Halloween is here, and with that comes many ways to celebrate in Boise.
Since the holiday takes place in the middle of the week this year, many events take place this weekend, allowing you to celebrate more than once. From touring haunted cells at the Old Penitentiary to spending a Halloween-themed day at Zoo Boise, this Halloween is sure to be a treat.
Jack-o-lanterns will light the way up on Halloween night to this Boise Bench backyard that will have more than 70 zombie baby dolls waiting to give you the creeps. Each bloodied baby doll, to be displayed in the eerie backyard cemetery, was hand designed by the Pence-Brown family. For its third year, the Zombie Babyland will have a new attraction: trees filled with floating vintage doll heads. The event is PG and suitable for kids, although the dolls are, um, pretty creepy.
- Oct. 31
- 6-9 p.m.
- 2029 S. Columbus St., Boise
If you’re looking for a scare on Halloween night, look no further than this Caldwell-based haunted house. The Haunted World is Idaho’s largest Halloween and haunted attraction, and their spooky experience is sure to scare your pants off (Their words, not ours!). There are three separate areas of this haunted attraction: The Haunted World, Skullvania-Haunted House and the corn maze.
The Haunted World begins with a 35-acre haunt outdoors, which will take you through a Gristle’s cornfield and, underground, a dungeon of torture. The entire path takes about 45 minutes as you pass through a barnyard, Hacksaw Jim’s Stanky Cellar, Voorhee’s Dilapidated Shack, Vertigo’s Tunnel and much more.
Skullvania-Haunted House takes you through a haunted asylum where patrons checked in, but never checked out. Visit each room to get the full 15-minute terrifying experience.
Need time to relax from the frights? End the night in this 15-acre corn maze where you can get lost and forget all you’ve seen.
Halloween is Haunted World’s last day for the season. Tickets will be sold from dusk to 10 p.m., and from dusk to midnight the prior weekend.
- Through Oct. 31
- Dusk-10 p.m. or midnight (weekends)
- $25 per ticket, children 5 and under are free
- 20031 Northside Blvd., Caldwell
Events from earlier this month:
Do you dare enter Boise’s only haunted cell house at night?
This special event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary gives you a chance to not only tour the site after dark, but also be frightened by the past that took place there. For the 10th year of Frightened Felons, there will be a special performance of the zombie “Thriller” dance, actors portraying past inmates, costume contests with cash prizes, mugshots and photo ops, scavenger hunts and fun prizes.
Don’t forget about the music, spooky presentations and photos with the historic hearse and undertaker. There will also be food trucks on site, including Foxy Franks and Twisted Sister Coffee and Smoothies.
- Oct. 26
- 7-11 p.m. (last admission 9:30 p.m.)
- $15 Children (ages 4-13), $20 Adults (ages 14+)
- Old Idaho Penitentiary, 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise
Part of Treefort’s Storyfort, Scaryfort is one event to keep you on your toes. If you’re 21 or older, head down to The Olympic Venue to hear local authors Christian Atley and Malia Collins read original horror stories. Afterward, put on your dancing shoes and jam to local bands The LoveBunch and Casual Worship, as well as Canadian rock band Bike Thiefs. There will also be a costume contest with fun prizes, so be sure to wear your favorite costume.
- Oct. 27
- 7-11:30 p.m.
- $10 advance/ $12 doors
- The Olympic Venue
- 1009 W. Main St., Boise
Get the kids ready for this special day at the zoo. Zoo Boise will host its annual Boo at the Zoo event on Saturday. Face painting, games, photo ops, costumed characters passing out candy, and an all-ages costume contest will take place throughout the zoo to ensure there’s something for the whole family.
Oh, and don’t forget the animals! Each half hour between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., there will be a Halloween-themed animal enrichment, or a zookeeper helping the animals express their natural behaviors. The best part? Proceeds go back to the zoo in improvements— and there’s nothing spooky about that.
- Oct. 27
- 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
- Regular Zoo admission — $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for kids (3-11), and infants 2 and under are free
- Zoo Boise
- 355 E. Julia Davis Drive, Boise