10 family-friendly Halloween happenings in Utah County

Minions are helping Cornbelly's celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Minion-themed game in the maze, character appearances, and outdoor showings of the movie. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Minions are helping Cornbelly’s celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Minion-themed game in the maze, character appearances, and outdoor showings of the movie. (Photo by Dave Blackhurst)

Looking for a Halloween event that won’t scare the screams out of your little monsters? There are plenty of G-rated venues in Utah County. Here are just a few of the places where you can have a happy — and not so scary — Halloween:

1. Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival

When: Daily except Sundays through Oct. 31. Click here for a schedule and times.

Where: Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Point Way in Lehi

Prices: Vary depending on activity packages but start at $11.95 for a “Laughin’” pass Monday through Thursday.

Website: cornbellys.com

Arguably the most elaborate Halloween event in Utah County, this giant festival and corn maze has a little something for everyone. Little ones will like the hayrides, Pumpkin Princess Festival, giant slides and Jumbo Jumper Air Pillow. Teenagers can visit the “haunted” attractions at the adjoining Insanity Point, which include Hayloft Horror and the Cornophobia haunted corn maze. Learn more here.

Enter for a chance to win Cornbelly’s tickets here.

2. McCoard’s Mystery Corn Maze

When: Daily except Sunday through October 31

Where: McCoard’s Garden Center, 384 S. 3110 West, Provo

Prices: Adults (10 and older) $9; children (ages 3 to 9) $6; 2 and younger free

Website: provocornmaze.com

Sponsored by McCoard’s Garden Center, the venue features three mazes with differing degrees of difficulty and length. One corn maze admission allows families to enter all three mazes. There is also a separate Zombie Paintball Patrol area ($15 admission), and a you-pick pumpkin patch.

Hee Haw Farms has a pumpkin patch where people can pick their own pumpkins. (Photo courtesy Hee Haw Farms)

Hee Haw Farms has a pumpkin patch where people can pick their own pumpkins. (Photo courtesy Hee Haw Farms)

3. Hee-Haw Farms

When: Daily except Sundays through Oct. 31

Where: 150 S. 2000 West, Pleasant Grove

Pricing: General admission is $6 for ages 3 and older. Added attractions such as the corn maze and haunted hayride require an additional fee.

Website: heehawfarms.com

Non-scary activities at this Pleasant Grove Halloween staple include a petting farm, giant slide, corn box, corn cannon, mini maze and animal train rides. Many attractions are included with a general admission ticket, with additional fees for some activities. Learn more here.

4. Halloween Adventure Cruise

When: Daily except Sundays through Oct. 31.

Where: CLAS Ropes Course, 3606 W. Center St., Provo

Prices: $8 per person, children 2 and younger are free

Website: clasropes.com

This spooky(ish) ride takes you along the lower Provo River, which will be lit with more than 100 jack-o-laterns. The first departure is at 6:30 p.m., with boats departing every 30 minutes through 9 p.m. (Mondays through Thursdays) or 10 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays).

5. Scarecrow Festival at Thanksgiving Point

When: Oct. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Thanksgiving Point Gardens, 3900 N. Garden Dr. in Lehi

Prices: $12-$15

Website: thanksgivingpoint.org/scarecrowfestival

Thanksgiving Point is hosting its first-ever Scarecrow Festival in its gorgeous 55-acre Gardens. It’s a good chance to see the fall colors in the Gardens, as well as scarecrows built and submitted by the community. Look for apple carving, lawn games and food trucks as well.

6. Pumpkin Palooza Family Fun Fest 2015

When: Oct. 23 and 24

Where: Spanish Fork Fairgrounds, 475 S. Main St.

Prices: Free admission, some activities may require a fee

Website: facebook.com

Kids can come in costume and trick-or-treat to more than 60 vendors at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds. There will be pumpkin carving and Twinkie eating contests, as well as bounce houses and face painting.

7. Shops at Riverwoods Pumpkin Parade 2015

When: October 23, 4–9 p.m.

Where: The Shops at Riverwoods, 4801 N. University Ave., Provo

Prices: Free admission, activities may require a fee

Website: shopsatriverwoods.com

Artists will be making displays out of pumpkins and squash, with hayrides, face painting, food and trick-or-treating through the shops.

8. Pumpkin Plunge

When: Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Springville Community Pool, 1015 E. 900 South, Springville

Website: springville.org

Prices: Family admission, $12

Attendees can jump into a pool with 200 floating pumpkins and then choose one to decorate.

9. Haunted Halloween Lair

When: October 28-31, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: 1641 Oakview Lane, Spanish Fork

Prices: Free

Website: hauntedhalloweenlair.com

This family-friendly Halloween display and haunted house walkthrough started as a small garage haunt for neighbors and has grown into a much larger production, done for free as a labor of love. Organizers compare it to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion theme park attraction in its level of scariness.

10. City Halloween Celebrations

Several Utah County cities are hosting Halloween-themed parties good for family members of all ages. For example, Lindon has an All Hallow’s Eve party  at its community center Oct. 30, while Provo is having a Halloween Carnival at its recreation center Oct. 31. Check your city’s website for more details.


Elyssa Andrus has worked as a journalist for 14 years, most recently as the lifestyle editor at the Daily Herald newspaper in Provo. She is a contributor to the KSL-TV show "Studio 5" and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking" (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Natalie Hollingshead. She lives with her husband and four young children in Utah Valley.

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