City Scraps Halloween Event Ahead Of Record Cold Forecast

Oct 29, 2019, 10:55 PM

RIVERTON, Utah — A barren playground with a bitter breeze is not what Riverton City Park was supposed to look or sound like Tuesday night.

“I was thinking it was quite empty,” said Mandy Tippets from inside her car, moments after pulling up to the park. “Apparently everybody else knew, but we didn’t.”

Tippets and her family were among a handful of people who braved the cold, expecting to enjoy the city’s annual Halloween Bash and Scare Rodeo.

“Yeah I wore my warm hat, scarf and I have gloves,” said Tara Kraatz, who’s been attending the event for six years. “I take my nephew every year and we were going to take his brother for the first time. They were all excited. And we got here. And now it’s canceled. Big bummer.”

Much of the state was expecting record cold temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday, prompting places like Lagoon to close its doors early for the season. Another popular Halloween destination, Fear Factory, decided to close its doors for those two days and then reopen on Halloween night.

Riverton city wrote on its Facebook page, “Due to frigid weather concerns we feel it is necessary to cancel the event. We apologize for any inconveniences!” The city is offering a full refund for those who already purchased tickets to the event by calling the city’s recreation department.

Attention! Riverton staff is sad to announce that tonight's Halloween Bash and Scare Rodeo has been canceled. Due to…

Posted by Riverton City Government on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

“All I can say is I don’t like it and it’s too early to be this weather,” Tippets’ son Connor said.

Asked why the freezing temperatures hadn’t scared her away, Kraatz responded, “Because I had made a promise.”

They weren’t the only ones disappointed. For the second year in a row, the Riverton Rough Riders planned to use the event as a fundraiser for the club.

“It was really busy last year. This year, not so much,” said club president Angie West. “Some of the kids were very upset.”

The Rough Riders were at the park on Monday for night one of the Halloween event, but West said it was slow because of the cold weather. And it only got colder on Tuesday.

“Definitely won’t make a lot of money,” West said as she and others packed up games and food. “Mixed feelings because we didn’t want to freeze but, you know, it would have been nice to have the extra day.”

“Now we’re looking for something else to do for the kids,” Tippets said.

Something that is likely somewhere away from the frigid and empty outdoors.

“It’s awful. It’s too early to be this cold,” she said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

Snow storm to move in during afternoon commute

Utah's weather is kicking off the holiday season right with snow in the forecast.
12 hours ago
Lindon View Murdock Canal Trailhead where the fight between the two teens occurred....
Emily Ashcraft

Teen sentenced in connection with killing of 16-year-old in Lindon

A teenager was sentenced in connection with the murder of a 16-year-old Lindon boy in August.
12 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

SLC airport reports few delays for post-Thanksgiving travel

Major U.S. cities were hit with severe weather Sunday, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations on one of the year's busiest travel days.
12 hours ago
(Mountain Green Fire Protection District)...
Josh Ellis

Pilot walks away from Morgan County plane crash

Authorities say a pilot "miraculously" walked away from a plane crash in Morgan County.
12 hours ago
Salt Lake city Fire at the vacant home. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Firefighters extinguish fire at vacant Salt Lake City house

First responders took down a fire at a vacant and boarded-up house Sunday evening. 
1 day ago
Trent Anderson and his 27-year-old horse, Duncan during the parade before the car hit them....
Shelby Lofton

EXCLUSIVE: Car crashes through barricades, hits horse and rider during Christmas parade

A man and his horse are recovering after being hit by an alleged DUI driver during a Spanish Fork Christmas Parade Saturday night.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
City Scraps Halloween Event Ahead Of Record Cold Forecast