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20 Things to do in Salt Lake this Halloween

October 25, 2016

Looking for something spooky to do this week? We have compiled a list of Salt Lake Halloween happenings that has something for everyone. Fill the end of October with family-friendly events, creepy haunted houses, tall corn mazes, classic cult films, haunting theater and much more.

Events

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Little Haunts

This is the Place Heritage Park will be holding a festival for children Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with trick-or-treating, pony rides, train rides, crafts and much more. Admission is $12.95 for adults, $8.95 for children three to eleven and free for children two and under.

Utah Symphony Halloween Spooktacular on the Seven Seas

Abravanel Hall will host an evening of music, inspired by Halloween and the sea on Tuesday, October 25. The symphony is set to perform “Russian Sailor’s Dance,” “The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship” from Scheherezade, John Williams “Flight to Neverland” from Hook, the Klaus Badelt Suite from Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. The show is held from 7 – 9 p.m. and tickets start at $12. 

Monster Block Party

A free event open to the public, Monster Block Party runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. The schedule of events includes trick-or-treating booths, a costume contest, free arts and crafts projects, a pumpkin drop from the Salt Lake City Fire Department and more.

Kooky Spooky Halloween Party

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will be hosting a party for families to come eat, show off their costume and explore. The event will be held Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With kooky science, spooky art, balloons, trick-or-treating and a Princess meet & greet, the event is free with admission so your children can explore the museum too.

Trick or Treat at the Market

Known as a popular haunt for Sunday Farmer’s Market go-ers, Historic Wheeler Farm will be hosting trick-or-treating on Sunday, October 30 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Many of the vendors will have a sign posted letting shoppers know they are participating and will be handing out candy.

Haunted Houses

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Nightmare on 13th

Nightmare on 13th is a favorite of locals, known for their famous 13 rooms with 13 different fears. Open every night at 7:30 p.m. now through the end of October, Nightmare on 13th offers many discounted options for those who want to have a spooky, and affordable, Halloween.

Castle of Chaos

Just south of downtown Salt Lake City sits Castle of Chaos, labelled by the Travel Channel as “One of America’s Scariest Haunted Attractions.” Open every night now through Halloween, Castle of Chaos has a haunted house, escape room and mystery theater. Tickets begin at $20.

Fear Factory

You may have noticed Fear Factory every time you take the freeway into Salt Lake City from the south, and now is the perfect opportunity to go inside and check it out with tickets starting at $25. Open every night, excluding Sundays, Fear Factory also offers a virtual reality experience, ziplining, and free falling in addition to their haunted house.

Corn Mazes

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Cornbelly’s and Insanity Point

The thirty minute drive to Thanksgiving Point is worth it when you consider Cornbelly’s has a Peanut’s themed corn maze, a zipline, a hayride, farm golf, pig races and much more. Insanity Point provides a haunted alternative to Thanksgiving Point with attractions like Hayloft Horror, Chaos Castle, Big Top Terror, and The Creature.

Crazy Corn Maze

A cozy farm just outside Salt Lake City, Crazy Corn Maze is located on over twelve acres of corn and pumpkin patches. Featuring several attractions including the corn maze and a haunted trail, Crazy Corn Maze is fun and festive for the whole family.

Wheeler Historic Farm – Pumpkin Days and Haybale Maze

Open from dawn until dusk everyday, Wheeler Historic Farm is holding their Pumpkin Days and Haybale Maze now through October 31. For a $10 admission, attendees get unlimited entrance into the Hay Maze area, a pumpkin and a wagon ride.

Film

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

The classic cult film returns to the Tower Theatre for screenings October 28, 29 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Buy a prop bag to use during the show and wear your best Frank-n-Furter costume for this classic Halloween tradition. Tickets are $15 through Salt Lake Film Society.

Brewvie’s 7th Annual Halloween Film Fest

Brewvie’s downtown cinema pub is celebrating Halloween with a double feature of Hocus Pocus and Trick ‘r Treat. On October 26 from 7 – 11:30 p.m., enjoy draft specials, food, free swag and a raffle all leading up to the screening.

Tower of Terror

The month long classic horror film event continues with just a few show times left:

  • Multiple Maniacs – October 21-27
  • Train to Busan – October 28-November 3
  • The Tingler – October 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Demon Chaser- October 25 at 9 p.m.
  • Arsenic & Old Lace – October 29 & 30 at 12 p.m.

All of the films are located at the Tower Theatre. Get tickets to your favorite one while they are still available.

Theater

jekyllJekyll & Hyde

Based on the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, Jekyll & Hyde continues its run October 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee show at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. The Tony-nominated show features a pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn, adding a modern twist to the spooky tale. Tickets range from $8-$22 and is located at  The Grand Theatre.

Carrie – The Musical

Park City’s historic Egyptian Theatre is this year’s stage for Carrie – The Musical, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel. The show runs October 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee show at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Tickets are $19 for adults and $14 for youth 17 and under.

Frankenstein – National Theatre Live

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller star in the National Theatre’s retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. The first screening will take place at Broadway Centre Cinema on October 29 at 12 p.m., where Miller will play the creature. The second screening will be held at Park City Film Series on October 30 at 2 p.m., where Cumberbatch will play the creature. Tickets are $20.

Other Fun

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SPOOKY SCIENCE at the Leonardo

Running now until the end of October, the Leonardo’s SPOOKY SCIENCE reveals the mysteries behind the stuff that gives us the heebie-geebies. The exhibit is perfect for young scientists hoping to shine a light on some of the creepiest, crawliest things imaginable. Tickets are $12.95 for adults and $8.95 for children.

Gardner Village’s Witchfest

The annual festival, held at Gardner Village, runs throughout October and features events for witches of all shapes and sizes. Displays, a scavenger hunt, dinner theater, food, shopping and more is available and fun for the whole family.

Fear Con

The first year of Fear Con begins on October 28 at 12 p.m. and runs until October 29 at 10 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $100, depending on duration of stay and experience, and gets you into haunted escape experiences, carnival games and much more.

-Brieanna Olds

Salt Lake Magazine

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