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Halloween Has Arrived At Gardner Village

Thursday September 29, 2011
WitchThe witches have landed at Gardner Village, which means the official start of the Halloween season in Salt Lake City! Below are fun events going on this Fall at Gardner Village:

(All images courtesy of the author. Video at the bottom courtesy of Gardner Village.)

Witch Scavenger Hunt
This is a great anytime family activity. Wandering through the village and finding all of the witches is one of our favorite Fall activities. The village is decorated for fall with pumpkins, witches, and corn stalks. This is a great activity to get you in the mood and excited for Fall and Halloween. You can download the witch scavenger hunt, find all of the witches, and when completed turn it in at the Naborhood Bakery to get a 99 cent cookie for only 35 cents. My favorite are the pumpkin chocolate chip, or the pumpkin decorated sugar cookies.

Witches Night Out
If you have never been to Witches Night Out, you are definitely missing out! Get a sitter for the kids, gather your witchy girlfriends, and dress up in your best witch costume and hat. Enjoy a night of dancing with the Gardner Village resident witches and witch royalty, as well as other sister witches. Fortune telling, witch cackling, and a witch parade are just a few of the enchantments you will find on this night of all nights. This party flows throughout the entire village. Happening Friday, October 14th from 6pm to 10pm, and Saturday, October 15th from 6pm to 10pm. Parking is only $5 per vehicle, and admission is free! You can also now take TRAX to get to Gardner Village! (Because of the large crowds of people for this event, these are the only nights there is a parking fee. Parking is free any other day of the year.)

Breakfast With A Witch
Gather your little ones and enjoy a delicious breakfast with the Gardner Village witches. This is one of my kids' favorite activities all year long, and something they look forward to. The witches will mingle with you while signing autographs, casting spells, and singing songs. You can purchase tickets on the Gardner Village website. Breakfasts are available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from October 1st to October 29th. The Gathering Place at Gardner Village is where this magical event takes place.

Attending the Witchapalooza Dinner Theatre is a night full of enchantment and magic. 2011 marks and all new show, "It's The Taming Of The Brew!" Featuring some of Utah's premier entertainers and showcasing their voices with Utah's best live band, Witchapalooza promises a great night with fantastic food and entertainment. You can purchase tickets on the Gardner Village website. This enchanting event happens at The Gathering Place at Gardner Village, Mondays through Saturdays in October.

Ride To A WitchRide To A Witch
This is a great family event! Jump on a vintage truck and receive a guided tour to the witches house in Cricket Hollow Swamp on the outskirts of Gardner Village. You will receive a personal tour of the witches' house by one of Gardner Village's very own witches! Tickets are available by the driveway entrance on the West side of the village. This event happens on select dates in October.

Scare Out Breast Cancer
Gardner Village is partnering with FM100.3 and Susan G. Komen during the month of October to help Scare Out breast cancer in Utah! To find out how you can help, visit the Gardner Village website.

Witch T-Shirts
Remember all of the fun you had this year with a 2011 Witch T-Shirt! You can purchase them at Country Furniture and Gifts at Gardner Village.

Extreme Witch Makeovers
Feel and look like a witch with these makeovers at Cottage Retreat Day Spa. Start the look with a witchy manicure for $15 or just seasonal painted fingernails for $6. Spoil yourself with a witchy pedicure for just $20 and complete your look with witchy make-up with eyelashes for $15 and witchy hair for $10. Or, just let the makeup experts work their magic to reveal your inner witch with the whole look including hair, make-up with eyelashes, and fingernails painted for just $30. Walk ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Call 801.352.8636 for more information.

Glitter and Spider Eyes
This is a fun compliment to your witch costume, and one of my favorite things to have done in my witch costume!  Available at Purseonality on the following dates: September 30th, 1:00 pm-5pm; October 1, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; October 7, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm; October 8, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; October 14, 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm; October 15, 10:00 am - 11 pm; October 20, 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm; October 21 & 22, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; October 27, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, October 28, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and October 29, 10:00 am - 9:00pm. Call 801.568.1014 for more information.

About Gardner Village:
Gardner Village is a National Historic Site. Built in the 1850s by Archibald Gardner, this flour mill was built on the site of Gardner Village today. While you walk around the village, make sure you stop and read the history of each building, posted on a plaque near the entrance. You can read more about the history and how it became a shopping center on the Gardner Village website.