Halloween might be most famous for the tradition of free candy, but with the elaborate decorations, fancy costumes, and big parties, the costs can add up to a frighteningly high amount. However, there are plenty of fun and free Halloween events in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas that you can take advantage of to celebrate the holiday without breaking the bank.
Gardner Village, located in West Jordan, offers special events during its annual WitchFest, which runs from mid-September to Halloween. It's free to visit and look at the village's larger-than-life witches, and kids will love participating in the scavenger hunt and other fun Halloween-related events.
Utah Foster Care invites the whole family to decorate jack-o'-lanterns and find out how to help Utah’s children in foster care. Salt Lake City firefighters and the Utah Educational Savings Plan representatives will also be joining Utah Foster Care. This event is held in mid-October at Gateway Shopping Center.
The Utah Olympic Oval presents its annual Trick-or-Treat Street, a free Halloween event for the whole family. Activities include indoor trick-or-treating, bounce houses, a scavenger hunt, Halloween crafts, and a photo booth. There's also a climbing wall, pumpkin carving, and a figure-skating show. You'll have to bring your own skates, but kids 12 and younger can skate for free.
Zombies, monsters, and witches await you at Witchstock in the nearby city of Ogden. This Halloween party at the Ogden Amphitheater features a zombie crawl parade, dance party, and live performances. Aside for the Witches Tea, which is part fashion show and part costume contest, all other events at Witchstock are free.
Community Halloween Parties
For a casual, kid-focused Halloween event, check out these free hometown celebrations in the Salt Lake City area.
- Herriman Howl: This features a Mad Science show and prizes for the best-decorated Trunk or Treat trunks.
- Draper Haunted Hollow: This party includes carnival games, candy, prizes, a pumpkin patch, and live entertainment.
- South Salt Lake Halloween Spooktacular: This event is held at the Columbus Center and features games, food, bingo, a haunted house, and live entertainment.
- Riverton Halloween Bash: Hear spooky stories read by the mayor, go on a Troll Stroll, and search for the Great Pumpkin. Tickets for Scare Rodeo can be purchased online or at the door; all other events are free.