Only two things are scarier than a good “Boo!” on Halloween: 1. Not having an excellent costume, and 2. Creepy neighbors who are all trick and no treat. City Weekly can’t help with costumes, but here are some spooky events that are also safe, fun and even family-friendly.
Living Planet Aquarium knows that rainforests are perhaps the spookiest ecosystem—moist and eerie, with strange noises and stranger creatures—and will turn into a haunted rainforest with other children’s activities (Oct. 28-30, TheLivingPlanet.com). Or, get lost in Discovery Gateway’s hair-raising mini-maze before playing at interactive stations with unearthly goo and the like at the museum’s annual Spooktacular (Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., DiscoveryGateway.org).
At the Hogle Zoo, visit the penguins and tigers as well as ghouls and ghosts at Boo at the Zoo for kids 12 and under (Oct. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., HogleZoo.org). Enchanted Evening Explorations, a guided zoo tour, is also an option (Oct. 27-30, 7:30 p.m.). Tracy Aviary will host the Halloween Hoot for trick-or-treating through the aviary, spooky craft-making and story time (Oct. 30-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). And, the Monster Block Party takes over Gallivan Center for the usual treats, plus costume contests, pumpkin drop and live performances (Oct. 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., TheGallivanCenter.com). For an activity that’s more education than spook, check out storytellers and talks at Red Butte Garden’s “Haunted Holidays Around the World” (Oct. 28-30, 6-9 p.m., RedButteGarden.org).
Now, after tough decisions—such as whether to dress as Freddy Krueger or Batman—comes the tougher one, like where to trick-or-treat. Wherever it is, just don’t forget the candy sack.
Spooky Halloween Roundup @ various locations, various times.