Haunted Houses in Utah and Scary Stuff Abounds in Salt Lake City

Kids and teens looking for scary Utah haunted houses in rural locales or spooky urban Halloween fun? Salt Lake City and the surrounding Utah towns can supply it. Plus, with the city as your base, you’ll also have hayrides, museums, nature trails and mazes to navigate at local farms.

Keep in mind that most Utah attractions are closed Sunday when you plan your adventure.

Horse skeleton in stable
Older kids appreciate the spooky animals who join the petting zoo for the Halloween festivities.

Not going to be in Utah? Across the country, discover a variety of haunted houses and other Halloween activities. Favorite options are listed in our Haunted House and Halloween Weekend Breaks Directory Page.

Haunted Houses in Utah: Salt Lake City

Meet a terrifying costumed clown at Fear Factory in Salt Lake City. Photo c. Haunted America
Meet a terrifying costumed clown at Fear Factory in Salt Lake City. Photo c. Haunted America

Salt Lake City is home to Nightmare on 13th, one of America’s scariest haunted houses — more like a haunted castle — complete with 13 zones (mazes and rooms) designed to get your pulse racing.

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 mid-September and mid-November. Expect digital projections, animation, sounds and lights. And that’s before the haunted house. You’ll have a chance to explore spooky adult mysteries like the Nightmare Courtyard, Helheim, Cirque du Fear or I Scream if they are bringing back our favorites. 

Buy a VIP Ticket to Nightmare on 13th and you get to suffer through X-Scream, another fright zone that is sticking close to its nightmare roots. Pay more for first-in-line passes unless you want to linger in the terrifying antiroom.

We heard you can’t get spookier with haunted houses in Utah. Then along comes Fear Factory. Some areas are handicap accessible for all ages. Bring (live) adult accompaniment, however, for anyone ages 12 or under. Fear Factory claims be one of the top Halloween attractions in the world. And size does matter — to us. At Fear Factory, explore six buildings, each up to 6 stories high, with two underground passages.

A Gentle Scare at Wheeler Farm, a Utah Haunted House for Littles

Wheeler Farms wooden sculptures
These wooden sculptures are carved from very old Box Elder trees that lived and died on 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. Talented artisans 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 can participate remotely this season.

Less Scary Stuff in Lehi, Utah

Wheeler Farm Halloween themed pumpkin patch.
This alien themed pumpkin patch is the highlight of Wheeler Farm’s Halloween activities for toddlers.

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. Dive into corn mazes and pumpkin patches. The Halloween Spooktacular is this year’s 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.

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Caught in the Corn at Syracuse

Noah is one of the scary zombies at Black Island.
Noah is one of the scary zombies at Black Island.

Come to Black Island Farms for Utah’s largest corn maze! Warning: No smoking and No pets! Go for the 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. Kids 2 and under enter free.

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

A last sweet thought for Halloween… Since everybody loves candy, satisfy your sweet tooth like the locals and shop for, or order online, at Sweet’s Candy Factory. The Utah favorite, in operation since 1892, is closing their confectionery haven to the pubic. Be sure to include their famous taffy and cinnamon bears in your order. We can’t think of any more appropriate way to make the Halloween season a cultural event.

There’s more than just peaks and snowsports to see. Remember to pick-up a Salt Lake City Connect Pass for discounted admission to 16 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? Let us know if your favorite Utah haunted house or Halloween adventure make the list!

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