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Park City says 10,000-11,000 people gathered on Main Street for Halloween

After losing Halloween 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween 2021 returned with big crowds in Park City.
Ben Lasseter
After losing Halloween 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween 2021 returned with big crowds in Park City.

According to Park City staff, Sunday’s Halloween on Main Street was a hit. Between 10,000 and 11,000 people came out for the holiday festivities.

After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, costumed Parkites returned to Main Street with a vengeance on Sunday for Halloween.

According to Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen, the city estimates over 10,000 people were on the street that afternoon. Diersen said that number is in line with past Halloweens.

“I think the trend that we’re seeing right now is we are seeing things, in terms of event-wise, return to what they were before COVID," said Diersen. "We just encourage people to continue being safe. Transportation is one of our critical priorities, and you’ll see us in some of our plans, specifically for events, continuing to push that messaging for folks to carpool, use city transit, and try and make a difference with how they’re getting around town.”

Main Street was closed to car traffic at 2pm that afternoon and trick-or-treating ran until 6 o’clock.

Historic Park City Alliance Executive Director Ginger Wicks told KPCW Main Street businesses did not expect crowds of that size. Wicks did not know exactly how much candy businesses handed out, but did say Red Banjo Pizza distributed over 3,000 pieces alone over the course of the afternoon and others ran out of candy before trick-or-treating ended.

“I don’t think anybody anticipated quite that many people, which is, again, great," Wicks said. "I think everybody has been so starved from missing each other and not being able to participate in community events. I think it was just a good reopening of the community.”

Diersen said parking in the Old Town area was full by 2:45 that afternoon and remained full for the next two hours. The city estimates 4,500 people took Park City transit buses to Main Street, which also mirrors pre-pandemic numbers.

In terms of future large-scale community events, Diersen said the city will make decisions on a case-by-case basis as the pandemic is still evolving in Summit County.

Halloween was the last major event planned in Park City before the winter season brings holiday events like the grand menorah lighting and electric light parade. Major events planned for early 2022 include the freestyle World Cup at Deer Valley and Sundance Film Festival in January.

Details for these events are anticipated to be presented to the city council sometime in December.

Sean Higgins covers all things Park City and is the Saturday Weekend Edition host at KPCW. Sean spent the first five years of his journalism career covering World Cup skiing for Ski Racing Media here in Utah and served as Senior Editor until January 2020. As Senior Editor, he managed the day-to-day news section of skiracing.com, as well as produced and hosted Ski Racing’s weekly podcast. During his tenure with Ski Racing Media, he was also a field reporter for NBC Sports, covering events in Europe.