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Lions and tigers and dinos, oh my!

One of the dinosaur statues on display at the Eccles Dinosaur Park.

Dinosaur bones aren’t the only fright to see at Ogden’s George S. Eccles Park this Halloween. Dinosaurs in the Dark is an annual tradition held on the week of Halloween.

The walk around the park consists of prehistoric life, decorated festively for Halloween.

“Everyone, from our maintenance staff to our office manager to folks and guest services, we all come together and we, you know, make this amazing plan and it’s just executed well,” Angela Horn, executive director said.

The event began as a more casual carnivore carnival. After COVID-19 altered social events, Horn continues the tradition with a more controlled walk with guided lights and pathways that tell a story.

“It started off as kind of this carnivore carnival, lots of games and trick or treating. And Covid happened, it kind of changed,” Horn said. “Instead of it being like, just melee all around the park, it’s very controlled. We have a one way flow kind of story as you’re going around.”

Attractions like food trucks and a playground have been brought back.

“This year we’ve brought back food trucks. We have someone doing live music. It’s a great time for families to come out to the park and see something that is Halloween-themed that’s not too scary but fun,” Horn said.

The annual event has brought back many families year after year. Jennifer Irvin and her children have been attending the event for the last three years.

“We’ve come for the last three years and it’s just something we’ve enjoyed and we’ve tried to make it a bit of a tradition so that we can kind of see year to year all the fun stuff,” Irvin said

Dinos in the Dark continues to provide fun and entertainment for families.

“It is something that everyone looks forward to doing every single year,” Horn said. “So as soon as we’re done with this event, we already start planning for next year.”

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