Halloween for Families in Utah

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In my small circles, it is not a secret that Halloween is a holiday pretty low on my totem pole. However, my husband's family ranks it #1 barely above St. Patrick's Day, and my 4 boys just look at me confused when I hint that maybe we could just skip it this year.  Assuming that you probably have loved ones in your life sharing the same excitement for all things spooky, I'm excited to share today the Ultimate Halloween package from Utah Kids Club! 

painted pumpkins

Your Ultimate Halloween pack comes with the following bonuses:

  • 1 FREE ticket to Castle of Chaos ($23.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Sleepy Hollow ($25.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Scary Hill at Cherry Hill ($9.95 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Creatures of the Night at Ogden Nature Center ($6.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Little Haunts at This is the Place, Heritage Park ($12.95 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Hee Haw Farms ($6.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Fall Harvest at Cross E Ranch ($11.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Scales and Tails Reptiles ($5.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket for Clas Ropes Halloween River Cruise ($8.00 value)
  • 1 FREE Ticket to Corn Maze on the Farm at America West Heritage Center
  • SPECIAL $5.00 off each ticket from Cornbellys! Get as many tickets as you want at 5.00 off each!! (make sure to buy online before Sept 30th, use any day thru the season)
  • SPECIAL 40% Off tickets to Grimm Ghost Tours!!
  • SPECIAL 50% OFF tickets to Haunted Theatre Spooktacular
  • SPECIAL 50% OFF Tickets to Ogden Dinosaurs Carnivore Carnival

PLUS Each pack will receive 2 FREE Kids Meals!

  • 1 FREE Kids Meal to Noodles and Company
  • 1 FREE Kids Meal to Sizzler
That's over $120.00 in Halloween FUN! 

In addition, each membership will also get a Utah Kids Club membership card, valid for over 250 discounts. These include B1G1 FREE and other discounts to Boondocks, The Rush Fun Plex, Red Butte Garden, This is the Place, Heritage Park, Laser Assault, Ogden Dinosaur Park, Treehouse Museum, Fat Cats, Get Air, Jump N Bounce, Kangaroo Zoo, K1 Speed, Fast Kart Speedway, Scera Theatre, Children's Theatre, Laughing Stocks, Off Broadway, Real Salt Lake, Grizzlies Hockey, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and MORE. 

Purchase online today for $29.99
Use coupon code "vipwitches" and get it ALL for 19.99!!

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And let me know which place your family is the most excited to visit!

Check Out a Ski Resort for Autumn Activities

This post includes affiliate links for resorts I have visited recently.

A blending of seasons has happened in the ski resort industry and vacation destinations that once opened for a short and specific time of the year have found a way to capitalize on their extraordinary terrain. Summers can be as busy as the best powder day, but spending time in the mountains on a crisp fall day is an experience not to be neglected.  Check out these activities for everyone in the family!

Autumn Activities

Hiking & Mountain Biking Getting up the mountain to explore is always the hardest part of hiking and mountain biking.  Save your energy and keep the kids in good spirits by riding the ski lift to the top. Have fun exploring before making your way back down the mountain.  For even more adventure, pack a picnic lunch to eat beside an alpine lake or high mountain meadow.

Autumn activities
Hiking to Cecret Lake, Alta Ski Resort, UT
Horseback Riding For a different perspective, take the afternoon to ride a ridge atop the back of a well-trained horse.  The beauty of the autumn colors and the peacefulness nature brings are only enhanced when you’re up a little higher and letting the horse guide your way.  Many ski resorts collaborate with local ranches and farms to offer trail rides for every skill level.

Autumn Ski Resorts
Horseback riding with Rim Rock Outfitters near Hesperus Ski Resort, Colorado
ZipLine & Alpine Slides Adventure sports are becoming commonplace on vacation and completely make sense in venues already known for the thrill and adrenaline that comes from skiing. Taking advantage of already built-in steep turns and inclines, ziplines are making a debut as the warm weather activity all the cool kids want to try.  With the blur of vibrant autumn colors whirring around you and crisp fall winds whistling in your ear, speeding down the hill in a harness, on a slide, or in a wheeled sled is a family activity that treats each one of the senses.

ATV Tours If covering a lot of terrain, and getting a little dirty, is more your family’s style, booking an ATV tour will make everybody happy.  Whether on an organized tour or a self-guided adventure, the variety of equipment choices available make this a great option for every skill and interest level.  Independent teenagers can drive their own machine over bumps and through puddles while the younger ones double up with Mom or Dad.  The whole family can ride together safely buckled in a 4-seat vehicle and Grandma and Grandpa can even come along with a 6-seat rental.

Ski resorts in fall
ATV ride near Sundance Ski Resort, UT
Festivals Ski resorts, with their little bit of inherent rowdiness, are the best place to go for an Oktoberfest celebration.  With the sounds of live music echoing through the canyons and the taste of hearty German dishes to fill and warm the belly, the atmosphere will get even the staunchest summer die-hard excited for the changing of the seasons.  Plan to spend the day with children’s carnival activities, arts and crafts booths, and ethnic entertainment that will transport you in spirit to a faraway German hillside.

Scenic Lift Rides (Moonlight Ride) An autumn ski resort visit doesn’t have to be about fitting in every experience offered.  Sometimes it’s nice to just take a drive up the mountain and enjoy being together surrounded by quiet while riding the ski lift or tram to the peak and back.  Slow life down a bit and listen to the conversations the kids have as they take in everything they’re seeing around them.  For an even more special outing, watch for moonlight rides that often happen only during the few days surrounding each month’s full moon.

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Spa Day Maybe getting sweaty on a mountain trail or whizzing down a mountain afraid for your life is not for everyone.  Is there ever a reason the family can’t divide up and let Mom spend an afternoon being pampered?  Ski resorts are well-known for providing world-class spa services to their snow-weary patrons.  The extra attention you can receive prior to the business of peak ski season promises to make your time relaxing even more refreshing. 

Good Eats Spending time in the mountains will always work up an appetite.  Whether you’re hungry for a burger and fries, or looking for a meal more elegant and refined, resort restaurants are prepared to delight you.  Order a boxed picnic lunch to carry, grab a snack slope-side, or find a table by the window where you can enjoy breathtakingly majestic views and reflect on the beauty around you that is a ski resort in autumn!

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California's Ragged Point in Big Sur Country

Contributed by Matt W
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Working in California, away from home and family, has it's ups and downs. During fire season, the days can be long, and the weeks even longer. One small blessing is that when a day off comes, there is no shortage of options for either relaxing or getting out to explore. As I normally choose the getting out and doing something option, today let me tell you about my recent hike along the California coast...

Presented with the opportunity to drive along the California coast between Cambria and Carmel by the Sea, California, my original plan was to go and investigate a light house close to the William Randolph Hearst seaside residence, The Hearst Castle.  While driving down California Hwy 1, however, I found that my chosen destination was fogged in and my way was blocked by a metal gate. It required me to seek another adventure.  Continuing north up the highway I came across Ragged Point.

Ragged Point California

Ragged Point, California, is only about 1-1/2 miles north of the Hearst Castle turnoff, and home to a small, but well-liked inn with gift shops and restaurants. There is access to very family-friendly hiking from the inn on the Ragged Point Fire Road Hiking Trail, but that goes up and when I'm out exploring at the ocean, I want to get down as near to it as possible. The most rewarding part of my day was discovering an aged wooden staircase that lead down to a small protected cove and a beach flanked with enormous rocks on either side.

Ragged Point Trail

Be warned, the trail down is steep, sometimes very steep. It is maintained, however, and with an occasional tree to duck under, it turned out to be a little fun. Along the way I encountered a large number of interesting vegetation we definitely don't have in Montana, and even a few reptiles scurrying about.  Once arriving at the bottom of the trail, it actually turns out to be a very pleasant place to be for an afternoon hike.

California Beaches

DISCLAIMER: I am very unfamiliar with the ocean and how tides work. From where I was standing it did look like at the right (or wrong?) times, the beach could be underwater. Please be aware of that and ask around before finding yourselves unexpectedly swimming.

I also would advise to wear proper footwear. Anyone who reads A Local Wander knows that Michelle is a huge advocate for hiking in sandals. On this particular trail, I was in sandals and wished I'd worn something a little more protective and sturdy. Parts of the trail are loose dirt, and once at the bottom exploring will require you to scale a variety of rocks. Something with good traction and good fit will do you well. Please don't try it in flip-flops!

California Beach Hiking

All in all, my last minute excursion was a great bit of fun. It was a good workout (afterall, don't forget you have to walk back up that steep hill) and was a great way to see some beautiful landscape. Keep it in mind if you're ever traveling along passed Ragged Point on California's Hwy 1!

Want to know more?
Check out this article on the Ragged Point Fire Road Trail.
An alternate write-up from the Big Sur Visitor's Bureau.
Information on the Ragged Point Inn.