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Autumn Activities That Thrill, Excite, and Captivate

Oct 08, 2015 03:19PM ● By Bryan Scott

Black Island Farms in Syracuse offers a range of classic autumn experiences. Guests enjoy a tractor pulled hayride through the pumpkin patch, getting lost in Utah’s largest corn maze, and plenty of carnival-like amusements.

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Weber County Library Activities. Come for a night of Spooky Shakespeare with the Utah Children’s Theatre on Monday October 26th at 6 pm at the Main Library on Jefferson Avenue in Ogden. Theatre performers will present scenes from Shakespeare’s spookiest plays. Check out a Spooky Magic Show on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm at the Main Library on Jefferson Avenue in Ogden. Elias “Lefty” Caress is an award-winning magician and variety entertainer. He is hilarious, fearless, charismatic, compelling, mysterious, and passionate! His show includes magic, jokes and thrilling stunts. Various other branches will also be hosting Halloween parties throughout the day on October 31, check your local branch for details.

The Enchanted Woods — A storytelling adventure at the Treehouse Museum. The Enchanted Woods is held on Saturdays in October, after normal hours, from 6-8 p.m. Groups of children are invited to dress in costume and travel through the museum with their guide, helping to solve a mystery, or save a princess, or defeat the pirates. Along the way the children receive a bag of treats and prizes. Each visit takes about an hour, and tickets can be purchased in advance online at

Creatures of the Night. Friday and Saturday October 9th-10th from 5-8:30 pm. Put on your costumes, bring your flashlights and come for some outdoor fun, without the fright at the Ogden Nature Center. Learn about nocturnal animals, play games, hear stories and songs, make nature crafts and listen to trailside tales around the campfire. Cost is $5 for members, $6 for nonmembers, free for children 3 and under and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Carnivore Carnival. The George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park invites visitors to explore the park’s eight acres of dinosaurs at night. Everything is lit up and decorated Halloween style, with trick-or-treating and carnival games throughout. Children are invited to wear costumes and participate in a nightly costume parade. Children ages 2-17 are $5, adults are $3. Call (801) 393-3466 extension 56 to pre-purchase tickets. Runs October 15, 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Syracuse City Pumpkin Festival. Thursday, October 22, 23, and 24 from 7-10 p.m. at Centennial Park. Individuals are invited to come view hundreds of artistically carved pumpkins on display. Admittance is free.

Witches Tea, Zombie Crawl and Monster Bash. The Ogden Amphitheater hosts a costumed tea party with a witches fashion show on Saturday, October 24th at 4 p.m. Following the tea will be a Zombie Crawl at 6 p.m. on the amphitheater plaza outside, heading west down Historic 25th street. A costumed dance party will conclude the evening beginning at 8 p.m. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and tickets to the Witches Tea must be purchased. All other events are free to the public.

The Corn Maize. Located at 2801 South 3500 West in Ogden, they feature both a regular and haunted corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, bounce house, little monsters corral, corn box, Frankie’s Musical Mayhem, straw maze, trike track, teeter totter, extreme laser wars, light shows, hay slides, princess character visits, food and drinks. Runs through Halloween.

Black Island Farms. Located at 3178 South 3000 West in Syracuse, they feature both a regular and haunted corn maze, corn box, animal alley, bonfires, bounce house, cow train, corn cannon, grain shoot slide, straw mountain, giant straw slide, pig races, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and more. Runs through Halloween.

Ogden’s Haunted History Tour. Robin Westover offers a 90 minute walking tour along Ogden’s notorious 25th Street, stopping along the way to tell true historical stories of murder, mystery and intrigue. Subject matter may be sensitive for younger audiences. The tour starts at 7 pm on the northwest corner of 25th and Grant. Purchase tickets online ahead of time at

Ogden Ghost Tours. Guided by a professional storyteller, guests travel by bus or walking along the great “haunts” of the city and learn about the ghosts who dwell in the historic buildings and cemeteries. Call ahead for reservations and locations (801) 678-8768.

Night at the Museums Ghost Tours. Paranormal tours inside and under Ogden’s Union Station. October 16th-17th and 23rd-24th. Tours run throughout the night and last about an hour. There are two separate tours available, The Northern Nightmare Tour and The Screaming South Tour. Guests will be guided by professional paranormal investigators who share their haunted stories about the Station. Guests are welcome to bring their own cameras and recording devices, though the tour is conducted entirely in the dark and is only appropriate for ages 14 and up. Purchase tickets online ahead of time at

Odyssey Dance Theatre presents Thriller at the Weber State University Val Browning Center for the Arts, October 2nd-3rd. This year’s show will feature past favorites such as Thriller, The Curse of the Mummy, Dem Bones, Frankenstein, Salem’s Mass, The Lost Boys, and the River of Blood Dance — plus a few new surprises. Full of frights, amazement, scares and lots of laughs, this classic Halloween tradition often sells out, get tickets online at

Haunted Hollow. 1900 West 1550 South in West Haven. Get stuck in 13 acres of the most menacing, horrifying and ghastly haunted forest in Utah. Hiding behind every tree and lurking around every corner are the demons, ghosts and ghouls that only existed in your worst nightmares: until now. Every step counts, because you don’t know if it will be your last. Opened Wednesdays-Saturdays in October, from 7:30-10:00 pm on weeknight and 7:30-Midnight on weekends. Tickets are $20 per person, ages 6 and up.

Liquid Canvas Haunted House. 290 25th Street. Take a stroll through a haunted basement, winding through a maze of horrors into a dungeon where you can paint a Halloween-themed piece of art. Every Friday and Saturday night at Liquid Canvas. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show. Peery’s Egyptian Theater 2415 Washington. Perry’s Egyptian presents the classic cult film ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’. Dance, sing and toast to fling! Prop bags available for the full show experience. 

Spooky Whoopie Wild Western. Alleged Bar 201 Historic 25th Street. Join your favorite local burlesque troupe for a wild wide through the old west. Come in costume for the costume contest. Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm sharp, $10 at the door. 

Frightmares at Lagoon. Lagoon park. With over seven haunted attractions, Halloween-themed entertainment, food, rides and games. Frightmares is your go to place for Halloween fun. for all events.