Spooky season is back and we are here for it! If you’re ready to get in the spirit of the season before trick-or-treaters come knocking, there’s nothing more quintessentially Halloween than a terrifying haunted house. Whether you’re looking for intense scares or something more gentle for your little ones, these Utah haunted houses have something for you this October.
If You Can Survive Repeated Nightmares: Nightmare on 13th
Nightmare on 13th offers a variety of ways to get seriously spooked. With not one but two haunted attractions, there is a scare for everyone. The haunted house features 13 themed nightmares from hoodoo queens and clowns to witches and beasts. If you can survive this, the VIP exclusive attraction, Institute of Terror, offers even more intense and interactive scares as you roam the abandoned hallways of an asylum.
General Admission: $24.95-$29.95
320 W. 1300 South, SLC
If You’re Not Scared of Cannibals: Haunted Forest
Cletus Snodgrass and his family made the trek out west with the pioneers in 1848. Settling on the shores of Utah Lake, Cletus became known for his moonshine. His secret ingredient––human blood. As a result, legend claims that Cletus’s son Otis grew up with a vampiric thirst for blood. Although the Snodgrass family died long ago, rumor has it that Otis still haunts the surrounding forest of his childhood home, trying to satisfy his thirst via unsuspecting visitors to the Haunted Forest.
General Admission: $30
6000 W. 6400 North, American Fork
Where to Go If You Saw “It” Five Times in Theaters: Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus
According to legend, there was once a sinister ringmaster that traveled around with his mysterious circus. He was an evil boss––torturing and even killing them. One day, two especially ruthless workers decided they had had enough, and they band together to strangle the ringmaster, earning their name of the “Strangling Brothers.” The two brothers surpassed the ringmaster in their cruelty and continued to run a twisted, wicked circus. You can go visit them today, but no promises you’ll make it out.
General Admission: $28-$31
632 E. 1500 South, American Fork
If You Want to Go Insane: Asylum 49
Set in an old hospital built in 1949, this haunted attraction will give you a scare that will last long after you leave. The Asylum allows full contact, so watch out—Asylum 49 is always looking for new patients. This year, the haunt also features monsters and creations formally offered by Dead City Haunted House, who recently shut down their location in Murray.
General Admission: $30
140 E. 200 South, Tooele
Where to Get Just the Right Amount of Scared: Castle of Chaos
The Castle of Chaos is notorious for turning its victims’ worst nightmares into a horrifying reality. Beware as you struggle through an underground labyrinth of terror. You can pick your level of fear at this attraction, and if you are brave enough, Castle of Chaos offers an extra intense option for 18+ only. They also offer five intense Chao Escape Rooms, just choose your story line and work with a team to make it out alive.
General Admission: $25-$30
Location: 7980 S. State St., Midvale
If You Like Paranormal Activity: Fear Factory
Formerly owned by Portland Cement Works, this factory was the site of at least 11 documented deaths, with its workers dying from tragic falls into boiling vats, dismemberment and mutilation by machinery. After Portland Cement Works finally had to close its doors, many other businesses tried to set up shop in the factory, but none could ever last. Finally, the Fear Factory acquired the haunted property and it has been a fan favorite ever since. Explore their haunted attractions in all six buildings, or join a public paranormal investigation of the Factory on Monday nights.
General Admission: $28-$33
666 W. 800 South, SLC
Where to Take Your Kids: Haunted Halloween Haven
If you are looking for a spooky Halloween outing for the entire family, the Haunted Halloween Haven is the place to go. Run by a local neighborhood family, Haunted Halloween Haven avoids anything gory or inappropriate for kids. Plus, it’s free! This year the walk-through will be open every month of October from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
General Admission: Free
1641 S. Oak View Lane, Spanish Fork
If You Want to Experience a Real-life Urban Legend: Haunted Kay’s Cross
In the 1940s, a 20-foot stone cross appeared in the woods of Kaysville. No one knew who built it. To the bewilderment of the locals, the cross mysteriously exploded in 1992. Over the years, there have been countless reports of paranormal activity in those woods. The most common of these reports being of a hooded man standing in the distance, axe in hand…
General Admission: $15
388 Boynton Road, Kaysville
Where to Get Shot at By a Zombie: Nightmare Acres at Black Island Farms
Black Island Farms has upped the ante with the new addition of zombie apocalypse laser tag. Finally, all you have learned from watching The Walking Dead can be put to the test. If you survive, test your way-finding skills by trying to navigate their haunted corn maze. With four acres of terror, be wary as you never know what will be lurking around the next corner. As they say, “pay to get in and pray to get out.”
General Admission: $25
2075 S. 4000 West, Syracuse
If Your Favorite Movie is Halloween Town: Evermore’s All-Hallows’ Eve
The charming village of Evermore transforms into a haunted fairytale, complete with new Halloween quests, themed shops, games and a haunted adventure. Ring in the witching hour during Evermore’s Halloween celebration. On October 31, the park will offer traditional Pagan demonstrations, spooky quests and tours of the grounds on the haunted Evermore express.
General Admission: $15
382 S. Evermore Ln, Pleasant Grove