THE FARMSTEAD – Home of Idaho’s Original Maize. Getting lost means finding fun in the giant cornfield maze. Other activities include Field of Screams, Hayrides, Pumpkin Patch, Pig Races, and much more! Mondays through Saturdays through October 31. I-84 and Eagle Road, www.farmsteadfestival.com, 922-5678.
PUMPKINLINER – Passengers take a round-trip rail ride on the Thunder Mountain Line to a pumpkin patch. Each person can hand-pick their own pumpkin for the fall season. Saturdays & Sundays in October. Train leaves from Horseshoe Bend, thundermountainline.com, (208) 331-1184. THE BERRY RANCH – Pick your own pumpkins. The fun includes a visit to the field; also available are a giant straw bale maze and visits with farm animals. Continuing through the month of October, call for a schedule. Ten miles west of Eagle Rd. on Chinden, www.theberryranch.com, 466-3860.
BOO AT THE ZOO – Costume contests for all ages, pumpkin patch photos, face painting, bat toss, costumed characters passing out candy, and the Zoo too! October 29, 10am–5pm, Zoo Boise, www.zooboise.org, 384-4260.
PHILHARMONSTERS – The Boise Philharmonic presents a Halloween concert for kids. Pre-concert activities include instrument petting zoo, face painting, magic show, and more. October 29 at noon, 1:30, & 3pm, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, www.boisephilharmonic.org, 344-7849.
SCARECROW STROLL – Peeping out ‘round many trees and shrubs will be scarecrows welcoming you to the Garden! Members and guests of all ages can join in the fun by voting on their favorite. Continues daily through October 31. Idaho Botanical Garden, www.idahobotanicalgarden.org, 343-8649.
LINDER FARMS – A 20-acre pumpkin patch, 15-acre corn maze, and fantastic family fun. Other attractions include a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, pumpkin slingshot, pony rides, and much more. Mondays through Saturdays through October 31. 7165 S. Linder Rd., Meridian, www.linderfarms.com, 371-0222.
THE HAUNTED WORLD – The scariest place in the Treasure Valley that comes alive every fall. Not recommended for younger children. Continues Mondays through Saturdays through October 31. Located on Idaho 20/26 just north of Nampa, www.hauntedworld.org.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: TRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY ALTARS – Most commonly celebrated in Mexico, this holiday celebrates the memory of family and friends who have passed away. For the second annual Day of the Dead exhibit, local artists and school children will create altars and art throughout the Idaho State Historical Museum. Exhibit will be open during museum hours October 25–November 5, Tuesday–Friday 9am–5pm, Saturday 11am–5pm, history.idaho.gov, 334-2120.
FRIGHTENED FELONS – Over 140 years of history about escapes, executions, deaths, and of course ghost stories! Activities include storytelling and scavenger hunts with prizes. Recommended for older children. October 28 & 29, 7-11pm, Old Idaho Penitentiary, history.idaho.gov, 334-2844.
CREEPY CRITTER ENCOUNTERS – A free Halloween event for kids and kids at heart. Visit in costume to learn about wildlife on a spooky hike, make crafts, and listen to scary stories. Stay until dusk and hoot for owls and coyotes. October 29, 4–6:30pm, Visitor Center at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, fws.gov/deerflat, 467-9278.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – A special evening of music and fun presented by Caldwell Fine Arts and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. October 28, 7pm, Jewett Auditorium, College of Idaho. October 29, 7:30pm, Centennial Performing Arts Center, www.meridiansymphony.org.
GREAT PUMPKIN ARTS FESTIVAL – A free family event including art merchants, arts and crafts activities, live music performances, local food vendors, and more. Families are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin and a votive candle, and participate in the community pumpkin lighting ceremony at 8pm. October 8, 11am–10pm, ArtsWest School for the Performing & Visual Arts, in Eagle, www.artswestschool.org, 938-5410.
VAMPIRE VS WOLFMAN – TWI-LITE - Fun family theater. Every Friday & Saturday through October 29, curtain at 7:15pm, doors open at 6:45pm. Sunday matinees on October 9, 16, 23 & 30, curtain at 2pm, doors open at 1:30pm. For reservations call 336-7383, Prairie Dog Playhouse, pdplayhouse.com.