Happy Halloween, Boise!

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October might just be my favorite month. The weather cools down, the leaves change color, it’s the middle of football season, and there are a lot of fun things to do in the Boise area as we get ready for Halloween.

Most holidays only last a single day… But, we must really enjoy the Halloween season, because we stretch it out all month long as a means of experiencing a wide variety of activities that just can’t be squeezed into one night!

Here are a few of my top recommendations for enjoying Halloween in Boise and around the Treasure Valley.

The Best Halloween Events in Boise


Frightened Felons at the Old Idaho Penitentiary (October 28-29)Boise Sleep Apnea check list button

There isn’t a naturally scarier place in Idaho. The Old Idaho Penitentiary still has all of the cell houses built during the last two centuries, and for Halloween, we can always count on them for some frightening festivities and fun. There’s no better time to take a tour than when the pen is stocked with historic “inmates”, zombies, and snacks.

Haunted World (October 1-31: Closed Sundays)

Just on the outskirts of town, lurks the largest haunted attraction in the western United States. That’s right, the Haunted World is a nightmare that has been perfected for over 17 years! Age is merely a number at Haunted world, however, they suggest that “you need to assess your level of fear and decide if fear is something you enjoy or not”. Bring it on.

Boise Depot Masquerade (October 30)

The Boise Depot is always a great place to go for a view, but you’ve probably never seen it like this! Take a frightening guided tour and do some trick-or-treating to break in your costumes for the following day.

Corn Mazes (October 1-31)

I already touched on this last month, but it’s the season to talk about it again! The best places to get lost are at  Linder Farms, The Farmstead, and Twin Oaks Farms.

Zombie Hunt 2016 (October 21, 22, 28, and 29)

Finally, all your fantasies of mowing down hordes of zombies during the apocalypse can come to life at True Paintball! You and your team will be armed with paintball guns and tasked with fighting your way through the zombie horde to save humanity. The best part…the zombies won’t shoot back.

Halloween is Monday, October 31

skeleton at desk
We told Dr. Wagner to take a break. He just wouldn’t listen. Or cut his hair…

The Halloween season is a fun time in Boise. I might enjoy it even more than the kids do, and that’s why I make it last all month long.

Enjoy the frightening, I mean, “good times” while you can, because before you know it, the trees will be bare, the air frigid, and the fat man in a red suite will soon be everywhere!

~Dr. Wagner

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