5-11 p.m.; Saturdays 1-11 p.m.; UEA weekend 1-11 pm, through Oct. 31.

Age recommendation: all ages, 10 and up for Haunted River Trail.

Cost: $4-$6, combo deals available

Contact: 435-770-3462 or www.lbbcornmaze.com

Green Canyon Farms Corn Maze: Green Canyon Farms' corn maze offers 20 acres of Halloween fun. This year's Egyptian theme features pyramid and sphinx design in the maze along with picture-taking stands and other activities.

Location: 2850 N. 200 East, Logan

Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 5-11 p.m., Fridays, 5 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays, 2 p.m.-midnight, UEA holiday, 2 p.m.-midnight, through Oct. 31.

Age recommendation: all ages in daylight, 7 and up when the maze becomes haunted after dark on weekends

Cost: non-haunted, $4-$6; haunted, $5-$7

Contact: 435-770-7547 or www.greencanyonfarms.com

Black Island Farms Corn Maze, Nightmare Acres and Haunted Barn: A real working farm, Black Island Farms is open to the public seven days a week through the end of October. Black Island Farms' Harvest Festival offers everything from hayrides, bonfires, and tours, to a "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" corn maze and haunted barn.

Location: 3178 S. 3000 West, Syracuse

Hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m.; Fridays, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sundays 1-5 p.m., through Oct. 31.

Age recommendation: Nightmare Acres 12 and up, other activities all ages

Cost: $8-$10 for maze, $15 for Nightmare Acres, additional charges for activities

Contact: 801-774-6293 or www.blackislandfarms.com

George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park: Haunted Dinosaur Park: Back with a kid-friendly, "spooktacular" evening, the dinosaur park will offer autumn treats and host hands-on Halloween activities including a hay bale maze and costume and pumpkin carving contests.

Location: 1544 Park Blvd., Ogden

Hours: Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 14-29, 7-9:30 p.m.

Age recommendation: Target audience is ages 2-12, but the whole family is welcome.

Cost: $5-$7

Contact: 801-393-3466 or 801-629-8877 or www.dinosaurpark.org

Creatures of the Night at the Ogden Nature Center: The Ogden Nature Center hosts and evening for the whole family. Stories, songs, games and crafts for the kids, plus educational activities for adults, all exploring night-time animals and trailside adventure.

Location: 966 W. 12th St., Ogden

Hours: Oct. 21-22, 5-8 p.m.

Age recommendation: all ages

Cost: $2-$4

Contact: 801-621-7595 or www.ogdennaturecenter.org

Central and Southern Utah

Cornbelly's Fright By Night: Insanity Point includes six separate attractions: Insanity Point haunted corn maze, Insane Reaction cage maze, Chaos Castle hay maze, Big Top Terror curtain chaos, Buried Alive haunted trailer and The Creature haunted walk through. Each haunt has been rated on our Scream Scale allowing you to choose your level of Insanity. All haunts are included in any pass and, since it's located at Cornbelly's, all Cornbelly's LAUGHIN' PASS activities are also included as a free bonus.

Cornbelly's has numerous fall activities appropriate for younger kids such as corn mazes and pumpkins patches.

Location: Thanksgiving Point, 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043

Hours: Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 7-29 8-11 p.m. (also open every night the last week of October)

Age recommendation: 12 years and up

Cost: $15.95 per person (for Corn Maze, Main Attraction and 1 entry into Insanity Point Haunted Attractions; $19.95 per person (includes Corn Maze, Main Attraction plus admission to Insanity Point Haunted Attractions on haunted nights only.)

Contact: 801-794-3276 or www.cornbellys.com, www.insanitypoint.com

Halloween Cruise: You'll see more than 100 hand carved jack-o'-lanterns reflecting off the water, hear the boat captain tell a scary story, and enjoy some scary songs. A pirate even attacks the boat!"

Hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-10 p.m., Oct. 3-31

Location: CLAS Rope Course, 3606 W. Center, Provo, UT 84606

Age recommendation: Family Friendly

Cost: $8 per person, 2 years and younger are free; reserve whole boat (40 people) for $195 (Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays) and $175 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays)

Contact: 801-373-1897 or www.clasropes.com

Haunted Forest: An hourlong attraction that includes a Haunted House (Psycho Manor) and Haunted Forest with "creepy, natural ambiance to go with it. This adventure is not for the faint of heart."

Location: 500 E. 1000 S. American Fork

Hours: Weekdays 7:30-10 p.m., Friday's and Saturdays 7:30-midnight.

Age recommendation: "It may be too extreme for younger children, while some kids enjoy it, others find the attraction too much to handle"

Cost: Terror Ticket (Psycho Manor & Haunted Forest and Haunted Mansion Show combined) $20 per person, Kids 6 and under are free

Contact: www.hauntedutah.com/forest.html

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

Location: 140 E. 200 South, Tooele, UT

Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 -10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-midnight, beginning in October

Age recommendation: Not for younger kids

Cost: Adults: $16 per person, Children 10 and under $13 per person

Contact: www.asylum49.com or 435-882-8856

Bluebell Corn Maze/Haunted Trail: A corn maze that includes a corn box, pumpkin launcher, corn cannon, hay rides, PVC slides, pumpkin patch, mini mazes, hay jump, goat walk, campfires and a cow train, entertainment for little kids, plus a haunted corn maze.

Location: 11948 W. 5000 North, Bluebell, UT 84007

Hours: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 13-29, at dark

Age recommendation: Not intended for younger children

Cost: Adults ages 11 and over $9, Children $7, for Haunted Trail, regular admission is Adults $7, Children 5-10 $5, Children ages 4 and under are free.

Contact: 435-454-3732 or www.bluebellcornmaze.com

Anguish Asylum Haunted House: Formerly know as Goatman Flats Haunted House, Anguish Asylum Haunted House is located in the basement-parking garage of Provo Towne Centre. "At the Anguish Asylum Haunted House you may enter as a guest, but will you leave?"

Location: 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo

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

Age recommendation: Encourage children under the age of 13 to be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $15 per person, discounted if in groups of 20 or more ($8 per person)

Contact: www.anguishasylum.com

Sorrel's Haunted Hallow: "Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa will be brewing up some fun and frightening activities during the Halloween Holiday. Guaranteed to be frightfully delightful for locals and families alike."

Location: Sorrel River Ranch, Moab

Hours: 5-8 p.m.

Age recommendation: Family friendly

Cost: $20 per car, limit 5 adults or children total

Contact: 435-259-4642 or www.sorrelriver.com

Staheli Family Farm — Field of Screams: "A simple Cornfield turned into a haven for ghosts and goblins. Every turn provokes screams from even the bravest of the brave. It's the ultimate scare."

Location: Staheli Family Farm, Washington, UT

Hours: Oct. 1- 31, M-TH 5-9 pm, Friday/Saturday 5-11 pm

Age recommendation: 12 and up is recommended

Cost: $10 per person

Contact: 435-673-4096 or stahelifamilyfarm.com

Haunted Canyon Train Ride: "We dare you to climb aboard our ghoulishly spooky ride through the haunted canyon! Come in Halloween costume or as you are, but dress for the outdoors."

Location: Vivian Park, Provo Canyon

Hours (dates and departures times): Oct. 1: 8:30-9:30 p.m.; Oct. 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.; Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. (35-minute round trip train ride)

Age recommendation: Family friendly

Cost: 7:30 and 8:30 times: $16 adults and seniors, $8 children (3-12); 9:30 times: $14 adults/seniors, $8 children; children under 3 are free

Contact: 435-654-5601 or www.hebervalleyrr.org

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