Scary Hill set up for family fun

Oct 27 2011 - 10:13pm

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(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Kupono Barkdull plays miniature golf with his father, Shane, on Wednesday, at Cherry Hill in Kaysville.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Kupono Barkdull plays miniature golf with his father, Shane, on Wednesday, at Cherry Hill in Kaysville.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Kupono Barkdull plays miniature golf with his father, Shane, on Wednesday, at Cherry Hill in Kaysville.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Kupono Barkdull plays miniature golf with his father, Shane, on Wednesday, at Cherry Hill in Kaysville.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Kupono Barkdull plays miniature golf with his father, Shane, on Wednesday, at Cherry Hill in Kaysville.
(NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner) Kupono Barkdull plays miniature golf with his father, Shane, on Wednesday, at Cherry Hill in Kaysville.

KAYSVILLE -- Families looking for Halloween fun without too much fright can enjoy the family-friendly Scary Hill, located at Cherry Hill at 1325 South on Main Street.

What is normally a water park with miniature golf and campgrounds has been transformed into a Halloween-themed area for the month of October.

Pumpkins line the water slide areas, skeletons are placed throughout the campgrounds, and a redesigned miniature golf area features a medieval theme with spiders, witches, and even Frankenstein.

 

 Her sister-in-law, Miranda Clark of West Point, agreed.

Bruce Lloyd, one of the park's owners, said, "We're not trying to give kids nightmares, especially since our niche is families with young kids."

New to the event -- now in its third year -- are the skeletons in the haunted orchard. Guests can enjoy a haunted tractor ride through the decked out campgrounds without worrying about anyone jumping out at them or seeing anything too scary for young kids.

For Leslie Clark and her family, from Kaysville, it was a refreshing evening of good fun for her kids.

Clark said Scary Hill "is very family- and child-friendly, especially with the fun Disney-like Halloween music."

 

"It's more of a whimsical, humorous family experience," said Miranda Clark.

Her favorite part was the skeletons they saw on their tractor-trailer ride through the campground.

A couple of Lloyd's sons decided to spruce up the haunted orchard this year by adding a host of skeletons -- some playing baseball, another skeleton barbecuing up something smoky at a BBQ grill, even a skeleton riding a smoking tractor, all underneath the glowing orange lights on the trees and lampposts.

It takes the entire month of September to transform the park into a haven for bats, spiders, and pumpkins.

For Levi Clark, age 10, of Kaysville, his favorite part was the spooky miniature golf.

"I liked it because some of them made noises when you hit the ball into the hole," said Levi. "I think it's much better than last year because there is more stuff."

More Halloween fun at Scary Hill is found by walking past the eerily silent water park area to get to the batting cages, with bats hanging from the netting, a maze, climbing wall, bounce house, spider aero ball, and a haunted hamster haven for kids to climb through.

Scary Hill is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Friday and Halloween and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The park is closed Sunday.

 

For more information, visit www.cherry-hill.com.

 

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