It is officially fall, and the festivities have begun. We have put together a list of 10 Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and other fun fall events near Meridian, Idaho.
1. Linder Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Find your perfect pumpkin, enjoy the petting zoo and rides. The Linder Farms corn maze is an adventure! With three paths that range from a quarter mile to over three miles, the maze has something for everyone. Those who are up for a challenge will want to conquer all three paths for a total of nearly six miles of trails! This years’ maze celebrates the Boise State Broncos. The Boise State Corn Maze is NOT Haunted. The Zombie Quest is haunted, and is in a separate field.
Details: September 23 – October 31 Monday through Saturday. 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Monday-Thursday; 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Friday; 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday. Linder Farms, 7165 S. Linder Road, Meridian. Farm admission: $5 Friday-Saturday; $4 Monday-Thursday, free for 3 and younger. Corn maze: $6 general, $3 children 4-11. Half price on Tuesdays and every day for military families.
2. The Farmstead Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival
Hayrides, farm games, farm animals, pig races, corn maze, pumpkin patch and more. The Farmstead offers fall fun to everyone! The 2016 cornfield creation beckons Idahoans to get lost in a world of comic relief and playfulness with pathways forming the image of former Saturday Night Live Star and current Tonight Show Host Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon even heard about the maze and mentioned it on his show! Not sure if you want to tackle the whole MAiZE? Try the Mini MAiZE, set in the same cornfield, but much shorter and easier to navigate. Thrill seekers will love the Field of Screams, open from dark to 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights in October. 40 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn are available to purchase.
Details: September 23 – October 29, Monday through Saturday. 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM Monday through Thursday; 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM Friday; 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM Saturday. Farmstead Corn Maze, 1020 S. Rackham Way, Meridian. Admission is $8.75 weekdays, $11. 75 weekends.
3. Mountain Home Fall Harvest Festival
Hayrides await, with live music to keep the mood just right. Creative people gather to create scarecrows for a contest. There are delicious pies to be tried, along with a jam contest. The local vendors and crafty people gather in the streets. You never know if they may have a treasure you never knew you needed. Later this season take part in Mountain Home’s first Zombie Walk. You are never too old to dress up. This will be fun for adults, teenagers and small children. Mountain Home would like everyone in the community to be a part of this walk. Grab your children, your parents and grandparents!
Details: Festival: October 1, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Downtown Mountain Home. FREE. Zombie Walk: October 28, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Start at El Rancho Parking Lot and walk to Carl Miller Park. $5 per zombie. All funds go towards the Carl Miller Christmas display.
Celebrate autumn at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the changing season with live music, wagon rides, the Scarecrow Stroll, a beer and wine garden, food vendors, and many kids’ activities. Don’t miss the artist market which features a variety of art from local artisans!
Details: October 1 – 2, 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM. Idaho Botanical Gardens, 2355 Old Penitentiary Rd., Boise. $7 Adult, $5 Youth (ages 5-12), Free Children (4 and younger), $5 Garden Members.
5. Inaugural Boise Bacon & Beer Benefit
Come enjoy bacon and beers from some of your favorite local and northwest breweries as local restaurants compete to create the most creative bacon-centric dishes. Purchasing a ticket gets you a commemorative logo’d beer glass, 20 drink tokens, and 20 food tokens. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and Community Outreach Behavioral Services. *21 and older event.
Details: October 8, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Sockeye Brewing on Fairview, 12542 W Fairview Ave., Boise. $25 tickets on line, $30 at event.
The Idaho Horror Film Festival comes screaming back into Downtown Boise for its third year. Through the mediums of independent film, food, music, literature and art, the IHFF strives to expand the cultural experience within the community while highlighting local filmmakers. See the event website for a complete schedule of events.
Details: October 13-15, 6:00 PM – 1:00 AM. Idaho Horror Film Festival, 700 W Main St., Boise. Pricing on their website.
This walking tour will feature a variety of fun Halloween displays, activities, and a few animal encounters all designed for younger children. Spooktacular will also present a black light Halloween dance party, mascot meet-and-greets, professional magic, obstacle course, the Bone Yard, mini hay bale maze, a chance to hang out in the Bat House at night, and much more!
Details: October 14-16 and 21-23, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise. Entrance to Spooktacular is the regular fall admission prices. Friends of Zoo Boise members receive a $1 discount off of admission to Spooktacular.
8. Funtober Festival at the Nampa Rec Center
Funtober Fest Sponsored by Walmart. Come have some harvest fun at the Nampa Rec Center. This outdoor, carnival-style event will include face painting, crafts, dancing, storytelling, a costume contest, games and more. There will be something for everyone.
Details: October 22, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Nampa Recreation Center 131 Constitution Way, Nampa. Member $5, Non-Member $6, Adults free.
There will be costumed characters passing out candy, costume contests for all ages, games, photo ops, face painting, special Halloween themed animal enrichments, of course the zoo, and much more!
Details: October 29, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise. Entrance to Boo at the Zoo is $7 for adults, $4.50 for seniors (62+), $4.25 for kids (3-11), and infants 2 and under are free. This event is free to Friends of Zoo Boise members.
Treasure Valley’s ONLY Full Indoor Haunted Attraction. This year they are offering 2 different experiences, Extreme and Sissy! Both experiences are more intense than last year. However, with the Extreme Experience, it requires you to be 18 and older and sign a waiver before entry. Think you’re brave enough to make it through? Come and find out!
Details: Sissy Night: October, Every Friday from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Sunday 7:00 PM to Midnight. $15 per person. Extreme Night: October, Every Friday and Saturday from 10:00 PM to Midnight. $30 per person. 760 E King St Suite 102, Meridian.
More near-by haunts can be found at http://www.boisehauntedhouses.com/.
What are some of your favorite fall events and activites?