My Local Utah’s Content Team
As 2020 continues to be defined by uncertainty and abnormal circumstances, many of our traditional fall activities have been canceled or altered to adhere to local guidelines. To help you better navigate this season, we have put together a list of activities that are still taking place and are sure to provide you with a bit of enjoyment during this strange time.
Cornbelly’s, September 25th through October 31st
Whether you are looking for family fun or for varying levels of spooky entertainment, Cornbelly’s should be on your fall bucket list. This annual tradition offers activities like apple blasting, barn swings, festival rides, haunted activities, fireworks, and so much more. Each spooky activity is rated on a nighttime scream scale to ensure that you know exactly what you’re in for. With something for all ages, you’re sure to have a memorable experience complete with all of the traditional fair goodies that will help you bulk up for the colder weather!
Alpine Loop Drive, late May through late October
The Alpine Loop is well known for its stunning views all year, but especially during the fall months when the leaves begin to change. This 20-mile route explores American Fork Canyon, the Uinta National Forest, and even Provo Canyon. There are many entrances to the loop, but many visitors love to start near Sundance Resort. With countless trailheads and camping areas, you have plenty of options to stay awhile and take in the vibrant views.
Gardner Village Witchfest
Witchfest at Gardner Village transports its visitors to a magical world of witchcraft and wonder. With more than 30,000 pounds of pumpkins, a themed scavenger hunt, and the infamous Witches Night Out, this highly anticipated festival is perfect for those who want to spice up their life with a bit of magic.
Explore 9 different pumpkin villages as you walk through this uniquely creative destination. At Pumpkin Nights, everything is carved from pumpkins by incredibly talented experts who have dedicated their lives to learning this skillful art. From Chinese dragons to underwater sea creatures, you’re sure to get some ideas for your next jack-o-lantern competition!
Utah has numerous local pumpkin patches and corn mazes to keep you busy all season long. Each location is a little bit different with its own unique touches and festive activities. From zombie paintball to apple picking, there is sure to be something for everyone. Here is a link to find out which patches are in your area: https://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/UTpumpkins.php.
Scarecrow Festival at Thanksgiving Point, October 12th through 17th
The Scarecrow Festival at Thanksgiving Point is the perfect creative outlet if you’ve been looking to take advantage of more fall festivities this year! Countless community members submit their scarecrow creations for all to see while they meander through the 50-acre gardens and enjoy the changing leaves. With games and snacks available, this is the perfect Saturday afternoon activity.
Heber Valley Pumpkin Train, October 1st through 30th
The infamous Heber Valley Railroad is often mentioned for its Polar Express ride in the winter, but did you know that they also have a Pumpkin Train in October? This 40-minute train ride features costumed characters that are sure to keep your kiddos entertained. You will also get the opportunity to select and take home your favorite pumpkin from their pumpkin patch.
Provo River Halloween Cruise, September through October
Spending the evening on a boat in September may not sound like an ideal activity, but this pirate-themed Halloween cruise is a great way to get into the fall spirit! During the cruise, you will float past 100 jack-o-lanterns as the captain narrates a spooky story. If you’re lucky, you may even encounter a real pirate! Your ticket also includes a free movie before or after your ride. Check here for more information!
Ogden Witchstock Festival, Oct 24th
For those who appreciate dressing up, Ogden city has put together a fun-filled day with three opportunities for a costume change and activities for all types. Stop by for a witches fashion show and tea party, a zombie bar crawl, or maybe just to dance the night away at the monster bash!
Evermore, September 11th through November 7th
Evermore is a newer attraction in the Lehi area that features a fantasy land that is taken to the next level during the Halloween season. This English-inspired town is founded on a big imagination and provides the perfect backdrop for archery, quests, and games, themed train rides, horse & pony interactions, and mini-productions. For 2020, Evermore has invited a mysterious circus to the park that is complete with mystical creatures and curiosities!