We are looking forward to the cooler weather and the beautiful changing leaves. Fall is one of our favorite times of year. We wanted to share some of our favorite fall activities in Utah so that you can start preparing your families’ adventures. Click on the names of any of these activities to be taken to our post with more information.
The first sign of Fall is when the leaves start changing colors. We love finding all the amazing Fall colors throughout Utah. We have a list of our favorite places to see the fall foliage in Utah right from the comfort of your car.
There is nothing better than a beautiful Fall hike when the colors of the trees are in full Fall color. These are our favorite trails in Utah when autumn comes. We add to this list every year. Utah is full of beautiful spots to hike in the autumn colors.
This is a family favorite and guess what? In 2021 they added a second location in Spanish Fork. Spanish Fork location hosts a sunflower festival, so it opens earlier, but it is also smaller than the Lehi location. There are always so many fun activities to do: huge trampolines, bounce houses, wagon rides, large slides, pig races, corn mazes, and much more. We look forward to this event every year. Cornbelly’s opens at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi on September 22, 2023, and open at the Spanish Fork location on September 8, 2023. Check their website for prices and schedules. Thanksgiving Point members get a 25% discount anytime at the Lehi location, but tickets must be purchased at the gate.
This free adventure is a lot of fun for everyone. Every person in our family enjoyed seeing the funny witches all over the shops. Gardner Village has updated the scavenger hunt to be touchless using phones instead of a printed paper. Visit Gardner VIllage’s website for more info and for a list of all the events happening in the Fall. Witches are on display September 22-October 31, 2023.
2023 is a little bit different for the Sleepy Hollow Wagon Ride. They are doing some construction, so they will be offering Fall Wagon Rides for this season on select days in October. More info on their website. Hopefully they will be able to do the full Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Ride next year.
Thanksgiving Point hosts a Scarecrow Festival in the Ashton Gardens. Families and businesses create scarecrows that are displayed all over, and you are allowed to vote on them. Our boys loved picking a favorite, and they loved seeing the variety of scarecrows. If you are a Thanksgiving Point member, this is free, but others will need to pay the admission to the gardens to see the scarecrows. You can enjoy the entire gardens with this admission. This festival runs from October 16-October 21, 2023.
This local farm in Salt Lake has a lot of fun fall activities including a hay ride, train ride pulled by a tractor, corn pit, and the best corn maze ever. We loved how they catered the corn maze to the children by having clues to solve. This is a fun Fall adventure and we highly recommend the apple cider donuts. They are delicious! This event has grown since we last visited, so we can’t wait to check it out again this year. Cross E Ranch’s Fall Festival will run from September 22-October 30, 2023.
This locally owned pumpkin patch is a lot of fun, and it has a great affordable price. There is a wagon ride, corn pit, big slides, corn mazes, and farm animals. They have pumpkins for sale at great prices, too. We stop at Jaker’s every year! Jaker’s is open September 23-Oct. 31, 2023.
This is a fun pumpkin patch that we seem to end up going to every year on field trips! We love how many fun activities for younger children them seem to have: slides, bean bag toss, corn pit, and more. Our older boys love the sports activities they have added over the years. They also have an awesome petting zoo where you can walk in and pet lots of animals. Every year they seem to add more and more. This activity opens September 29-November 4, 2023. With the Get Out Pass, you have one free admission to Hee Haw Farms/year. The fall festival would be a great time to use it!
This pumpkin patch has a new name: The Kinlands. With the name change, it still looks like they will be holding a Fall event, but we don’t see a ton of details. We will update this post and info once we have found out more details. In years past, we have always enjoyed all of the unique pumpkins they grow here on this local family farm. We will have to visit again and see how it is has changed. This pumpkin patch is open from September 22-October 31, 2023.
We visited Rowley’s Bid Red Barn Fall Festival a few years ago, but they have changed a few things since we last went and now have a bigger event at “The Back Forty.” The price is a little higher, but they have added a huge corn maze and apple cannons which sound super fun. They still have the big sand box, pedal tractors, and the huge slide, and lots of treats back at the big red barn. Their wagon rides to the activities begin September 22-October 30, 2023. If you have the Get Out Pass, you have free admission to this event on certain days!
This farm has their Fall Fair set up like a carnival with a few rides, corn maze, wagon ride, slides, and great photo spots. We had a really fun time at Wilkerson Farm. The Fall Fair runs September 15-October 31, 2023. We like that they are open all day long every day, so you can enjoy this fall fair anytime (except Sunday). Also on the Get Out Pass in 2023!!
Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a fun spot for families. There is a corn maze with corn fairies to search for which entertains the kids for hours. There are big slides, tractor rides, animals to see, and a separate area for smaller kids. We had a great time playing here and we love cutting our own pumpkins! We look forward to this local pumpkin patch every year. Glen Ray’s Corn Maze is open September 22-October 30, 2023.
Gordo’s Fun Farm is a newer fall festival, and is perfect for kids of all ages. There are slides, barrel rides, and climbing adventures for small kids. For the older kids, there are bunch of fun family games like corn hole and rubber band guns. We loved feeding the animals and walking through the corn maze. This activity only costs $8/person and is open M-Sat from September 15-October 31, 2023.
HALLOWEEN LIGHT DISPLAYS
There are a few homes in Lehi within a mile of each other who have some great Halloween light displays. We love our local lights, and it’s fun to see the different displays all in one night. So load up the car and have a fun Halloween light adventure right here in Lehi.
This house is so unique that they create their own music. The projections cover the entire house, and the show lasts about 20 minutes. Bates Haunt is a fun Halloween house in South Jordan.
This house is on our Lehi drive, but it can also be a stop all on its own. The house is covered in a large projection and on some nights they host a little spook alley in their backyard. We love the show here.
This house is more of a walk through activity. There is a HUGE pirate ship set up in the owner’s front yard, and you can visit day or night and walk through. It’s so cool! Located in Santa Clara, Ut near St. George.
We love riding on the “Heber Creeper,” and the Pumpkin Train was a ton of fun. The train ride takes you on a short 40 minute ride, but there is karaoke and dancing along the way. You also get a cookie and a pumpkin for riding the pumpkin train. We loved walking through the spooky train car that was very family friendly. The Pumpkin train runs on Saturdays from Oct. 7-28, 2023.
Scary Hill isn’t very scary, in fact it’s a really great family friendly place to spend a Fall afternoon at Cherry Hill. The miniature golf course is decorated for Halloween, and so is the maze. The best part is the wagon ride through “The Boneyard.” There are skeletons playing chess, dressed as Ninja Turtles, fighting Darth Vader, and much more. It is a fun Halloween adventure. Opens on October 2, 2023 and runs through Oct. 30, 2023, but it is only open certain days of the week.
Little Haunts is a fun event at This is the Place Heritage Park. They hand you a bag so that you can trick or treat through the grounds. There are also stories and crafts through the village, too. Our favorite event was the candy cannon. You don’t want to miss taffy flying through the sky! Little Haunts dates for 2022 are October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28.
Clas Ropes hosts a unique Halloween Cruise in October where they pull you up and down the Provo River. There are hundreds of jack-o-lanterns and lights reflecting on the water, a pirate attack, and spooky stories. It’s very family friendly and fun to be on the water. The cruise runs Sep. 29 – Oct. 31, 2023. If you want to visit during October 2-5, use the code ADVENTURE for $2 off/ticket.
BOOtanical is set up throughout the Red Butte gardens. There are lots of different areas with Halloween displays. None of them were scary, and instead they focused on the fun of Halloween. There were spiders, vampires, witches, and more. We loved looking at the details of each display, and enjoying the beautiful gardens. This year the event runs October 18-30, 2023.
Festival Transylvania is a newer event that started in 2020, and has quickly become one of our favorites. This fun family-friendly spook alley wasn’t spooky at all. Instead it told a story involving Dracula, Frankenstein, and other monsters in a silly way. Our boys enjoyed following the story, and we enjoyed how affordable this activity was. They also sell treats for $1, which we love. Festival Transylvania doesn’t have their dates set yet, but these are last years and they will be similar: October 13-29, 2022.
This event is a cute little activity for families. Two sisters designed and built adorable monsters and set them in a little drive-through display. Our family loved driving through using the scavenger hunt to search for all of the fun items on the monsters. They are in a new location this year and we will going to check it out once it opens.
Located in St. George, Red Hill Desert Garden is one of our favorite walks when we visit. And in October they decorate for Halloween with fun scarecrows created by the community. This event is free and open
This event takes place at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. It is an interactive experience actors help you feel like you stepped into a whole different world. In 2022 the theme was a carnival and there were carnival games, pumpkin smashing, spook alleys, and more. Read more about our experience here.
Our friends at Christmas in Color changed the lights to spooky, Halloween lights. The drive through has large blow ups, and fun lights that are timed to Halloween music. Our kids love getting the party pack so that they can join in the light fun. This drive-thru light show will be running Oct. 11-30, 2023. Use code “earlybird23” for a big discount, but the code only lasts through the end of September.
Fall Bucket List
Here are some activities that we have on our Fall Bucket List to try. Hopefully we can make it to some of them this year. Please let us know if you have a favorite that we should add to this list.
- Corn Maze on the Farm: American West Heritage Center in Wellsville, September 22-October 23, 2023. They also have a Fall Harvest Festival on October 13-14, 2023.
- North Logan Pumpkin Walk: October 19-21, 23-24, 2023.
- Scarecrow Walk: USU Botanical Gardens in Kaysville, September 7-17, 2023.
- Black Island Farms: Syracuse Largest Corn maze in Utah and tons of fun activities. September 15-October 31, 2023.
- Pack Farms: Farmington. Only $4/person and 3 and under are free. September 23-October 29, 2023.
- Pumpkin Days: Wheeler Farm, SLC, September 22-October 31, 2023.
- Fall Festival: Benson Grist Mill, October 20 & 21, 2023. FREE
- Fright Train: South Weber, October 29 & 30, 2023. FREE. We have ridden the South Weber trains before, but not their Halloween train!
- Haunted Halloween Haven: Spanish Fork, October 1- 31, 2023 from 7:30-10:00 there is a walk through. FREE! They also added a light projection show that runs all month beginning on October 1 through October 31 on the outside of their home.