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Red Butte Garden will host ‘Bootanical’

October 1 through 31 brings Red Butte Garden’s Bootanical, a Halloween-inspired festival featuring seasonal decorations, dazzling evening light displays, immersive educational activities, and local entertainment.

The event is made possible by a grant from Create in Utah, and the month-long festivities include several free public days, giving more people in the community a chance to experience fall in Red Butte Garden.

“This has been a difficult year for the community’s art and cultural institutions, including the Red Butte Garden. We are grateful to Create in Utah for this funding that supports our ongoing operations and gives us the opportunity to continue a 20-year tradition of providing family-friendly Halloween entertainment,” executive director Jimmy Turner said.

Bootanical will introduce guests to the seven kings and queens of Halloween who have taken over parts of the Garden. As they visit each ruler’s locale, guests will discover ties between the friendly monsters and the natural world. In addition, each ruler will have a task or challenge for guests to complete before moving onto the next station.

Local storytellers, dancers, and artists will be on hand to keep guests of all ages entertained throughout their journey. There will also be classes and demonstrations for those wishing to hone new skills, as well as an online pumpkin decorating contest for guests to showcase their artistic talents.

Guests will be required to observe a number of protocols to ensure the safety of others, including reserving a visitation time slot online, wearing face coverings, and following a one-way, predetermined path through the Garden. The complete list of restrictions and guidelines for visiting are listed on the garden’s website, redbuttegarden.org/bootanical.

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