Halloween is a favored holiday of pirates the world over, who relish the chance to deposit terror into the hearts of their enemies before retiring below-deck to consume countless confections in costumes constructed by world-class couturiers. Today’s Groupon gives you the chance to celebrate the holiday in a similarly chic style: for $7, you get two tickets to the Provo River Halloween Cruise from CLAS Ropes Course in Provo (a $14 value). Cruises depart every 15–30 minutes Mondays though Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., from October 1 through October 30.
Enjoy a frightful 25-minute riverboat ride as evening descends over the Provo River and more than 100 incandescent pumpkins reflect off the water along the lower portion of the tributary. The boat’s captain will steer you through the stream while regaling you and the other imprisoned passengers with scary tales and Halloween chanties, edited appropriately for the delicate imaginations of children, corgis, and child-like adults. As you float along the darkened waters, steel yourself for a battle royale when a petrifying pirate attacks the vessel and clambers aboard, wielding sweet treats and brandishing an exhaustive list of peg-legged puns. The cruise, which is free of blood, gore, and fractions, will delight little ones without terrifying the tiny tots.
Up to 40 undead passengers can fit on one vessel, making for a truly memorable spectacle. So grab your Halloween suit, mask, tutu, and congressional representative, and join the CLAS Halloween Cruise for its eleventh creepy, crawly year.
Although there aren’t many online reviews for the CLAS Ropes Halloween Cruise, the river tour was mentioned in the Desert News and Daily Herald: > * Illuminated Jack-o-lanterns along the river bank and a few strung holiday lights overhead were the only things penetrating the darkness. The setting was perfect when the guide started his creepy tale. The CLAS Ropes Course offers a Halloween Cruise each year. For my family, it was perfectly spooky fun. Teenagers may not be impressed with this slow moving, no-gore trip, but for those who appreciate its more subtle ambiance, it’s a great Halloween adventure. – Megan C. Wallgren, Daily Herald
CLAS Ropes Course
Benjamin Allen believes outdoor pursuits can positively influence those in need. This belief has led him all over the continent, building a ropes course for an orphanage in Mexico and setting up two courses for troubled youth at Provo Canyon School, a bit closer to home. Wanting to share his knowledge of nature with the public, he set up a course, CLAS Ropes Course, near Utah Lake nearly 20 years ago. Benjamin and his crew have since erected more than 50 ropes courses around the country, continuing to inspect ropes and train others how to run them.
CLAS Ropes Course continues to grow each year, creating obstacles such as a giant swing that releases passengers 40 feet in the air, a 400-foot zipline that whizzes through forest canopy, and a "leap of faith," where adventure seekers jump from a treetop platform to a trapeze. A log balance beam hung 30 feet above the ground and a 24-foot-tall rock-climbing tower test agility and endurance, and a fleet of 20 canoes lets paddlers navigate a mile and a half of river. Many of these structures play host to team-building activities focused on developing a group's creativity and tolerance for hearing one another sing. Staff members tailor their instruction to families, dating groups, or athletic teams. They often apply their approach to athletes, such as a professional golfer who traveled all the way from Texas hoping to conquer her fear of not qualifying for tournaments. She defeated the log balance beam, departed victorious, and qualified during her next tryout two weeks later.