Park City Event Guide: Fall Fun
There are so many fun fall activities to do here in Park City, Summit, and Wasatch Counties (and a few we’re including that are in Salt Lake City, too!), we thought a quick, easy guide could help. For a list covering farther corners of our state, click here.
Park City Nursery
Haunted Forest & Pumpkin Patch
Park City Nursery is a close-to-home place to enjoy decorative gourd season – and to pick up your pumpkins and fall flowers while you’re at it.
During operating hours, you and the fam can explore the pumpkin patch and take fall pics with the gorgeous backdrop of colorful leaves and fall blooms – OR – you can hang in the Haunted Forest, which is filled with fun frights for the kids – and, ahem, adults – to freak out over.
Back to the flowers – you can grab anything from asters, mums, rudbeckia, pansies, and ornamental cabbage, to pumpkins and gourds — all grown from local farmers. You’ll also be able to pick up your painted Indian corn, cornstalks and hay bales to decorate your home and entryway!
Nightwalk Haunted House
7 PM, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
The Nightwalk Haunted House calls itself “one of Utah’s scariest haunted attractions,” but it offers three passes for different levels of scary in case you happen to attend with a complete fraidy-cat.
This season’s theme is phobias – from dolls and clowns, to pitch black and blood – you won’t have any shortage of fears to face at this haunted Nightwalk.
You’ll find the Nightwalk Haunted House at 90 North 100 South, Heber; it’s open through November 3.
The Pumpkin Train
Heber Valley Railroad Depot
Hop on the Heber Creeper for the annual Pumpkin Train experience!
The 40-minute train ride is chock full of entertainment for the littles by costumed characters (with music!) – not to mention the fresh, delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookie you’ll be treated to toward the end of the ride.
Back at the depot, make sure you head over to see the family-friendly haunted train car (don’t forget to get your Halloween sticker). Right on down the line, you’ll see the pumpkin patch, where you can take some fun fall pictures and grab a pumpkin or two (a pumpkin is included with the purchase of your ticket). For the schedule of train departures, click here. The Pumpkin Train rolls on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, through October 29.
There’s so much to do at Cornbelly’s, it nearly needs its own blog post. From the corn maze to the fall adventures, to a number of “Haunts” – you can count on an entire day, and then some, of action here.
There are four mazes to try at Cornbelly’s. The 8-acre “Greatest Cornman” maze will take you about 30 – 45 minutes to navigate, and there are interactive games and trivia along the way. Then, hop on the “grain train” to ride through the brand-new Candy Corn Acres Maze. There’s also a kid-friendly 5-minute maze = with a “find the gummy bear” feature. Finally, the Haunted Insanity Point Maze is only for those 12 and older, and has animatronics, live spooky hauntings, and a few surprises.
Fall Adventures & Haunts
There are *dozens* of Fall Adventures for you to see and do at Cornbelly’s. From campfires to hayrides to pumpkin tetherball to the corn cob beach, you may need to come back a few times to hit everything.
The Haunts include walk-through spooky setups. The four scenes vary in scary, and include The Creature, which takes you through the belly of the beast; Big Top Terror, where you’ll encounter all sorts of circus freaks; Chaos Castle, which has you feel your way through a hay maze; and Hayloft Horror, where you have to wind your way around the animals who have all gone mad in the barn.
HalloWEEK Bash & Costume Contest|
Monday, October 29 → 4-10 PM
Wear your costume (you could win an iPad mini!) for this pre-Halloween celebration. With the price of admission, you’ll be able to participate in the costume contest (there are actually two of them – on at 5 p.m. and the other at 8). Other festivities that night include:
- Halloween Parade → 7:30 p.m.
- DJ Dance Party → 5-6:30 p.m.
- Circus Magic Show → 5:30 & 6:45 p.m.
- Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest → 4:30 & 7 p.m.
- Extreme Trick-or-Treating with Candy Cannon → 6:35 p.m. (cash, candy & prizes will be… blasted out of a candy cannon)
- Insanity Point Haunts → 7:45 p.m.
- Halloween Fireworks → 8:30 p.m.
November 2 & 3
Ok, we had no idea this was a thing but we definitely want IN on it. Join in the somewhat aggressive destruction of unsold pumpkins – or bring your own stash – and smack the living daylights out of them with a startlingly large-looking wooden mallet.
For a comprehensive list of corn mazes all over the state, click here!
BooLights! @ Hogle Zoo
6:30 – 9:30 PM
There are only a couple more chances to experience Hogle Zoo’s BooLights! The first option is this Saturday, October 20. The final day is Friday the 26th.
Bring the kiddos to enjoy the fabulous combination of animals and lights, plus, ride on the (not-so) spooky train, see an illuminated graveyard and land of the spiders, an incandescent bat cave and a labyrinth-themed maze with puppets. To purchase your tickets, click here.
Boo At The Zoo @ Hogle Zoo
Saturday, October 27 9 AM – 3 PM
Halloween Lift Rides
Hop on Ray’s Lift for a family-friendly spooky lift ride! It takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and there are fun games, a Halloween movie at the base (weather-permitting), blankets for those who forget their own, and hot cocoa and snacks for sale.
If you decide to take a Halloween Zip Tour, a Lift Ride is included in that ticket. You can purchase your tickets online or in-person at the Ray’s Base Ticket Office. The lift rides spin through October 31 (closed Sunday the 21 and 28).
Annual Scarecrow Walk
Dozens of scarecrows are on display at the Homestead Resort – and you can even ask for a ballot from the front desk to vote for your favorite one. The complimentary Scarecrow Walk is open 7 days a week, starting at 9 a.m., until October 31.
Homestead Resort Family Fall Festival
Saturday, October 20 → 2 – 6 PM
The Fall Festival at Homestead Resort is packed with perfect autumn activities. Vote on your favorite scarecrow and pick out a pumpkin from the patch. Eat lunch, enjoy live music, and wander through the farmer’s market to pick up some goodies. Activities include:
- Pumpkin Patch
- Scarecrow Walk
- Farmers Market
- Live Music
- A la Carte BBQ
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Wagon Rides
Rocky Mountain Outfitters
There are few things we can imagine spookier than a horse-drawn wagon ride through the woods of Soldier Hollow, especially when you get to listen to a narration of Washington Irving’s original short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Even scarier – the woods are frequented by the apparition of the Headless Horseman! Through October 30 – reservations are required.
Utah State Fair Park
You’ll wander a half-mile walking path in the “Forbidden Pumpkin City” at Pumpkin Nights. There’s also a pirate’s cove and other fantastical lands, which are built using more than 3,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins.
First, though, you’ll experience Pumpkin Central, with local food drinks, games, entertainment, and tons of photo opportunities.
There are eight difference pumpkin-themed lands, a Spirit of Pumpkins fire show, and demonstrations by professional pumpkin artists. The little ones can enjoy a scavenger hunt, a treasure dig, face painting, and a screening of Coco.
This classic falls scene is one that’s perfect for the littlest ones. There’s a pumpkin patch, hay maze, cow train, and wagon rides. Pumpkin Days events at Wheeler Farm run through October 31.
Hay Maze & Pumpkin Patch
10 AM @ Kohler Creamery
Navigate a hay maze on this working dairy farm (just watch out for a few scattered cow pies), pick a pumpkin from the patch to take home, and enjoy some delicious Aggie Ice Cream! Soups & grilled cheese sandwiches are available for purchase. Runs daily through October 31.
Witches & Wizards’ Tea
Saturday, October 20 → 11 AM – 1 PM
Get all dressed up in your Halloween best and head to the annual Witches and Wizards’ Tea at Discovery Gateway! Make a wizard’s wand, create a spell-binding witches’ potion, play with Boo-Bubbles, and get prepare your very own caramel apple at the caramel apple bar. The tea party will also include face painting, a balloon artist, and plenty of other goodies.