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12 Halloween activities for kids of all ages

THE AFTERLIFE — The first day of fall is past and calendars will flip to October soon; it’s time to break out the pumpkin spice and decide whose Halloween party you’ll attend.

For parents of young kids, it’s also the time to start planning Halloween costumes, picking out pumpkins and taking part of the seasonal activities Utah hosts.

For Young Children (10 and Under)

Cornbelly’s Corn Maze

Each year, Cornbelly’s grows a 12-acre corn maze into a different design. This year, the farm nodded to the intense BYU and U. of U. football rivalry in the state.

The maze, among other activities for children, can be modified to suit your family’s interests. For small children, an easy 5-minute maze makes sure no little ones get lost and your family will get out before the tantrums begin. On the Grain Train, kids can encounter a scarecrow and jack-o'-lantern vignette in the maze.

INFO:

Open Oct. 4 through Oct. 30 at various times. Check Cornbelly’s online calendar for details.

General admission for all ages over 2:

Weekdays: $8.95

Friday and Saturday: $10.95

Children under 2 are free


Wheeler Farm Fall Festival

Kids can spend an entire day taking in the fall weather at historic Wheeler Farm. Sort through a pumpkin patch, make your way through a hay maze and take a wagon ride during your day at the farm.

While you’re there, check out the scarecrow festival entries and visit the animals.

INFO:

Fall festival runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 31.

Admission Includes entrance into the hay maze, a wagon ride and a pumpkin.

Admission for children ages 2 to 12: $7

Ages 13 plus: $9

Under 2 free — pumpkin and hayride are $5


This is the Place Little Haunts

As an alternative to the ever-busy Gardner Village, for little ones who want to practice wearing their costume before their big night of trick-or-treating, This is The Place Heritage Park is hosting Halloween-themed activities. Kids can sit down for a tall tale by the Story Witch, take a pony ride or make some Halloween-themed crafts to take home. Plus, they can sneak in an early round of trick-or-treating in the pioneer village.

INFO:

October 17, 18, 19 and 26

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission:

Adults: $10

Children ages 3 to 11 and seniors: $7

Ages 2 and under: Free


Red Butte Garden After Dark

Kids can get an education about poisonous, carnivorous and other dangerous plants while they solve a whodunnit guided by a Red Butte employee. They can come in their costumes for the evening of mystery solving and craft-making.

INFO:

October 17, 18, 19 and October 24, 25, 26.

6 to 9 p.m.

General admission: $12

Members: $6

Purchase tickets online.


Halloween Spooktacular at Discovery Gateway

All day Oct. 26, kids can learn about science and use their hands and imaginations in Halloween-themed workshops.

Then, show off all the hard work your family put into their costumes at Discovery Gateway, and you could win a membership to the museum for your efforts.

INFO:

Saturday, Oct. 26

Free with museum admission.


Boo at the Zoo

If animals and nature are more your thing, Oct. 26, Utah’s Hogle Zoo is hosting a day of trick-or-treating with 20 candy booths set up throughout the zoo.

INFO:

Saturday, Oct. 26

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Free with zoo admission.


Halloween Hoot at the Tracy Aviary

Get dressed up and get 50 percent off admission at the Tracy Aviary for their Halloween-themed activities. Kids and parents can watch a spectacular bird show, listen to a spooky story time, get their faces painted and make some Halloween crafts. Then, learn about creeping crawling things and the mysterious birds at the aviary.

INFO:

October 5, 12, 19, 26 and 31

Free with regular park admission, or 50 percent off for costumed individuals.


For Older Children (Ages 11 to 14)

Haunted Salt Lake City Tours

History is suddenly fun and a little spooky on a Haunted Tour of Utah’s capital city. Take a walking tour or hop on a tour bus for the hour-and-a-half tour, guided by a professional storyteller.

Every weekend night, walking tours start at the Matheson Courthouse on Main Street, make their way up to the Thomas Kearns Building, Off Broadway Theater, Hotel Monaco and Lamb’s Cafe.

Every Saturday at 5 p.m., visitors who want an extra spooky experience can take a tour of the Salt Lake City Cemetery in the Avenues.

Choose between two bus tours, each of which start behind the Rio Grande Station. One heads to the Capitol Building and another explores the history of the Fort Douglas Museum.

Tours are also offered in Ogden.

INFO:

Adults: $20

Student/Senior: $17

Kids 12 and under: $14

Groups of 13 or more: $13 a person

Book walking tours online in advance.

Visit the website for more details about specific tour dates and times.

Frightmares at Lagoon

A longtime tradition in Utah, Lagoon’s Frightmares offers something appropriately spooky for every age, though older kids will have a few more options. Kids can participate in a quick, fun straw maze, or take things up a notch with the funhouse of fear or a zombie-themed haunt.

Eat at a Halloween-themed dinner and take advantage of a photo opportunity with some of Lagoon’s frightful characters. Included in the cost of dinner is a fast pass for Frightmares activities.

INFO:

Now through Oct. 30

Park open Fridays at 5:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Details about Frightmares attractions can be found online.


Dracula vs. The Wolfman at Off Broadway Theater

Enjoy an evening of spooky (and kooky) theater at Salt Lake’s Off Broadway Theater.

In this play, two honeymooners lose their way in the Transylvanian forest, where they find a castle for shelter. Things take a turn when the caretaker, Dr. Acula falls in love with the bride and her groom puts up a fight.

INFO:

Sept. 27 through Nov. 2

Adults: $16

Students ages 13 plus, seniors 65 plus, military members: $12

Children ages 2 through 12: $10

Find showtimes and purchase tickets online.


A Superhero Halloween with the Utah Symphony

Enjoy an evening of Stravinsky, Wagner, Prokofiev and Strauss alongside your kids. Listen to and learn about the spooky music, compete in a huge costume contest and enjoy a more casual side of the Utah Symphony members, who trade in their concert blacks for costumes for this performance.

INFO:

Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

Ticket prices vary by seat. Find information about seating and purchase tickets online.


Odyssey Dance “Thriller”

Enjoy the annual tradition of Utah dance company Odyssey Dance as they boogie the night away to Halloween-themed music and choreography. With shows throughout the state, anyone can enjoy a night of Frankenstein and his bride, creepy scarecrows and zombies.

INFO:

Sept. 27 through Nov. 2

Find showtimes and ticket information online.