What scares you most? A dark, deserted field? A demented asylum? Creepy-crawly woods? An old prison? Weve got it all in this years roundup of haunted attractions in the Treasure Valley.
SCREAMS AND MORE
Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival turns dark and eerie on weekend nights with three haunted attractions. Owners Jim and Hillary Lowe let the creepy atmosphere of a deserted corn field set the mood, then they throw in a few freaky actors to go boo and thump in the night.
This year, the Lowes have added two new ways to scare yourself.
The Creature an inflatable dragon that you can walk through is not haunted during the day, but watch out at night. All kinds of things will come at you.
Heavy Metal is a chain-link maze filled with frightening characters and hard-rock music.
Whats not scary: Check out the Corn MaiZe, the pumpkin blaster and corn cannon. Its $3 to fire one of them.
When: Dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28.
Where: 1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, near Interstate 84 and Eagle Road.
Warning: The haunted stuff is recommended for kids 6 or older.
Tickets: Insanity Pass (includes all three) is $19.95. Field of Screams or Heavy Metal only are $15.95 at FarmsteadFestival.com. Either of these passes includes admission to the not-so-scary stuff, too. Regular admission to Farmstead is $10.95.
TRAIL OF TERROR
Linder Farms turns terrifying at night with a Trail of Terror that takes you on a journey to the afterlife.
This year you have a reservation at Donners Diner. (Remember the Donner Party?) Be careful what you order. And theres a haunted school bus, along with spooky ghosts and goblins along the maze path. Stop in the old barn for a vortex tunnel.
Whats not scary: Check out the Linder Farms Boise State Bronco football-themed corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin slingshot and tractor tire playground.
When: Dusk to 10 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays; dusk to 9 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, Oct. 12-31.
Where: 7165 S. Linder Road, Meridian.
Tickets: $14 includes maze and farm admission, at LinderFarms.com.
For the past 15 years the Eagle Volunteer Fire Department has put on quite a scary show in Merrill Park. Its a benefit for the department, so all the guys pitch in to make it happen.
On the winding trail through the park youll find a variety of ghoulish creatures, psycho killers, bloody ghosts and more.
Whats not scary: Nothing, but the ghouls will tone it down for tykes.
When: Dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 12-27, and Oct. 31.
Where: Merrill Community Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle.
Tickets: $10 general, $6 for ages 5 to 12 at the gate only. EagleFire.org.
THE HAUNTED WORLD
This is the most haunted of them all. Youll find a 30-acre field of torture chambers and dungeons; a 15-acre maze through mad farmer Gristles Corn Field; the haunted hostel Skullvania (you check in but not out), and about 100 scary actors done up in blood-curdling makeup and costuming.
Whats not scary: Nothing. Its all good.
When: Dusk to 10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Oct. 31, dusk to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 27.
Where: Take Exit 35 off Interstate 84 in Nampa. Go four miles past the sugar beet factory to Idaho 20/26.
Tickets: $20 for 6 and older, free for 5 and younger at HauntedWorld.org. $23 Fast Track ticket gets you to the front of the line.
3K HAUNTED HOUSE
This Western-themed indoor haunt is new this year at the 3K Event Center an equestrian training center and ranch outside Star.
The idea is that the fence between our world and the underworld is broken at the center and evil things have crossed over. Youll find creepy zombies, cowboy ghosts, psycho saloon girls and more, augmented by a booming sound system.
Whats not scary: Youll also find carnival games, face painting, a family-friendly harvest festival, carriage rides and food for purchase.
When: 4 p.m. event center doors, 6 p.m. for the haunt, Thursdays-Sundays, Oct. 12-28 and Oct. 31.
Where: 24090 Blessinger Road, Star
Tickets: $15 and $18 general, $24 for VIP, $45 for extra VIP (includes a parking pass, fast-track entry and a meal). $5 gets you into the festival with no haunted stuff: 3KEventCenter.com.
The Old Idaho Penitentiary comes to life Oct. 26 for a family-friendly edition of Frightened Felons, a seasonal event that highlights the creepy history of the place. (The adult night is Oct. 27 and includes a bar.)
Youll learn about some of the most famous felons and even meet a few portrayed by actors, such as Harry Orchard, who served life for the murder of Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg in 1905.
You can try the haunted cell-block maze, go on a scavenger hunt and learn how inmates made shanks.
Even on family night there will be some disturbing areas, such as effigies of prisoners who were executed, so be aware. Its recommended for those age 10 or older.
There will be a costume contest, the Thrill The World dancers, a performance of Michael Jacksons Thriller video at 9:30 p.m., snacks to purchase and more.
When: 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 26
Where: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise.
Tickets: $12 in advance at History.Idaho.gov/old-idaho-penitentiary-events, $15 at the gate.