SALT LAKE CITY — Halloween fanatics are in for a treat as there are pumpkins and ghost trails aplenty this weekend. But if you're unable to stomach the scares, Broadway tunes and Thor look-alikes ought to keep you plenty entertained.
Do you hear the people sing, singing the songs of Broadway shows?
The Utah Symphony is going Broadway this weekend, as guest conductor Jack Everly leads the symphony and four vocalists in performing selections from musicals including “Le Miserables,” “Dreamgirls,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story” and “Chicago.” The performances take place Oct. 27-28, 7:30 p.m., Abravanel Hall, 123 W. South Temple, $15-$83 (801-355-2787 or artsaltlake.org).
Halloween Ghost Trails
This weekend would be incomplete without some sort of Halloween festivity, since the candy-filled holiday is coming up on Tuesday. To help move Halloween celebrations along, Maple Dell Scout Camp is holding its fifth annual Halloween Ghost Trails.
The family-friendly event will feature two trails — one for young children and one for older youths and adults, according to Deseret News, and neither trail features blood or gore. Other activities include storytime around a campfire and a chance to throw tomahawks at pumpkins. The event takes place Oct. 27-28, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 14166 S. Payson Canyon Road, $3-$5.50, free for children under 3 (801-437-6231 or utahscouts.org).
The Byrds’ Chris Hillman
Chris Hillman, original member of rock band The Byrds and co-founder of The Flying Burrito Brothers is coming to town. Hillman is considered a pioneer of country rock, and his shows this weekend will offer that flavor as he is joined by guitarist John Jorgenson and vocalist/instrumentalist Herb Pedersen — both members of the Desert Rose Band. The shows take place Oct. 27-28, 8 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 328 Main, Park City, $22 (435-649-9371 or egyptiantheatrecompany.org).
To celebrate the Nov. 2 release of the Marvel Studios film “Thor: Ragnarok,” the Natural History Museum of Utah is adding even more excitement to its “Vikings: Beyond the Legend” exhibit. On Saturday, the museum will host “Thorsday,” which gives attendees a chance to don their best Thor costumes, create Viking shields, eat Thor-themed food and possibly win VIP screening tickets to the upcoming film, according to Deseret News. The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 28, 1-5 p.m., 301 Wakara Way, $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for seniors and ages 13-24, $9.95 for children ages 3-12, free for museum members, U. students and staff with ID (801-581-6927 or nhmu.utah.edu).
If you’re looking for something less scary than a ghost trail, perhaps Pumpkin Days will do the trick — or treat. Families can explore the pumpkin patch at Wheeler Farm, and enjoy a hay maze and wagon rides. The event lasts through Oct. 31, Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $2-$10 for general (385-468-1755 or slco.org/wheeler-farm).