SOUTHERN UTAH – For Halloween maybe you want to see a classic horror film in a chapel with a live organist playing the musical score? You may want to amass candy or maybe you want to give back to the community by donating candy to the troops? Maybe you’d rather get your pants scared off at one of the local scare-fests, or get down at a collegiate-type Halloween party?
No matter what you want to do for halloween this year, this list – separated into categories based on particular Halloween bents – will set you in the right direction.
For families who want an alternative to the typical trick-or-treat tromp around the suburbs
- A family friendly Halloween pool party, topped off with a classic Halloween film in the water | Boo-nanza | Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Admission: $8 a family | Sand Hollow Aquatics Center, 1144 N. Lava Flow Drive in St. George
- Trick or treating event throughout the mall; children can collect candy from the various stores, build hallowen-type crafts and eat hot dogs and drinks provided by radio station Mix 103.1 | Monster Mash Annual Halloween Celebration | Thursday, Oct. 31 | 4-7 p.m. | Admission: Free while supplies last | Red Cliffs Mall, 1770 Red Cliffs Drive in St George
- A carnival-like family event with pumpkin carving contest, crafts, games, treats, and costume contests | Halloween Carnival | Thursday, Oct. 31 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Admission: Free | St. George Recreation Center, 285 South 400 East in St. George
For those who want to sit back, relax and be entertained
- Original version of the 1923 classic silent horror film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be played on a projector screen while organist Geoffrey Myers plays the musical score through the pipes of the St. George Tabernacle organ | “Happy Halloween” by organist Geoffrey Myers | Wednesday Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | Admission: Free | St. George Tabernacle, 18 South Main Street in St. George
- Traditional Latino Halloween folklore experience through a series of performances and exhibits about the morbid Latin American holiday known as “Dia de los muertos.” Performances by Southern Utah University’s various art and performance art departments | Day of the dead interactive dance performance, art gallery and music concert | Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2 | starting at 6:30 p.m. | Admission: Free | SUU campus, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and Thorley Recital Hall, located at the east end of Southern Utah University, 351 West University Boulevard in Cedar City
- Spectacular, hilarious, dance mashup performance used to tell various traditional halloween stories | The Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” | Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Nov. 1 | 7:30 p.m. every day except Oct. 31 which begins at 8 p.m. | Admission: $18.50 – $28.50 | Tuacahn Center for the Arts, 1100 Tuacahn Drive in Ivins
For parents who want to teach their kids a life lesson, while still having Halloween fun
- Halloween event to raise awareness and hand out safety reflective bracelets while enjoying a kid friendly spook alley, halloween games and free professional photos for those who wear costumes | Little Goblins and Monsters Spook Alley | Thursday, Oct. 31 | 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Admission: Free | Family Health and Rehab, 63 S. 300 E. Suite 101, St. George
- Halloween event to promote children’s dental health; for every pound of candy a child brings in, the child will recieve $1 (up to 5 pounds) and that price will be matched and donated to the Dixie Care and Share. Candy is sent out to the U.S military and to Mormon missionaries | Cash 4 candy | Friday, Nov. 1 | 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Children’s Dental, 2746 East 850 North in St. George
For those who just want to get scared.
- Haunted hallow where zombies dwell near Cedar City | Haunted Woods | Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Thursday, Oct. 31 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children | Willow Glen Inn, 3308 North Bulldog Road in Enoch
- Haunted forest-type scare fest through a corn maze, recommended for those 12 and older | Field of screams | Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Monday, Nov. 2 | 8 – 11 p.m. for entry | Admission: $12 | Staheli Family Farms, 3400 Washington Fields Road in Washington
- Two modern horror films on the big screen; Halloween specials | Insidious: Chapter 2 or Carrie: re-imagining | Click the above links for showtimes and costs | Megaplex Theaters in St. George and Cedar City
For young adults who want to let loose, dress up, and get down at a party-type event
- Costume contest party with cash prizes and live local music | Haunted Open Mic | Wednesday, Oct. 30 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Admission: free | Jazzy’s Rock n Roll Grill, 285 North Bluff Street in St. George
- Halloween costume and dance parties for college and high school ages | Monster Mash massive costume party | College age party: Thursday Oct. 31; High School age party: Friday, Nov. 1 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Washington City Recreation Center, 350 North Community Center Drive in Washington
- Ages 18-and-older costume dance party in club-like atmosphere with $2,000 worth of cash and prizes for costume contest winners | Fright Nite Halloween party | Thursday, Oct. 31 | Doors open at 8 p.m. | Admission: $10 | The Rush, 214 North 1000 East in St George
This list provides highlights of events happening in Southern Utah this week but is not exhaustive. Have a tip for something fun happening this weekend? Email [email protected] for our TGIF Weekend Guide.
- Holy Sheep! Ewe don’t want to miss Cedar City’s annual Sheep Parade
- Ghosts come alive in historic Silver Reef
- Spooky Town Fair, A Taste of Dixie Festival, all in one
- Tons of frightening fun at the Staheli Family Farm’s Fall Attractions this year
- What the HAYnes? The ‘trick or treat’ of parent types: sweeties, re-treaters, smarties and martyrs
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