What to Do in Utah for Halloween (If You Hate Haunted Houses)

Sometimes, Halloween is all about the spooky, creepy and downright horrifying. Utah has plenty of haunted houses if that’s your thing, like the newly revamped Nightmare on 13th and the notorious Asylum 49, which is in an abandoned hospital. For the proud scaredy cats, though, there are still plenty of ways to get in the Halloween spirit. Whether you are looking to stay in and watch a classic movie, eat favorite fall treats or get outdoors before winter, there is something for you this October.

Where to See a Dancing Vampire: Dracula at Ballet West Ballet West’s The Nutcracker is a beloved Salt Lake Christmas tradition, but why not also add ballet to your Halloween celebrations? Dracula opens the company’s 58th season, which returns to in-person performances at the Capitol Theatre. On Oct. 29, a 21+ after-party will be hosted in the lobby. Oct. 22, 23, 28-30 50 W. 200 South, SLC 801-869-6900 Where to Make a New Friend: Best Friends Utah Cozy up at home with a new furry friend courtesy Best Friends in Utah. From Oct. 29-31, Best Friends is hosting a Halloween Foster Slumber Party. Fostering animals gives the shelter more room to take in animals ready for adoption—and you can spend time with and adorable cat or dog before they find a permanent home. Oct. 29-31 2005 S. 1100 East, SLC 801-574-2454 Where to Meet Your Fellow Horror Film Buffs: Egyptian Theatre  Fans of the cult favorite Evil Dead franchise should not miss this mini-festival dedicated to the supernatural horror films. On Halloween weekend, Egyptian Theater is screening the original trilogy and the comedy My Name Is Bruce with live commentary and a Q&A from star Bruce Campbell. Oct. 29-31 328 Main St., Park City 855-745-7469 Where to See Pumpkins Transformed Into Art: The Gateway Which pumpkin will reign supreme? Utah artists are carving and painting original pumpkin creations and visitors at The Gateway will vote for their favorites. Plus, explore Halloween games, photo ops with zombies and food at HallPass. Oct. 29 400 W. 200 South, SLC 801-456-0000 Where to Get Lit: Hogle Zoo If you can’t wait until Christmas to enjoy outdoor lights, Boo Lights is lighting up Hogle Zoo for Halloween. The zoo will be transformed with haunted themes, including a graveyard, land of spiders, pirates’ lair and wizarding maze. Through Oct. 29 2600 Sunnyside Ave., SLC 801-584-1700 Where to Have a Haunted Staycation: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Okay, so this one is still spooky, but you won’t have to worry about gore or jump scares. Hotel Monaco is teaming up with Grimm Ghost Tours for a special seasonal package. Start the night by exploring the most haunted corners of SLC, then stop by Bambara and The Vault, which is serving a limited-time Halloween cocktail. At bedtime, there’s access to plenty of classic horror movies in your room. Every stay comes with a ouija board—if you dare. Check website for availability 15 W. 200 South, SLC 801-595-0000 Where to Get Spooky With Science: The Leonardo  Unleash your inner mad scientist with spooky experiments and activities every Saturday at The Leonardo. Throughout the museum, control trick-or-treating robots, mix your own ghost goo or craft a DIY haunted house. Activities are free for members of The Leonardo. Oct. 23, 30 209 E. 500 South, SLC 801-531-9800 Where to Get Target Practice with a Pumpkin: Montage Deer Valley  We’ve all carved the classic jack-o-lantern, but Montage Deer Valley has some inventive twists on traditional Halloween crafts. Besides testing your skills at a pumpkin carving contest, you can also shoot pumpkins at the resort’s archery range, or try your hand at the scarecrow making workshop. If appreciating the outdoors is more your speed, Montage Deer Valley also offers a guided fall foliage auto tour. Check website for availability 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City 435-604-1300 Where to See a Storybook Come to Life: Red Butte Garden Red Butte is transforming to a BOOtanical Garden for the rest of October. This kid-friendly, fairy tale-themed event features fantastical locations like the Gingerbread Forest, Sea Witch’s Grotto and Queen of Hearts’ Garden brought to life by musicians, storytellers, puppeteers and more. Through Oct. 31 300 Wakara Way, SLC 801-585-0556 Where to Pick Your Own Apples: Rileys’ Orchard Nothing is as quintessentially fall as apple picking. At Rileys’ Orchard’s locations in American Fork, Genola and Perry, pick apples and other seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the fall. Check their website or Facebook page for updates on produce availability. Check website for availability 850 W. 700 North, American Fork 801-609-4359 Where to Eat Your Heart Out: Rowley’s Red Barn From wagon rides to a corn maze and six-acre pumpkin patch, Rowley’s Red Barn is the place for classic fall fun. Plus, come hungry for homemade ice cream, cider doughnuts and fresh-pressed apple juice. Through Oct. 30 901 S. 300 West, Santaquin 801-754-5511
Josh Petersen
Josh Petersenhttps://www.saltlakemagazine.com/
Josh Petersen is the former Digital Editor of Salt Lake magazine, where he covered local art, food, culture and, most importantly, the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. He previously worked at Utah Style & Design and is a graduate of the University of Utah.

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