Maybe it's having the chance to play dress-up, maybe it's the candy, but whatever the reason, Halloween seems to bring out the fun-loving kid in all of us. Get in touch with your inner child at these great Salt Lake City Halloween events.? The list keeps evolving as Halloween gets closer, so check back frequently for the latest information.
Note: We do our best to make sure all event lists are accurate, but it's best to call or check event websites to verify details.
Historic Gardner Village in West Jordan gets bewitched for Halloween with dozens of creative life-size witches and fun activities including Breakfast With a Witch, Witches Night Out and Witchapalooza, a dinner show. There's also a petting zoo and pony rides. Check the Gardner Village event calendar for details and prices. Most activities take place on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, although some are held all week.
Creep Factor: Mild, though the life-size witches are scary for sensitive children.
1100 E. 7800 S., West Jordan
Displays and events Sept. 1, 2012 through Halloween
Special October hours 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Closed Sundays. Closes 5 p.m. Oct. 31?.
Castle of Chaos, featured on The Travel Channel's "America's Scariest Halloween Attractions," presents three haunted houses in three locations.
Creep Factor: Moderate to Extreme, depending on which scariness level you choose.
Castle of Chaos Redwood Road
5600 S. Redwood Rd.
Open weekends in September, Daily except Sundays Oct. 1-Nov. 3
Castle of Chaos Riverdale Rd.
1134 W. Riverdale Rd. in Riverdale, UT
Sept. 21-22, Sept. 28-Oct. 31 except Sundays
Castle of Chaos Orem
168 University Parkway in Orem, UT
Sept. 28-Oct. 31, except Sundays
Weekdays 7:30-10 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m.-midnight
Tickets $20, or $30 for all three attractions. Free VIP pass with online purchase.
The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus will shock visitors with its Big Top Tent of Horrors and haunted trailers
Creep Factor: Moderate
Located just off the Bangerter Exit of I-15 at 98 East 13800 South.
Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 14-Oct. 6, then every day but Sunday until Oct. 31, beginning at 7:30pm each night.
Ticket prices start at $20 per person, Fast Pass $5. Discount coupons available at Wendy’s restaurants, or bring a ticket stub from another haunted house and receive $3 off.
The new Fear Factory is located an abandoned cement factory, rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of workers who died in unfortunate accidents when the factory was in operation. The haunt includes underground tunnels, catwalks, twisty slides that are several stories high, and more. Live DJ, bands, and beer garden on Friday and Saturday nights.
Creep Factor: Extreme
666 W 800 S.
Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 14-30, daily except Sundays Oct. 1-Nov. 3
Open at 7 p.m.
Tickets $25, VIP $35. $5 discount coupons available at Costa Vida, Rubios and Maverik stores.
Nightmare on 13th, Utah's largest and most technical haunted house, was rated the number one haunted house in Salt Lake City by The Salt Lake Tribune and featured on The Travel Channel.
Creep Factor: Extreme! Not for young children or anyone who is sensitive.
300 W. 1300 S.
Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 14-30, Daily except Sundays Oct. 1-Nov. 3
Check website for hours
Tickets $20, VIP pass $30
Click here for $5 off weeknights or $2 off weekends.
The Haunted Forest in American Fork, about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, has been one of Utah's favorite haunted attractions for 22 years. Visitors walk through a real forest with scary surprises. There are also two indoor attractions, "The Haunted Mansion Show "and "Psycho Manor."
Creep Factor: Moderate
Fridays and Saturdays Sept. 14-30, Daily Oct. 1-31 except Sundays
Weekdays 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Weekends 7:30 p.m.-midnight
1100 S. 500 E. American Fork
Take 1-15 to American Fork Exit 276, then 1/4 mile toward Utah Lake
$2 extra for credit card purchases
Children 6 years and under free
The Crazy Corn Maze includes a haunted section and a four-acre pumpkin patch.
Creep Factor: Mild. Sensitive children should avoid the haunted section.
8800 S. 4000 W., West Jordan
Monday-Saturday Sept. 26-Oct. 31, 2012
M-Th 6-10 p.m.
Fridays 6-11:30 p.m.
Saturdays noon-11:30 p.m.
Haunted section begins Sept. 28; haunting starts at dusk. No haunted section on Mondays.
$7.50 ages 11 and over
$4 ages 5-10
Under 5 free
Haunted section $4.50 extra
Frightmares at Lagoon amusement park in Farmington offers fun Halloween decorations, activities and entertainment in addition to the usual thrill rides. Water rides and the water park are closed. Costumes not allowed. Many supermarkets, banks and credit unions offer discounted Lagoon tickets.
Creep Factor: Suitable for anyone, although sensitive children will want to avoid some shows and attractions.
Frightmares at Lagoon
Lagoon Drive in Farmington, I-15 Exit #322, 17 miles north of Salt Lake City
Sept. 21-Oct. 30, 2012
Fridays 5-10 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during UEA break Oct. 18-21
Not just a corn maze, Cornbelly's includes a pumpkin patch, playground, farm-themed kiddie rides, Pumpkin Princess Playland, Insanity Point haunted maze, story times, pig races, contests and more.
Creep Factor: Mild, or Moderate with the haunted sections.
3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi
Exit 284 from I-15
Sept. 28-Nov. 3, 2012, except Sundays, closed Oct. 31
Mon.-Thur. 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., $10.95
Haunted maze $15.95 (includes all areas)
M-Th $8.95, Fri.-Sat. $10.95. Use promo code "belly" for $3 off when buying tickets online before Sept. 28.
Besides Corbelly's Corn Maze, Thanksgiving Point is hosting family Halloween events at these other venues:
Creep Factor: Mild
Super Rex is calling all super heroes to help catch the villain who stole the prize winning pumpkin. Take a peek around Raptors Pumpkin Patch, make a superhero mask, try your hand at Super Hero training, and meet our crew of Super Heroes. Costumes welcome and encouraged.
Saturdays in October, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Adults $10, children 3-12 $8, members free
Barnyard Boo, at Thanksgiving Point's Farm Country, offers less-spooky activities for the younger goblins. Enjoy storytelling, entertainment, and a variety of Halloween-themed activities for kids.
Weekends and fall break, Oct. 14-29. See website for specific hours.
Adults and children $5, members free
Enjoy an early Halloween dinner with our favorite monster, Frankenstein and some of his pals. See live creepy crawlies from the Bean Museum while feasting on “frank” hot dogs and other haunted treats. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume. This is your one chance to see the Show Barn transformed into a Halloween laboratory for a night of fun with Frankenstein!
Oct. 27 and 29, 2012, 5-7 p.m.
3003 N. Thanksgiving Way in Lehi