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Park City gets excited about Halloween. As the ghosts and ghouls shake off the grave dust, the living denizens of Park City get busy preparing for the spookiest day of the year. We've rounded up some of the best October amusements to keep you busy until All Hallows' Eve arrives.
One of Park City’s most popular Halloween attractions, the Howl-O-Ween dog parade is an annual event dedicated to man’s best friend. Revelers come from all over Park City and beyond with their canine companions dressed in all manner of wacky, whimsical, or spooky costumes. Main Street becomes a fashion runway for four-legged friends as the heart of Park City goes to the dogs. In addition to the dog parade (and terrible puns), Howl-O-Ween boasts plenty of fun activities and treats for the whole family. Dogs aren’t the only ones encouraged to dress up, of course. This year, the parade takes place on Halloween itself, and starts at 5:00 p.m.
Haunted Park City
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Park City didn’t just spring up a couple of decades ago as a skier’s paradise. Once upon a time it was a frontier mining town, full of people who lived, died and maybe didn’t move on. Main Street features a nightly ghost walk at 8:00 p.m. that explores fifteen of Park City’s most hair-raising ghost stories. One of the best ghost walks in the country, the Park City tour will give you a spooky good time while relating some fascinating history, paranormal and otherwise. Make sure to keep an eye out for Park City’s most famous ghost: The Man in the Yellow Slicker. Tour guests have experienced many usual occurrences and mysterious apparitions over the years. Who knows what manner of spectral adventures you will uncover?
Headless Horseman GLO Run
If you ever wondered how the Headless Horseman would get around without his infamous Nightmare, it turns out the answer is “on foot.” Just south of Park City, in Midway, you will find the Headless Horseman GLO Run 5K. Kicked off by the infamous decapitated Hessian himself, this fun run is an untimed 5K full of costumed jogging and luminescent accessories. The organizers recommend bedecking yourself in glowing goodies, dressing warm, and wearing a fun costume that can stand up to the stresses of distance running. This is definitely not a serious race, and everyone is encouraged to participate, no matter the age or level of athletic prowess. Just make sure to hold onto your head. There is a dangerous phantom about, after all.
Sleepy Hollow Wagon Rides
While on the subject of the Headless Horseman and Midway, we would be remiss not to mention the Sleepy Hollow Halloween Wagon Ride. Head down to Soldier Hollow and prepare for an eerie ride through the canyons and cottonwood trees. The wagon, pulled by working draft horses, meanders through the mysterious scenery while a narrator relates the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Unlike most haunted attractions, this event is definitely family-friendly. Reservations are required, so make sure you get your tickets ahead of time.
Park City Nursery Pumpkin Patch
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It wouldn’t be Halloween without a jack-o-lantern. And everyone knows that the perfect jack-o-lantern starts with the perfect pumpkin. Perfect pumpkins aren’t found in bins outside groceries stores. They come from pumpkin patches. Park City nursery just so happens to have an excellent pumpkin patch, littered with truckloads of perfect pumpkins, waiting to be turned into Halloween masterpieces. Bring the kids, head into the patch, and come back with the perfect gourdy canvas for your best jack-o-lantern.