Although we get more tourists for the winter holidays, Park City loves Halloween the most. After all, it combines two of the things we love the most: puppies and costumes! If you're in town and trolling for a good time, here's what we recommend.
Trick-or-treat down Main Street
Bring your kiddos from 3-5 p.m. for some good old fashioned trick-or-treating in Old Town. Thanks to the generosity of Main Street merchants, you can save yourself the trouble of driving out to dozens of neighborhoods and instead enjoy Halloween in a safe and fun environment.
Show off your dog's costume
By far one of Park City's quirkiest and most fun traditions is the annual Howl-O-Ween Parade. We love our dogs here and can't help but try and get them involved with the fun. This event is great entertainment, whether or not you have your own dog to show off. Cowboys, lions, tacos, ninja turtles, poop fairies, and beyond--the doggy costumes never get old. If you want to join in the parade with your pooch, join the gathering on Lower Main Street (by the bridge) at 4:45 p.m. ahead of the parade. Even if you don’t have a dog, this is a spectacle your Instagram can’t afford to miss!
Out on the town
Unfortunately, Halloween lands smack in the middle of the week, when all night parties interfere with the work week. But that doesn't mean there aren't any options for pulling an all nighter. You can dance your pants off at The Downstairs during the Pray for Snow Halloween Party featuring beats from Victor Menegaux and $2 whiskey and vodka. Best of all, there's no cover for folks working in the snowboard, ski, or service industries. Another great option if you're looking to bring home swag for a great costume is the Back from the Dead Celebrities Halloween party at The Cabin.
Keep the good times rolling with the Boo Ball
If you spent all of Halloween going house to house with the kids and parading your dog down Main Street, you still have a chance for some adult fun at the Boo Ball. The Halloween bash, a fundraiser for Park City Institute, will take place from 7-11 p.m. on November 3 at the St. Regis. The evening will include live music from the band Blue Wave, dinner, and libations by Top Shelf. Though not mandatory, costumes are highly encouraged, especially if you want a chance to win some prizes at the costume contest (categories include Best Couple, Best Group, Most Original, Scariest, and Overall Best). In addition, the Boo Ball will feature an opportunity drawing for a Sundance Film Festival opening weekend premiere package (pair of tickets to six films). Opportunity drawing tickets cost $50 for one or $100 for three.
A note on logistics
Because of the Halloween festivities on Main Street, there will be some street closures in effect and everyone is encouraged to take the bus! Check out this handy graphic from the city for details.
Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!