The Historic Park City Alliance has provided an annual, fun and safe trick-or-treating experience for young ghosts, ghouls and goblins with Halloween on Main.
The event, which will take place on Oct. 31, will take over upper Main Street from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., said Alison Butz, executive director of the Historic Park City Alliance.
"We shut Main Street down from Wasatch Brew Pub at the top of the street to Heber Ave., so no one has to worry about cars and other traffic," Butz told The Park Record. "So essentially the kids have free reign during the afternoon."
When Halloween on Main started more than a decade ago, the Main Street was closed from Fourth to Fifth streets.
"At least for the past four to five years, we've closed the whole street, which makes it nice not only for the kids, but for everyone, because we're not crowding the sidewalks and the kids can dash from one side of the street to the other without being concerned for their safety," Butz said.
Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., Main Street merchants will hand out candy and other treats.
"Typically the businesses will have employees ready to hand out the goodies," Butz said. "That way, the kids won't be required to enter the stores, and that's an optimal way for kids to trick-or-treat because it's like they are going the shortest distance between treats."
Almost every Main Street business will participate in the trick-or-treating.
"We try to keep the kids on street level, so they don't have to go up and down steep stairs to get their treats," Butz said. "I believe there will be close to 100 businesses involved."
That will still provide quite a booty for the little pirates and vampires.
"It's unfortunate for me to say, but more often than not, my own kids fill their buckets up during the event without visiting the same business twice," Butz said with a laugh. "They have to empty their buckets out before going trick-or-treat in our neighborhood."
Another tradition during Halloween on Main is the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade.
"We are also working with Friends of Animals Utah this year to host this," Butz said. "They'll have some booths and kiosks set up in front of the post office."
At 4:30 p.m., dog owners and their pets, which should be dressed in costumes, will gather in front of the post office for the parade that will start at 5 p.m.
"This year, we'll walk up Main Street and end at the Wasatch Brew Pub," Butz explained.
The Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade is a casual way for Parkites to show off their pets and get some exercise, Butz said.
"It's just a mob of us moving slowly up Main Street, and it's fun for people to watch, because some of the costumes are really cute and fun," she said.
One of Butz's favorite costumes was a woman dressed up as Little Bo Peep.
"She had these two little white dogs with curly hair as her sheep," Butz said. "I don't think she had to dress them up at all, and they naturally looked like sheep."
Butz has also seen dogs dressed up as butterflies, pumpkins and ghosts.
"We do still get the wiener dogs walking around as hot dogs and we've had some in devil costumes," she said with a laugh. "I know owners take their dogs' personalities in consideration when choosing a costume."
Halloween on Main has grown in popularity over the years, but the biggest crowds are seen on the weekends — Saturday or Sunday.
"That's because of how we schedule the event," Butz explained. "We always keep the times the same, so it's difficult for people from Salt Lake and the Wasatch Front to come in the afternoon with their kids on a weekday. However, it's easy for them to come on a weekend, and sometimes it gets a little overwhelming.
"Halloween is a big deal in Park City and it gives locals an excuse to dress up and celebrate," Butz said.
The Historic Park City Alliance will present its annual Halloween on Main on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., the Alliance will team with Friends of Animals Utah for the annual dog and pet parade. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.historicparkcityutah.com .