For 19 years, give or take a few, Mountain Town Music's annual Spookedelic Ball has given Parkites a chance to let loose, dress up and enjoy some live music on Halloween night.
The tradition continues. On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Spookedelic Ball will be held at Park City Live, 427 Main St., and will feature a spook alley and live music by Spookedelic alumni Fat Paw, as well as Junior & The Transportation and a special halloween DJ set by DJ JD.
Brian Richards, Mountain Town Music's community conductor of musical affairs, said the event is Park City's longest-running Halloween party.
"It's all about maintaining the traditions that makes Park City funky and unique," Richards said during an interview with The Park Record. "As time goes by, it becomes harder and harder to keep events like this alive because people move out of town, start families have other obligations, so it is exciting to be able to keep a cool event going year after year."
Fat Paw, led by former Park City resident Tim Wray, has played every Spookedelic Ball throughout the years, Richards said.
"It goes back to being a tradition," he said. "When Fat Paw played at Newpark over the summer for its 20th anniversary show, it was like a Park City reunion. There were tons of memories because we got to kick it with people whom we met 15 to 20 years ago, and either worked in a restaurants together or hit the slopes together."
Opening the show will be DJ JD, who has known Richards for at least 15 years.
"He worked for me at Orion's Music Shop," Richards said. "We like to keep him in the mix because he is a Park City local and because he has a great selection of Halloween-themed music. When he performs, it won't be your typical DJ set."
Also keeping that Halloween spirit alive will be Junior & The Transportation.
"They are a great live band," Richards said. "They will play a special Halloween-themed set featuring some great cover tunes. It won't be your typical Transportation show. It will be a rock and roll event!"
The Spookedelic Ball also has another purpose — to liven up the town during the fall shoulder season.
"I think what we're doing now is just keeping the community groovin'," Richards said. "There is very little live music going on in town during this time of year, so we feel like we have a responsibility to keep the town rockin' on Halloween.
"It's a costume party, and we have a killer spook alley," he said. "We provide a place where people can have fun and get their BOO-gie on."
Richards believes Halloween is a big deal in Park City because residents love any excuse to dress up in costume and have a good time.
"It allows us to be kids again," he said. "It gives us the opportunity to get in touch with our inner child and, when we dress up, we can become anybody we want to be for an evening.
"Although we said the event is a tradition that gets people out to party, we also want to attract new audiences," he said. "We would love to see the younger generation get out and enjoy live music again."
Park City's annual Spookedelic Ball will be held at Park City Live, 427 Main St., on Thursday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m. The night will feature a spook alley and music will include DJ JD, Junior & The Transportation and Fat Paw. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by visiting www.ticketcake.com . For more information, visit www.mountaintownmusic.org.