Has your Halloween become as predictable as a teenager’s inevitable demise in a slasher horror movie? Looking to do something a little different this year to celebrate the approach of All Hallows’ Eve?
Here are eight spookirific ideas for Halloween activities that wander off the beaten path of your typical haunted house/corn maze/trunk-or-treat offerings:
1. Halloween Karaoke. Why not sing to wake the undead? Funk ‘n Dive Bar is offering a chance to not only show off your Halloween costume, but also your spooky pipes. Oh yeah, and for those who are scaredy cats, it’s a bar — so you can always order up a little liquid courage.
The frightful fun starts at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Funk ‘n Dive Bar, 2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Information, 801-621-3483.
2. Flying corncobs. OK, so technically, Ferry’s Pumpkin Patch could be considered fairly typical Halloween fare. But one activity, included in the price of admission, sets it apart from many of the other October destinations: The corncob slingshot. Try your hand at using the oversized childhood weapon to fire high-velocity corncobs at various targets. And when you finally tire of that (as if!), there’s always the straw pyramid, corn pit, straw bale maze or pumpkin patch. Also, come hungry on Monday, as the Heaven in Your Mouth food truck offers Southern barbecue for purchase.
There are only three more chances to visit Ferry’s Pumpkin Patch, at 3450 W. Highway 13, Corinne — 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and Monday, Oct. 29; and 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Admission is $3 per person; pumpkins are available for $1 to $8 each. For more information, visit www.jyferry.org or call 435-720-2750.
3. Outrun your fears. OK, so it’s not really our cup of tarantula tea, but for those who like to stay frightfully fit, why not consider running in the Halloween Half & 5K Ogden? It’s a half-marathon and 5K race set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Utah Military Academy, 5120 S. 1050 West, Riverdale. Food trucks and beverages will also be available. Costumes are encouraged.
The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m., cost is $64.99. The 5K gets going at 8:30 a.m. and costs $34.99. For information or to register, visit thehalloweenhalf.com/Ogden.
4. Halloween Beer Yoga. This is such a great idea we’ll say it again: Halloween. Beer. Yoga. On Saturday, Oct. 27, Talisman Brewing Company brings back beer yoga with a special Halloween edition. Wear your killer costume and bring a mat for the yoga class, then stick around for a beer tasting.
The event begins at 10 a.m. at the brewery, 1258 S. Gibson Ave., Ogden. Admission is $10. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 385-389-2945 or visit www.talismanbrewingco.com.
5. This year, why not Day-of-the-Dead it? The Dia De Los Muertos Community Fair comes to Ben Lomond High School on Saturday, Oct. 27. Bring a photograph of a deceased loved one and celebrate this Hispanic cultural event that will include crafts, dancing, food, trunk-or-treating, contests and much more.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ben Lomond High School, 1080 9th St., Ogden. Admission is free. For more information, visit dayofthedeadevent.weebly.com.
6. Egg hunt. We’ve always felt that if there’s one thing we need more of in our Halloween celebrations, it’s Easter traditions. And the Trick-or-Treat Hunt at Willard Bay State Park has got that covered, with a event that allows children to hunt for “Halloween eggs” filled with toys, candy and other prizes.
The festivities begin at noon Saturday, Oct. 27, at the state park, 900 W. 650 North, Willard. For more information, call 435-734-9494, or visit stateparks.utah.gov/parks/willard-bay.
7. All aboard! Really, who doesn’t love a train? And this weekend, the South Weber Model Railroad Club will be offering train rides that have been “spookified.”
The SWMRRC, as its members like to refer to themselves, is a large-scale train club featuring trains that are approximately one-eighth scale. Each car can hold up to 900 pounds — beefy enough to support even that heavy-set uncle of yours. In addition to the train rides, the event will feature food trucks and face-painting.
The Fright Train will run from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Canyon Meadows Park, 631 E. Peterson Parkway, South Weber. The train rides are free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, visit www.swmrrc.org.
8. Nice hooters. And finally, if you’re willing to make the drive to Salt Lake City — and you’re at least 21 years old — there’s always “Birdlesque” at Tracy Aviary. A more grown-up version of the aviary’s annual “Halloween Hoot,” this event features a cheeky “birdlesque” show and various other “shenanigans,” including dancing, a celebration of the aviary’s owls, and adult beverages — which the aviary website describes as “candy for adults.” Dress up in a bird costume and you get an extra FREE drink ticket. But be forewarned: A poster for the event proclaims, “Some feathers may be shed.”
The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park, 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City. Tickets are $20, VIP tickets cost $35. For more information, visit tracyaviary.org or call 801-596-8500.