Ghoul guide: Haunted trails, corn mazes open in Treasure Valley

They’re ba-a-ack! It’s time for the annual fall ritual of pumpkin patches, hayrides and things that go bump and boo in the field, trail and maze.

doland@idahostatesman.comSeptember 20, 2013 

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"Field of Screams" at The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival is a combination haunted house and cornfield maze.

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They’re ba-a-ack! It’s time for the annual fall ritual of pumpkin patches, hayrides and things that go bump and boo in the field, trail and maze.

THE HAUNTED WORLD

The Haunted World opens this weekend with 30 acres of scary. You’ll discover torture chambers, dungeons, the mad farmer Gristle’s Haunted Corn Field, Skullvania, the haunted hostel (check in but not out) and more. There are about 100 actors in blood-curdling makeup and creepy costumes.

When: Dusk to midnight Sept. 20-21, 27-28. Starting Oct.1, it’s open dusk to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, dusk to midnight Fridays-Saturdays, through Oct. 31.

Where: Take Exit 35 off Interstate 84 in Nampa. Go four miles north past the sugar beet factory to U.S. 20/26.

Online: HauntedWorld.org

Tickets: $20 general, free for ages 5 and younger. The $3 “Fast Track” gets you to the front of the line. Buy tickets on-site or online.

FIELD OF SCREAMS

The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival brings you all the family fun of fall with the cowboy-themed MaiZe and Kiddie MaiZe, pumpkin blaster and corn cannon ($3 to fire one), hayrides, cow train, farm animals and more. Then, on the weekend, it goes to the dark side with the Field of Screams.

The owners let their creepy, deserted cornfield set the mood. Then, they throw in a few freaky actors to push your buttons and let your imagination do the rest. You’ll also find the return of the Creature, an inflatable dragon that you can walk through. It’s not haunted during the day, but watch out on weekend nights. This year, the super-scary Heavy Metal attraction is part of the regular Scream.

When: Farmstead: 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, 4 to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 2. Field of Screams: dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays Oct. 1-31.

Where: 1020 S. Rackham Way in Meridian, near Interstate 84 and Eagle Road.

Online: FarmsteadFestival.com.

Tickets: $7.95 and $10.95 Mondays-Thursdays, and $10.95 and $13.95 Fridays and Saturdays. Ages 2 and younger are free anytime. Season passes: $29.95. Haunted attractions: Insanity All-Access Pass is $17.95; Screamin’ Pass for the Field and MaiZe is $15.95. Or $5 extra with the season pass. Haunted passes include the not scary stuff, too.

TRAIL OF TERROR

Linder Farms and the Trail of Terror brings you the best of both worlds. By day, you’ll find all the fun of pumpkin picking and corn maze wandering. (This is the home of the official Boise State Broncos-themed maze.)

At night, starting Oct. 11, Linder Farms turns terrifying with the Trail of Terror’s “Haunted Hospital.” It takes you on a journey through the haunted maze (look out for ghosts and goblins). Check out the vortex tunnel, haunted school bus and more.

When: The Farm and Maze is open 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 27-Nov. 2. Trail of Terror is open dusk to 10 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays; dusk to 9 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, Oct. 11-31.

Where: 7165 S. Linder Road, Meridian.

Online: LinderFarms.com

Tickets: $4 per person for the farm only; $10 for 12 and older, $7 for 4-11, free for 3 and younger for the farm and maze; $14 for Trail of Terror (includes the maze and farm, and a laser tag or a mechanical bull ride).

THE HAUNTED WOODS

The Eagle Volunteer Firefighter Association’s Haunted Woods turns Merrill Park into a scary park. This fundraiser finds all the firefighters pitching in as a variety of ghoulish creatures, bloody ghosts and more, but don’t worry if you have little ones. The guys and gals do their best to tone it down and make it fun for everyone.

When: Dusk to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11-26, and Oct. 31.

Where: Merrill Community Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle.

Online: EagleFire.org.

Tickets: $10 general, $6 for ages 5 to 12 at the gate only, free for 4 and younger.

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