Gardner Village Witchfest
Gardner Village is your one stop for all things Halloween. While there, you can do the FREE Witch Scavenger Hunt, visit the witches’ house on Ride To A Witch, purchase your Halloween costume in one of their many specialty stores, or attend a showing of Witchapalooza. If you want a girls’ night out, get a sitter and attend Witches Night Outon Friday October 26th and/or Saturday October 27th from 6pm to 10pm each night. Visit their website for a complete schedule of events. Most events are suitable for all ages.
Fort Douglas Cemetery Tour
Ghosts come alive for one day only at the Fort Douglas Cemetery Tour. While walking around the cemetery, you will get the chance to visit with the people buried there. For one day only, the dead “come alive” for their chance to share their story with you. This year the event will be held on Saturday October 20th from 2pm to 6pm. Admission is $5.
A fun way to get in the Halloween spirit is by checking out a ghost tour. My favorite ghost tours are Grimm Ghost Tours in Salt Lake City, and Park City Ghost Tours. Grimm Ghost Tours has their Old Town Tour, and their Outer Limits Tour. Learn about “the other side” of Salt Lake on these tours, and some spooky things that have happened in its past. They also have paranormal investigations. On the Park City Ghost Tour, your guide will walk you up and down Main Street Park City while telling you of those that used to reside there, and still do! (NOTE: Both of these tours are open year round, so if you don’t get a chance to check them out during October, you can check them out year round!)
This is a local haunted house that benefits the Utah Food Bank and the Humane Society. For admission to the spook alley, bring a can of food (human or pet). For those kids that are too scared to enter the spook alley, they have alternative activities. Located in Midvale at 415 W. Princeton Dr (8375 South), they are open October 19-20, 26-27, and 29-31 from 7:30pm to 11pm. Enjoy being scared while helping out a good cause!
Homestead Fall Festival
This is one of our favorite traditions every year. We drive up the Alpine Loop to Cascade Springs, then over to The Homestead in Midway to see the scarecrow display on the front lawn. We then make a day of it by going inside the crater, and having dinner at Fanny’s Grill. This year we are skipping the long drive to get there, because in addition to the scarecrow display, they have a big Fall Festivalto go along with it. The festival will be this Saturday, October 20th, from 11am to 4pm.
Halloween River Cruise
At the lower end of the Provo River, the river banks are decorated with glowing pumpkins and other spooky things. We did this for the first time last year, and loved it! Because it’s at a part of the river where it’s very calm, this is suitable for all ages. While singing songs and hearing spooky stories, a pirate may try to get on your boat!
Haunted Houses are fun for the teenager and older crowd. Our favorite ones this year have been Strangling Bros. Haunted Circus, Fear Factory, and Nightmare on 13th. View my list of Haunted Houses in Salt Lake. What are some of YOUR favorite Haunted Houses around the state of Utah? Leave a comment on this post and let us know which ones you can’t miss each year!
What’s In The Haunted Old House
A favorite Halloween tradition, my kids love going to the Salt Lake County Library for this sing and dance, and puppet show. Kevin Hurst, the creator of What’s in The Haunted Old House, celebrates 10 years of performing his Halloween show. Read an article about him and his last 10 years. You can view the schedule on my What’s In The Haunted Old House post. This is a perfect activity for the younger children, and not too scary for them.
What's In The Haunted Old House