BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
Instead of trick-or-treat, these county residents are planning a little trick-or-terror this Halloween.
County residents Riley Goodman and Mike Willden are bringing back their home-grown haunted houses. Goodman’s house, located at 510 S. Larson Drive in Bountiful, will be open Oct. 27 from 6-10 p.m. Larsen’s house, located at 1726 Burke Lane in Farmington, will be open Oct. 30-31 from 6:45-9 p.m.
“One woman last year said it was better than Frightmares at Lagoon,” said Goodman.
His all-ages haunted house is free, though there’s a donation box to help keep the trick-or-treat station maintained throughout the night. Everyone who donates a dollar will be given a raffle ticket.
“The prize is an ultimate children’s trick-or-treat bucket,” said Goodman. “We have two of them, and they’re filled with amazing Halloween treats and toys.”
This year, Goodman is also holding a Zombie 1K, set to start Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at the South Branch Library in Bountiful. Those who come in zombie costume will be entered in the raffle and given the opportunity to scare haunted house guests later that night.
Willden’s haunted house, which moved to Farmington last year, is filled with Halloween animatronics. Willden, a test engineer, creates them all himself.
“I’ve developed some new sets,” said Willden. “At one point, I force people to walk off the plank of a pirate ship. Hopefully, they can swim.”
Volunteer actors from Viewmont High are scattered through the house, adding to the scares. Admission is free, but donations to the school’s drama program are encouraged. Monster-Away glow sticks will also be available, and younger kids can enjoy Unicorn Pony Rides.