Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison wants everyone to spend a few hours at the Dungeon Party at the Elks Lodge on Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Morrison promises there will be ghost stories, costume contests, food, live music and drinks.
Admission is easy. People just need to buy or renew their museum memberships.
"Every October we do a membership drive and the Dungeon Party is our way to thank the supporters of the Park City Museum," Morrison said during an interview with The Park Record. "It's also a way for members to renew their memberships as well. But if they want to come by the museum and renew before the event, we will give them a 'get-out-of-jail' card that will give them admission to the event's express lane, which gets them straight to the bar. People can also renew online at www.parkcityhistory.org ."
Once inside, members will have a chance to mix and mingle with each other.
"We have a lot of members who are interested in different aspects of the museum, so they don't necessarily see or know each other," Morrison said. "So this is a great way for them to get together and meet new people and old friends."
The party has been held every year since the mid 1980s.
"A few years ago, we felt like it really worked well as a Halloween-themed event, where everyone can get creative and make their own Halloween costumes," she said. "So we began having a costume contest and began giving out prizes as well."
Although the party will be held at the Elks Lodge, volunteers will be leading partygoers on ghosts tours in the museum.
The first tour, featuring some of the of the characters from Park City's past who have appeared at the "Halloween at the Glenwood," will start at 5:30 p.m., Morrison said.
Because of safety and crowd-control issues, there will not be a Halloween at the Glenwood Cemetery this year.
The Dungeon Party will also feature a "chambermaid slot machine."
"It's is actually three of the ladies who work for the Park City Chamber of Commerce and they have three pieces of fruit an apple, orange or banana in a bucket that people can't see," Morrison explained. "On command they will pull out one piece of fruit. If all three are the same, people win. So it's like a slot machine, but without the levers and rollers."
One of the highlights will be a live band comprised of museum supporters.
"My husband Ralph will be among the many musicians providing the music," Morrison said with a laugh.
Capping off the party will be opportunity drawings.
"Prizes include a snowshoe tour for two from All Seasons Adventures, which has always been a great supporter of the museum," Morrison said. "We'll also give away a necklace from RSB Designs and a third prize that is still in the works."
The food will be catered by an array of restaurants Butchers, Blind Dog, Blue Iguana, Cows, Kumbaya, 350 Main, Shabu and Main Street Pizza and Noodle
"That way one restaurant won't have to carry the entire load," Morrison said.
Finally, those who attend will have the opportunity to purchase the museum's new 2012 Christmas ornament.
"We aren't telling what the design is, yet, because it's a surprise," Morrison said.
The Park City Museum's Dungeon Party will be held Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 550 Main St. Admission is free with a museum membership. Memberships are $55 for an individual and $100 for a family. For more information, visit www.parkcityhistory.org.