Whether your kids and teens want scary haunted houses in rural 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. Just keep in mind that, due to the coronavirus, things will be different this year. Most Utah attractions are closed Sunday.
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 six rooms designed to get your pulse racing. You really can’t get spookier with haunted houses in Utah and they suggest anyone 10 or under have (live) adult accompaniment.
This year, don’t worry about the long lines to get in; ticketed reserved entry is part of precautions to ensure social distancing on most nights between Sept. 11-Nov. 13. Expect 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, Helheim, Cirque du Fear or I Scream if they are bringing back our favorites.
A Gentle Scare at Wheeler Farm
The Salt Lake City suburb of Murray is home to the very charming Wheeler Historic Farm, a non-profit homestead where kids learn about the state’s agricultural heritage. When you enter, don’t miss the amazing wood sculpture made from very old trees that died on the spot. A cluster of talented artisans were brought in to sculpt the stumps into delightful artworks that guests can interact with.
At Halloween, they go all out to keep kids on their toes and we mean it. From a petting zoo filled with skeletons to a pumpkin patch run by aliens, Wheeler has every angle figured. Check out their online resources for kids who are learning remotely this season.
Less Scary Stuff in Lehi, 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 an annual fall festival with corn mazes and pumpkins where masks are required for ages 3+. The Butterfly Biosphere Halloween Spooktacular is this year’s limited capacity Halloween party; seasonal events typically run daily throughout October. Because this property has 55 acres of gardens, a 3D theater, restaurant, shops, and an 18-hole golf course (although it’s not all open), you can plan to spend the whole day and keep all ages busy.
Throughout the fall, Thanksgiving Point also offers low-budget activities. Typically at its Farm Country, everyone in the family is able to 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. Thanksgiving Point is only 26 miles away from Salt Lake City in Lehi.
Caught in the Corn at Syracuse
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 Thursday-Saturday 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. Although they’ve closed to the public this year, this confectionery haven usually offers free, virtual factory tours. They take place weekdays by appointment and include fresh factory samples and Educational and Interactive Stations. Be sure to ask about the famous taffy and cinnamon bears. We can’t think of any more appropriate way to make the Halloween season educational.
Remember to pick-up a Salt Lake City Connect Pass for discounted admission to 17 attractions over the time period you choose, from one to 365 days. 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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