Foliage excursions, Halloween happenings, harvest celebrations—take your pick! October is our last hurrah before the official holiday season and there’s so much to do in Park City. I already highlighted a few things happening—like Harvest Fest and a shot ski competition—this month in my fall events round-up. But here are some other ongoing and one-time activities worth checking out in October in Park City.
Hocus Pocus in the Woods – October 5
Horror movies are meant to be watched in the forest, right? Along with this outdoor screening of Hocus Pocus will be fire pits, food trucks, a costume contest, games, and more. This screening will take place at the Rivers Edge Festival Grounds. Bundle up, pack a blanket and snacks, and head to Heber with the family for this spooky event.
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides – October 5-30
The Halloween family fun doesn’t end with Hocus Pocus. A horse-drawn wagon ride through Soldier Hollow is just a 30-minute drive away in Midway this month. As you ride, your guide will relay the classic Washington Irving tale of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Paired with dinner in Midway, this ride would make for a great unconventional date night. It’s also fit for families with adventurous kids—keep in mind, the later the ride, the darker the skies, the scarier the vibes. Tickets are $25 per person, but deals are available for groups and families.
Women’s Adventure Film Tour – October 11
Where my ladies at? On Thursday, October 11, hopefully the women of Park City will be at the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Old Town Library for the screening of this femme fatale outdoor fest. This annual touring film fest features two-and-a-half hours of women crushing trails, waves, slopes, and rock alike. Don’t worry, this theater serves wine, beer, popcorn, and usually some other tempting treats to keep you fueled up for all the stoke.
The Art and Science of Arachnids – through December 9
If spiders don’t totally give you the heebie-jeebies and you actually find them fascinating, then head to Swaner Eco-Center this fall for this exploration of all things arachnid. Or, do as the exhibit suggests and “turn your fear into fascination.” From spider-themed activities to over 100 real, live spiders on display, you’re bound to learn a lot about the eight-legged creatures weaving webs in your home as I write (unless it’s a Sotheby’s-listed home, in which case, I’m sure it’s spider-free!). The exhibit will run through December 9 and is accessible Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm.
Warren Miller’s Face of Winter – October 27
There are two kinds of skiers in Park City. There are the folks who love skiing, but also love their seasons and summer sports. Then there are the diehard skiers who start the countdown to Opening Day approximately a day after the chairlifts stop running. If you consider yourself among the latter category, you probably already know about Warren Miller’s newest ski flick, Face of Winter. If you’re in the former category, you may or may not be ready to watch several hours of skiing. The film will screen on October 27 (at 6 and 9pm) at the Eccles Center Theater. Fuel your pre-game jitters.
Howl-O-Ween! – October 31
Every year, “Bark” City and its beloved pups head to Main Street in Old Town to show off their costumes, procure candy from local businesses, and take lots of adorable photos #dogsofinstagram. I already featured this annual tradition in my fall events round-up, but this list of October events would be glaringly incomplete without Howl-O-Ween! See you and your pup there.