Fall brings a variety of activities for the BYU community

A scarecrow covered in crows greets visitors to the activities on offer at the Hee Haw farms. Autumn has officially started in Provo with the leaf change on Y Mountain and the sale of his Pumpkin Brioche from Trader Joe. (Tennie Davis)

The leaves are changing on Y Mountain, Trader Joe’s is selling his pumpkin brioche and spiced cider again, and Spirit Halloween has reopened in town. Autumn has officially started in Provo.

There are a variety of fun activities along the Wasatch Front to celebrate the start of the sweater weather, from pumpkin fields and hikes to haunted houses and festivals.

Hee Haw Farms in Pleasant Grove has a corn maze, petting zoo and the famous pumpkin drop. Cornbelly’s in Lehi and Spanish Fork have a large pumpkin field and a corn maze at both locations.

“My favorite fall food here is the pumpkin waffles, especially the ice cream ones,” says Rylee Hall, an employee at Hee Haw Farms.

There are also plenty of creepier options for those who like goosebumps and jump scares. Blackburn Boarding House for Witches, Ghouls and Monsters in Springville is a free haunted house and will be open for the last three days of October. Shadows of Fear is a haunted house in Pleasant Grove that is open every day except Sunday through October 30th.

“There’s always a lot of fun things to do with Halloween, but that’s the best part of Halloween,” said Braxton Brewster, a Shadows of Fear employee.

Some classic haunted houses in Salt Lake County include Fear Factory and Nightmare on 13th, both of which are in town. Further afield is the popular Frightmares at Lagoon in Farmington, accessible to BYU students via the Frontrunner.

Would you like to see the red and yellow leaves? “The best ride is the Alpine Loop down Hobble Creek,” says Haley Barber, a sociology student at BYU. The Sundance Ski Resort also runs its lift daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so that the drivers have a full view of the changing foliage of the mountains.

As for festivals and other events, Gardner Village in West Jordan has a WitchFest and a special macabre-themed dinner based on 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Readers can find more ideas for fall activities in this article on Exploring the Utah Valley.

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