No, they don’t carve potatoes in Idaho, but there are still a number of great Halloween parades in Idaho as well as a number of unique events. Idaho, home to a number of Native Indian tribes, also has a large Latin population as there are a few Day of thew Dead events.
Courthouses, Grandstands and a Haunted Home Show
Guess the ghosts and ghouls are not just haunting houses and cemeteries in Idaho. There are haunted Halloween events at a Home Show – scary people in to home improvements perhaps – a “terrorizing” Grandstand and a courthouse that opens its door to trick or treating children. The state shows its creativity with these alternate haunted venues. The state slogan of “Great Potatoes Tasty Destinations” could have Halloween costumed trick or treaters expecting potato chips as a popular treat given out in Idaho, but the tasty destinations could be referring to the houses giving away candy.
Top Haunted Location in Country in Idaho
Yes, there is a haunted prison in Idaho that makes the top ten most haunted locations in the country. The “Frightened Felons” event is so scary there is an age limit. Even teens and older viewers come away scared by the evil spirits haunting the Old Idaho Penitentiary. The state historic society notes:
The Old Idaho Penitentiary features thirty historic buildings and special exhibitions including the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms and Armaments. Events and programs provide families, school groups, and visitors an opportunity to relive the Old Pen’s exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions.
Idaho Halloween Parades by City
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Blackfoot Grandstands of Terror
Halloween week 2012 Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds
Some places have haunted houses or spooky trails; well, Blackfoot has terror-filled bleachers. Come join the fun in your spooky costumes and see what terrors are in store. This event runs through the Halloween period at the State Fairgrounds at evenings from 7:30 pm.
The Day of the Dead is celebrated in honor of the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, seen as the Latin equivalent of Halloween. The Idaho State Historical Museum hosts this now annual exhibit for two weeks. This celebration of life, death, and family memory is a combination of art and festival. It is a time each year to say final goodbyes to those lost over the past year.
Boise Frightened Felons Halloween Event
Oct 26-27, 2012 All day 2245 Old Penitentiary Road
If you want some true Halloween spookiness, you have to go to prison! The Frightened Felons Halloween Event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary – one of Idaho’s most “haunted” locations – provides a very scary show for teens and older. The haunted facility has tales covering more than 140 years of escapes, executions, deaths and ghosts. This one is scarier than your typical man-made Halloween haunt. To break the fear factor, scavenger hunts with prizes are held to give a memorable and eclectic Halloween experience. Given the age of the venue, older Halloween costumes like flappers and roaring 20s dress might fit in well.
Boise Ghosts: Manifestations Of Music And Story
Oct 26, 2012 7 pm The Linen Building
This cultural event combines classical violin music with suspenseful storytelling for a special evening that offers more than the usual Halloween candy. Bring the kids and let them be entertained by the stories and music. This is a great Halloween family activity that could become part of your holiday tradition.
Boise Haunted Homeshow
Oct 31, 2012 5 – 8 pm Homeshow Daily 7000 W. State St
The 200 regular exhibitors at Homeshow Daily will host their first annual Haunted Homeshow! While not the best place to sell home supplies, this fun Halloween gathering will have a trick-or-treat tour for kids and give the vendors the chance to tempt the adults with all types of items every home might need. This is a safe, climate-controlled environment where young school age children and their families can get in to their costumes and have fun. There will be costume characters and treats available at each of the 200 exhibits and prizes for best costumes.
Caldwell Canyon County Courthouse Trick or Treat
Oct 31, 2012 2 – 4 pm The Courthouse at 1115 Albany St
For a very different Halloween experience, the employees at the Canyon County Courthouse hand out candy and treats to the children of Caldwell. The hallways are decorated for the event and is another solid community event safe for young Halloween costumed revelers.
Idaho Falls Halloween Spooktacular
Oct 28, 2012 6 – 8 pm Eastern Idaho Technical College Gym
The Idaho Falls Halloween Spooktacular is a fundraiser for the RMMS Band Program. Merchants and other sponsors donate the goodies given out during trick or treating, and all monies raised go to the band program. So dress the toddlers and older children in their spooky Halloween costumes and join the fun.
Kimberly Spooky Stage and Parade
Oct 31, 2012 3 – 5:30 pm Old Gym
The Kimberly Elementary School holds their annual spooky stage with trick or treating and fun and games followed by the parade. So families should put their kids in their best Halloween costumes and join in the fun activities
Kimberly Trunk or Treat
Oct 31, 2012 5:30 pm Kimberly City Park
Everyone is invited to participate, so bring your candy and a car. Children of all ages can don their Halloween costumes and enjoy free hot dogs and juice after the parade and help further celebrate Halloween.