While people flock to the mountains for the picturesque winter holidays, let's face it: Halloween is the holiday we love the most in Park City (Where and when else can you dress up your dog in a costume and parade them en masse down Main Street?). If you're like us and wish Halloween lasted longer than just one day, you're in luck. Here are eight great ways to get in the ghoulish spirit all month long.
Head over to the Egyptian Theatre for the annual "Thriller" show full of ghoulish monsters, maniacs, creeps, and clowns. Presented by the Odyssey Dance Theatre, the show plays every day through October 8. Hurry up and get your tickets now because this morbid, but mesmerizing production is a favorite and sells out quickly! For showtimes and ticket information, click here.
If you're a fan of crafts and local art, than you should definitely pop into the Artique in Kamas (283 N Main St.) sometime soon. The boutique gallery features work from local Summit County artists and is the perfect place to pick up unique presents or home decor. Currently on display (through Nov. 23) are the ultra cute knitted pumpkins created by Park City artist Carole Duh. She works all year long making pumpkins from yarn and felt for the so called Pumpkin Patch.
Park City Ghost Tours
Did you know Park City is haunted by several apparitions? Whether your a lover of the paranormal, interested in history, or just want to stroll around Old Town, Park City Ghost Tours ($20 adults, $10 kids 16 and under, group discounts available) are an excellent diversion to get in the spirit of Halloween. During the tour, your expert guide will introduce you to several ghosts, from the yellow slicker who appears preceding death to a woman who killed herself with rat poison, and point out all the most haunted buildings. Through October 31, the tours take place very evening and no reservations are required; just show up at 8 p.m. when the tour departs from Miner's Park on Main Street.
Halloween just isn't the same without a visit to a haunted house. If you enjoy getting your pants scared off, we recommend heading out to the Heber for NightWalk 2017 where you can get your fill of frights and contribute to a good cause at the same time (a percentage of donations go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation). This family friendly haunted house offers three different experiences depending on how scared you want to get, the "Monsters Be Gone" option for those who want minimal frights, regular admission for the original show, and the "X-Treme Pass" for anyone who thinks they're tough enough to handle the intensely creepy. This year they're also offering a "BlackOut" option where your group is given an unreliable flashlight to navigate through the gruesome horrors. NightWalk 2017 kicks off Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. and repeats every Friday and Saturday through October 28. For more information and tickets, visit the NightWalk website.
You've never heard The Legend of Sleepy Hollow like this before! Take a horse drawn wagon ride through the woods of Soldier Hollow in Midway while listening to a colorful narration of the classic story. Hosted by Rocky Mountain Outfitters, don't be surprised if you get the chills as the darkness and nightly noises gather around you. Who knows, maybe you'll even encounter the headless horseman himself. Mwahahahaa. Sleepy Hollow Wagon rides are offered 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October 28; see the website for tickets ($25/person, free for kids 3 and under) and more details.Pumpkin Nights at Utah State Fairpark
Get lost in an enchanted world of pumpkins in Utah State Fairpark (155 1000 W) when Pumpkin Nights premieres in Salt Lake City. The outdoor festival features larger-than-life displays and more than 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins all lit up along a half-mile walking path. During your visit, you'll wander through various worlds, from a Harry Potter inspired Great Hall to underwater lands and pirate cove and beyond. Join in on all the food, fun, and family friendly activities every night (6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursday; 6:30 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday) from October 13-29. Oh, and costumes are highly encouraged! Head over to the Pumpkin Nights website for more details and tickets!
Halloween Lift Rides at Sundance Resort
Any fall aficionado would do well to head out to Sundance for a day, where you can enjoy the colorful foliage and the season with Halloween Lift Rides. Lasting 45 to 60 minutes, the ride on Ray's Lift takes you through a myriad of haunted scenes and under the light of the moon. Round out this family friendly adventure with fun games, hot chocolate, and snacks! Weather permitting, there will also be an outdoor Halloween screening. Lift rides run 7-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from October 19 to 31 (closed on 22 and 29). Tickets are available in person only at Sundance Mountain Outfitters shop or at Ray’s Base Ticket Office.
Halloween Movie NightsSometimes the best way to get in the mood for Halloween is simply kicking back with popcorn and scary movies. This month the Park City Film Series invites you to do just that by coming out for a back-to-back Halloween screenings. Catch classics Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Carrie (1976) at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, on October 31 at the Park City Library. For younger audiences, you we recommend the Halloween Movie Night on October 28 at the DeJoria Center where they'll be hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 5:30 p.m. screening Casper The Friendly Ghost.
It's only happening on Halloween, but we'd be remiss not to mention (for a second time) our all-time favorite Park City Halloween tradition. As a proud mecca for dog lovers, our town is home to one of the most unique holiday traditions in the country: The Howl-O-Ween Parade. Whether or not you have your own four-legged friend to dress up, you don't want to miss this fun event where Park City's pups and their people adorn themselves in costumes and march down Main Street at 5 p.m. on October 31.