Haunts and Thrills for Spooky Date Nights in Davis County

I'm going to be honest with you, I do not enjoy being scared, so my husband and I will be steering clear of the majority of the activities listed below. But I know that a lot of people LOVE October and all of the Halloween festivities that come with it. There are a lot of fun fall festivals in the area, but I also wanted to make sure you knew about all of the frights and scares that you can submit yourselves to this month. You have two weeks to enjoy this spooky madness so get out there and enjoy!

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Haunted Attractions in Davis County

Frightmares

Where: Lagoon, Farmington
When: September 13 - October 30

Prices and hours for different Frightmares attractions vary. Visit their website for all the details.

This is one of the more well known scary attractions in Davis County. For Frightmares, Lagoon is filled with scary fun for all ages.

The Lights on Sherwood Drive

Cost: Free
Where: 1098 E Sherwood Drive, Kaysville
When: Nightly October 18-October 31 (7-10pm)

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.

Haunted Kay's Cross

Cost: $15/person
Where: 388 Boynton Road, Kaysville
When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 4th - November 3rd from 7pm-11pm

This year there are new activities at Kay’s Cross for 2019. Click here for more details.

Right here in Davis County, we have the #1 Scariest Haunted Forest in Utah and one of the Top 100 Scariest Haunted Houses in America. Visit this year for guided tours on the weekend and Halloween night.

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Nightmare Acres

Cost: $20-$25 depending on other attractions you want to see
Where: Black Island Farms - 2075 S 4000 W, Syracuse
When: Open until October 31st

A haunted corn maze for older children and brave adults. Wind your way through all the twist and turns of our four acre haunted corn maze, not knowing what's waiting around each corner. Recommend for children 12 years of age or older and brave adults.

Halloween activities in Davis County

Blackthorn Manor

Cost: Free
Where: 1587 W 50 S, West Point
When: No details have been posted for the 2019 season

Local Halloween yard display and attraction. Follow Blackthorn Manor on Facebook for updated information.

Lockbox Mysteries

Similar to murder mysteries, escape room dates are a lot of fun and feel festive for the upcoming holiday. We’ve found an at home escape room alternative that is a lot of fun. Check out my post here for more details and to try it out yourselves! This is a fun activity to enjoy just the two of you or with a group of up to eight people.

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Who Dun It

If you're looking for even more fun things to do for a Halloween party or festive group date, you'll want to check out this fun mystery detective game group date (affiliate) from The Dating Divas. It's already put together for you so the preparation is easy!

Scary Movie Date Night

Check out this post from Moms & Munchkins for some fun ideas for a scary movie date night this Halloween.

The Walking Dead Date Night

In my world, you can't get much scarier than The Walking Dead. I can't stop watching the show, but it gives me so many nightmares. The newest season premieres this weekend, on October 22nd, so you could plan a date to catch up on previous seasons (check out Netflix) or enjoy new episodes together. Click here for a fun Walking Dead date night plan from The Dating Divas.

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What other fun haunted date nights do you enjoy in October?

6 Ways to Enjoy Fall with a Date Night at Station Park

It shouldn’t be any secret that fall is my very favorite season! And it probably doesn’t come as any surprise that one of my favorite places to go for date night is Station Park. If you need me this season, I’ll be spending a lot of time at Station Park with friends, on my own and out on dates with my little family and my husband.

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Fall Date Night Ideas at Farmington Station Park

Eat waffles by the fountain

One of our favorite places to eat at Station Park is Waffled. They’re located on the east side of the fountains, next to Fiiz. They have a lot of really yummy options for every meal. We personally love the breakfast stuffed waffles, but it’s on my list to get a savory stuffed waffle for lunch soon as well. Or just grab a dessert waffle if that’s your thing. There is seating all around the fountains where you can sit and eat your waffle while you enjoy the fall weather.

Spend an afternoon reading

Did you know that Barnes and Noble just opened at Station Park. Take some books with you or buy something new and spend the afternoon reading next to each other. There’s something really cozy about an afternoon spent at the bookstore.

Meet for a lunch date

One of my favorite things about fall is that school is back in session and you have a lot of time without the kids, when you don’t have to hire a babysitter. Take advantage of that time if you can and meet up for a lunch date! Station Park is a great place to go for lunch, whether you only have a few minutes, or are able to escape for a longer amount of time. Check out Station Park’s website for all of their dining options.

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Get creative

Station Park is home to a really fun pottery painting shop that you should visit if you have the chance! You get to pick your piece and design it any way you want, then come back a few days later to pick up the finished product. It’s a fun and different date night activity that I think you’d really enjoy.

Go for brunch

Have you heard about brunch at Tortilla Union? If you haven’t, go read this post! It’s only offered on the weekends, but it’s worth going for. Twigs also has a great brunch menu on the weekends. And any day of the week you can grab brunch food at Waffled or Blue Lemon. We love brunch dates because the restaurants aren’t usually as crowded and the food is different. And I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love brunch food.

Do a little shopping

Fall is the perfect time to update your wardrobe. Kids always get new back-to-school outfits, adults deserve some too! Station Park has a variety of stores to shop at, so there’s something to fit every style. Spend the afternoon treating yourself to a a few new outfits, then end your date with an early dinner or some dessert.

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If all else fails, head to Station Park just to walk around, window show and familiarize yourself with what it has to offer. It’s a gorgeous place to hang out and seriously one of my favorite places in Davis County!

9 Fall Date Night Ideas in Davis County

Fall is my very favorite season of them all! Every year I get so excited when summer hits and say that it’s my favorite season, and then when I get a glimpse of fall weather, rainstorms, leaves, etc. I remember just how much I love it! There are so many great things to do in the fall, it’s the start of new routines, it’s mine and my husband’s birthdays, and the weather is perfect! Every year I’m bummed out that the fall festivities don’t last clear through to the end of November, but I do everything I can to soak up all of the fall fun and date night opportunities for the month and a half that they’re available.

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Fall Date Night Ideas in Davis County

See the fall leaves

It’s probably the most obvious fall date ideas, but one of my favorites! I love every opportunity we have to get up close and personal with the changing leaves. As they change in the mountains, we go for drives or hikes and as they change down in the valley, we walk on nature trails. This post from Play in Davis has some great suggestions for seeing the fall leaves in our area this year! I also loved our hike up the Wild Rose Trail this summer and think that it will be an amazing place to see leaves this year!

Drink hot chocolate

I look forward to cooler weather and the opportunity to pull out my hot chocolate maker or order my favorite cup from the local chocolate shop. Last year we posted this fun idea for a hot chocolate tasting date! This year I’m planning to have our hot chocolate tasting last all season long, grabbing a cup from a new location each week as part of date night, to help us find our favorite!

Visit a fall festival

I LOVE fall festivals and wish we could visit them all each year! My favorites are the ones that are hosted at local farms, not only because of how fun they are, but because they support local farmers and the local economy! Click here for our list of great fall festivals and activities in the area.

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Carve or decorate pumpkins

We aren’t big on carving pumpkins at our house because it’s goopy and messy, but we still love to get pumpkins and decorate them in our own way. Click here for some fun pumpkin decorating date night ideas and a list of the best pumpkin patches in Davis County.

Have a picnic

Before the weather gets too cold, eat outside a few more times! We love dining on the patio at some of our favorite restaurants or packing a picnic to enjoy in the mountains after a hike or a drive to see the fall leaves.Play in Davis published this great list of restaurants in the area with patio dining. Some of the restaurants have closed since then and others have opened. We love any of the ones at Station Park as well!

Visit a haunted attraction

We’re not big on scary things in our relationship, but I know that a lot of people love the thrill and look forward to haunted houses all year round! Click here for a list of great haunted houses, attractions and locations in Davis County.

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Make caramel apples

Head to an apple orchard or farm stand in Davis County and pick our some freshly grown apples. Then go to the store and grab caramels to melt and your favorite candies to put on caramel apples. Decorate your apples and enjoy eating them while you watch scary movies or sit outside and enjoy a fall storm.

Go fishing

Fishing dates can be fun year round, but there’s something that seems so perfect about fall weather and fishing together. Click here for ideas for fishing in the area.

Worth the Trip

Sundance Lift Rides

Last year we crossed a date night activity off of my bucket list and went on a Full Moon Lift Ride up at Sundance resort! It didn’t disappoint and now I’m dreaming of an afternoon lift ride when the fall leaves are at the height of their color, followed by a short hike, dinner at the resort, and a Full Moon Lift Ride.

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I hope you use these date night ideas to enjoy falling in love with each other again this season!

The Best Local Celebrations for the 24th of July Holiday

The 24th of July is quickly becoming one of my very favorite holidays. It's fun to celebrate the heritage of our state, and I won't complain about the extra paid holiday at work. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, I know of a few different local celebrations that you won't want to miss! The best part is, none of them really overlap so you could attend them all and make your weekend one big party!

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Bountiful Handcart Days

When: Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th
Where: Bountiful Main Street and Bountiful Park (400 N)
Cost: Free, Some activities and booths cost money

This celebration starts with the Main Street Parade on Friday. Friday evening's activities also include games, food and entertainment at the park, an arts and craft exhibition and one of my favorite firework shows. Continue your celebrate on Saturday with the Handcart Day Races, Bountiful History Tours at the museum and tabernacle, a Chuck Wagon Breakfast and more activities and fun at the park. Click here for all of the details for Handcart Days.

Antelope Island Pioneer Day

When: July 20
Where: Fielding Garr Ranch - Antelope Island
Cost: Free, some events may cost money

Games from 10:00am - 12:00pm and guided tours of the Fielding Garr Ranch from 3-4:00pm.

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Days of '47

When: July 12-24
Where: Various locations in Salt Lake City. 
Cost: Free, some events may cost money

This is the biggest celebration in Utah for the weekend. Celebrations include the Days of '47 Rodeo, Deseret News Marathon, Sunrise Service at Temple Square and Days of '47 Parade. Click here for all of the details about this year's Days of '47 celebration.

If saving your seats hours before the event, sitting in the hot sun and fighting the crowds isn't your thing, you can watch the parade from home! I personally think you get the best view on your TV and you get to hear the story behind each of the parade entries and floats. Plus, you can participate in a contest that KSL hosts by watching for the key words to come across your screen. Last year we picked up smoothies in the morning and watched the parade with our son and I think we'll be doing something similar this year. It makes for a fun and lazy morning!

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Breakfast at Bowman's

When: Wednesday, July 24th 7-10am
Where: Bowman's (326 N Main St, Kaysville)
Cost: $5 - Adults, $3 - 12 and under, $20 per family (up to 6)

A local annual tradition that would be a lot of fun to do as a family! From 7-10am is the annual breakfast. From 10am-2pm is the customer appreciation event which includes free face painting, hot dogs and drinks, cotton candy, cookies and rootbeer floats.

Taste of the Town

When: Wednesday, July 24th 4-7pm
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission, Food Tickets $1 each

We went to this event as a family a couple of years ago and had a lot of fun! You have the chance to taste food from some of Davis County's best restaurants and enjoy some entertainment. This year's live entertainment will be provided by Red Shot Pony. For the little ones there will be carnival games hosted by Lagoon, an outdoor Nerf Dart Tag arena provided by Dartside, a Disney Princess meet and mingle, face painting and more. Click here for even more details.

Layton's taste of the town

Electric Light Parade and Party

When: Wednesday, July 24th 9pm-12am
Where: Layton Commons Park
Cost: Free Admission. Food trucks may be an extra cost.

Layton hosts a fun Electric Light Parade each year after Taste of the Town. This is a pedestrian walking parade and everyone is invited to participate. After the parade, meet up in the Party Zone (west entrance to Constitution Circle) for a blacklight party, food trucks and a DJ. Click here for even more details.

Don't forget that there are also great summer concerts and other events going on this weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events page for more details.

What is your favorite thing to do to celebrate Pioneer Day?

The Best Place for a Firework Date Night in Davis County

One of the best things about July, in my opinion, are the firework shows! I love cuddling up under on a blanket, watching the fireworks and listening to music, and then sticking around to stargaze for a while afterward. With two little kids, we won't get to go somewhere to see the fireworks for the next few years, but we are lucky because a private golf course behind our house puts on a show on the 4th of July. We can watch from the comfort of our own backyard while those kids sleep inside.

Where: Locations listed below
Cost: Free

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Check out this post to find out if a festival is involved with the firework show that you are choosing to attend. If it is, you will be able to find food vendors for dinner, snacks and treats to enjoy during the show. If you are choosing to watch the show from another location, pull up Google Maps and see what there is in the area, grab some food to go and enjoy a picnic while you wait for the fireworks to start.

Disclaimer: I do not know where each show is being shot off from. Some of the locations noted below may not be available for viewing because of that location. 

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Saturday June 29

Syracuse Founders Park - Dusk - Syracuse City: If you don't want to join the crowd at Founders Park, consider watching from one of the open fields at Canterbury Park

Wednesday July 3

Centerville Smith Park - 9:45pm - Centerville City: Founders Park is a great place to watch this firework show, with entertainment prefacing the show. You could also watch tailgating style from the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter.

Eaglewood Golf Course - 10pm - North Salt Lake City: The Golf Course offers a lot of space for watching the show. You might also check out Wild Rose Trailhead Park or Deer Hollow Park.

West Bountiful City Park - 10pm - West Bountiful: If you're able to grab some grass on the east side of Frontage Road in Centerville, just across the freeway from the park, you might have a great view and you can grab food or a treat from the restaurants just down the street.

Thursday July 4

Barnes Park - 10pm - Kaysville City: This is a newer location for this firework show and I haven't heard any great suggestions for where to watch the show. There is a lot of space in the park, so you might not have too hard of a time finding a place to watch. There is also an industrial park just north of the park where you might find some space to sit your camping chairs and watch the show.

Oakridge Country Club - 10pm - Farmington: Every year, Oakridge hosts a party for their members that ends with a firework show over the golf course. Only members of the country club can attend, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the show. Heritage Park in Farmington (1591 N 1075 W, Farmington) has a large field area and is a great place to relax and watch the show with your family.

Friday July 19

Mueller Park Jr. High - 10pm - Woods Cross/Bountiful City: There is a lot of open space around the junior high and neighboring park. You could also try to watch the show from Eggett park.

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One of my very favorite things to do is to find an overlook that we can drive to in the mountains and have a view of the entire valley while fireworks are going off. You may not have the very best seats in the house for the big shows, but now that aerial fireworks are allowed, it's fun to watch them popping up across the valley. Click here for more details about a great hike that overlooks the entire valley. Watch the sunset from the viewpoint, then stay for the fireworks!

Most big shows have music being played in the park or area where the fireworks are being shown. If you choose to watch the show from somewhere other than the main show area, bring your own music! Put together a fun playlist or pull up your favorite station on a phone app. Create your own atmosphere for the fireworks and then shift to some more romantic songs while you look at the stars afterward.

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A big thank you to Randy Burgoyne for the use of the photos found in this post. Randy took these pictures during 2016's 4th of July festivities.

Where is your favorite place to watch fireworks in Davis County?