Whether your kids and teens want scary haunted houses in Utah or spooky Halloween fun, the area around Salt Lake City, Utah can supply it. Plus, with the city as your base, you’ll have more than just Utah haunted house stories; there are hayrides, museums, nature trails, and mazes to navigate at local farms.
Across the country, family vacationers can find a variety of haunted houses and other Halloween activities; top options are listed in our Haunted House and Halloween Weekend Breaks Directory Page.
Haunted Houses in Utah: Nightmare on 13th
Salt Lake City is home to Nightmare on 13th, one of America’s scariest haunted houses — more like a haunted castle — complete with mazes and more than 13 other rooms designed to get your pulse racing. You really can’t get spookier with haunted houses in Utah than this scary stop.
But don’t worry about the long lines to get in; part of the fun is the queue where guests are exposed to digital projections, animation, sounds and lights. And that’s before the haunted house. You’ll have a chance to explore mysteries like the Nightmare Courtyard, Zombie Apocalypse, Cirque du Fear or Dr. Nightmare’s NetherBeast, if they are bringing back our favorites. And if you still hate lines, you can pay more than the base fee for crashing the line.
Less Scary Stuff in Salt Lake City, Utah
Not up for haunted houses in Utah that scare your family silly? If this thrill seems too scary for your children, Thanksgiving Point hosts the annual Cornbelly’s corn maze and pumpkin festival, days full of less-spooky activities like roaming mazes and pausing for face painting, pony rides and more. Come join the fun at the Halloween party; seasonal event dates and times vary but typically run daily throughout October. Don’t miss the Scarecrow Garden which is sprouting the last two weeks of October. Because this property has 55 acres of gardens, a 3D theater, restaurant, shops, and an 18-hole golf course, you can plan to spend the whole day and keep all ages busy.
Throughout the fall, Thanksgiving Point also offers low-budget activities, especially at its Farm Country, where everyone in the family can milk cows, gather eggs, feed pigs and learn all about running a farm. The Museum of Ancient Life has the world’s largest collection of mounted dinosaurs. Young kids can dig for fossils and explore ancient creatures, while older ones can take part in plenty of hands-on activities. With nominal admission fees (kids under 12 free), corn mazes and pony rides, it’s a bargain that shouldn’t be overlooked. Although not in the actual city, Thanksgiving Point is only 26 miles away in Lehi.
Come to Black Island Farms for Utah’s Largest Corn Maze with 300 acres in cultivation growing pumpkins, squash, gourds and other fresh veggies. A corn maze, hayride, pig races, bounce house, and cow train all delight little kids without the fright. For older kids and brave adults, the Nightmare Acres haunted house takes guests through a chilling haunt sure to send shivers up your spine; open weekends from late September to early November.
A Utah Sweet Treat pre-Halloween
There’s more than just peaks and snowsports in this mountainous area. Everybody loves candy and families can satisfy their sweet tooth and save some money at the Sweet Candy Factory, in operation since 1892. This confectionery haven offers free, virtual factory tours, Monday through Thursday and Friday morning, by appointment — make your candy factory tour reservations online. The Sweet Factory Experience includes a Virtual Tour with your personal Tour Guide, fresh factory samples, and Educational and Interactive Stations. We can’t think of any more appropriate way to make the Halloween season educational.
Sweet’s Quality Candies makes more than 250 different kinds of treats, including their famous Cinnamon Bear and, for Halloween, candy corn toffee. Please note that they use peanuts (and eggs, soy, wheat, and milk) in the process, so nut-sensitive family members should beware.
Remember to pick-up a Salt Lake City Connect Pass for admission to 13 attractions including the Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, Natural History Museum of Utah, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life, and the Snowbird Aerial Tram and Utah Olympic Park among others. Make a weekend of your adventure and snag a deal on a hotel in Salt Lake City.
Ready to get spooked on Halloween in Salt Lake City? Let us know if your favorite Utah haunted house or Halloween adventure make the list!
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