The Timber Terror rollercoaster at Scarywood. Copyright Silverwood and Boulder Beach.
Each October, happy, bright Silverwood Theme Park, near Coeur d’Alene, ID, is transformed into a dark, haunted “Scarywood.” Roller coasters run backwards (apparently, this is scarier than forwards), and ghosts, ghouls, and other nasty creatures prowl the grounds.
Haunted attractions include the Blood Bayou haunted house, Terror Canyon Trail, Zombie Wood Express (the benign train ride turned into a zombie hunting machine!), and the brand new 3-Dementia, a 3-D attraction of a “pleasant fun zone gone horribly wrong.”
Not all rides are open during Scarywood, but there are plenty to keep you busy all evening, and all are decked out in spooky decorations and swarming with horrifying people to keep your adrenaline pumping. The website advises visitors to plan on attending twice if they want to see everything. While not as crowded as Silverwood Theme Park during the summer, Scarywood is still very popular. If you can, go in the middle of the week for smaller crowds and shorter lines (and cheaper admission price!). Before you go, check out the visitor tips page. Note that Scarywood is not recommended for kids under 12—this is not just an overly cautious warning. The place is very fun, but too intense for young kids! Dress very warmly, as you will be standing outside a lot. Visitors are not allowed to wear costumes, so save yours for the parties.
Tickets are $24.99 at the gate or $19.99 if purchased online for Wednesday and Thursday admission (6:30–11:00 p.m.), $29.99/$34.99 Friday (7:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.), and $34.99/$29.99 Saturday (7:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.). Bonus: for every Scarywood ticket you purchase, you’ll receive a free Silverwood May admission ticket! Click here to buy your ticket online.
If being chased screaming through a corn maze sounds like a good time, be sure to check out the Field of Screams at the Incredible Corn Maze near State Line, ID (3405 N. Beck Road, Hauser, ID 83854, 509-990-6088). There are three non-haunted mazes in addition to the 3.5-acre haunted corn maze. Click here for Field of Screams hours. Prices are $7 to $10. While you are there, you can also shoot corn out of a cannon, pick a fresh pumpkin, and let the kids play at the tractor tire playground.
The Post Falls Lions Club will scare you for a good cause at their annual fundraiser haunted house at 4th and Post in Post Falls, ID. This year’s event promises to have all new frights, with an “underground” them. The house is open Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. to midnight through October, except October 28–31, when it will close at 10:00 p.m. The cost of admission is $7, or $5 if you bring two non-perishable food items to donate to the Post Falls Food Bank
If you want some reality with your spookiness, check out the Spokane Symphony’s Spooky Spokane walking tour on October 19, 6:30–8:00 p.m. or October 26, 6:30–8:00 p.m. For 90 minutes, stroll through downtown with a guide and learn about Spokane’s colorful and spooky history. The tour begins at the Fox theater and covers a 12-block radius with indoor and outdoor stops. Tickets are $15 and benefit the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. Buy them at the Fox Box Office at 1001 W. Sprague Ave. or by phone at 509-624-1200. They are also available online at www.martinwoldsontheater.com and at all TicketsWest outlets.
If you are looking for information about the Ignite! Theater haunted house at Riverfront Park, I’m sorry to tell you that it will not be performing this year. Due to construction on the planned Pacific Science Center, the group was not permitted to use the Riverfront Park venue, and they were unable to find another place. They hope to revive the haunted house next year at a new location.