We love pumpkin patches! Every Fall, we visit several pumpkin patches, but we wanted to share our favorite Unique Halloween Activities in Utah. These adventures are different from the standard pumpkin patch. We have found some really great Halloween adventures that are family friendly and fun! No spooky stuff allowed. At least nothing that is scary for kids since I hate being scared! This list has our top 13 (such a Halloween number, right?)!
This event is on hold for 2022. It will be back and running in 2023. 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. This culminates in the Headless Horseman riding up next to the wagon. We really liked this adventure because we went at the first time when it was still slightly light outside, so it was spooky but not scary, so our boys had a fun time. We usually avoid spooky things because Mom doesn’t like them, but she enjoyed this adventure. This adventure has moved to Springville.
We love that some houses are putting out Halloween lights. Luckily for us, just 5-10 minutes away we can drive to 5 awesome Halloween light displays. It makes for a really fun night driving around watching all of the homes. Some are timed to lights, and some are videos, and one is a massive display. Here are the directions for all the Lehi houses.
This is the Place Heritage Park is one of our favorite places in Utah. This pioneer village always has the best activities and Little Haunts is a fun Halloween event. You can trick or treat through the village, roll pumpkins down the hill, catch candy from the candy cannon, hear stories read by witches, and much more. There is a ton to do at this Utah State Park. We love that you can have so much fun while learning a little about Utah history. Little Haunts will be open in 2022 on October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
A fun Fall adventure is taking a ride on the Pumpkin Train of the Heber Valley Railroad. The train ride creeps along Deer Creek, and it is beautiful in the autumn time. The ride features a fun sing-a-long, some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and at the end everyone gets a pumpkin. We love riding this iconic train in Utah. October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2022.
Cherry Hill is a waterpark and our boys love it, so we were excited to try Scary Hill. Obviously the water is turned off, but everything else is decorated for Halloween. Our two favorite activities were the wagon ride where the skeletons are decorated and posed like superheroes, headless horsemen, and much more. We rode through a few times. We also loved the mini golf course which was all spooked up for Halloween. This is definitely a Unique Halloween Activity in Utah.
A fun Halloween adventure is a peaceful Halloween cruise down the Provo River. The boat ride is unique, too, because the boat captain pulls you down the river instead of paddles. As you ride, you can enjoy the lights and jack-o-lanterns that reflect in the water. They tell spooky stories, and there is a fun pirate attack. This activity is very family friendly.
We had a wonderful time at Botanical at Red Butte Gardens. They decorate the gardens with fun Halloween decor, and each year they have a different theme. We visited during the day and the gardens are lovely in the Fall, but we can’t wait to give this event a try in the evening. It will be just a little be spooky, but mostly fun with everything lit up! This event runs October 20-30, 2022.
This is our favorite FREE Halloween adventure. The witches that are set up at Gardner Village are so creative. Every year they are posed in different ways, and we love using the printable scavenger hunt to find all the different witches. Our tips are to wear gloves, print the scavenger hunt ahead of time, and take a clipboard to make writing easier.
Thanksgiving Point has a scarecrow festival every autumn. For one week, you can walk through the Ashton Gardens and view all the creative scarecrows that people create. There are always a few extra activities for kids like leaf piles for jumping, bounce houses, and scavenger hunts. We love viewing the gardens in the fall, too. This event does require admission to the gardens, but if you are a Thanksgiving Point Member it is free with your pass. October 10-15, 2022.
Every October, a kind family in Pleasant Grove, Utah dedicates their driveway to the Canyon Road Haunt. The entire driveway is decorated with silly and scary Halloween paraphernalia, and it’s all family-friendly. It is open all day long, but at night many of the decorations move. 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. For directions, check their Facebook page.
Monsters After Dark is a back this year with a drive-thru Halloween event. Each of the monsters are hand-made and so adorable. We love the creativity and detail that goes into each monster. This activity has quickly become one of our favorite Halloween activities in Utah. It’s only $10 to drive-thru, and we love the scavenger hunt that they provide. Our kids love finding all the hidden objects. Open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays in 2022 and Located in Riverton.
Millcreek Gardens puts together a fun, family-friendly spook alley. Instead of guts and gore, this spook alley has traditional Halloween monsters that aren’t scary and a story walk-through when you visit. We think it is such a unique and fun idea, and very affordable. The 2022 dates are October 13th through October 29th. Use code “utahsadventurfamily” to save $1 on tickets.
This unique house definitely makes the list because the family creates all their own music for their awesome screen projection Halloween show. The show lasts about 20 minutes and can be enjoyed from the car. We loved the singing pumpkins and the house that wants to eat us! Directions on our blog post.
New in 2022
We have visited a few more fun adventures to add to this list. You’ll want to check them out, too, and we are going to need to change the number of awesome adventures on this list for next year!!
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium hosts a really fun Halloween event in their outdoor courtyard, so the indoor aquarium is not open during the event. The theme in 2022 was Carnival and there were games, performers, and learning stations to enjoy as you walked around outdoors. We had a great time and took lots of fun pics.
Day Haunt at Nightmare on 13th
Visit this haunted house during the day with no scarers. It was amazing to be able to see all the cool decorations, but not feel completely terrified of someone touching me!
Also new in 2022 is the Spooky Light Show set up by our friends at Christmas in Color. There are over 1 million lights and a mile of driving through this elaborate set-up. All of the lights are timed to Halloween themed music and the huge light tunnels are the best. Use our code “UTadventurefam15” to save 15% off tickets.
Daybreak Halloween Homes Drive
We found another amazing light drive in South Jordan Daybreak area. We are writing up this fun drive, but I don’t want you to miss it before Halloween, so check out either our Facebook post or Instagram post for all the details. The extra fun thing about this drive is that so many of the homes are made with movie or TV themes like Beetlejuice, Stranger Things, Encanto, and more. And make sure to add the Harry Potter House (4674 Bayview Dr) into your drive. It is right by the Encanto house. We missed it the first time, but went back to check it out! It was worth it!
We can’t wait to find more unique Halloween activities in Utah. If you are looking for more adventures for Fall, check out our Fall Activities in Utah list.