October in Idaho is the time to relax after a busy summer, acclimate to cooler weather and best of all…Celebrate Fall! If we had to choose a favorite month, it would be October. From corn mazes and pumpkin patches to football games, changing leaves and caramel apples, Idaho knows how to do fall.
When you see dry corn stalks standing in fields and huge bales of hay and straw strategically placed in open fields, you know it’s time to visit your favorite corn or straw bale maze! From family-friendly to terrifying, you can find a corn maze, haunted hay field or a delightfully confusing straw bale maze wherever pumpkins grow—which is pretty much anywhere in Idaho!
All aboard the Zombie Slayer Bus at the Incredible Corn Maze.
Corn Cannon at the Incredible Corn Maze.
Start your tour of tricky terror in northern Idaho at the Incredible Corn Maze in Hauser. It has a corn maze, a corn cannon, helicopter rides, Zombie Slayer Paintball, pumpkins and gourds for sale, and lots of games. If you’re brave, try out the Field of Screams at night. This separate 3.5 acre maze will scare all who dare to enter.
If you’re traveling in southwest Idaho between Boise and Meridian on Interstate 84, you won’t want to miss The Farmstead and its many autumn offerings, including Idaho’s original corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, hayrides and family-friendly activities. Ride the potato sack slide, and watch the pig races and enjoy live entertainment on Saturdays. The Field of Screams is open Fridays and Saturdays beginning at dark.
Linder Farms in Meridian takes pumpkins seriously. Test your directional skills in a corn maze designed in tribute to the Boise State Broncos. Three paths range from a quarter mile to over three miles. Up for a challenge? Conquer all three for a total of nearly six miles of trails! Other attractions include hayrides, 20-acre pumpkin patch, pumpkin slingshot, rock climbing wall, zip line, food concessions and more! The nighttime Trail of Terror is open Thursday-Saturday. Or take a one-of-a-kind bus tour through zombie infested terrain with only a paintball gun for protection.
QueysMaze, located near Mountain Home, offers fun for the whole family. Kids will enjoy climbing on the hay pyramid, playing in the corn box (a sandbox, but with corn), mini mazes, hay rides and a pumpkin patch. And don’t forget the “Who Knows?” corn maze. See if you can answer the questions to map the maze. Open Fridays and Saturdays.
Creepers await at the Burley Straw Maze.
In south central Idaho, the Burley Straw Maze awaits. Test your skills and try your luck in the straw maze, where over 1,000 straw bales are used to create a maze with 8-foot walls! Enjoy the regular straw maze during the week but bring your courage to the haunted straw maze on weekend nights through October 26. Spooky!
In eastern Idaho, it’s easy to fill your evening at Wild Adventures Corn Maze in Blackfoot. Get lost in over three miles of trails and three mazes. On Fridays and Saturdays, Hunt for Hundreds in the ultimate scavenger hunt. Win your share of prizes, coupons and a chance to win the grand prize! Other activities include the Farm Scene Investigation game, corn cannon, Farm Scene Tracks, tube slide, jump houses, barrel train, paintball, concessions and more!
Get lost at The Squealer’s Fun Park Maze in Rigby! They’ve changed it up this year with a Sunflower Maze, rather than corn. Play #sunflowermazing – search for characters hidden in the maze and post a facebook selfie with them and tag it #sunflowermazing for a chance to win weekly drawings. Open Monday-Saturday.
Maybe the corn mazes and pumpkin patches are a bit too tame…. If being terrified is more your style, check out these frightening options.
It’s been said that the Haunted Mansions of Albion is the nightmare you never wake up from! Are you scared of clowns? Then the “House of Clowns” should get your heart racing. Not scared yet? Maybe the “Zombie Academy” will do the trick. Visit this great attraction to see its new haunts and old favorites!
For the brave at heart, creep on over to The Haunted World in Nampa for a terrifying, 30-acre voyage full of deadly dungeons, vampires, zombies, and monsters. Wind through Gristle’s cornfield then make your way underground and into his 700 ft. dungeon of torture. Those still on their feet must pass through Gristle’s barnyard to visit his ravenous animals and find their way through the tortured halls of Skullvania. Timid guests will enjoy the friendly corn maze, bonfires, and Halloween celebration.
The Northwest’s largest theme park, Silverwood, becomes Scarywood Haunted Nights for the month of October. With attractions like the Crypts, Clowntown, Zombiewood Express and Total Darkness, this normally happy theme park becomes the nightmare you never imagined! Even the rides are more frightening!
Otus the Discovery Owl on display at Scarecrow Stroll.
A more refined adventure awaits you at the Idaho Botanical Garden where scarecrows adorn the Garden during the annual Scarecrow Stroll. Created by local school kids, area businesses and artists, the variety and styles of custom built ‘crows invite giggles and smiles. Garden guests are invited to join the fun by voting for their favorite through October 31.
Let’s not forget football! Football fans anxiously anticipate October game days. Join communities as they gather for high school Friday night lights. Tailgate with blue and orange scarves and school spirit at Boise State’s Albertson’s Stadium. Catch some Coyote action in the College of Idaho’s first football season in over thirty years. And if you’re up north, wear black and gold with pride at the University of Idaho’s famous Kibbie Dome. Even if you don’t understand the game, it’s easy to be entertained by the marching bands, fight songs, cheer squads, mascots, tailgating, sports pubs, and nightlife that make up Idaho’s football fanfare.
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