It's officially Halloween! Think not? Drive down the street and you'll see the costume shops already open. Go grocery shopping and the decorations, costumes, and more have been on shelves. You might even catch an isle with Santa next to a zombie. True story.

Fall = October = Halloween = pumpkin patches = haunted houses.

We've had the same pumpkin patches and haunted houses since I moved here about 10 years ago. I've seen some come and go but the winners continue to grow. We saw the Farmstead Pumpkin Patch go primetime with Jimmy Fallon on a few different shows. I remember a very edgy haunt that opened up last year and didn't return because it was a little too hands on.

Haunts are a big business and it's not cheap to keep those things running because it's seasonal. Some of these are indoors and outdoors which makes it more difficult if you get a bad stretch of weather. I've highlighted some of the greats that are staples in the Halloween/Fall community here in the Treasure Valley. I listed them in alphabetical order with no specific emphasis placed on one over the other. You'll notice some other haunts and others that specialize in being the one-stop spot for everything Fall. Ready to get scurrrrred! 🎃

  • 1

    The Farmstead Corn Maze & Pumpkin Festival

    The Farmstead is the all-in-one spot for Halloween. This where Jimmy Fallon did an actual skydiver into the corn maze and highlighted this as one of the best. Those are HUGE honors. They have also been known for their creative corn maze designs, the freaky Field of Screams and their unbelievably massive Pumpkin Patch. 

    Visit Rusty the Very Big Beast, corn poppers (jumping pillows), candy cannon blast, pig races, trick or treat parade, Friday night fireworks, and more. The Farmstead is also the home of our annual Pumpkin Smash Party.

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  • 2

    Haunted World

    If you're looking for the overall haunted experience then look no further. Haunted World is worth every penny as you run around this indoor/outdoor haunt. This isn't your average 15-minute walk through. Do you like to get scared? Expect a good minimum of an hour to twist your way through all the freakiness of Skullvania. Hope you don't get lost in the corn maze! Haunted World also offers a $4 fast track pass for the head of line privileges. Pretty cool.

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  • 3

    Linder Farms - Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, and more.

    This is the official Corn Maze of the Boise State Broncos! Linder Farms also has several attractions including an amazing Corn Maze that you can get the map for good direction online, massive Pumpkin Patch, and new paintball adventure. 

    Enjoy hayrides, straw bale maze, tractor tire playground, corn box, petting zoo, pedal tractors, including the giant slide. Make sure to also check out the barrel train ride, bounce house, and dangle hopper.

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    Old Idaho Penitentiary

    This is just one of those things that can pretty much freak you out. This is a real jail that is from the 1870's and haunted. Let me just say it was home to Idaho's Jack the Ripper. Raymond Allen Snowden stabbed a woman 35 times including confessing to murdering two other women before being hung in his cell. Yea, I'm sure that soul is still hanging around somewhere. No pun intended.

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    Requiem is one of Idaho's newest haunts that claims to be ONLY for the ones that can handle FRIGHT. There is no discussion when it comes to what they don't want coming in - the squeamish (straight for their website.)

    Scare Factor is EXTREME. Good luck ya'll.

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