Shift Your Spooky Spending Halloween Guide

The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling and one of Utah’s favorite holidays is in full gear! It’s no secret that Utahns love Halloween, and we celebrate it all month long. To get into the spirit we have compiled a list of some of our favorite local businesses where you can indulge all things spooky -- from family-friendly outings, treats, and costume shops -- all while keeping money in our local economy and community.

Gettin’ Pretty With It

If you are craving a Pinterest-worthy front porch for Fall, look no further than Kuwahara Farms. Located in Draper at 762 W 12300 S, Kuwahara has a pumpkin for every taste and personality. Orange, white, green, striped, warted, the list of the varieties they provide is long. Hay bales and corn stalks are also there to complete your look. Bring the whole family and you can pick pumpkins as well as stay for a live show, or play their zombie paintball game. 

Costumes

Pib’s Exchange is probably one of the best shops in town when it comes to both picking up thrifted finds and shopping for the perfect costume. This local shop has a huge selection of Halloween makeup, costumes, wigs and more.  Best part? They are open year round for all of your costume needs! Stop in at 1147 S Ashton Ave (right across from the Sugar House liquor store), but be aware the closer it is to Halloween the busier they get, so plan ahead to avoid long lines. 

According to Google reviewer Alex Buie, Spoox is “A spooktacular experience all around! This is my new favorite place for all things macabre!” and we have to agree. Beyond just shopping for your costume, this little shop on 3453 State St offers jewelry and home goods, like skull shot glasses, bookends, artwork, and all things horror for those who want to live the haunted life all year round. Did we mention they also have tons of gift items as well like horror-themed socks, hot sauces, and playing cards? Definitely pay this little shop of horrors a visit! 

Lastly, if you are looking for vintage or rare finds for your costume, visit none other than Decades Vintage Clothing at 627 State St. Here you can find clothing from eras gone by, perfect for any themed party!
If you are up North, have no fear! Endless Indulgence Retro Wear on Historic 25th Street in Ogden is also a gem for vintage-inspired clothing, especially if you rocking the Pin-Up/ Rockabilly era for your costume. 

Treats

Will our love affair with Count Chocula cereal ever end? Normal Ice Cream is offering a Count Chocula Ah Ah composed cone which consists of soft serve + Count Chocula cereal + mallows + berry blood (aka mixed berry compote). Satisfy both your sweet tooth and your nostalgia for all things ’90s by visiting their store at 169 E 900s or hit up their truck inside the east entrance of trolley square at 600 south 700 east. 

Feeling daring? Looking for a spooky treat? Look no further than Last Course which is currently offering REAL ANTS in their Cinnamon Ants ice cream. If you want something less on the wild side their monthly creations also include flavors like Charcoal Candy Corn,  Pumpkin Snickerdoodle and Butterbeer which you can also have made into a Harry Potter Butterbeer Milkshake complete with chocolate sorting hat on top. Last Course has three convenient locations throughout the valley including Farmington, Salt Lake City, and Draper. Visit https://www.lastcourse.com/location to find the one closest to you. 

As for official trick or treating, visit the businesses of the 9th & 9th neighborhood from 4-7 pm on Halloween evening to get your fill of Halloween candy.

Haunted Attractions

Okay, this is probably the coolest outing we have been to this year, maybe even this decade! Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides in Midway, Utah combines a classic legend, spooky farmland and characters on horseback for an awesome immersive experience as you are pulled through Soldier Hallow in horse-drawn carriages. The earlier you go the more family-friendly it is,  but once the sun goes down it may get a little bit scary for younger children but is still fun for the whole family. Visit www.sleepyhollowutah.com to buy tickets but give them a like on Facebook and keep an eye out for $5 off coupons. Be sure to dress warm, bring a blanket to snuggle under, and a thermos full of hot cider or cocoa. 

Nightmare on 13th is a Utah staple. Located on 300 West and 1300 South, this haunted house is in a 36,000-square-foot warehouse, and is one of the largest and longest-running haunted attractions in the United States. Yes really! Tour their classic haunted house, or if you really want to up the scares, tour their new X-Scream attraction, an interactive scary experience where yes, you can be touched! Snag a fast pass if you don’t want to wait in line and want to get your scare on faster.

If you’re looking for a more cerebral haunt, check out The Lost Ones, at Trolley Square. An original story, featuring professional actors in an immersive environment, The Lost Ones tells the tale of disappearances that have happened over decades from the Pyramid Dress Factory. Join us at Trolley Square for a unique experience in the very real terrors that this building has seen.

We could go on and on in this section because let’s face it, Utah has tons of attractions both family-friendly or for the true horror lovers. We highly recommend visiting https://www.utahhauntedhouses.com/ where you can search by area, attraction type, and scariness level and find the perfect place for your family outing or date! 

Performances

Love the theater? Utah has a plethora of amazing Halloween-themed shows. Thriller is Odyssey Dance Theatre’s annual dance production and it is a performance we love to go to year after year. Now offered in five cities (Price, Salt Lake, Park City, Ogden, and Logan) Thriller has it has it all – frights, amazement, scares and lots of laughs. Visit https://odysseydance.com/shows/thriller/ for ticket information. 

If you have never seen Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live audience have you even lived? The Tower Theater puts on their annual show throughout October, showtimes available at www.saltlakefilmsociety.org. Watch the classic movie and act it out with the rest of the attendees, props are even included in your ticket price! The Tower is also awesome because you can rent classic horror movies there as well during your visit.


Kristen Lavelett