Some say it's demented. Some say that they can't be scared. Some might even think it's silly. The purveyors of Nampa's Haunted World beg to differ. "Gristle" and his dearly departed wife still haunt the farm they once owned, as the legend goes. The corn grows high due to the bodies buried in the ground beneath it, and the buildings have been abandoned over the course of years due to tales of vanishing strangers who strayed too close. If you dare, take a tour of the house, grounds and fields that comprise the Northwest's largest haunted spot. Plan on spending a couple of hours--you might need time to recover in the gift shop and concession area. Frightful festivities start at dusk each night through Sunday, Oct. 31.
Dusk-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, dusk-midnight Friday-Saturday, $18, corner of Chinden and Northside boulevards, Nampa, hauntedworld.org.
If you prefer that your chills come in a more refined manner, don't miss Jekyll and Hyde on stage at the Nampa Civic Center. Music Theatre of Idaho's musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's creepy story about the chemical-induced personality transformation of the good Dr. Jekyll is sure to give pause to even the most stalwart of dispositions. Catch performances on Friday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 30.
And if you're looking for something to entertain the little monsters in your life, check out Boise Philharmonic's Philharmonsters. This up-close and personal performance will engage the youngsters with the promise of actually getting to investigate the instruments and other kid-friendly activities such as face painting, musical games and a magician. The musicians will be in costume, so be sure to dress the kiddos in their Halloween finery as well. Satisfy curiosity rather than a sweet tooth during this once-a-year encounter on Saturday, Oct. 30.