Jordyn Haroldsen, contributing writer
From corn mazes to haunted houses, there are some great attractions in southeast Idaho this time of year. For some less frightening fun, head to Treehouse Nursery’s Fall Festival in Rexburg.
Max and Melanie Clements, owners of Treehouse Nursery, visited a pumpkin patch a few years ago and recognized the potential to create something new and fun in the area. The Fall Festival is now in its third year and has only grown each year. The Clements love what they do, and it shows in everything they have created.
The first stop at the Fall Festival is the “Fairytale Forest,” a little patch of trees that has been transformed into a truly enchanting place. Wander around long enough and you may spot The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstock, or Rapunzel. Keep an eye out for the Lollipop Tree to find something sweet (Make sure to properly dispose of your trash or Peter Rabbit will have a word with you!). There’s also storytelling each night at 5:30 p.m. that you don’t want to miss.
After you have explored the forest, head into the village. There’s a mercantile where you can buy crafts and toys, a sheriff’s office and a corn pit for the kids to play in. The corn pit, an area where a toddler can stand knee deep in dried corn, is worth the drive out there.
Max laughingly said, “It doesn’t take very long before you see the moms and dads jump in there with their kids.”
One of the best parts of the festival is the hay ride that takes you through the pumpkin patch. During the ride, you’ll take a brief stop to select a pumpkin, which has the dubious honor of being launched from the pumpkin cannon.
Melanie explained, “We can shoot the pumpkin up to a half a mile, but because it’s not our property, we have to keep it at a quarter mile.”
Max built the pumpkin cannon himself and was a little surprised (and alarmed) when the first test run accidentally launched the pumpkin over his neighbor’s house. Luckily, no neighbors were harmed, and they now have the distance safely perfected.
The theme for Treehouse Nursery’s Fall Festival is fall, family fun and traditions, and it’s a theme they live up to. The Clements treat everyone like family and have created something beautiful in this festival. It’s a place you can go to have some new experiences and create wonderful memories. If you’re looking for a family outing this fall, Treehouse Nursery is where you want to go.
The Fall Festival is open until Halloween. Their hours Monday-Friday are 4 p.m. until dark, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until dark. Admission is $5 per person (3 and under are free), or $20 per family, which also includes the hay ride. Food is available for purchase. For more information, you can check their Facebook page.
Other events in the Southeast Idaho Area
The Theater of the Lost Souls in Shelley: Take a trip through the haunted theater or haunted hospital for a frightfully good time.
The Wild Adventure Corn Maze in Blackfoot: Get lost in acres of corn, take a barrel train ride and see a corn cannon up close.
Boo at the Zoo in Idaho Falls: Enjoy a “Merry not Scary” atmosphere at the Tauphus Park Zoo, complete with decorations, pumpkins and “Trick or Treat” stations.
U Pick Red Barn in Idaho Falls: Pick a pumpkin, see the chickens and take a train ride all in one place.
Haunted History Walking Tours in Pocatello: Visit five haunted buildings and learn about the history of each in these popular tours. You must buy tickets ahead of time so book now.