Get in the spirit early with these Halloween events around Utah

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You can celebrate Halloween — without being scared silly — by attending some of these events geared for children and families.

Cornbelly's Maze and Pumpkin Fest

Besides a corn maze, Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point has a pumpkin patch, playground, farm-themed children's rides, Pumpkin Princess Playland, Halloween parade, contests and even pig races.

When • Oct. 5-29, Friday-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m.

Where • Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Tickets • $8.95-$10.95. Visit

Breakfast with a Witch

Bring your little witches and warlocks to "Breakfast with a Witch" at The Gathering Place at Gardner Village.

When • Daily Oct. 5-27, 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Where • Gardner Village, 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan

Tickets • $11; $13 for VIP seating. Tickets at or 801-566-0917.

Halloween Hoot

Watch a spooktacular bird show, listen to scary stories and enjoy Halloween crafts. Those in costume receive 50 percent off admission.

When • Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where • Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $7; Children 2 and under are free. Visit

Spooky Saturdays

Take a peek around Raptors Pumpkin Patch, make a superhero mask, try your hand at Super Hero training, and meet some Super Heroes.

When • Saturdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where • Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Tickets • $10. Visit

This is the Place Haunted Village

Throughout October the creepy houses, shadowy streets, and assorted spooks will give you haunting experience.

When • Oct. 10-30, Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Where • This is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $15; visit

Barnyard Boo

Barnyard Boo offers less-spooky activities for younger goblins including: pony and wagon rides, face painting, boo bowling, spider toss, harry horseshoes, boo-tacular obstacle course, and more.

When • Oct. 11-29; Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 11-13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 15, 22, 29, 4-8 p.m., Fridays, Oct. 19, 26, 4-8 p.m., Saturdays, Oct. 20, 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where • Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Tickets • $5. Visit

Haunted Rainforest

Take a trip through the "Haunted Rainforest," where you will encounter man-eating piranha, ghoulish figures, giant anacondas, swamp witches, and Goliath bird-eating spiders.

When • Oct. 19-31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where • The Living Planet Aquarium, 725 E. 10600 South, Sandy

Tickets • $9.95. Visit

Family Spooktacular Science Night

Swaner EcoCenter will sponsor a Family Spooktacular Science Night with hands-on science experiments and demonstrations. Make your own slime, magic potions, and atomic-glow worms. Also, discover the mysteries of dry ice and "ghost eggs."

When • Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m.

Where • Swaner Eco Center, 1258 Center Drive, Park City

Tickets • Free; Come dressed in a Halloween costume. Call 435-649-1767.

Enchanted Evening Explorations

Animal lovers of all ages can dress in costumes for Enchanted Evening Explorations, an after-hours guided tour of Hogle Zoo.

When • Oct. 19-26, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday, Oct. 25-26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Where • Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City

Tickets • $10. Visit

Monster Block Party

This free, daytime activity includes trick-or-treating booths, a costume contest with prizes, free arts and crafts projects, a pumpkin drop and live performances.

When • Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where • Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City

Tickets • Free

Halloween spooktacular

This scare-free Halloween party is full of fun surprises and hands-on activities for the whole family will enjoy.

When • Saturday, Oct. 27, noon-6 p.m.

Where • Discovery Gateway, 444 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Tickets • $8.50; Free with museum admission. Military 2 for 1 admission. Members free. Visit or call 801-456-5437.

Halloween Spooktacular

The South Davis Recreation center's annual Halloween Spooktacular includes a canoe ride through a haunted swamp, a walk through the haunted locker room, carnival games, and trick-or-treat alley.

When • Saturday, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m.

Where • South Davis Recreation Center, 550 N. 200 West, Bountiful

Tickets • 50 cents each; activities cost one to four tickets. Visit

Franks With Frankenstein

Join Frankenstein and his pals for hot dogs and other haunted treats and a chance to see live "creepy crawlies" from the Bean Museum. Dress in costume.

When • Saturday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m.

Where • Thanksgiving Point, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi

Tickets • $15-$20. Visit