How to Celebrate Halloween in Moab

Events — By julietrevelyan on August 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

If you’re ready for a haunting Halloween in one of Utah’s favorite outdoor playgrounds, come to Moab for some mountain biking, hiking, river running, and don’t forget the Pumpkin Chuckin’ as well. Check out these Halloween events in and around town this October.

6th Annual Moab Ho-Down Mountain Bike Festival and Film Festival

If you gotta ride, pedal your way to the fun, irreverent, active Moab Ho-Down. For the mountain bike aficionado, this festie offers up some grubby good times. What: dirt jumping, racing, mountain biking, movie watching, and of course partying.   When: October 27-30. Where: All over town, but sponsored by Chile Pepper Bike Shop, located at 702 S. Main St. #2 (conveniently next-door to the popular Moab Brewery).

6th Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival

It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s a hapless orange gourd being rocketed through the sky by a really cool pumpkin-chuckin’ contraption. What: Toss your decorated (or not) pumpkins into the air with a home-made chucker. Why: to have fun, of course. When: October 29, 10am-4pm. Where: Old Airport Runway, south of town.

Pumpkin Chucking is taken very seriously in Moab

photo: benzark/Flickr

Goblin Valley State Park

Okay, nothing in particular is happening here for Halloween. And yes, I admit it’s not in or particularly near Moab. But this super cool state park is home to hoodoos, those orangey-red spires of sandstone that poke up from the ground and look like, well, little goblins scattered all over the desert floor. I think it’s an excellent place to spend the night–especially Halloween night, when you can let your imagination go wild among all those kind of spooky little rock shapes that almost appear to be moving after dark. Boo! What: camping, hiking, slot canyons, and more. When: Year-round. Where: located off highway 24, about 24 miles south of I-70 (approximately 100 miles from Moab).

photo: vladeb/Flickr

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