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  • Writer's pictureJenna King

Celebrating Halloween in Boise

Boise is a great place to spend Halloween, with well known events like Trick-or-Treating on Harrison Boulevard in the North End or heading out the allegedly haunted Old Idaho Penitentiary for some spooky fun. But if neither of those things are calling your name, there are plenty of other ways to get into the Halloween spirit.

Boo at the Zoo

Zoo Boise hosts Boo at the Zoo every year and it’s a great event for the entire family. This year, the event is is Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. There will be candy stations, costume contests for all ages, face painting and Halloween-themed treats for the animals. Normal admission prices to the zoo do apply.

Catch a spooky movie at the Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise puts on a host of Halloween movies every year, ranging from family friendly to adults only. This year, the theater is showing Hocus Pocus, Young Frankenstein, Beetlejuice and more. There is also the adult-only showing of Rocky Horror (UK Version). You can find more information on tickets and showtimes on the Egyptian Theatre website.

Harvest Days: Ghoul’s Day Out

The Idaho Botanical Garden is hosting Ghoul’s Day Out during their Harvest Days on Saturday, Oct. 28. Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to dress up, as there will be a costume parade for anyone willing to strut their stuff.

Live music by High Pine Whiskey yell will be there from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the whole event goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food and artisan vendors to keep you satisfied and busy while out at the Botanical Gardens. Members and kids aged three and under can get in for free, while non-members get in for $12 and kids get in for $8.

It is encouraged to RSVP so garden staff know how many complimentary treats to prepare!

Halloween Barrel-Aged Social Party

For the adult crowd, Sockeye Brewing is hosting its Halloween Barrel-Aged Social Party on Oct. 28 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Attendees will get an exclusive tasting of 15+ Sockeye barrel-aged brews, samples of small-batch reserve beers, appetizers and more. Halloween costumers are also highly encouraged for everyone.

Tickets for the event cost $35 and you do have to be 21 or older to attend.

The Idaho H48 Hour Film Festival & Competition

This unique film competition features locally made horror films created by various teams. The films are made in 48 hours and have a set of rules teams have to follow, including at least one line of dialogue and a prop.

The films will be premiered on Sun. Oct 22 at the Egyptian Theatre. Several awards will be given, including Audience Choice and Best Scream Queen.

You can buy a ticket for general admission and just watch the festival films, or an all-day pass and watch the festival films, plus Hocus Pocus, Young Frankenstein and Beetlejuice at the theater.

How is your family celebrating Halloween? Let us know in the comments below or send us a message on social media!

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