Farms, corn mazes and even the Old Idaho Penitentiary in the Boise area get into the Halloween spirit and offer a little something for everyone — from the your tiniest trick-or-treaters to teens who can handle a bit more good-time gore.
This week, Halloween festivities ramp up in Boise:
- Take a Haunted History Tour of Boise with the Boise Trolley Tours (leaving from 1911 W. State St. in Boise). Tours leave at 8 p.m. Friday through Monday, Oct 28 to 31. Tickets are $22 for Oct. 28 and 29, which includes an hour at the Old Idaho Penitentiary; $16 for Oct. 30; and $18 for Oct. 31. The Oct. 31 tour is a party trolley for 21 and older only, serving Vampyre wine and food; all other tours are for 13 and older. Seats for all tours are limited, so call early for reservations at (208) 433-0849. Or visit http://www.boisetrolleytours.com/.
- What could be spookier than taking a tour of the Old Idaho Penitentiary and checking out “Frightened Felons”? With live music, actors portraying inmates of the past, games, exhibits, concessions and more, Frightened Felons is a lot of fun for families with children 8 and older on Family Night (7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28) and for 16 and older on Saturday, Oct. 29. Depending on the evening, mature themes may be discussed, and some exhibits and actor portrayals feature executions and violence. Costumes are encourage, but no masks. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For tickets and more information, visit http://history.idaho.gov/.
- Combine Halloween with Zoo Boise and you get “Boo at the Zoo,” an annual event for even your smallest children from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Come in costume and get candy from costumed characters throughout the zoo, check out the bat toss and face painting, and see the zoo animals. Costume contests will be held throughout the day and according to age. Admission is $7 for adults, $4.25 for children 4 to 11 years old, $4.50 for seniors 62 and older, and free for children 3 and younger and Friends of Zoo Boise annual pass holders.Learn more at http://www.zooboise.org/.
Haunted corn mazes and pumpkin patches dot the Treasure Valley in Eagle, Meridian and Nampa:
- The Eagle Fire Department takes full advantage of the dark wooded area next to the Boise River to put on its annual Haunted Woods in Merrill Park (637 E. Shore Drive in Eagle). Starting at dusk and running until 11 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, this event is typically geared toward older visitors. But this year, they have offered a special — not so scary — edition of the Woods, beginning an hour before dusk, for families and smaller children. Admission to the Haunted Woods is $10 for anyone 13 and older; children 5 to 12 years old are admitted for $6. If you bring two items to donate to the Eagle Food Bank, you can get $1 off admission.
- The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival runs through Monday, Oct. 31, at 1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian. Billing itself as “Idaho’s Original Corn Maze,” the Farmstead features an 18-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch (take home pumpkins and gourds for 30 cents per pound), and a courtyard with pig races, pony rides, hayrides, a giant jumping pillow, concessions and more.The Farmstead is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the Farmstead is $10.95 for those 12 and older, $7.95 for children 4 to 11 years old. If you want to kick things up a notch, brave the “Field of Screams” from dark until 11 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29. Admission to the Field of Screams (which includes Farmstead admission) is $15.95 for 12 and older. If you want to take your 4- to 11-year-old, they’re admitted for $12.95. Find more details at http://farmsteadfestival.com/.
- Linder Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze (the “official corn maze of the Boise State Broncos”) is a 20-acre pumpkin patch (pumpkins and squash are 30 cents per pound, or $9 per single pumpkin or squash that is more than 30 pounds) and 15-acre corn maze with lots of family-friendly harvest fun including a petting zoo, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, concessions and more. General admission to Linder Farms and the corn maze, at 7165 S. Linder Road in Meridian, is $10 for 12 and older and $7 for children 4 to 11 years old (farm admission only is $3). Discounts are available for military families, organized youth groups and more. Linder Farms dips into its dark side with the “Trail of Terror,” a haunted corn maze open from dark to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from dark to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 31. Admission to the Trail of Terror is $10 and includes a free game of laser tag or ride on the mechanical bull. Check out their website at http://linderfarms.com/.
- If you have smaller children and want something a little more family-friendly, head to Alpine Ponds Haunted Trail at 545 E. Chinden Blvd. in Meridian. This kid-friendly (and very affordable at $3 per person older than 3) event features a fortune teller, face painting, soda walk game, concessions and more. A scary movie begins on the big screen at 8 p.m. every night, and get your family photo taken in the haunted photo booth. The Alpine Ponds Haunted Trail is open from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 31. More information at http://alpineponds.net/.
- In Canyon County, check out the 12th annual Haunted World (off Idaho 20-26, just north of Nampa). The Haunted World is made up of three separate attractions: a 30-acre haunt including a corn field, underground “dungeon of torture,” barnyard, cellar and more; the hostel-asylum-gone-wrong known at Skullvania; and a 15-acre corn maze. There are also concessions, a gift shop, light show and scary movies. Visit the Haunted World from dusk until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from dusk until midnight Friday and Saturday, through Oct. 31. Admission is $18 (free for those 5 and younger); an extra $3 will get you a “Fast Track Pass” and put you at the front of the line. Group discounts are available. Find out more at http://hauntedworld.org/index.html.