Park City’s 2018 Halloween on Main to continue a spooktacular tradition
Ghosts, goblins, and various other creatures with up to four legs will march up Main Street during the annual Halloween on Main celebration, which begins at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The Howl-o-Ween parade will start at 5 p.m. and dogs and owners in costume will meet under the pedestrian bridge on lower Main Street at 4:45 p.m., said Colleen McGinn, who organizes the Howl-o-Ween Parade as part of the Historic Park City Alliance celebration.
Although registration isn’t required, all dogs must be leashed and current on their vaccinations. Dogs also can’t be brought to Main Street using public transit, and owners of dogs still working on their social skills are asked to sit this one out.
The parade, which will be led by the Park City MARC’s “Thriller” dancers, will ascend Main Street to Heber Avenue.
Because, while more informal and smaller in scale than other hallmark events like the Fourth of July and Miners Day, it is still a parade, McGinn said the people who come to watch the procession should stay on the sidewalks.
“In the past, people have crowded the street, and we want every dog to have their day,” she said.
McGinn said parade participants seem to top their creativity year after year.
“Park City is so good in getting into the Halloween spirit, and everyone who participates arrives in these amazing costumes, and their dogs are in equally amazing costumes,” she said. “I’m blown away every year because everyone ups their game every year.”
The parade starts at lower Main because the staging area is easy to locate, McGinn said.
“Before I got involved with organizing the parade, my dog, Porter, and I showed up decked out in Star Wars costumes and couldn’t find the starting line,” she said. “So the next year I teamed up with Historic Park City Alliance and Park City Municipal to set the meeting place down by the Town Lift.”
McGinn also introduced recorded music to the parade and continues to play Halloween-themed tunes from a DJ stand by Collie’s Bar and Grille.
“In a past life I think I was a DJ,” she said with a laugh. “I have about 20 songs that I play, and I think the music adds to the ambiance of an already amazing event. People come from all over to see the party.”
Halloween on Main is an important shoulder season event for local businesses, said Historic Park City Alliance spokesperson Meisha Ross. “It gives the community an opportunity to come and experience Main Street in a way that feels ‘small town,’” Ross said.
Children with their families can go trick-or-treating at Main Street stores starting at 3 p.m., according to Ross.
“We say the trick-or-treating runs until 5 p.m., but it really goes until as the merchants run out of candy,” she said. “In the past, the merchants have run out of candy pretty quickly.”
To accommodate the event, the street will close to traffic at 2 p.m., and anyone who has parked on Main Street will have to move their cars, Ross said.
Since there will be fewer parking areas, the organization encourages people without dogs to use public transit. Free parking is available at Park City Mountain, Deer Valley and the Park City School District. Parking for $10 is available at the China Bridge garage in Old Town.
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