By Angela Shelley
Oct 02, 2019

Are You Scouting For Good Family Frights this Halloween?

Camps aren’t just for Scouts, and Halloween isn’t just for kids! For only two nights in October, Camp Jeremiah Johnson and Camp Maple Dell are getting spooky for your eeeeeerie enjoyment. We have something for everyone! Whether you’re five or 50, you can find something to float your fright this Halloween at our Camps.

When Halloween comes around, does your little heart of horrors crave a little dancing in the dark? Check out the Monster Mash at Camp Maple Dell. Do tantalizing targets cause a tingle in your fingertips? Come prepared to shoot arrows at Camp Jeremiah Johnson’s archery range. Do you enjoy hair-raising haunts? Get a thrill while walking the haunted forest ghost trails at both Camp Maple Dell and Camp Jeremiah Johnson.

But beware, Camp Jeremiah Johnson is rated mild goosebumps and geared toward monsters aged 11 and under ($3/person). Camp Maple Dell is prepared for victims of all ages ($5-6/person) with activities rated mild, medium, and downright spooky. For those looking for even more frights, try the Nightmare Challenge option and spend the night camping in the haunted forest ($25/campsite up to 15 people). Customize your Halloween experience for your family. Choose one camp to visit during the weekend or spend each night at a different camp.

‘Tis the season to be spooky!

Halloween Ghost Trails

Camp Maple Dell is holding its sixth annual Halloween Ghost Trails. You can find two fun Halloween-themed walks around camp: one for young children followed by story-time and another, more suspense-filled, for older youth and adults. (No blood and no gore!)


Admission and what’s included:

  • $5.00/victim for early on-line registration, $6 at the door (monsters 3 and under are free)
    – Both Ghost Trails
    – Tomahawk Throwing at Pumpkins
    – Children’s Halloween Stories
    – Campfire ghost stories
    – Cup of hot chocolate
  • NEW! Nightmare Challenge! Spend the night at Camp Maple Dell! An additional $25/campsite, (up to 15 victims/campsite) to experience the “Night Life.” Bring your own tent, camping gear, and food. No firearms. The perfect Halloween-themed overnighter for troops!


  • Camp Maple Dell, 14166 S. Payson Canyon Rd, Payson, UT 84651
  • For directions, click here.


  • Halloween costumes encouraged but remember to dress warm! It’s a chilling canyon campground at night.


Eeeeerie Encounters

Eerie Encounters is our mild goosebumps experience for families with monsters age 11 and younger, but everyone is still invited. Camp JJ has Halloween activities that are a little eerie but won’t give your monsters nightmares. Come for the archery, boats, haunted trails, crafts, Halloween games, stories and more. Space is limited, so register now!



  • $3.00/monster
  • Groups of six or more: $2.50/monster


  • Camp Jeremiah Johnson, Left Fork Hobble Rd, Springville, UT 84663, (just behind rotary park).
  • For directions, click here.


  • Halloween costumes are encouraged but remember to dress warm! It’s a chilling canyon campground at night.
  • The General Store will be open to purchase snacks and souvenirs. This is where you’ll find your hot chocolate and Eerie Encounters patch available for $1!



Author: Angela Shelley | Program Assistant at the Utah National Parks Council, BSA

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