We had an amazing summer in Southwest Montana: lovely weather, memorable events, and best of all – NO smoke! As you can imagine, it’s a little difficult to consider giving up such an incredible season … but, I suppose if something were to entice me to move on it would be pumpkin spice everything, sweater weather, and haunted encounters!
It’s time to dive into fall, and trust us we will be diving head first 🙂 As we start considering fall in Southwest Montana, our 2019 bucket list contains things like: a soak in our natural hot springs, a few hikes, a fishing trip in the Ruby or Madison Valleys, a fall road trip, and of course a ridiculous number of haunted events!
Here’s a quick hit list of Southwest Montana’s Haunted Encounters this year!
Butte’s Haunted Trolley | Spooks and Spirits
Explore what goes “bump in the night” with this interactive tour of Butte’s verified hauntings. Learn about the murderers and murdered of the Mining City. This year, we are offering two separate tours. $25/person for one tour or $40/person for both. These tours always sell out, make sure to get your tickets soon! 406.723.3177
Haunted Helena via Last Chance Tours
Board the Last Chance Tour Train Trolley and hear stories of Helena’s Haunted past. Ellen Baumler, historian and author of several books, is our guide as we visit these Hauntings. Visit Reeder’s Alley and Benton Avenue Cemetery. Reservations required, book online.
Whitehall’s Screams Come True
For the first year, Whitehall will be hosting a two weekend Halloween event! Join us October 18-19th and 25-26th – this haunted house is sure to be worth the scare. Hosted in the Town Hall’s ambulance barn area, we look forward to celebrating Halloween with you!
Boulder’s Big Rock Fright Night
In collaboration with Whitehall, Boulder will also be offering a two weekend Halloween event, taking place the 18-19th and 25-26th. Join in the Halloween fun with activities for kids of all ages from the Fright Barn to the Great Pumpkin Party. They’ll also feature the Haunted Hoof Carousel, and the Sleep Hallows Haven!
ExplorationWorks! Nightmare Affair
Nightmare Affair is the largest fundraiser for ExplorationWorks! of Helena. This year’s event will be hosted at the Great Northern Hotel. There will be a buffet dinner, live music from Ten Years Gone, a live auction, and hands-on science experiments. Join us for Helena’s premier Halloween Party!
Old Prison Haunted House
The Old Prison Museum in Deer Lodge is once again putting on the annual Haunted House! It’s an interactive haunted house that you won’t want to miss … and is not recommended for children 12 and under. Join us at the Old Prison October 25th and 26th from 7pm to 2am and October 27th from 7pm to midnight. $10 admission fee.
Bannack Ghost Walks
Our annual Ghost Walks will be held on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Two shows nightly at 7 and 9 pm. We take groups of 100 through the town at each show to see our “ghosts” reenact the events of Bannack’s past. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. Call the park to make reservations. Remember to dress for the weather – it is usually quite chilly. 406.834.3413
If you aren’t as excited about the haunted encounters, there is no reason not to enjoy fall on a tamer level!
There are an array of Fall Festivals taking place across Southwest Montana, there is sure to be one to pique your interest!
- Tizer Gardens Fall Festival in Jefferson City | Oct 5-6
- Annual Fall Festival and Car Show in Townsend | Oct 4-6
- Kids Fall Fest in Helena | Oct 12
- Fall Festival in Whitehall | Oct 12
Edgewater Farms Corn Maze | Townsend
Located just 6 miles south of Townsend, Edgewater Farms is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the family. They will be open weekends between September 20th and October 26th, this is a fall experience you won’t want to miss!
Pumpkin Sunday | Grant-Kohrs Ranch
This annual event is the perfect opportunity for families with children of all ages to get in the fall mood! Enjoy the fall season with fall activities, special programing, and more. There will be pumpkin painting, hay rides, crafts, and memories to be made
Wherever the road takes you in Southwest Montana this fall, we are glad to have you!