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Rupert’s Garden Cents Straw Maze

Standing at the entrance of the Haunted Straw Maze in Rupert, Idaho, the 30-foot pyramid, slides, bridges and corn pit belie the magnitude of the haunted maze laid out behind it.  With unlimited straw bales from Southern Idaho’s grain fields, an industrial loader and one man’s vision, this is officially Guinness World Record’s largest straw maze.

Photo © Jason LugoConstructed on two acres adjacent to Garden Cents southwest of Rupert, Bryan Jentzsch has succeeded in creating one of the largest and most diversified haunted straw mazes ever conceived.  By aerial view, the maze looks like the layout of an ancient city with its complex network of straw bales. Performances, dances, reunions, birthday parties and an all-out good time can be reserved.

  • Where: Garden Cents, 132 S. Idaho Highway 24, Rupert
  • When: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday- Saturday
  • Cost: $10 per person
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The old theater building gives true evidence of the size and authenticity of the experience.

Haunted Mansions of Albion

Southern Idaho’s most popular haunted house. Opens Oct. 1.
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Stoker’s Straw Maze at the base of Albion Grade

(Also know as the Burley Straw Maze)

At the base of the Albion Grade heading up to the Haunted Mansions of Albion, Stokers Straw Maze offers a prelude to the greater fear.  Mitchell Stoker created this one-acre straw maze using over 1,000 bales. Cinnamon rolls and caramel apples are available for purchase.

  • Where: Idaho Highway 77 and 500 South (south of Declo).
  • When: Open through Halloween; 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday
  • Cost: $5 for adults; $4 for children 5 to 12; kids under 5 admitted free. Cost is $1 more when the maze is haunted after dark on Fridays and Saturdays.

http://www.burleystrawmaze.com

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Magic Mountain Haunted Forest

Magic Mountain’s Haunted Forest

With spooks, goblins and spirit sensitive apparitions, Magic Mountain’s Haunted Forest is in its third year of fun and fear. Using frightening animatronics built by Gary Miller and family, along with the help of volunteer spooksters, the Haunted Forest trails more than 3,000 feet of terror. Funds raised go to the ski patrol and ski school.

  • Date: Open every Fri. and Sat. following Grand Opening, Oct. 1.
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Location: Magic Mountain (28 miles south of Hansen on Rock Creek Road)
  • Child Price: 11 and under $5
  • Adult Price: 12 and up $10
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Haunted Forest Bellevue

Bellevue Haunted Forest

The Haunted Forest lies in the area of an old unofficial graveyard where thieves, pirates and murders left their robbed victims in shallow graves. Nearby, gallows stood where over 200 people were hung during the turbulent and lawless silver mine era. Likewise, the forest is full of phantoms, ghosts, and spiritual séances. Come brave the past.

  • Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30.
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Gates Close at 9:15 p.m.
  • $5 ticket donation per person.
  • Ticket sales at Splash and Dash and The Bead Shop in Hailey and Twin Falls.

http://bellevuehauntedforest.com/

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CSI Corn Maze

CSI Corn Maze

Students in the College of Southern Idaho’s Horticulture Club are ready to begin a new corn maze season at their cornfield just north of the school’s Health Science building on North College Road in Twin Falls. The student-run maze offers refreshments, sold at the warming fire by the maze entrance each evening. It will offer a variety, including hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and hot and cold drinks. On Fridays and Saturdays, horticulture students will also sell kits for people to make their own s’mores over the fire. Other students helping with the maze this year are from clubs Latinos Unidos, Judo, Equine, Law Enforcement, and Renewable Energy. As Halloween draws nearer, students plan “Fright Nights” that will include some enhancements to the maze experience. All who visit the maze after dark are encouraged to bring their own flashlights and dress for the weather.

  • Oct. 2 through Oct. 31, 5-10 p.m. every night.
  • Admission is $1 per person for all ages. Children age 6 and younger are admitted free. Tuesday evenings will be reserved for groups, which must reserve their date and time by calling 208-732-6431.

About the author

Paula D. Webb - Paula grew up on a ranch south of Grace, Idaho. From the time she learned to form letters, she’s loved writing. Earning her degree in English/Professional Writing, Paula has written for several publications. She also loves walking, baking artisan breads, music and most of all, being a wife and mother.

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