Ghoulishly good times loom ahead

By Catherine McNally
Hilltop Times Staff
October 21, 2010

It’s that time again, trick-or-treaters! The state of Utah and Hill Air Force Base are gearing up to make sure this Halloween is extra spooky. If you’re looking for some extra fun this Oct. 31, feel free to check out what’s going on in the local area, beginning with all events on base.

Pumpkin Painting Contest through Oct. 31 — The Hill Aerospace Museum is hosting its third annual Pumpkin  Painting and Decorating contest throughout the month of October. Participants are invited to paint a pumpkin and bring it into the museum. No carved pumpkins will be accepted. Museum visitors will vote for their favorite pumpkin until Nov. 1, and winners for each age group will be awarded a prize. Hill Aerospace Museum, exit 338 in Roy. Contact Lorrie Slade at (801) 774-0956 for more information.

Halloween 5k and Kid’s One Mile Oct. 30, 9 a.m. — Participants are invited to wear their costumes at this family-friendly event at the Warrior Fitness Center. Call (801) 777-2762 for more information.

Third annual AMMO House of Horrors, Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5, 6 p.m. to midnight — Sponsored by the 649th Munitions Squadron, this haunted house is sure to give you more than just the chills. The event is quite spooky so the 649th MUNS cautions that no children under 10 should attend. Open to anyone with base access, in Building 1607, located on the west side of Hickory Avenue. Donations are $5 per person and proceeds benefit squadron morale events.

Happy Howling, Oct. 26, 4 pm. to 5 p.m. — Costumes are welcome at this event featuring spine-tingling tales plus Halloween crafts and activities. Ages 5 to 11 welcome, at the Gerrity Memorial Library. Call (801) 777-2533 for more information.

Haunted Hangar, Oct. 22-23, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — The whole family is invited to tour the Hill Aerospace Museum’s haunted hangar. Witches brew and cookies will be served.

Hill Aerospace Museum, exit 338 in Roy. Contact Lorrie Slade at (801) 774-0956 for more information.

Haunting on the Hill, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – All little ghouls, goblins and ghosts are invited to an evening of kid-friendly Halloween fun. A costume parade, haunted forest, pumpkin painting, games cake walk and crafts will be featured. Food will be available for purchase. Hubbard Golf Course. Call (801)  775-2084 for more information.

Family Monster Bash, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Featuring games, contests and prizes at the Youth Center. Cost is $3 per person. Call (801) 777-2419 for more information.

Halloween Monster Bash, Oct. 30 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. — Adults and those ages 18 and older are invited to frightful festivities at Club Hill. Music, dancing, a zombie walk costume contest and specials will be featured. Call (801) 777-3841 for more information.

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Boo-Nanza, A Night at the Movies Oct. 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. —  This year’s Boo-Nanza will feature family-friendly activities such as a costume parade, dog costume parade, reptile exhibit, haunted house and fall carnival. Clearfield Aquatic Center, 825 S. State St. Cost is 50 cents per ticket with each activity requiring one or more tickets. Contact Donna Russell at (801) 525-2641 for more information.

“Seven Brides for Dracula,” Oct. 21-23, 25,  7 p.m. — Clearfield Community Center presents “a hilarious Halloween melodrama featuring songs like “Transylvania Trance” and “Canine Candy Freak.” Clearfield Community Center Little Theater, 140 E. Center St. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children and seniors. Contact Clearfield Community Services at (801) 525-2790 for more information or to order tickets.

Layton City Halloween Bash, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Family-friendly events include carnival games, cake walk, costume contest, music and refreshments. Central Davis Junior High School Gym, 663 N. Church St. The event is free. Call (801) 336-3924 for more information.

Haunted Dinosaur Park, Oct. 21-23, 28-29, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. — Ogden’s Dinosaur Park will feature costume contests with prizes, spook alleys, haunted trails, s’mores, hot chocolate, scones, trick-or-treat stations and more. George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park, 1544 E. Park Blvd., Ogden. Cost is $7 for adults (18 and older), $6 for seniors (62 and older) and students, $5 for children (2-12) and infants get in free. Call (801) 393-3466 for more information or visit www.dinosaurpark.org/.

Creatures of the Night, Oct. 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Have some fun with flashlights and costumes while learning about nocturnal animals. The event will feature trailside treats, crafts, scavenger hunt and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult and weather-appropriate clothing should be worn. Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Cost is $5 for members, $6 for non-members. Call (801) 621-7595 for more information or visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org/.

Monsters in Our Backyard: Halloween Comes to Wild Wednesdays, ” Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.  — Dress up as your favorite animal and learn about “monsters,” such as snakes and tarantulas. Participants will also get to test out slimy concoctions brewed up by nature center staff. Attendees should meet in the Visitor’s Center. Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St. Cost is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors (55 and older), $2 for children and free for members and children under 2 years old. For more information visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org/.

Pumpkin Alley, Oct. 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — This kid-friendly event will feature treats and a walk-through of a display of pumpkins decorated by local school children. Golden Spike Event Center Exhibit Hall, 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden. Cost is free.

WitchStock, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Witches of all kinds are invited to attend the first-ever “WitchStock.” Events featured include a Witch’s Tea Party, ghost tours, palm reading, scavenger hunt, magicians and several contests including prizes for best witch costumes. Retail shops will stay open until 8 p.m. with discounts offered to everyone in costume. It is recommended that children under the age of 16 be gone by dark or 6 p.m. Historic 25th Street and Union Station, Ogden. Call (801) 629-8247 for more information or visit www.historic25.com/witchstock.

“Wacky Witch’s Wedding,” two locations — This musical comedy murder mystery by Hunt Mysteries will leave participants guessing as they follow the tale of a witch’s coven celebrating a wedding, complete with a surprise twist. The performance will take place at Boccias D’Italia in Ogden and The Castle in Layton.

  • Oct. 21-23, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Boccias D’Italia, 1045 N. Washington Blvd., Ogden. Cost is $15 per person, use the code “hmutah” for $2.50 off. Boccias will offer separate food and beverage service during the performance. Call (866) 569-1482 to book tickets or visit www.huntmysteries.com. 
  • Oct. 28-30, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; The Castle, 930 W. Antelope Drive, Layton. Cost is $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under (includes show and dinner buffet). Call (866) 569-1482 to book tickets or visit www.huntmysteries.com.

Hallowalkeen, times vary —  A new attraction geared for elementary school children. Includes a jack-o’-lantern walk, mini corn maze and spooky shows. Non-scary costumes are allowed.

Through Oct.30, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m Monday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 300 E. 2650 North, North Ogden. Cost is $5 (portion of proceeds benefits Boy Scouts). Call (801) 394-3937 for more information or visit www.hallowalkeen.com.

Lazarus Maze, times vary — An interactive theater-style haunted house featuring ghost hunts for those age 18 and older. A flashlight, voice recorder and camera are recommended.

Through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday.; Historic Exchange Building, 600 W. Exchange Road, Ogden. Cost is $10 or $13 per fast pass. www.lazarusmaze.com.

Ogden Ghost Tours, times vary — Take a bus tour of haunted Ogden locales, complete with narration. Attendees should meet in the parking lot north of Union Station.

Through Oct. 30, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden. Cost is $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $12 for children on weekends; $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for children on weekdays. Bring a canned food donation for a $1 discount. www.storytours.com.

Haunted Hollow, times vary — Trick-or-treaters head outdoors for 13 spooky acres of dungeons, mine shafts, swamps, haunted mansions and more. The venue also features new Bliss and Freezer Rooms.

Through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 1550 S. 1900 West, West Haven. Cost is $15, children 6 and under are free, group discounts are available. Call (801) 388-0512 for more information or visit www.hauntedutah.com.

Punkinaze — A family-friendly spooktacular corn maze and hay slide. Flashlight recommended.

Through Oct. 29, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 1921 W. 2550 South, West Haven. Cost is $6 for adults, $30 for family pass, children 6 and under are free. Call (801) 731-4756 for more information.

Sleepy Millcreek Hollow – Includes a marketplace, Spooky Story Forge, Trail of Terror and horror films. 

Through Oct. 30, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday with movies at 5 p.m. and storytelling at 7:30 p.m.; 3109 W. Pioneer Road, Marriott-Slaterville. Cost is $3 or $15 for group of six; Trail of Terror is an additional $6. Portion of proceeds benefits animal rescue groups. Call (801) 458-2925 for more information or visit www.sleepymillcreekhollow.com.

Frightmares — This Lagoon favorite features the new Lockdown attraction plus Deception, Fun House of Fear and the family-friendly Spook-a-Boo Walk-Thru, plus more. 

Through Oct. 30, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; Lagoon, 375 N. Lagoon Drive, Farmington. Cost is $42.95 for adults, $37.95 for children and seniors and $27.95 for ages 3 and under. Call (801) 451-8000 for more information or visit www.lagoonpark.com.

  • Discount Tickets to Frightmares are now available at the Information, Tickets and Travel Office. For more information please visit the ITT office in Building 460 or call (801) 777-3525.

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“Freaky Fridays!” Oct. 22, 29, 7 p.m., 8 p.m. 9 p.m. — A song and dance Halloween spectacular. Wheeler Farm Barn, 6351 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City. Cost is $2 per person or $6 per family. Call (801) 304-5951 for more information.

Haunted Village – This event is recommended for ages 12 and older and features a headless horsemen and 13 haunted houses.

Through Oct. 30, tickets are sold from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with $5 off coupons available at Fresh Markets; This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City. Call (801) 582-1847 for more information.

Misunderstood Animals Breakfast, Oct. 23, 7:45 a.m. – Join Spiderella, Queen of the Spiders, and her creepy friends to learn more about misunderstood animals. Registration is required.Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for ages 12 and under. www.hoglezoo.org.

“Nightmare on 13th” Haunted House — This event includes Carnival of Carnage, Body Snatcher Maze and Club Nightmare. 

Through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 300 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Cost is $20 per person or $30 for a fast pass. www.nightmareon13th.com.

Salt Lake Ghost Tours — Through Oct. 30, 6 p.m., 7 p.m. 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; west side of Rio Grande Building, 300 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City. Cost is $15-18 for adults, $12-15 for students and seniors and $10-12 for children or groups of 10 or more. $1 off with canned food donation for Utah Food Bank. Call (801) 529-4497 for more information or visit www.storytours.com.

Wheeler Historic Farm — This Halloween treat features wagon rides, a pumpkin patch and maze.

  • Through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 6351 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City. Cost is $7 per person or $30 per family of 6 or less, free for ages 2 and under; $2 per person for wagon ride only, $3 for maze only, $4-6 for pumpkin patch only. Call (801) 264-2241 for more information or visit www.wheelerfarm.com.

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