31 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Utah

31 Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Utah has no shortage of festive spirit this year with corn mazes, pumpkin patches, autumn colors, fall celebrations and haunted attractions all leading up to the big event: Halloween! Whether you are looking for an event designed for grown-ups or a family friendly activity, there is something to cater to everyone’s spooky wishes! Halloween celebrations in Utah are big and we couldn’t be more excited to share 31 ways to celebrate Halloween in Utah with your friends and family this year.

Pumpkins, Pumpkin Patch & Corn Mazes

Utah Fall Activities

Pumpkin patches and corn mazes can easily become a fall tradition for your family or close friends. Pick your favorite pumpkins, get outside for some fresh farm air, and pose with your family for cute photos at one of many pumpkin patches around Utah. Stay in a group and get lost together weaving through tall rows of fresh corn. Corn mazes are also a great way for kids to exercise problem solving, memory and leadership skills as well. Let children take turns leading the group. After all of the fun has commenced you will have had a fantastic time and pumpkins to take home for decorating. 

1. Pumpkin Decorating

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This fun activity falls first on the list in honor of October 26 being National Pumpkin Day! Pumpkin decorating is a great activity for fine motor skill development. Carve or paint pumpkins with friends or family! If you have time, you could save the seeds and innards to make toasted pumpkin seeds or bake pumpkin bread later.

Cornbelly’s has a variety of activities for little kids they will be entertained for hours, but not to worry there are fun activities for teens too. If you are looking for a spooky experience consider going after dark, this is when it becomes more of a haunted house attraction.

Celebrate fall with this local farm! This Salt Lake attraction has a lot of fun fall activities including a hay ride, train ride pulled by a tractor, corn pit, pumpkin patch, fall treats/food and the best corn maze ever. Visit their website for tickets and more information!

This small and local Lehi farm is host to a pumpkin patch and fall festivities. It will be on a smaller scale this year due to the pandemic but the pumpkin patch is still open and a petting zoo with farm animals. For information on this farm please check out their Facebook page for all the info.

Jakers Jack o Lanterns

This fun family pumpkin patch down in Springville is affordable and has so many fall activities. There is a pumpkin patch, wagon ride, big slides, corn mazes, farm animal petting zoo, and a corn pit! Jaker’s is open through Oct. 30.

This farm has a pick your own pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, corn maze, big slides, corn cannon, zipline and more. Hee Haw Farms Fall Festival runs through October 30. Purchase your tickets here! 

This local family farm has a fun pumpkin patch that is full of festive activities for the whole family. Check out the unique pumpkins they grow at this farm, the wagon farm tour, apple slingshot, and old-fashioned popcorn crank. The pumpkin patch is open September 21-October 31st. 

This farm in Orem has their Fall Fair set up like a carnival with rides, a huge corn maze, wagon ride, fair rides, slides, petting zoo and great photo spots. There is also a pumpkin patch and food trucks that are available to everyone. The Fall Fair runs through November 6.

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Photo By: Utah's Own

Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Spanish Fork is a fun spot for families. There is a big corn maze, pumpkin patch, big slides, corn pits, tractor rides, petting zoo, and a separate area for smaller kids. Looking for something scary? Consider going through their haunted corn maze at night! Glen Ray’s Corn Maze is open through October 30th.

Haunted Rides

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As you ride in the wagon through the spooky forest, you listen to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Throughout the ride at certain scary parts, there are haunted things happening outside the wagon, too. Be careful as the woods are rumored to be haunted and frequented by the apparition of the Headless Horseman! This haunted wagon ride is appropriate and entertaining for all age groups, including families with younger children. Book your adventure here!

The Pumpkin Train takes you on a 40 minute train ride where you are entertained by costumed characters and beautiful fall colors out of each window. Included with your ride, you will get a pumpkin cookie and at the depot you can pick out a pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to take a trip through the (family friendly) haunted car while at the depot. The Pumpkin train runs through Oct. 30, 2021.

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Photo By: House of Pixel Dust

Board the mystical Halloween Cruise by Clas Ropes that will take you along the Provo River. There are hundreds of jack-o-lanterns and lights reflecting on the water, a pirate attack, and spooky stories. It’s very family friendly and fun to be on the water. The cruise runs through Oct 31, 2021. Don’t miss out on this exciting river cruise, buy your tickets online and take the whole family!

Haunted Houses & Witchy Villages

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Haunted houses can be a ton of fun if you let kids plan and operate their own version. Set rules about props, equipment, and cleaning up afterward and allow kids some free time to create their own “haunted” experience. Looking for something a little spookier? Check out one of these haunted houses! 

This annual October event in Murray City Park bills itself as “Utah’s only family-friendly haunted attraction.” Families can choose between Spooky and Silly trails. Admission is just $5 and includes cocoa, doughnut, and other fun activities. Proceeds benefit The Fight Against Child Abuse in Utah. 

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Photo By: Utah Agenda

Come one, come all! Frightmares has something for everyone. With over nine haunted attractions, Halloween-themed entertainment and all of your favorite foods, rides and games, Frightmares is Utah’s number one destination for family friendly Halloween fun.

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Photo By: Utah Agenda

WitchFest at Gardner Village is a favorite fall activity for many families. It's free to wander through and see all the witches on display. More than half a dozen witch-themed events and activities are scheduled.

Canyon Road Haunt

The Canyon Road Haunt can be found on Canyon Road in Pleasant Grove. This haunt is a drive through display and is open all day long. During the daytime you can see all the details of the Halloween decor, and during the night the lights are on and there is Halloween music playing. They ask for a donation of non-perishable food or cash that they give to a local charity. Otherwise the drive is free of charge.

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Photo By: Utah's Adventure Family

Millcreek Gardens put together a fun, family-friendly spook alley. Instead of guts, gore and chainsaws, this spook alley has traditional Halloween monsters that aren’t scary and a clever story walk-through various scenes of Transylvania: A hysterical fortune-teller, a botched laboratory experiment. Even an appearance by the headless horseman! This fun event runs through October 30th, get your tickets here!

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Photo By: Pedal Provo Ghost Tours

Learn the haunted, spooky history of Provo on a night bike tour that will take you through a cemetery, around town, or along the Provo River! Visit various haunted locations in Provo and you get to hear a historical ghost story about that location. You'll be hard-pressed to find a healthier and more heart-pounding alternative in all of Utah.

Haunted Halloween Haven is a fun and free Halloween display and haunted house walk-through in Spanish Fork, Utah. Started in 2003 with a small garage haunt for the neighborhood kids and now it has expanded into quite a production! They incorporate some of the latest projection effects and digital technologies into the haunted house as well as animatronics and other lighting effects. Admission is FREE! The haunted house is open from 7:00 to 10:00 pm Wednesday, October 27th through Saturday the 30th.

Looking for a spooky fun free activity for the family? Pick up your scavenger hunt sheet at Concierge Services located in Building J, and come find all 15  monsters hiding around Station Park throughout the month of October. When completed, bring your checklist to the Concierge desk for a special Halloween goodie provided by Safe Harbor! 

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It's not scary at the Place Heritage Park during the day, so put on your costumes and come to the Village for a family-friendly Halloween celebration! Visit the Story Telling Witch, go trick-or-treating, get up-close-and-personal with creepy crawlies at Creature Encounters, and enjoy all of the Park’s daily activities like train rides, the petting coral, pony rides, take-home crafts, and so much more. Make it part of your family's Halloween tradition.

Activities at Home

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22. Werewolf Tag

Werewolf tag is a name for playing hide and seek tag outdoors after dark. There are many names for this simple but fun game. Be sure to establish boundaries before play starts. If younger children are hiding, break into pairs to hide. Once the people hiding have been spotted or suspect they’ve been found, the chase is on! No one is officially out until they’re tagged. Once someone is tagged they join the werewolf so there’s more than one seeker. By the end of the game there’s a whole pack of werewolves!

23. Flashlight Tag

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Flashlight tag is a nice alternative if the Werewolf tag is a little too scary. Play tag at night, but participants carry flashlights so they can be seen and can see around them.

24. Lantern Making

Lantern making is a fun crafting idea and a great way to decorate for a party. Simply take some brown or white paper lunch bags and cut fun shapes and designs into them. Put a little bit of sand into the bottom of the bag and place a battery operated candle in the base.

25. Make Witches Brew Slime

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Photo by: Little Bins Little Hands

This witch slime will keep your kids entertained past the month of October. Just pull it out (or make a new batch!) whenever you need to keep them busy. Get the tutorial at Little Bins for Little Hands.

26. Share Scary Stories

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Set aside an evening for marshmallows and scary stories around the fire. If you're short on spooky story ideas, check out this Country Living list of not-too-terrifying tales fit for the whole family, or read aloud from the best Halloween books.

Out and About

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Photo By: Utah's Adventure Family

If you live in Lehi make an evening of driving around and checking out some of the fun Halloween Light Displays. There are a variety of themes and displays, some do a great job timing the lights to music, and every year there are new props and more people participating. There are a few other houses nearby that are fun to see! Here are the directions for all the Lehi houses.

The Day of the Dead is a lot more than Mexico's version of Halloween. It's a celebration of culture and family. Your family is invited to attend an authentic Day of the Dead Celebration, Exhibits, and more at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City on select dates in October.

29. Trick or Treating

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Many main streets throughout Utah are hosting trick-or-treating events with local businesses. If you prefer to do it in a neighborhood and want to find the best-decorated houses and trick or treat at them, check out this Halloween map!

Adult Halloween Celebrations

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The Annual Halloween Party is one of the most fun-filled events in Salt Lake City during the Halloween season. The largest party of the year held at the Urban Lounge features the best DJs and the spookiest decoration making the venue look totally unrecognizable. The party features a photo booth, turntable DJ’s, costume contests, and more. Purchase your tickets and read more here! 

31. The 4th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl - Ogden and Salt Lake City

This Annual Bar Crawl invites you to dress your best with its $1,000 best costume prize! Drop into 5 different venues for drink and food specials, pick up your custom badge and lanyard, and pose with your spooky friends for professional photographers on site. 

Ogden Information and Tickets

Salt Lake City Information and Tickets

Halloween Fun at Home

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There are so many fun Halloween activities in Utah for families – especially if you live near the Wasatch Front. I hope that this list has given you some good ideas to fill this season with some great family memories whether you decide to explore locally or spend quality time at home!