Idaho is pretty far north, and by October 31, evening comes early and goblins hide around every corner. The Treasure Valley (Boise and the surrounding area) likes to really enjoy the scary, but fun, side of Halloween.
Whether you like you fearful fun full on or family friendly, there is something for everyone. Take a look.
The Farmstead Corn Maze is a local farm where they cut a maze into a corn field so that from the air, you can see a design or picture. From the ground, you can get very, very lost. There are plenty of activities, food vendors, and a full night’s worth of fun. Just off of Interstate 84 and Eagle Road.
Linder Farms is a 20 acre pumpkin patch, 15 acre corn maze, and lots of fun for every age. They bill themselves as the official corn maze of the Boise State Broncos. On Linder Road in Meridian.
Haunted World in Nampa is perfect if you’re in the mood for shrieks and solidly scary stuff. Probably not great for small children. With three separate areas inside and out, you’re sure to get your fill of creepies.
Nightmare on Harvard Street is a haunted experience that includes paintball. Located at True Paintball.
Pumpkin patches are popular with young families and school aged kids. At The Berry Ranch you can pet animals, scramble through a mini hay bale maze, take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin, and head back to the farm to buy other fall harvest goodies. Located 4.5 miles north of I-84 at Franklin Rd. & Highway 20/26.
At Jabbers in the Nampa Gateway Center, all day October 31 is one big party. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. bring the kiddos to play and participate in holiday activities, costume contests, face painting, and more.
Zoo Boise hosts a fun event called Boo at the Zoo, where kids can get their costumes on and scare the animals. October 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. costumed characters will pass out candy, there will be costume contests for all ages, plus bat toss, pumpkin patch photos, and face painting.
Philharmonsters is a special event put on by the Boise Philharmonic. Kids and performers will all wear their costumes. There will be treats for everyone.
Pre-concert activities (30 minutes) include:
*an instrument petting-zoo
*a magician — goody bag and more.
Saturday, October 29, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, & 3:00pm at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy.
Come Halloween night, children in the Treasure Valley still observe the age old tradition of trick or treating. Harrison Boulevard, a grand, stately street through Boise’s historic North End, plays to the kids. It’s pretty much a requirement that residents of Harrison Boulevard plan for upwards of 200 children on Halloween night. They decorate their homes elaborately. One year, when Michael Jackson had just died, one family installed a special stage in their yard to dance “Thriller” to. Animatronics are common on this street. Bring a large goody bag. And prepare for fun.