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Take your pick of pumpkin patches, Halloween events this week

By Nichole Whiteley - | Oct 12, 2023

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Afton Christensen, of Salem, tries to pick up a pumpkin at Rowley's Red Barn in Santaquin on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012.

As the budding fall season unfolds, the Daily Herald has compiled a list of activities including haunted houses, decorated yards, pumpkin patches and city celebrations. Each Friday in October, a list of the coming week’s events and season-long activities will be released to keep readers updated and in the autumn spirit. Happy Halloween!

Recurring seasonal activities

Haunted houses:

  • Insanity Point Extreme at Cornbelly’s Lehi location, 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, is open every Friday, Saturday and Monday until Oct. 30. They feature a 40-minute walking path where participants can experience over 23 haunted scenes.
  • Evermore Park in Pleasant Grove, 382 S. Evermore Lane, is transformed during the fall season into “Lore,” a Halloween wonderland with new characters and quests. Once the sun sets, the haunted adventure begins to heighten the scariness of the park. Evermore is open Fridays and Saturdays from 6-11 p.m.
  • Haunted Forest in American Fork, 6000 W. 6400 North, is one of the largest haunted attractions in the country with “over 30 acres of fear” to walk through. The haunt is all outside and the path goes through natural trees. Haunted Forest is open until Oct. 31, from 7:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
  • Field of Fright is a haunted maze located inside of the real corn field at Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Spanish Fork, 1750 W. 8000 South. The Field of Fright runs until Oct. 28. Admission starts at dark. On Monday and Tuesday, visitors must be in line by 9:30 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday by 10:30 p.m. Check their website for additional dates.
  • The Shadows of Fear haunted maze in Pleasant Grove, 618 N. County Blvd., is open Monday through Saturday for all of October. Friday and Saturday hours are 7:30-11 p.m. and Monday through Thursday hours are 7:30-10 p.m. This haunt is for thrill seekers and family time. Tuesdays are no-spook days except for on Oct. 31, when they stay open until 11 p.m.
  • Strangling Brothers Utah Haunted Circus is located at 632 E. 1500 South in American Fork and will be open until Oct. 31 with varying hours. Before the main haunt begins, visitors wait inside a circus tent to see a show including live music, games, videos, crowd interactions and possibly the Strangling Brothers riding their motorcycles. Each Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., the circus is open for walk throughs with the lights on and without the scary actors.
  • The Haunted Halloween Haven in Spanish Fork, 1641 Oakview Lane, is an outdoor haunt appropriate for all ages. It is free for all and is open every night in October from 7:30-10 p.m. regardless of the weather. No reservations are required and any number of people can enter at once. There is also a 25-minute projection-mapping show each night.

Home haunts/decorated yards:

  • Explore Utah Valley put together a map of homes and businesses across the valley that have been decorated for Halloween, including a free Big Jack coloring book/scavenger hunt map at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3tj3Ziy.

Pumpkin patches/corn mazes/fresh produce:

  • Cornbelly’s has locations in Lehi (3003 N. Thanksgiving Way)and Spanish Fork (3687 W. 5600 South). Both locations offer family-friendly events and activities, a pumpkin patch and a corn maze until Oct. 28. Cornbelly’s is open Monday through Thursday from 4-9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 1-10 p.m. The Spanish Fork location also offered a Sunflower Festival from Sept. 8-30. While Sunflower season officially ended, it is likely to run through mid-October, so the fields are still open to visitors. Pumpkin season started in October.
  • Glen Ray’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is located at 1750 W. 8000 South in Spanish Fork and will be open through Oct. 30. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. They offer family-friendly events and activities, a corn maze and a pumpkin patch.
  • The Pumpkin Patch in Orem, 1541 Sandhill Road, has free activities and no admission fee. They have pumpkins and decor for sale, and every Monday and Saturday they offer free Halloween hayrides. Reservations for rides can be made on their website. They are open until Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to dark on Sundays.
  • Gordon’s Family Farm offers a pumpkin patch and activities through the end of October called Gordo’s Fun Farm. Located at 5746 S. 3200 West St. in Spanish Fork, this pumpkin patch also has a petting zoo and a corn maze. It is open Monday through Friday noon to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove, 150 S. 2000 West/N. County Blvd., is open from 3-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays. They offer a pumpkin patch, pumpkin drop event, kids spook alley, pumpkin patch hayride and other activities.
  • Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns at Hayward Farms located at 950 W. 400 South in Springville has pumpkins to buy, a hayride, a corn “maize” and a haunted cave. They are open through the end of October, from 9 a.m. to dusk Monday through Saturday, except Oct. 31, when they are open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Pumpkin Patch – Carlisle Gardens is located at 1200 N. County Blvd. in American Fork. Pumpkins are available at the front stand and in the field to pick out. They have a kiddie train, hay ride train and a petting zoo with farm animals. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tyler’s Pumpkin Patch in Provo, 1036 S. Nevada Ave., is a family-owned pumpkin patch. They are open until Oct. 31 while supplies last. Weekday hours are 4 p.m. to dusk and weekend hours are 10 a.m. to dusk.
  • A Country Farm Pumpkin Patch in Payson, 4058 W. 9600 South, is a homegrown farm that offers fresh produce picked daily upon order or visitors can pick it themselves. They are open 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
  • Rowley’s Red Barn, 901 S. 300 West, is a fruit farm open year-round in Santaquin. The fall festival is held through Oct. 30 and includes a corn maze, a tractor wagon ride, a pumpkin patch and other activities such as a petting zoo, zip line and a corn pit. It is open Monday through Friday from 3:30-8:45 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Rileys’ U-pick in Genola, 294 N. 800 East, has pumpkins, fresh fruit and other produce available at the local Rileys’ Orchard. It is open during harvest season (July through November), Monday through Saturday from sunup to sundown.

Activities for Oct. 13-21


  • A Halloween Spooktacular will be held from 6-8 p.m. at The Orchard at University Place, 575 E. University Parkway in Orem. There will be live music, dancers using real fire, free face painting, yard games, a mechanical bull and warm apple cider for sale.
  • From Oct. 13-28, a straw bale slide will be set up for little kids in The Orchard at University Place during shopping hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Orchard at University Place will hold a Wolverine Mascot Mashup at 6 p.m. Willy the Wolverine from Utah Valley University will host the competition between Utah County high school mascots and students. This competition has a grand prize of $2,000 for the winning high school for student activities.
  • Until Oct. 31, The Orchard at University Place will light up each night with nearly 750 carved pumpkins. There are six special Utah-themed pumpkins hidden among the others for visitors to find.
  • Laughing Owl Greenhouses in Benjamin, 7965 S. 2200 West, is is holding its fall festival. The Fall Farmers Market goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are kids activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. such as bounce houses, slides, a petting zoo and picking out pumpkins.


  • The Scarecrow Festival at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, 3900 Garden Drive in Lehi, welcomes all to participate by creating and entering a scarecrow into the festival or by walking around that garden to see all of the scarecrows. The Scarecrow Festival lasts from Monday through Oct. 21 and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
  • Open to the public, Vineyard’s Boo-A-Palooza annual Halloween party will be held at Vineyard Grove Park, 350 North 100 East. There will be character-themed trick-or-treating presented by local businesses and city departments. The party begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Candy Cornhole Spook-Tacular Tournament will be held at Centennial Park/Callaway Field, 190 South 400 West in Santaquin. Teams of two can register to compete at santaquin.activityreg.com. Participants can choose from three divisions which begin at different times: competitive begins at 5:30 p.m.; recreation (fun) begins at 6 p.m.; and mix (young under 18 with an adult) begins at 6:30 p.m.


  • Halloween Lift Rides at Sundance Mountain Resort, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road in Sundance, last until Halloween. The 30- to 45-minute ride is on the Outlaw Express Lift; it runs 7-10 p.m. on weekdays and 7-11 p.m. on weekends. The activity is family-friendly and available in The Lookout. Also available are Halloween treats, hot chocolate, food, sweatshirts and blankets.
  • Boo Bingo will be held at Vineyard Children’s Library, 125 S. Main St., from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Registration is open now and space is limited to the first 50 children ages 5-12 to register.

Oct. 20

  • Buzzards and Bees in Provo will hold its Halloween Festival Oct. 20-21. It is a music and arts festival featuring 11 venues and over 80 bands. The festival kicks off with a Goth Prom at Velour in Provo on Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The main event is on Oct. 21 with continuous bands playing at each venue from 4 p.m. to midnight. Visit their website for the schedule and addresses of each venue.
  • After the Spanish Fork Library (80 S. Main St.) closes, guests will arrive in Halloween costumes or cocktail or formal attire to attend The Enchanted Forest Halloween Ball. Tickets can be purchased now for anyone 19 years old and above. From 8:30-11:30 p.m., there will be dancing, food, character quests and a costume party. There will also be performances by the Utah County Flute Choir and World Dance Company.

Oct. 21

  • Thanksgiving Point’s annual Witches Breakfast will be held in the Show Barn, 2476 Sycamore Lane in Lehi. In addition to the breakfast, there are fall activities and a costume contest, judged by the witches. The first seating is at 8 a.m.
  • The Orem City Truck-Or-Treat will be held at The Orchard at University Place. Quiet hour is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the main event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is for all ages to get an up-close look at city-owned trucks and vehicles including police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, garbage trucks and others. After visiting each truck, participants can then trick-or-treat at the Orem City booth where they will be handing out candy.


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