There’s no better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to drink hot cocoa, carve pumpkins and scare your socks off. There are plenty of options this October to get your haunted house fix.
1. Haunted Mill of Teton
This authentic and historic flour mill is the largest attraction of its kind in Eastern Idaho, and is the setting of many local legends, according to thehauntedmillinteton.com.
You will not only get a tour of all four floors of the mill, but you will also tour the grounds which include: the original log granary, an underground mine and all the area in between — which includes a wooded area, a maze, a waterfall, a suspension bridge and more, according to thehauntedmillinteton.com.
Your 45-minute tour is full of monsters that will make you look forward to your nightmares, according to thehauntedmillinteton.com.
“Ultimately, it gets all of the fears in there because there are a lot of claustrophobic places with carpeted walls,” said Weston McCloy, a freshman studying accounting. “There’s little pieces of cloth hanging down so much that it’s stifling as you go in and out of this place.”
Dana Richard, a junior studying elementary education, said any fear you have is incorporated into the attraction, ranging from clowns to creepy dolls to scarecrows.
2. Dr. Slaughter’s House of Terror
Two floors of pure terror await the people who dare to enter Dr. Slaughter’s House of Terror in Idaho Falls. This is one of the largest indoor haunted houses in the United States, according to eastidahoonline.com.
This non-profit Halloween attraction, with volunteer staffing and characters, assists the local D.A.R.E. program, according to hauntedworld.com.
This house of terror is open six days a week: Monday through Thursday from 7-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight. It is open Oct. 7 through Oct. 31. The first floor is also wheelchair accessible, according to hauntedworld.com.
Enrique Ceras, an Idaho Falls local, said the House of Terror is scarier than other attractions because it is an indoor attraction. He said with outdoor attractions you have more space, and feel freer.
“With indoor attractions, you are confined to the space they give you,” Ceras said.
3. Rexburg Scare Tower
The Scare Tower is located at the corner of Second North and Second West in Rexburg, according to scaretower.com.
It is open Monday to Thursday from 7-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to midnight the week before Halloween. Halloween night hours are 7 p.m. to midnight, according to scaretower.com.
Eric Foote, a freshman studying nursing, said he and his friends heard about the Scare Tower on the radio and decided to check it out.
Foote said the best part about the Scare Tower is the slide at the end.
4. Haunted Forest
This attraction is in the same location as the Rexburg Straw Maze and is run by the same company, but it is an entirely different attraction.
In the forest, you trek through thick bushes and gnarled trees of the Rexburg wilderness. Don’t get caught by the lurking ghouls and monsters that hide in the dense bushes and twisted trees, according to strawmaze.com.
The Haunted Forest is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight, according to strawmaze.com.
Chandler Clark, a freshman studying construction management, said the forest had a good mix of scary creatures, so everyone’s fear was faced.
Laura Delgado, a sophomore studying health psychology, said the man with the chainsaw was the scariest part. He came and chased them at the end.
5. Rexburg Haunted Straw Maze
From 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, you can visit Rexburg’s Haunted Straw Maze.
It is open from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, and general entrance for a college student is $10, according to strawmaze.com.
In the maze, there is a surprise around every corner and shadows lurking down every path, according to strawmaze.com.
Morgan Johnston, a sophomore studying biology, said she wasn’t easily scared until she went through the maze.
“Every time I turned around someone was yelling at me in my face,” Johnston said.
With all these haunted options, your nightmares are sure to be in the spirit of Halloween.