The month of October is a time for celebrating fall leaves, fall harvests, and all things scary. There are plenty of fun outings for the whole family leading up to Halloween in the Spokane, WA area. So dress up or just bundle up and head out for an adventure.
Through Halloween, the Northwest’s largest theme park is a giant “theme park of horror.” The entire park is decorated for Halloween, and scary apparitions stalk visitors both in and out of the official attractions. The water ride Thunder Canyon has been drained and turned into a haunted house, the benign train ride has become a zombie-hunting machine (warning, the actors use profanity), and the Timber Terror roller coaster is operating backwards. Some Halloween haunted attractions are cute and funny; this one is actually scary and will make you scream! I’ve been informed by early visitors that actors will sometimes touch people to startle them (although Silverwood explicitly forbids you from touching the actors), and the frightening content of exhibits is not appropriate for anyone under 13. Admission to Scarywood is $24.99 for all ages. Hours are Thursdays 6–10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m.–12 a.m., and the Wednesday before Halloween 6–10 p.m. No costumes allowed. This is a great chance to ride at Silverwood for a reduced price with shorter lines!
All month long, Green Bluff growers and sellers continue the annual Apple Festival. On weekends, in addition to picking some of the best cooking apples around, you can enjoy live music, food booths, pressed cider, straw mazes, and animal exhibits. Here are a few highlights:
Walter’s Fruit Ranch offers pony rides and wiggle worm rides, goats, chickens, and ducks to see, live music, a BBQ, a hay maze with slide, a corn cannon, and more. And, of course, you can pick their pumpkins and apples. Pick up a take n’ bake pie while you are there; their pies are so good, they are carried by several local grocery stores.
Mrs. Kalin’s Barn offers a fun time for kids along with fresh pumpkins and raspberries. For $4, they can slide “Mega Mountain,” wander “the Forest,” and run a straw obstacle course. Afterward, the whole family can stroll on the Green Bluff trail to walk off the caramel apples, pumpkin shakes, and roast beef Philly’s the farm has on hand.
High Country Orchard (the big red barn store) is offering pony rides for kids by donation and a pumpkin picking patch on weekends through the end of the month. They will also host live music both inside and outside on weekends through the end of the season in November. Upcoming acts include Steve Wiley (country and retro rock) and Cynthia Paulson (plays inside on the piano, feel free to sing along as many do!). While you are there, be sure to savor the FRESH old-fashioned doughnuts.
Get scared silly in the Riverfront Fright Haunted House, navigate the straw bale maze, ride the SR-2 Scream Machine, and play some ghostly mini-golf in the heart of Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park, in partnership with Ignite! Community Theatre. It all starts October 15 and runs through October 31 on Wednesdays through Sundays. Hours are 7–10 p.m. Sunday–Wednesday and 7–midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Check the website for ticket options—packages that include ice skating admission are available as well as birthday packages.
The “amaizing” corn maze features over twelve acres of mazes, a haunted house, and a petting zoo (petting zoo open until 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays). Check the schedule for hours. Tickets are $5 for seniors and children, $8 for adults, and $2 more for the haunted maze. Located south of Highway 53 just off Beck Road in Hauser, Idaho.