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Halloween 2019: 13+ haunted events that’ll spook you and put you in the Halloween mood

Halloween festivities are underway in Utah. From corn mazes and haunted forests to racing in gigantic carved out gourds, there’s an abundance of Halloween scares for adults, fun for the kids and even a parade for the pups. 

The Utah State Fairpark transforms into a magical land at Pumpkin Nights starting Oct. 10.
Pumpkin Nights

SALT LAKE CITY — Halloween festivities are underway in Utah. From corn mazes and haunted forests to racing in gigantic gourds, there’s an abundance of Halloween scares for adults, fun for the kids and even a parade for the pups.

The following is a list of celebrations throughout the state of Utah. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list and events and prices are subject to change.

Email features@deseretnews.com with information, including location, dates and times, for any additional holiday events in Utah.

Now in its 30th year, the Haunted Forest in American Fork features scary thrills in a real forest.
The Haunted Forest

Haunted Forest

  • Celebrating 30 years of scaring the good people of Utah is American Fork’s Haunted Forest. Take a walk — or run scared — through a real forest with real frights. The forest is open Sept. 27-28, then Oct. 1-31, excluding Sundays. For more information about the Haunted Forest in Utah County, visit hauntedutah.com.
  • Other outdoor hauntings include Cornbelly’s and Insanity Point at Thanksgiving Point, open Sept. 27-Nov. 2, excluding Sundays and Oct. 31. Or face your fears at the American West Heritage Center located just south of Logan, Friday and Saturday nights in October.
Listen to and take part in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” during a horse-drawn wagon ride in Midway.
Rocky Mountain Outfitters

Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Ride

Is your favorite part of Disney’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” when the Headless Horseman chases Ichabod Crane? Step into the superstitious schoolmaster’s boots with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the haunted fields at Soldier Hollow, 2002 Soldier Hollow Drive, in Midway. An audio narration of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” will play throughout the ride.

The family-friendly ride runs on Fridays and Saturdays the first weekends in October then more frequent leading up to Halloween. The cost is $25 but use the discount code SH25019 to save $2.50 on each ticket. Call 435-654-1655 or visit facebook.com/sleepyhollowutah or sleepyhollowutah.com for more details.

Hotel Vernal Haunt and Fear Factory

  • If you’d rather be scared inside, take a trip to Dinosaurland area for Hotel Vernal Haunt at 120 E Main, Vernal. Open Oct. 11-Nov 1, other experiences include an escape room and an unhaunted, behind-the-scenes tour. Visit hotelvernalhaunt.com for details.
  • Another inside haunt that has been nationally ranked by BuzzFeed and the Travel Channel is Salt Lake City’s Fear Factory, which opens this weekend and daily in October. Located at the appropriately addressed 666 W. 800 South, this local haunted house even requires a waiver to gain admittance. Only adults ages 18 and older or minors with parent/guardian release may enter. Visit fearfactoryslc.com for more information.
Fear Factory in Salt Lake City on Oct. 19, 2017.
Salt Lake City’s Fear Factory has been nationally ranked by BuzzFeed and the Travel Channel. The old cement factory turned haunted house is open this weekend and daily in October.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Haunted Half

Do you feel like running for fun instead of running scared for your life? There are at least three Halloween half marathons in Utah this year.

Up north, Ogden’s half marathon takes place Oct. 26 at the Utah Military Academy, 5120 S. 1050 West in Riverdale, just south of Ogden. Visit thehalloweenhalf.com/Ogden for details.

The Haunted Half has two locations. On Oct. 19, the half marathon starts up Emigration Canyon and ends at Sugarhouse Park, 2100 S. 1300 East.

The fun continues Oct. 26 up Provo Canyon and ending at University Place Mall, 575 E. University Parkway in Orem.

The Haunted Half also has options to run a 5K or Halloween Half Mile. Grab those costumes and register early. Visit thehauntedhalf.com for the Salt Lake and Provo runs.

Pumpkin Nights and North Logan Pumpkin Walk

  • The Utah State Fairpark, 155 N. 1000 West, will transform into a magical land at Pumpkin Nights, the evenings of Oct. 10-Nov. 2 (excluding Halloween). Take a stroll through the half-mile walking path covered in more than 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Visit the lands of Pumpkin Passage, Forbidden Pumpkin City, Monster Mash, Great Pumpkin Hall, Maravilla Lane, Pumpkin Pirate Cove, Pumpkin Reef, Enchanted Pumpkin Forest and Pumpkin Central as you take in the fall festival activities and watch live pumpkin artists at work. Tickets must be purchased online or in advance for a specific time. Visit pumpkinnights.com for more details.
  • Can’t get enough pumpkins? If you’re in Cache Valley, check out the North Logan Pumpkin Walk, Oct. 17-19 and 21-22 at Elk Ridge Park, 1100 E. 2500 North. The event is free. Visit pumpkinwalk.org for more information.

Ginormous Pumpkin Regatta

Do you need even more pumpkins in your life? Racing gigantic gourds on Oquirrh Lake draws thousands of spectators each year. Come cheer on your favorite fruit — yes, a pumpkin is a fruit — and visit the local food trucks as you enjoy the harvest festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Shore of Oquirrh Lake near South Jordan Parkway and Oquirrh Lake Road in South Jordan.

See more information at livedaybreak.com/happenings, and make this unique family-friendly event a Halloween tradition.

Park City Howl-O-Ween Parade

Celebrate Halloween with your pupper this year at Park City’s Howl-O-Ween Parade. Trick-or treating for the little two-legged ghouls start at 3 p.m., with local merchants taking part. Costumed and leashed dogs with their owners can meet at the lower Main Street pedestrian bridge at 4:45 p.m. and then march to Heber Avenue. So dress up your pups and head to Park City for a howling good time.

For more information about Halloween on Main Street, visit historicparkcityutah.com/events.

Take in some good old-fashioned trick-or-treating at your local friendly neighborhood.
Douglas Eskelson

Streets

The streets are alive with the sound of Halloween, especially at Shenandoah Park Avenue in Murray. Spooky tunes fill the air as crawling skeletons and spiders ascend the beautiful houses. Take in some good old-fashioned trick-or-treating on Halloween night at this friendly neighborhood.

Search rockymountainhaunters.com for other local decorated houses.

Fear Con

It’s not Comic Con or Dragon Con. It’s FearCon! And it’s back after two sold-out years. Live, interactive entertainment and activities plus costumed vendors make this a Halloween meets FanX event. Costumes are encouraged at Riverbend Event Center, 1085 Winding River Cove West in Salt Lake City on Oct. 11-12. Some special guests include Tyler Mane (the actor known as Michael Myers and Sabretooth) and from America’s Got Talent, Lizardman, Dan Sperry and Captain and Maybelle.

For more details, visit fearcon.com.

Odyssey Dance Theatre brings “Thriller” to the stage for its 23rd year.
Energy 8 Media

‘Thriller’

Halloween in Utah is not complete without Frankenstein, zombies and the music of Michael Jackson onstage in Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller.” Now in its 23rd year, Odyssey combines energetic dance numbers inspired by culture favorites. According to the website, the show is not recommended for children under age 8 or the faint of heart.

Shows run at various locations throughout the state, including the following:

  • Sept. 25, 4 and 8 p.m., Peery’s Egyptian Theatre Ogden, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden, $30
  • Sept. 26-Oct. 6, dates and times vary, Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, Park City, $23-$40
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Ellen Eccles Theatre, 43 S. Main, Logan, $20-$30
  • Oct. 8-12, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo, $25-$30
  • Oct. 14-19 and 21-26, 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 19 and 26, 2 p.m., Kingsbury Hall, 1395 E. Presidents Circle, $35-$55
  • Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., Tuacahn Amphitheatre, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins, Washington County, $21-$39

Visit odysseydance.com/shows/thriller for more details.

There are many other events that celebrate Halloween in the Beehive State. Check your local library for family-friendly activities, or visit the community pumpkin farm and corn maze. Local organizations will also host events, including Hogle Zoo, Living Planet Aquarium, Red Butte Garden, This Is the Place Heritage Park, Wheeler Farm, Heber Valley Railroad and Ogden’s Dinosaur Park.