Fall has arrived, and with it has come Halloween activities for kids of all ages. From haunted houses to Boo at the Zoo, you can keep yourself very busy this October with all kinds of spooky (and not so spooky) fun. So how can you make sure to fit it all in without breaking your budget? Check out the low-to-no cost events and suggested activities below and plan your month now:
- WitchFest at Gardner Village: Ride to a Witch for $5/person, take a pony ride for $4/person, or buy pumpkins for $3, $5, or $7. Gardner Village is in it’s tenth Bewitching year, and WitchFest comes highly recommended from many Salt Lake moms. Check out the Witch Scavenger Hunt to help guide your witch hunt. After you’ve found all of the witches on the list, kids twelve and under can receive a chocolate chip cookie from Naborhood Bakery for for 35 cents (normally 90 cents).
- Red Butte Garden’s Garden After Dark: For just $10 for non-members ($5 for members), you can “experience everything that wakes up or lights up at nighttime, even plants and animals that glow on their own!” This costume and kid-friendly event includes activites like pumpkin painting, face painting, a star walkway, a glow worm cave, the enchanted forest, and an owl encounter, as well as many others. According to their website, “Each family can paint a pumpkin to look like a jack-o-lantern and take it home to become the envy of their neighborhood.”
- Halloween Hoot at Tracy Aviary: Bring your kids in costume and you’ll receive $1 off regular admission! Trick-or-Treat through the Aviary while solving mysteries and enjoying the “spooktacular bird show.” You can also get the kids’ faces painted, make Halloween crafts, and listen to spooky stories. New this year is the Haunted Owl Forest. Admission is $5 per adult, $4 per student/senior, $3 per child, with children 3 and under free.
- Salt Lake City’s Monster Block Party: This event is free, and allows families to enjoy trick-or-treating (sponsored by local businesses), a costume contest with prizes, a pumpkin drop, free arts and crafts, and live performances. This event is at the Gallivan Center on Saturday, October 29 from 10 am to 2 pm.
- Halloween Movie Night: Check the closest RedBox for $1 Halloween movie rentals. One suggestion is Disney’s Spooky Buddies, new to DVD this year. Spooky Buddies brings back lovable pups Budderball, Rosebud, Buddha, B-Dawg, and MudBud in a fun Halloween story about the Howlloween Hound, and even includes a friendly puppy ghost. Other fun Halloween movies include It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which is usually shown on TV in late October; Casper; Ghostbusters, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Check Disney Family for a list of 13 no-so-scary Halloween movies.
What Halloween events do you like to do with your family? Leave a comment below and share your Halloween family adventures with everyone!