Jeffrey D. Allred
Americans are projected to spend $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Many people go all out with their yard decorations. The Rocky Mountain Haunters are a group that seeks to alert viewers to elaborate Halloween yard displays and light shows in the Utah area. Visit their Google Maps page for a list of haunted home attractions in Utah this Halloween. Be careful, as there are some attractions that are listed out of state.
Compiled here is a list of over-the-top Halloween displays found along the Wasatch Front, with information taken from UtahHauntedHouses.com.
About the display: Bates Haunt advertises that it has won multiple national awards, including the nation’s best yard haunt. There are giant singing pumpkins that sing original songs. Dancing skeletons and flying ghosts join in the show.
Location: 1233 W. Morning Oaks Drive, Taylorsville, Utah
Operating hours: Show goes from 7:30-10 p.m. The show takes place Oct. 27-28 and Oct. 30-31. It is recommended that visitors check the Facebook page before going to confirm that the show will take place.
Canyon Road Haunt
Canyon Road Haunt (Canyon Road Haunt Facebook page screenshot)
About the display: This drive-through display is mostly static, but some of the decorations move about. Tune the radio to 99.9 FM for Halloween-themed sounds. Canyon Road Haunt does a food drive through all of October, collecting nonperishable food items in addition to baby diapers, wipes and formula. All donations go to Tabitha’s Way in American Fork.
Location: 4416 N. Canyon Road, Pleasant Grove, Utah
Operating hours: Lights go on around 6-6:30 p.m. Runs through all of October.
Christensen Haunted Hollows
Christensen Haunted Hollows (Rocky Mountain Haunters Facebook page screenshot)
About the display: Oct. 27-31 is when the display is at its best. It features animated and static props and also boasts fog machines and flames on Halloween night.
Location: 4142 W. Red Tail Drive, Riverton, Utah
Operating hours: The lights run from dusk to 10 p.m. every night through Halloween.
Cinnamon Grove Cemetery
Cinnamon Grove Cemetery (Rocky Mountain Haunters Facebook page screenshot)
About the display: This display is inspired by "A Nightmare Before Christmas." However, it also has an Itsy Bitsy Spiders Den with a "Jurassic Dark"-themed attraction. The week leading up to Halloween contains fog machines and photo booths as well.
Location: 402 Cinnamon Circle, Saratoga Springs, Utah
Operating hours: Lights run until 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
(Rocky Mountain Haunters Google group screenshot)
About the display: Crimson Crypt is a graveyard display with skeletons, animatronics and lighting, complete with a sound system. On Halloween night, the display is upgraded with multiple projections and fog enhancements. According to Rocky Mountain Haunters, the haunt will also feature "a lot of fire" on Halloween night.
Location: 13759 Crimson Patch Way, Riverton, Utah
Operating hours: Show goes until 10:30 p.m. every day. Runs through Oct. 31.
About the display: Granville Graveyard is a Halloween light show complete with fog machines in a graveyard setting. Tune the radio to 99.9 FM to hear the music accompanying the show.
Location: 9179 Granville Circle, Sandy, Utah
Operating hours: 7-10 p.m. every night until Halloween.
(Rocky Mountain Haunters Google group screenshot)
About the display: This show has Jack, Oogie Boogie, Santa and other characters from the popular Halloween show "A Nightmare Before Christmas." This display also contains singing pumpkins and photo opportunities with your favorite characters.
Location: 536 Evesham Drive, Murray, Utah
Operating hours: Lights go on nightly until 10:30 p.m. Runs until Oct. 31.
Haunted Halloween Lair
About the display: This walk-through display is "appropriate for all ages," according to Haunted Halloween Lair’s website. It incorporates the latest projection effects as well as animatronics. Trick-or-treaters can also stop by for a treat.
Location: 1641 S. Oak View Lane, Spanish Fork, Utah
Operating hours: Every night in October from 7:30-10 p.m.
Haunted Haven (Haunted Haven Facebook page screenshot)
About the display: There is a light show every night. On the weekends, there is a video projection and light show, excluding Sundays. Halloween features a walk-through that is only available that night.
Location: 396 Spring Haven Court, Kaysville, Utah
Operating hours: Runs until 10 p.m.
House of Terror
House of Terror (Rocky Mountain Haunters Google group screenshot)
About the display: Every night before Halloween there is a yard display with animatronics. On Halloween, the display turns interactive with volunteer haunters and a lot of candy.
Location: 3575 Christine Street, Millcreek, Utah
Operating hours: Every night leading up to and including Halloween.
Lit Up Halloween
About the display: Tune the radio to 107.7 and experience the light and music show.
Location: 2489 W. 700 S., Lehi, Utah
Miracle Max’s Mostly-Dead Display (Rocky Mountain Haunters Google group screenshot)
About the display: Miracle Max’s Mostly Dead Display is a light show synced to music. View the show from the car.
Location: 366 W. 2800 North Street, Lehi, Utah
Operating hours: Runs from dusk until 10:30 p.m.
Obsidian Cemetery (Rocky Mountain Haunters Google group screenshot)
About the display: Obsidian Cemetery is a colorful, lit-up home. Starting Oct. 28, they bring out the big animatronics such as a 5-foot talking tomb and a "Talking Smoldering Reaper."
Location: 5095 Obsidian Way, Kearns, Utah
Operating hours: Dusk to 10 p.m. every night through Halloween.
Do you know of any other homemade haunts around Utah? Share them in the comments!