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. Look no further for the frightfully perfect Halloween in Park City—we’ve rounded up some of the best October amusements to keep you busy until All Hallows’ Eve arrives.

UPDATED: New activities and fun added September 2019.

Howl-O-Ween

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 some 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. Little monsters are invited to trick or treat in the safe environment of Main Street by visiting participating merchants from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade itself begins immediately after.

Image: Good buzz for Halloween in Park City at the parade.

Haunted Park City

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? Make your reservations ahead of time.

Image credit: Park City Ghost Tours

Halloween Movie Night & Trunk-Or-Treat

If you want to get a head start on your Halloween in Park City, look no further than this family-friendly community event out at the Dejoria Center. Everyone is invited to share in some wholesome, mildly spooky fun with a movie and a trunk-or-treat. Things get witchy on October 26 with a screening of “Hocus Pocus” before children are turned loose to fill their pails and bags with goodies gleaned from the lot outside. The event itself is absolutely free for everyone, though concessions will be available for a cost. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., the movie gets underway at 4:00 p.m., and the trunks are open for tons of treating once the bell tolls 5:30 p.m.

Three Witches from Hocus Pocus

Image: “Hocus Pocus”

Sleepy Hollow Wagon Rides

Have an encounter with a legendary specter when you go on 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 many other haunted attractions, this event is definitely family-friendly. Reservations are required, so make sure you get your tickets ahead of time.

Headless Horseman

Image Credit: Sleepy Hollow

Park City Nursery Pumpkin Patch

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. In addition to your orange harvest, make sure to spend some time in the pumpkin maze or the free haunted forest, also located on the property. All of autumn attractions are open during normal operating hours, which are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The nursery is located on the west side of US-224, just north of Canyons Village in Snyderville.

Image credit: Park City Nursery

September 25, 2019

Written by Michael Purser

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