Haunted Happenings and Family Fun

October in Idaho is the time to relax after a busy summer, acclimate to cooler weather and best of all…Celebrate 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!

Linder Farms 2013 Maze

Linder Farms 2013 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, pumpkins and gourds for sale, and lots of games.  If you’re brave, try out the Field of Screams.  This separate 3.5 acre maze opens at night the third week of October to 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. This year, The Farmstead has partnered with Tough Enough To Wear Pink and The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation to celebrate October Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise money for a worthy cause!  Have fun while making a difference!

Linder Farms in Meridian takes pumpkins seriously. Test your directional skills in a 15 acre corn maze, designed in tribute to the the Boise State Broncos and the Idaho Territory’s Sesquicentennial.  Other attractions include the straw bale maze, hayrides, 20-acre pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, inflatables and astro jumps, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin slingshot, mechanical bull, laser tag, rock climbing wall, zip line, food concessions and more!

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.

In south central Idaho, the Burley Straw Maze awaits. Test your skills and try your luck at the new straw maze design using 1,166 straw bales! Enjoy the regular straw maze during the week but bring your courage to the haunted straw maze on weekend nights during October.  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 with three mazes celebrating 150 years of the Idaho Territory. 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 Corn Maze in Rigby! Play Farm Scene Investigation Monday-Friday nights and Saturdays from 11am to 11pm. Price is by contribution, so pick your price and join the fun! 

Maybe the corn mazes are a bit too tame….  If being terrified is more your style, check out these frightening options.

Haunted Mansions of Albion

Haunted Mansions of Albion

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 all new “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! 

In southwest Idaho, Nampa is home to Haunted World, a 30 acre outdoor haunt where  three haunted adventures await.  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.  Take a welcome break in the corn maze before encountering the troubled souls of Skullvania. 

The Northwest’s largest theme park, Silverwood, becomes Scarywood Haunted Nights during the month of October.  With attractions like Dementia, Blood Bayou and The Scarywood Nest, this theme park you thought you knew has become the nightmare you never imagined!  Click the link above for all the terrifying details. Purchase tickets online and save $5 on admission.

Sassy the Sasquatch at the Scarecrow Stroll

Sassy the Sasquatch
at the 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 18.

And don’t forget to stock up on pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, and other fall produce at your local farmer’s market.  Many markets will end their season this month and it’s the best time to find squash and root vegetables – perfect for that delicious pot of steaming vegetable soup to warm you after an evening of frights and fun.

It’s not too late to get your fall favorites.  Visit Idaho’s farmers markets through mid- to late October.

For more Idaho vacation ideas and information visit www.visitidaho.org.