Fall brings a myriad of activities for BYU community

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A scarecrow covered in crows welcomes visitors to the activities available at Hee Haw farms. With the leaves changing on Y Mountain and Trader Joe’s selling its pumpkin brioche, fall has officially begun in Provo. (Tennie Davis)

The leaves are changing on Y Mountain, Trader Joe’s is once again selling its pumpkin brioche and spiced cider, and Spirit Halloween has re-opened in town. Fall has officially begun in Provo. 

There is a wide variety of fun activities to do along the Wasatch Front to celebrate the beginning of sweater weather, from pumpkin patches 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 has a big pumpkin patch and corn maze in both locations.  

“My favorite thing about fall is the pumpkin waffles here, especially the ones that have ice cream on them,” said Rylee Hall, an employee at Hee Haw Farms. 

There are also a lot of scarier 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 open every day except Sunday, now through Oct. 30.

“There’s always a ton of fun stuff to do with Halloween, but this is the best part of Halloween,” said Braxton Brewster, an employee at Shadows of Fear. 

Some classic haunted houses in Salt Lake County are Fear Factory and Nightmare on 13th, which are both in the city. Farther away is the popular Frightmares at Lagoon in Farmington, which is accessible via the Frontrunner for BYU students.

Want to see the red and yellow leaves? “The best drive is the Alpine Loop down Hobble Creek,” said Haley Barber, a BYU student studying sociology. Sundance Ski Resort also runs its lift every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so riders can get a full view of the changing leaves on the mountains.

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

Readers can find more ideas for fall activities in this Explore Utah Valley article.

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