Lagoon transforms into scary
fun during October
One of the chainsaw gang prepares for a little cutting
up at Lagoon. / Photo by Mikaylie Kartchner
By Mikaylie Kartchner
October 3, 2006 | Dusk in Farmington, Utah.
A wind is winding its way out the mouth of Farmington
Canyon and across the midway of Utah's own magic
kingdom: Lagoon, a family-owned amusement park
tucked up against the mountains, 17 miles south
of Ogden or north of Salt Lake City.
On a summer day, Lagoon knows "what fun
is," and during the daylight on a weekend
in October, the vision is the same.
BREWING UP A SCREAM:
Witches perform at Lagoon.
/ Photo by Mikaylie Kartchner
It's red and blue with flashing lights. It's the smell
of freshly made french fries and popcorn. It's the rattling
in your ears, the screams of a hundred happy children
and their parents, skipping and smiling from one bumper
car adventure to the next roller coaster ride.
But at night, Lagoon goes haunted. It's 6 p.m.. and
the mist is starting to seep from the black-lighted
entrance, kissing every speck of pavement, hugging every
entry. The greeting trees burn orange and blink and
wink as you walk by. They've been waiting for you all
Once through the gate, you're at home -- the home of
the dead. A graveyard, complete with tombstones, spirits
and jack-o-lantern towers paints every flower bed.
Who are these people? Bea A. Fraid -- Be very afraid.
Al E. Mony -- I guess the payments really did kill him.
M.T. Grave -- Where'd he go?
You're in for a spirited ride, but not just on the
Bat, the Spider, the Rocket, the Samurai, or the other
Lagoon rides still in service. At night there are new
attractions. The haunted kind. Lagoon is now home to
four haunted mazes.
Haunted Hollywood is an escape into an Alfred Hitchcock
movie. It's a maze built from the scariest movies ever
made -- scary enough to have you grabbing the guy next
to you, whether you know him or not.
Are you scared of clowns? No? The Fun House of Fear
will try to change that, with room after room of possessed,
perverse and all around demented clowns. Not sure how
much fun you'll have in their house.
Hal O. Ween High -- "Your worst high school nightmares
are about to come true." Ever been stuffed in a
locker, picked on by the football team? Well . . . they're
If the line is too long for your haunted maze of choice,
try a stroll through Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard, a collection
of Lagoon's old junk, old employees and old patrons,
complete with a crazed junkyard dog. Watch your step.
"Beware of Dog" is an understatement.
If standing in line brings an uneasy feeling, don't
turn around. You're being watched. Breathing down your
neck, hissing in your ear, and finally a slimy hand
on your shoulder. It's what you can expect from the
Midway stalkers, a group of ghouls, goblins and creepy
creatures that roam around all night long, and they
all want to hear you scream.
In what appears a private cemetery, a pink Cadillac
is parked proudly, covered in mist and cobwebs, with
a skull and crossbones license plate. The car's owners
come stalking from the mist, a troop of nattily clad
zombies, prepared to boogie till the sun comes up. With
music blasting tunes such as Love Shack, Pink Cadillac
and Hot! Hot! Hot! this dancing troop will
mambo till dawn or until they fall apart, whichever
If mambo isn't your thing, try a ghoulish group of
a more modern persuasion. The Wailin' Witches are bound
to boil themselves up the perfect guy and the perfect
pop show. A floor, decked out Addams Family
style, complete with caldron and skull chandeliers,
sets the stage for a rocking good time.
If you haven't already seen them jumping out at you
from behind a photo both or tree, catch them in action
with the whole team. Chubby, Slick, Slim, Crunch and
the rest of the Hackenslash Chainsaw gang gear up for
a little demonstration of their own. Each with their
own metallic Jason mask and a pull-start chainsaw, prepare
for a dance that will saw you socks off.
For the timid, Lagoon provides a place of refuge.
The Hypnotysm is a show for the kid in everyone -- and
the Ricky Martin. Up to 20 people are pulled from the
audience and hypnotized into doing the funniest, laugh-out-loud
things. There's also a trick-or-treat walk for the kids,
where the kids can visit with some of Lagoon's oddest
characters, such as Farmer Joe, who guards the pumpkin
patch and Professor Smarty Pants, the creator of dill-
pickle-flavored cotton candy.
Lagoon is open Fridays starting at 6 p.m., Saturdays,
and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. until Oct. 28, weather
and other factors permitting. Lagoon is also open Wednesday
and Thursday during Utah Education Association school
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