No, that’s not a typo. The thing is, October in Ogden is so uniquely different that it merits it’s own brand: Ogtober.
It all ramps up to the spooks and ghouls thing toward the end of the month...and does so with enthusiasm...but we’ll get to that in a bit.
Ogtober gets underway with the First Friday Art Stroll on October 5th. This month’s stroll will be the first opportunity to experience the newly installed “Migrating Mural” at The Monarch. This 260-foot-long monarch butterfly mural by artist, Jane Kim, was dedicated during the Harvest Moon Celebration on September 20th.
The Monarch and the Migrating Mural puts art stollers in the heart of a lot of new public art in Ogden. While you’re there, check out the streetscapes that were painted earlier this summer in the middle of 25th Street and at the intersection of Adams Ave. and 25th. Ogtober also brings a new installation at Platforms that has been done in conjunction with several young, local artists.
Farmer’s Market Ogden runs an extended Fall Market every Saturday of the month. This summer heat has made for some fantastic late-season, full-of-flavor harvests of locally grown fruits and vegetables, and arts and crafts vendors have continued to increase virtually every week. The last two Markets are probably the ones you don’t want to miss.
Mid-Ogtober sees the flavor of events that October is known for, only amplified in true Ogden style.“Night at the Museums” offers paranormal tours inside and under Ogden’s iconic Union Station. Talk to anyone who works in or around Union Station, or even anyone who has spent a moderate amount of time there, and you’ll find true believers in paranormal phenomena...even among those who were once die-hard skeptics. “Night at the Museums” tours are available on Friday, October 26 and cost $15 per person. Tickets for the tour sell out quickly and are available at theunionstation.org.
Of course, there are abundant “haunted” houses, forests, corn mazes and pumpkin patches throughout Weber County during October, but Ogden’s signature Halloween event has become “Witchstock.”
Witchstock takes place on October 27 and kicks off at the Ogden Amphitheater with a “Witches Tea Party.” The costumed event includes dinner and drinks, music and a costume contest for $20, with proceeds benefiting the Junior League of Ogden and its efforts. UPDATE: Witches Tea Party tickets are sold out for 2018.
Immediately following the Witches Tea, revelers roll out of the amphitheater to join the “Zombie Crawl” down Historic 25th Street. The Zombie Crawl is a free-to-all free-for-all. Thousands of locals in full-on zombie make-up stagger and crawl their way down to Union Station, then return to the Ogden Amphitheater where the festivities continue with the “Monster Bash” dance party. Beer and wine are available for those who need a little liquid courage to get the dance moves going.
Those not inclined to go “full zombie,” line the street, often in “zombie hunter” gear. Regardless of what approach you take, the most important thing you’ll need for this event is your camera.
Those familiar with Peery’s Egyptian Theater know that it’s a spectacle in and of itself and worth a visit anytime. However, in Ogtober, it will host screenings of some amazing films in its one-of-a-kind setting.
October 23-25 brings three screenings of Warren Millers “Face of Winter” to welcome the upcoming ski season.
On October 26 and 27, screenings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will play to sold-out audiences. Pre-show entertainment is provided as well as “prop bags” for the full “Rocky Horror” experience. Costumes are highly encouraged and advance ticket purchase is pretty much required for this popular event.
Ogden restaurants even catch the Ogtober fever. Looking to try an excellent seasonal beer? Local brews are available from Talisman Brewing Company and Roosters Brewing Co., or check out Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria to find some pumpkin and harvest-style beer. Enjoy endless sushi at the Tona Sushi Halloween Bash. Listen to tales of the night and readings from Edgar Allen Poe at Rovali's Ristorante Italiano's Poe Night.
Whatever your inclinations are for Ogtober, be sure to have a spooktacular time!