Great Falls haunted house promises spooky fun – KRTV NEWS Great Falls | Wonder Mind Kids

GREAT FALLS – A haunted house in Great Falls is bringing screams and thrills this Halloween weekend, all in the family’s backyard. This is the second year the Horton family has hosted The Nightmare on Ella Avenue, and this year is sure to be another frighteningly exciting year full of hauntings.

“People don’t really expect it to be what it’s like when they get here. We did that last year, and this year had a far better turnout than last year,” said Kari Horton, one of the haunted house residents.

Shae LaVallie built the haunted house in the garage and backyard of the family home. Kari explained that the family wanted to start the free haunted experience to bring some joy to Halloween. β€œIt really puts the kids in a different mindset. I just appreciate all the support and the people that have come out. And like I said, give those kids a reason and something to do to keep their minds busy when times aren’t easy.

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The family experienced the loss of their father in September and, despite their heartbreak, still wanted to wear something that would bring joy not only to the community but to the whole family.

“It’s exciting for me to be standing out there and hearing all the screams and screams and knowing it’s coming from them, yes they’re scared, but they’re having fun, too,” Kari said.

Although the haunted house is free, you can also bring a donation of canned goods that will go to the Great Falls Community Food Bank, as well as a monetary donation that will benefit the family and their autistic niece, Keona.

Kari said: “Keona is autistic and she’s always loved Halloween and pumpkins and she’s nonverbal. Really, it was just something for them to have some fun where there isn’t much fun for children with disabilities.”

It’s great fun, great spookiness and a fun experience for everyone. Visit 4115 Ella Avenue to see the horrors for yourself on Saturdays from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sundays and Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


  • Ghouls & Goblins Fall Craft Show at the Great Falls Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly fall Halloween craft show sponsored by the Great Falls Farmers Market. Enjoy trick-or-treating, live radio broadcasts, free kids’ activities, costume contests and more! (shortcut)
  • Halloween matinee by the Great Falls Symphony; Mansfield Theater at the Great Falls Civic Center, 11:00 am Guaranteed fun for the whole family, we recommend dressing in costume. Hear the scariest music ever! The Halloween Family Matinee is both educational and exciting, and is suitable for all ages. The concert lasts about an hour without an intermission. Free sweets are available after the concert for trick-or-treating. (shortcut)
  • halloween party for children and young people from 3 to 18 years and their families at the Great Falls Public Library from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Celebrate the season with crafts, games and spooky stories! This event is free. Make your own costume with the materials we provide. Brave children aged 8+ are invited to hear Spooky Storytelling from Alvin Schwartz’ classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series in the small meeting room (basement). Craft projects are suitable for children aged 3 and over with the help of an adult caregiver. (shortcut)
  • Wheels of Thunder Roller rink at 1609 12th Avenue North from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Olaf, Poppy, Branch, Peppa Pig, Mario, Luigi, Mickey Mouse, Elsa and more will all be there! Craft table, plush and candy on the ice surface at about 2:45 (like a balloon drop) candy at each table, balloon lady, face painter. Everything is free.
  • Funtastic autumn festival for children at 2 p.m. at Harvest Springs Community Church at 1001 36th Avenue NE. Join this free event for all ages. Come as you are or in your fall costume. There will be games, giant bouncy castles, activities, food and more! (shortcut)
  • Great Falls LGBTQ Center Trunk or Treat from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Paris Gibson Square, 1400 First Avenue North. (shortcut)
  • Safe downtown trick-or-treating 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Look for the flyer in participating store windows along Central Avenue, 1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South. (shortcut)
    • You can also have Halloween portraits by MAD Studios Photography & VLS Photography at 525 Central Avenue from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (details)
  • Fright Fest sponsored by The Sober Life at 3220 11th Avenue South from 6pm to 9pm FREE Food and Games! Costume contest for boys, girls, adults, couples and families. If you would like to bring a potluck item, side dish or dessert, please contact Jacque Kost at (shortcut)
  • Trail of Terror from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 4800 13th Avenue South The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students, $40 for a family of 5. This event is brought to you by the Sparkettes of Montana as our 18th annual fundraiser.
  • Nightmare on Ella Avenue: Haunted House from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at 4115 Ella Avenue. Free event. Complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa. Donations are accepted and so are donations from food banks.
  • Spooky Halloween event at Elks Lodge at (500 1st Avenue South) from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. All you can eat pasta bar starts at 5pm. The cost is $15. Music is offered from 7 p.m. Three separate DJs with varied music ensure your dancing pleasure. Admission to the dance is $10 per person or $20 per couple.


  • Lewis & Clark Interpretation Center: The Center (4201 Giant Springs Road) is hosting a free community event. Free entry to the center, free spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt, free treats for costumed kids (0-16 while supplies last) and meeting Seaman, the famous canine researcher. Halloween costume contest with 3 categories: silliest, cutest and scariest.
  • A special Halloween: an event at Sunrise Presbyterian Church for children who cannot Trick or Treat due to disabilities, sensory issues, medical fragility, etc. participants must RSVP in advance – Click here to login and for more information.
  • Boy Scouts of America: Pumpkin Painting Halloween Fun hosted by Venturing Crew 2041 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 820 17th Avenue South. The event is open to all children, boys and girls, aged 1-99. Choose a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch and enjoy using markers and paint to create your own jack-o’-lantern to take home. Prizes for the best pumpkin picture will be awarded for all age groups. Immediately after the event, you can attend the trunk-or-treat event across the street in the Salvation Army parking lot. (shortcut)
  • stem or treat from Kiwanis from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army (1000 17th Avenue South). There will be sweets distributed and we will also have a BBQ on some vehicles 😊 Burgers and hot dogs can be purchased and the proceeds go to Kiwanis. All sweets are FREE!
  • Hire free ministries is partnering with Hope Falls Ranch for a harvest party at Hope Falls Ranch from 3:00pm until dusk. This free event is packed with carnival games, suitcases or treats, free hot cocoa and popcorn, hay carts and LOTS OF CANDY!! This is a free event!! We will also have all the animals to pet and love. Visit us at Hope Falls Ranch 74 Dear Lane, Vaughn 406-750-5647 for any questions.
  • Carnival in autumn: From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Great Falls Nazarene Church (1727 Second Avenue South) is hosting a free Fall Carnival featuring bouncy castles, suitcases or treats, carnival games, and a chili cook-off!
  • halloween party: Starting at 6:30 p.m., Central Christian Church at 1025 Central Avenue will be hosting a community Halloween party with games and activities, costumes, and candy for all ages.
  • Nightmare on Ella Avenue: Haunted House from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 4115 Ella Avenue. Free event. Complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa. Donations are accepted and so are donations from food banks.


  • trick or treat in Scheels and the Holiday Village Mall on Monday 31 October from 4pm to 6pm. Free event for children under 10 years old.
  • Trick or Treat Spectacular at The Lodge Senior Living (1801 9th Street South) – open to the public. Residents hand out candy outside in the park loop from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. while dressed up.
  • stem or treat – with motorcycles! – at Needle Therapy (805 Third Street NW). Free kids tattoos and hot cocoa.
  • Lutheran Faith Church – Fun and Safe Trick or Treating Experience – Open to All – 6:00pm to 7:30pm at 1300 Ferguson Drive
  • Trunk or treat/harvest party: From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Vineyard Church at 1617 6th Avenue North is hosting a free and safe, family-friendly trunk or treat-and-harvest party to the public! Come and enjoy free sweets, games, a bouncy castle, coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Nightmare on Ella Avenue: Haunted House from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 4115 Ella Avenue. Free event. Complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa. Donations are accepted and so are donations from food banks.


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