I can't decide if Halloween or Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (notice how both options revolve around food?). Only at Thanksgiving is it formally acceptable to not only splurge on copious amounts of food and desserts, but then unbutton your pants in front of all your guests in sheer gratitude! But!... Halloween is the only time of year where for 31 days straight, you can constantly and legitimately escape reality, become another version of yourself and continuously play pretend, and submit yourself to intense situations all the while snacking constantly on bite size candies.
Halloween it is!, but ask me again come November 1.
As I mentioned before, Gabriel and I have a spooky tradition to visit at least one Haunted House every season. In early September, as we were driving South on 1-15 we saw a billboard for the Heber Valley Haunted Railroad. This unusual Haunted House is featured on a train; we immediately decided this was the Haunt we wanted to visit for it's non-traditional, unique and extraordinary proposal (even better when I was invited to review it).
Heber Valley Haunted RailroadThis family fun attraction is an excellent escape from the traditional spooky and frightening Haunted Houses the season generally assaults us with. It is a boisterous, lively, interactive exhibition that is an enjoyable and entertaining adventure for adults and children alike.
Thursdays - 7:30pm & 8:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays - 7:30pm, 8:30pm & 9:30pm
$14 -16 adults, $6-8 children under 12
The train creeps along the tracks during the Haunt as the conductor bewitches the passengers with historic tales of railroad folklore. If you keep alert, you may be able to catch glimpses of ghosts alongside the train as the conductor relives their stories, and every once in a while, when the moon is bright, a few animated vagabonds may sneak aboard the train and take it hostage!
The Heber Valley Railroad has a rich history in Utah beginning with the first settlers who arrived in the Heber Valley in 1859. As part of the Rio Grande Western Railway, the tracks transported livestock, freight and agriculture, but the residents wanted a direct route from Provo to Heber, so in 1921 a passenger track was attached to the rear of the train. Now, with a highway linking the two cities the train still runs from Provo to Heber, but as a fun attraction instead of a passenger track, hosting yearly activities such as the Haunted Railroad throughout the month of October.
Be sure to bring a blanket and a few loose dollars, as tradition has it that the best way to experience the attraction is to snuggle up tight in your booth under a blanket with a fresh steaming cup of hot chocolate or apple cider in hand (available for purchase outside the train station).
*Hint: Sit facing the direction the train is moving, and change direction along with the train as it lurches forward and backward.
The train departs from Vivian Park in Provo Canyon, through October 30. Shows before 9:30pm are $16 for adults, $8 for children under 12; 9:30pm show adult fares are $14, children under 12 are $6. Children under 3 years of age are free for all shows. Prior to boarding, hot chocolate, apple cider and candy is available for $1, hot dogs for $3.
This is definitely an attraction you won't want to miss whether it is with the entire family for a nightly excursion, or if it's just you and your sweetheart.
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