Between the dressing up in costumes and the free candy, Halloween seems to bring out the fun-loving kid in everyone. For many people, however, Halloween isn't really Halloween with getting good and scared, which you'll have plenty of ways to do when spending Halloween in Salt Lake City.
In addition to the haunted houses, families will find plenty of kid-appropriate fall fun at the many pumpkin farms and other special children's events that happen around Halloween.
With big top horrors and haunted trailers, the Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus will shock visitors with the story of a devilish ringleader and his fearsome clowns at this circus-themed haunted house. If you make it through with your wits in tact, you can buy a ticket to Eskaped, the on-property escape room.
The Fear Factory is located an abandoned cement factory, rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of workers who died in unfortunate accidents when the factory was in operation. The extremely creepy haunt includes underground tunnels, catwalks, twisty slides that are several stories high, and more. If the ghosts aren't scary enough, you can get your thrills on the zipline, tower jump, and virtual reality experiences.
Nightmare on 13th is Utah's largest and most technical haunted house. Each year, the attractions get bigger and better with multiple themed rooms to keep you engaged. From the classic scary clown troupe to the viking underworld, these haunted houses are extremely creepy and not intended for young children.
What's scarier than the enclosed space of a haunted house? What about the uncertainty of a dark open forest? The Haunted Forest in American Fork is a longtime favorite haunted attraction in Utah, where visitors walk through a real forest with scary surprises. There are also two indoor attractions, "The Haunted Mansion Show "and "Psycho Manor."
At Lagoon, an amusement park located about 15-minutes north of Salt Lake City by car, every Halloween brings the return of Frightmares at Lagoon. With seances, trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and other Halloween entertainment in addition to the amusement park, this event has something for everyone.
For more traditional Halloween fun, you can't go wrong with Hee Haw Farms. With something for kids of all ages, families can go pumpkin-picking, hayrides, pony rides, corn mazes, and more.
At Wheeler Farm, Halloween means the return of Pumpkin Days. Perfect for families with small children, this is a great place to pick your pumpkin and enjoy some fall fun with wagon rides and cow trains. You also won't want to miss out on the five-foot high hay maze!
In October, Cornbelly's is a pumpkin patch with weekly Trick-or-Treat Parades and Halloween-night celebrations. With candy cannons, pig races, costumed characters, and haunted houses at Insanity Point, there's tons of fun to be had at Cornbelly's. And if you miss Halloween, you can visit the day after Halloween and take part in the annual Pumpkin Smash, where pumpkins will be hammered, bowled, dropped, and even launched from a cannon.
Guided by a professional storyteller, on this ghost tour, guests travel by bus or by walking to learn about the ghosts haunting Salt Lake City With different types of tours that will take you through the cemetery or down historic Whiskey Street, you'll be entertained with ghost stories and can also learn a little history about Salt Lake City. Ghost tours are also offfered in the nearby city of Ogden.
On the Heber Valley Pumpkin Train, families will love the costumed characters and pumpkin cookies while enjoying a scenic fall train ride. Your ticket even includes a pumpkin to take home!
At the University of Utah's Red Butte Garden, kids can learn a lot about plants and nocturnal animals at the Halloween-themed Garden After Dark event. With dance performances, light displays, and storytime sessions, this is a fun event not to be missed.
When you register for the Night of Running Dead Zombie 5k, you must choose undead or human. If you choose undead, you must dress up like a zombie and start the race 2 minutes after the humans begin their run, creating the effect of the zombies chasing humans. Costumes are optional, but strongly encouraged.
Why not combine some trick-or-treating fun with a trip to the zoo? At Hogle Zoo, the annual Boo at the Zoo is the perfect event for kids 12 and younger. They can come in costume and trick-or-treat at the candy booths throughout the zoo grounds.