Last call for fall: Close out Halloween season with a bang

October 26th, 2022 | Uncategorized

Photo courtesy of www.historicparkcityutah.com

Breathe in the crisp air, explore the festive haunts and spooky stops around Park City, and have a fun-filled week of celebrating Halloween in our mountain town. First up: Your choice of two family-friendly movie nights and haunted houses at the PC Library followed by a full weekend of opportunities to sport this year’s costumes and trick-or-treat your heart out! 

Haunted house and movie night at Park City Library, Oct. 25 & 27

“Hocus Pocus” and adult haunted house, Thursday, Oct. 27: Continue the fun at Park City Library with a walk through the library’s haunted house between 6-7 p.m., followed by a costume contest and movie screening of the Halloween classic, “Hocus Pocus.” Don’t forget your bowl to enjoy free popcorn!

Celebrate the Spirits with Basin Recreation, Oct. 29:

Keep those costumes at the ready for Saturday, Oct. 29, when Basin Recreation hosts its annual “Celebrate the Spirits” event at Willow Creek Park from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All Halloween lovers are invited to drop-in anytime during this family-friendly event featuring festive activities, local vendors, costume contests and – of course – trick-or-treating along the way!

Register online to ensure your spot! Tickets are $15 per trick-or-treater, and kids ages 2 and under are free. Every pre-registered trick-or-treater will receive a trick-or-treat bag, and all costumed guests are invited to sign up for the costume contests, which include:

Basin Rec also invites its Teen Community Club (ages 12-15) to come volunteer. Teens can pass out candy along the trick-or-treat loop, lead activity stations, and leave feeling “fang”-tastic about helping to make Halloween special for families in our community. Don’t forget to wear a costume!

ART-Oberfest at Bonanza Art Park, Oct. 28-Nov. 1:

Head to Bonanza Art Park, located at the corner of Munchkin Road and Bonanza Drive, for the Arts Council |Park City & Summit County’s ART-Oberfest, which kicks off Friday night with the “Bonanza Boo Bash and Kids & Family Spooktacular.” Costumes are encouraged for this evening of pumpkin painting, piñata making and multiple holiday themed contests including a costume contest and pumpkin-carving contest. 

The Food Truck Roundup will feature Malabe (Jerusalem Street Food), Soup’r Cheesy grilled cheeses, District Thai (curry and noodles) and Portena (gourmet empanadas), along with live music from Los Hellcaminsos.

Also on the docket for Friday night is a beer garden and FREE, family friendly “Trick-or-Treat and Tours” at the Kimball Art Center. Guided tours will be given at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. starting at the Bonanza Art Park. (Participants will be escorted over to the Kimball Art Center from Bonanza Art Park for the tour.)

Finally, finish off the spookiest of seasons on Tuesday, Nov. 1, with the “Dia De Los Muertos – A Celebration of Life” festivities from 4-8 p.m. at the Bonanza Art Park. A cultural event in partnership with Artes de México en Utah, participants are invited to enjoy food, music, art, and a community Ofrenda installation to honor the annual Day of the Dead tradition, a day celebrated in Mexico and many parts of Latin America that pays tribute to loved ones who have passed. The community is invited to bring an object, photo, food, or flowers to add to the Ofrenda installation. The Ofrenda Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. 

Halloween on Historic Main Street, Oct. 31

All tricks aside, Halloween on Historic Main Street is a delightful celebration for ghosts and goblins of all ages – including the four-legged variety! Leashed, costumed dogs are welcome. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 2 p.m. and trick-or-treating, courtesy participating Main Street merchants, runs from 3-5 p.m. 

Halloween in Heber: Spooky Train Rides and Trick-or-Treating

All aboard the Heber Valley Railroad’s Halloween-themed train rides. The railroad features three versions of holiday fun this weekend:

  • The Halloween Train, Oct. 27: Guests will be greeted and entertained by the infamous Sanderson Sisters from the classic comedy, “Hocus Pocus,” who’ll pass through the train cars, mesmerizing riders with song and dance. But beware of the zombies who quickly find their way on board and roam the train looking for their next victim, only to be distracted when their favorite song “Thriller” comes on and they bust out their signature dance moves! Costumes are highly encouraged, as is dancing and singing along to all of the popular Halloween songs. This train’s last run is Thursday, Oct. 27. Tickets are $30 ($5 for children ages 2 and under) for this 90-minute train ride and include a pumpkin cookie on-board and a pumpkin to take home from the pumpkin patch.
  • The Wizard’s Train, Oct. 28: Don your robes, grab your wands and get on board the 90-minute Wizard’s Train, available Saturday, Oct. 28. All passengers will get sorted on board by the “Sorting Hat” and will be served a delicious chocolate frog. For those brave enough, there is the opportunity try the Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. Enjoy entertainment by costumed characters from the popular Harry Potter movies including trivia, games, photo opportunities and other surprises. Tickets are $30 for riders ages 3 and older (free for children 2 and under).
  • The Pumpkin Train, Oct. 29: Perfect for younger kids, the beloved Pumpkin Train offers entertainment on this 40-minute train ride that includes delicious pumpkin cookies on board and your choice of pumpkin to take home from the on-site pumpkin patch. This train’s last run is Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets are $15 for riders ages 3 and older, $5 for children 0-2. 

Heber Halloween Fest, Friday, Oct. 28: Head to Heber Main Street on Friday, from 4-8 p.m., for trick-or-treat around the Heber City Tabernacle and Wasatch County building block. Enjoy food trucks, donuts and hot cider, along with magician shows, witchy sightings, a mad scientist presentation, and a school-sponsored carnival Location: 100 N Main Street, Heber City, UT 84032. Visit the web for a complete lineup of the evening’s activities.

Follow up on Monday, Oct. 31, for the “Trunk-or-Treat” fun happening at Spring Gardens Heber (551 East 1200 South) on Halloween Day from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Decorate your car or bring your chairs and join the celebration.

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