How to celebrate Halloween scare-free

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Cornbelly's maze theme last year was "The Wizard of Oz." This year's theme is "Minions." (YouTube)
Cornbelly’s maze theme last year was “The Wizard of Oz.” This year’s theme is “Minions.” (YouTube)

Haunted houses aren’t for everyone. Utah residents who don’t want to be scared to death this October can find other ways to get in the Halloween spirit around Utah Valley.

Halloween Cruise

Those interested in enjoying a relaxing boat ride down the Provo river may enjoy the CLAS Ropes Course Halloween Cruise. Spectators will see hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins lined along the river.

“We’ve heard that the Halloween cruise is part of several family traditions,” said Benjamin Allen, founder of the CLAS Ropes Course said.

Allen saw an opportunity to provide a family-friendly halloween substitute to local residents when he started the cruise almost 20 years ago.

“My wife told me that there had to be something more uplifting than a spook alley,” Allen said.

Guest can see over 100 jack-o’-lanterns on display each night. The event goes through about 300 pumpkins per season due to rotting pumpkins.

Corn Maze

Corn mazes can also conjure the spooky spirit in a more family-friendly way. Cornbelly’s has created a 12-acre, Minions-themed corn maze this year. Guests can go through the maze both day and night.

Cornbelly’s Insanity Point is the haunted section of Cornbelly’s, but is “completely separate from our regular non-haunted maze,” according to their website.

Haunted Half Marathon

People looking to burn calories before consuming vast amounts of Halloween candy can run in the Haunted Half in Provo.

Participants get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up to run the Haunted Half. Supporters can also dress up and cheer on friends and family. (Miguel Guzman)
Participants get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up to run the Haunted Half. Supporters can also dress up and cheer on friends and family. (Miguel Guzman)

Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite monster or superhero as they run 13.11 miles.

“It only helps the whole atmosphere to dress up,” said Miguel Guzman, the race coordinator for the event. “It’s a way for runners to forget they’re running 13 miles.”

This year’s Haunted Half will take place on Saturday, October 31. Runners will start up Provo Canyon and finish at University Mall in Orem.

The Haunted Half has also partnered with Kids on the Move to raise awareness about parents of children living with learning disabilities.

“Kids on the move is helping kids learn as fast as their peers so they aren’t playing catch up,” Guzman said. The last day to register for the run is Oct. 30.

Trick or Treat

Some might find it fun to accompany friends and family as they go trick-or-treating.

“I’m usually a guide for my sister as she goes trick-or-treating,” said Grayson Bryce, a BYU mechanical engineering student. “I usually take some of her candy as a tax.”

Several venues are holding parties on Halloween night. The 5th annual Nightmare on Center Street will be from 9 p.m. until midnight, with music provided by DJ Jerry.

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