Skeletons, witches and zombies — you’ve seen it all before — which is where Evermore’s Pumpkin Fest comes in.
Just in time to save Halloween enthusiasts from another year of monotony, Evermore Park has created a new twist on classic Halloween activities to give patrons a first glimpse of the fantasy adventure park and all of its potential this Halloween season.
While construction isn’t suppose to begin until spring 2015, the Evermore Pumpkin Fest will be held beginning Friday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 1 (excluding Sundays) at the location in Pleasant Grove where Evermore Park will be constructed next year.
“We wanted to give everyone just a small taste of what Evermore Park will be like,” said Ken Bretschneider, founder of Evermore. “I promise; the Evermore Pumpkin Fest will absolutely blow visitors away. I can’t wait for people to come experience it.”
With vibrant costumes, and nightmare provoking creatures, Evermore’s Pumpkin Fest is a place where you can expect to see one-of-a-kind things for a new Halloween experience. Here are a few of the unexpected and unexperienced things awaiting you at Evermore Pumpkin Fest:
Evermore’s Pumpkin Fest
Where: Evermore Park, Pleasant Grove just east of I-15 – off- Exit 275
When: Friday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 1 (excludes Sundays)
Weekdays: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Weekends: 5 p.m. – midnight
Cost: $15 per adult and $10 per child (ages 3-12)
1. Jitters and shivers
From the beginning, guests will enter into the Haunted Graveyard to go on a haunted house like journey. Guests eventually make their way to the Nightshade Cemetery where creatures can appear at every crook in the road and in-between.
While the Pumpkin Fest is family-friendly, the experience gets spookier as the sun sets and darkness encompasses the land. To save the feeble-hearted, the Pumpkin Fest features a Family Haunt from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and braver souls can test their mettle beginning at 8 p.m.
“The Pumpkin Fest transforms at 8 p.m. into a truly terrifying experience featuring the hunting ground of ghouls, the Dire Werewolf, body snatching grave diggers and the terrors of the Nightshade Cemetery,” Bretschneider said.
2. The quest to earn your keep
In the Crooked Lantern Tavern, guests have a chance to prove themselves by interacting with tavern patrons: the dark hunters, the confidence man and the bar maid. After talking to these spooky patrons and learning their stories, visitors will be sent into the graveyard to accomplish tasks. Be prepared!
3. Pumpkin Carving and Lights Display
For a safer and less anxious adventure, Evermore’s Pumpkin Fest has lights and pumpkins on display for the public’s viewing pleasure. Who knows what design you’ll find in the face of a pumpkin?
4. Show business
Abracadabra! Magicians will give both stage and close-up performances throughout the night. Then — which for some might be just as magical and talented — stilt walkers join the crowd for performances in the high life. Plus, the birds will steal the show with falcons, crows, owls and more birds displaying their high-flying talents.
5. Creepers and crawlers
Sssslide on over to Creature Encounters to meet scorpions, snakes and spiders.
6. Music of the night
Every night at Pumpkin Fest the Evermore Wandering Minstrel Band will perform around town.
Then on one special night — Wednesday, Oct. 29 — Evermore presents the Evermore Alternative Music Fest at the Pumpkin Fest featuring the best alternative bands that call Utah home. The Music Fest begins at 7 p.m., with opening act RKDN, and features The Moth & The Flame, Fictionist, The New Electric Sound and Mindy Gledhill.
Music Fest is a separate event, and tickets for the Music Fest are $20 before the show or $25 at the gate.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit evermorepumpkinfest.com.