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 and a half 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 14 - 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: End of October

Dates and times have not been set for 2018 yet. The hope is that they will be open the last two weekends in October. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details when those dates are set.

They are best known for their Christmas light display, but this year, Sherwood Drive is gearing up for a spooky Halloween display as well. Beginning Friday, October 20th and running nightly through October 31st, you can enjoy the Scary Lights on Sherwood Drive Halloween show. Drive by from 7-10pm on weekdays and 7-11pm on weekends.

Haunted Kay's Cross

Cost: $6/person
Where: 388 Boynton Road, Kaysville
When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 5th - November 3rd from 7pm-11pm

This year there are new activities at Kay’s Cross for 2018. 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.

haunted activities in Davis County

Halloween Insanity

Cost: Free
Where: 1352 South 2600 West, Syracuse
When: Walk Through Haunt (10/31) 6:30pm-10pm

A haunted house and fun drive by display that changes every year. Click here to follow them on Facebook and get updated information each season.

Nightmare Acres

Cost: $16
Where: Black Island Farms - 3178 S 3000 W, Syracuse
When: NIGHTMARE ACRES WILL NOT BE OPEN IN THE 2018 SEASON, due to Black Farm’s recent move. Check back in 2019 for updated dates and pricing. You can still visit the fall festival and participate in their other activities for the year. Click here for more information about those.

A haunted corn maze for older children 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 2018 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 recently tried out an at home escape room alternative and had a lot of fun. Check out my post here for more details and a discount code 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.

escape room at home

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?

Corn Maze Dates in Davis County

One of the most popular fall date nights is a visit to the local corn maze. When we were at Cross E Ranch last year, we saw a few groups of high school students on their day dates for homecoming come in and head straight for the corn maze. I would guess that corn mazes are right up there in the top three fall activities, after football games and driving through the canyon to see the fall leaves. A few years ago we drove all the way to Thanksgiving Point for our first corn maze experience because I didn't think that there were any local. Now I know that we can support local farms and have some fall fun all at the same time!

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Davis County Corn Mazes

Cross E Ranch

Cost: $10.95 per adult

Cross E Ranch has not one, not two, but THREE different corn mazes. All three mazes are part of the same field, have different trail lengths and don't connect. One trail is .5 miles (great for kids), the second has just shy of 2 miles of trail and the other has 3.7 miles of trail. If you're a corn maze fanatic, you might plan an entire day to spend explore all three of the corn mazes. Maybe take a break in between each for some of their fresh donuts! They also have some fun hay mazes for the little kiddos.

Black Island Farms

Cost: $11 per adult for Corn Maze and Courtyard, $16 per adult to add the Hay Ride to your ticket.

Black Island Farms boasts Utah's larges corn maze, over 26 acres. They also have multiple mazes with varying difficulty and lengths so there's fun for all. Because we haven't been to this location before and they don't post an aerial view of their corn maze online, I can't tell you what it's like. I have heard from a few other people who have been so far this year that it is a lot of fun though. If we get a chance to go this year, I'll update this post with those details.

Davis county corn fields

Pack Farms

Cost: FREE hay maze (other activities may cost extra)

Pack Farms doesn't have a corn maze, but they have a fun little hay maze that I thought you might like to know about. I took my toddler on a mommy and me date a couple seasons ago and we had a lot of fun wandering through the hay. It was the perfect height for kids, tall enough that the kids aren't able to see over the top, making it fun and challenging for them but not too tall so the adults accompanying them can see the way out in case anyone gets lost.

corn maze date

After you've found your way out of the corn maze stop by Johnny O's in Layton and grab yourselves a cup of hot chocolate and half price spudnuts (every night from 8 to close). The perfect fall treat to end your fall date night!

Serious question... does anyone know what the protocol is for making sure nobody is still lost in the corn maze when the farms close every night?

Festivals and Fun for Fall Date Nights

My very favorite season officially starts this weekend, although the weather has started to feel a bit like fall already. I only wish that Utah would let these perfect fall days stick around for just as long as winter, the few weeks that we get to enjoy aren't nearly long enough. Most people seem to wait until October hits to start their autumn activities, but I've decided that fun needs to start sooner, so that we can take full advantage of opportunities for fall fun and romance. A lot of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other fall festivals start this weekend. I wanted you to have all of the details so that you can start enjoying your fall date nights then as well!

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Davis County Fall Festivals

Cross E Ranch Fall Festival

When: September 21 - October 29 (M-TH 4-8:30pm, F 2-10pm, S 10am-10pm
Where: 3500 North 2200 West, Salt Lake City
Cost: $8-$11 (children 0-2 are free)

Activities Included: 14 acre corn maze, hay rides, animals, corn pit, mini train ride, mini straw maze, hay pyramid, fire pits, movies on the barn, hay slides, photo ops, farm picnics, Western dancing and live music. 

For an additional cost you can purchase pumpkins from the 12 acre pumpkin patch, enjoy fall food from the concessions stand, and enjoy donuts, hot chocolate and apple cider. 

Black Island Farms

***Please note that Black Island Farms has moved to a new location this season***
When:
 September 21&22, September 28 - October 31 (M-TH 4-10pm, F 4pm-12am, Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 11am-5pm
Where: 2075 South 4000 West, Syracuse
Cost: See below based on activity

Harvest Hayride - Take a ride through the pumpkin patch in a tractor pulled hay wagon. Each hayride ticket includes one pumpkin picked yourself from the pumpkin patch.
Cornmazes (plural) - Three phases make up a combined 16 acres.
Courtyard - Over 20 attractions for all ages! Includes corn box, animal alley, bonfires, bounce house, cow train, corn cannon, grain shoot slide, straw mountain, giant straw slide, pig races and more.

Pricing
Cornmaze + Courtyard - $11 for adults
Cornmaze + Courtyard + Hayride - $16 for adults
Harvest Hayride $8 for adults

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Pack Farms

When: Daily September 29-October 30 (M-TH 3-8pm, F 1-9pm, S 9am-9pm)
Where: 1700 West Glovers Lane, Farmington
Cost: $6 per person or in a family pack (see website for details)

Activities Include: Free mini hay maze, pumpkin patch, PVC Roller Slide, pumpkin tether-ball, pumpkin games, tractor tire playground, corn hole, pumpkin slingshot, corn box, giant connect four.

***Pack Farms has also hinted on Facebook that they have a new surprise coming this year. No word of what it will be, but I’m excited to check it out for myself and see!***

Day Farms

When: October 12-October 27 (M&F 4-7pm and Sat 1-7pm)
Where: Cherry Hill - 1325 South Main Street, Kaysville
Cost: $5 (ages 2+)

Activities Include: A hayride through the pumpkin patch and one pumpkin of your choice with each ticket purchase.

Scary Hill

When: September 28-October 30
Where: Cherry Hill - 1325 South Main Street, Kaysville
Cost: $9.99 (ages 5+)

Activities Include: Scary Hill miniature golf, Bone Yard tractor rides, Junior Jungle Boats, Spooky Maze, Hamster Haven, Spider Aeroball, Rock Wall, Battlestar Blasters, Bug Bounce House and the Pie Pantry.

davis county pumpkin patches

Pumpkin Palooza

When: October 27th
Where: Davis County Fairgrounds, Farmington
Cost: FREE Admission

Activities Include: Pumpkin carving contest, costume contests, scream scenes, magic shows, live reptile shows, indoor trick-or-treating, outdoor movie in the park, halloween karaoke contest.

Fall Leaves

The leaves in the mountains are already starting to change colors and it's the perfect time to take a hike or go for a drive. Check out this post from Play in Davis for three suggestions of where to view the best fall leaves in Davis County. One of my favorite places to drive when the mountains are filled with fall colors is up 1800 South in Bountiful, toward Mueller Park. As you round the corner heading east toward Bountiful Blvd., you get a stunning view of the canyon.

fall leaves in davis county

Fall Picnic

Picnics are popular in spring and summer, but as the weather get cooler, people tend to spend more time indoors. Put on some layers, grab a flannel blanket and head outside to enjoy some time together. A fall picnic would be the perfect end to your drive through one of the local canyons or after a hike on one of the Davis County trails. Check out this post to get more ideas for your fall picnic.

Caramel Apple Date Night/Party

Whenever I think of fall, I think of apples, cinnamon and caramel. It wouldn't be fall without a gooey caramel apple, topped with your favorite candies! The Dating Divas have put together this really fun date night to help you get your caramel apple fix for the year! This group date party pack includes printable invitations, tags and ideas for toppings, a fun game and great caramel apple recipes!

caramel apples

I already had a few fall date nights planned but after putting this post together, I'm ready to add a few more to the calendar. I'll be celebrating fall clear through Thanksgiving, so I have plenty of time to fit this all in!

As always, keep an eye on our Upcoming Events page for the most up to date information on things that are going on around Davis County. And watch our Instagram feed and stories to see what fun things we are up to!

Fall festivals and fun for date night in Davis County this season

Take a Historical Tour of Davis County

There are a few different scavenger hunt/adventure apps and companies out there that put together and activity to help you explore a big city near you. After looking into a few of those, I realized that you could plan something similar of your own to explore the area that you live in. Below I’ve provided a list of historical stops and museums in Davis County. Pick an area or a few stops that interest you and make an afternoon of it. Learn all that you can about where we live. You’ll be more grateful for where we live!

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Where: Various Locations
Cost: Free

Historical Sites in Davis County

Bountiful Historic Museum - The Bountiful museum recently moved a new location on the corner of 300 N and Main Street. You can check it out on Wednesday or Saturday afternoons.

Whitaker Museum - This museum is a prominent part of Centerville Main Street. Not only can you take a tour and learn more about Centerville’s history, they host fun events throughout the year as well. Click here to find out more about each event.

Farmington Historic Museum - Farmington’s historical museum is located on Main Street and 100 N and is open for tours every Wednesday afternoon.

Farmington Historic Main Street Trail - You can take a self-guided historical tour down Farmington Main Street. You will see pioneer-era and other historic sites. Most of them are now private residences, so you will not be able to go inside, but you can still read about the history on the National Register as you go. Click here for more information and instructions on the tour.

farmington ut main street

Layton City Heritage Museum - The museum was built in 1972 as a place to store cultural heritage items of Layton’s history. It is open daily and the hours hours can be found here .

Adams Cabin - If you are up for a long, difficult hike with lots of switch backs and a climb straight up the mountain, you can check out the cabin of Elias Adams, the settler of East Layton. You can find out more about this hike in this post from The Salt Project.

Fernwood Cabin - Another hike in Layton will take you to the Fernwood Cabin, which is currently available for public use. You can find out more details about the hike and the cabin in this post from The Salt Project.

Syracuse Museum and Cultural Center - This museum seems really cool! Displays highlight agriculture and dairy production. You will also find replicas of a general store and the town’s first fire truck. This definitely seems worth checking out! It’s open three days a week from 2pm-5pm. Click here for more details .

syracuse museum

Hill Aerospace Museum - At the heart of Davis County is Hill Airforce Base. This is an Air Force field museum filled with history and displays. Admission is free but donations are appreciated to keep the place running and help with upkeep. It’s a fun place to take kids or explore on your own.

Check out this site for a list of all of the sites in Davis County that are on the National Register of Historic Places. You’ll find houses, city buildings, and even a few rides at Lagoon on the list.

Historical sites in Davis County UT

12 Ways to Spend the Last Month of Summer Together

July is a party and one of the most looked forward to months of the year because of all of the holidays, celebrations and fun that are planned. I'll admit, I'm a little sad to see the month go because everyone starts preparing to go back to school and summer is two thirds of the way over. This year I'm determined to milk every ounce of fun out of the season that I can, and Davis County has A LOT to offer throughout the month of August that will help me do that. So of course, I needed to share that with all of you!

More detailed posts and ideas for turning a few of these events into an epic date night will be coming throughout the month, so watch for those as well. Plus, you can always watch our Instagram feed and stories to see what we're up to throughout the month.

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

South Weber Country Fair Days

This starts this weekend and runs for an entire week. There is something fun going on every single night, with an entire day of fun tomorrow, Saturday, August 11th. Spend your days being a responsible adult at work, then head over to the evening's activity and enjoy the summer night. Click here for all of the details.

Bountiful Summerfest

#BDACSummerfest is a 30-year tradition hosted by the Bountiful Davis Art Center. August 10-11 the festivities take place at Bountiful City Park on 400 North. This year's event features international groups, local performing groups, food vendors, and artist booths. It will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to experience local and international culture. Click here for more information.

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Photo c/o Randy Burgoyne

Davis County Fair

It wouldn't be summer without the county fair, would it? This year's fair will feature sea lions, BYU Vocal Point, RMPRA Rodeo, BMX Racing, free pony rides and petting zoo, bugology exhibit and so much more! The Davis County Fair will run from August 15th to August 18th. Click here for even more information.

Polynesian Cultural Festival

This is the third annual festival hosted by Hukilau LLC and it sounds like it would make a great tradition! It will be held on August 17th and 18th at Legacy Park in North Salt Lake. Admission is free and will feature live music and entertainment, pig roasting, fireknife dancing, food vendors and so much more. Click here for all of the details.

Cold Cones Cool Cars

The 15th annual fall cruise-in will take place on Saturday, August 25th at Heritage Park in Kaysville. The entire car show runs from 11am-3pm but you will be able to enjoy music and free ice cream cones while you look at the cars from 11am-1pm.

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Play Music on the Porch Day

Antelope Island hosts an entire day when people can sit and play or listen to music. Set all of your other responsibilities in life aside and head out to Fielding Garr Ranch for all of the fun. Click here for all of the details.

Farmers Markets

There are farmers markets scattered throughout Davis County and each provide a great opportunity for a fun weeknight date.

Syracuse City Farmers Market (1200 W Antelope Dr) - Wednesday nights from 6pm to 8pm. Click here for week specific information.

USU Botanical Center Farmers Market (875 S 50 W, Kaysville) - Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm or dusk. Click here for more details and week specific events.

Bountiful City Farmers Market (400 N 200 W, Bountiful) - Thursdays from 3pm to dusk or 8pm. Click here for more details.

North Salt Lake Farmers Market (1140 W 1100 N, North Salt Lake) - Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm. Click here for more details.

Photo c/o USU Extension Farmers Market

Photo c/o USU Extension Farmers Market

Summer Concerts

One of my favorite things about summer and there are still a lot of opportunities to enjoy an evening of music under the stars. Click here for a list of free summer concerts in the area.

Food Trucks

We love food trucks and love that Davis County has so many to offer this summer. Check your favorite local food truck's schedule on social media to find out where they'll be parked each night. You can find some great food truck round ups in the area by clicking here.

davis county food trucks

Movies in the Park

Before we had kids, this was one of our favorite summer activities. I'm hoping to get a babysitter one night this month so that we can enjoy a movie in the park after the kids are in bed before the season ends. Check out this post for a list of all of the outdoor movies scheduled in our area.

Enjoy Unique Treats

Play in Davis put together this awesome list of seven unique treats found in Davis County. Make your way through the list and beat the summer heat this month! I've only tried a couple of them, so we'll be eating our way through the list as well. Click here for the entire list.

Tour of Utah Parties

August 8th-9th, there will be a few different events to celebrate the tour. Pre-party starts at Antelope Island with dutch-oven food samplings, music, free t-shirts and other activities. The finish line is in front of Layton High School where you'll find food, live music and vendor booths. Check out this post from Play in Davis for the specifics for each party.

Photo c/o Play in Davis

Photo c/o Play in Davis

There are so many fun things going on through the month of August, I hope you added a few to your calendar! Let's live up the rest of the summer and enjoy those perfect temperatures at night. Check out our upcoming events page for even more ideas.

What plans do you have to end the summer with a bang?

The best August date night activities in Davis County