Garden After Dark


2019 Garden After Dark Theme & Dates To Be Announced


Do adults need to purchase Garden After Dark tickets?
Yes. Everyone aged 3 and older is required to have a ticket to enter the event. Don’t forget children two and under are free!

Can I purchase tickets ahead of time?
You can purchase tickets online or by phone at 801-585-0556. Tickets can be printed at home or picked up at Will Call on the night of the event. Be sure to bring a valid form of ID when you pick up your tickets.

How do I purchase tickets online?
Red Butte Garden uses an external ticketing system called Ticketfly for concerts and many events. You must set up a Ticketfly account in order to purchase Garden After Dark tickets online. Download the How-To-Buy document for more information.

What is your refund policy?
All ticket sales are final. No refunds, replacements, or exchanges.

Are admission tickets or passes to the Garden the same as tickets for Garden After Dark?
No. Garden After Dark is a special event and requires a different ticket than general admission to the Garden. Passes such as the Connect Pass or Wasatch Savings Card are only good for discounted or free general admission to the Garden - they are NOT valid toward the purchase of Garden After Dark tickets or other special events.

What should I bring with me to the event?
Garden After Dark includes both indoor and outdoor activities so dress for the weather! Garden paths will be lit during the event, but you may also want to bring a flashlight to help guide your way.

Can I wear a costume?
Yes! Dress your family in their Halloween best! Costumes are encouraged but please make sure they conform to our NEW Costume Policy.

Will there be food available?
Food vendors will be located in the Amphitheatre. This year sample delicious international foods from Padkos South African Cuisine October 25, 26, & 27. And don't forget to stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory each night for a warm drink and delectable treats.

What’s included in the price of Garden After Dark admission?
All activity stations located throughout the Garden are included with admission. The only items not included in admission are goods sold by food vendors, craft vendors, and the Red Butte Garden Gift Shop.

What activities will be available this year?
Full descriptions of this year’s activity stations can be found in the Activity Station dropdpown menu on this webpage.

Where do I park?
Guest are encouraged to park in the University of Utah parking lots surrounding the Amphitheatre (see map). Guests are welcome to drop off passengers at the Amphitheatre gates before parking.


Online ticket sales end at 3PM each night of the event. Tickets must be purchased at the door after this time.

How-To-Buy Information


With activities, light displays, games, and more, this is a fun-filled evening you and your family won’t want to miss! Join us for Garden After Dark, an indoor/outdoor, costume and kid-friendly experience in the Garden to celebrate Halloween.

Check back this September for more details about this year's Garden After Dark!

Interested in being a food vendor at this year's Garden After Dark? Submit your application today!
Interested in being a performer or entertainer at this year's Garden After Dark? Submit your application today!



Before your first class, pick up your Oaklore Student Manual in the Amphitheatre. This handy guide to Oaklore includes a school map, your class schedule, and extra credit activities you can complete between classes. Don’t forget to pick up your quill pencil too!

wand theory

Professor Walter Cottam

Does the wand choose the wizard or the wizard choose the wand? Under the direction of Professor Cottam, you’ll explore the art of wand making and learn a few magical qualities of trees in the real world. Remember to keep an eye out for Myrtle Spurge! She was last seen near the Wand Theory classroom, and it looks like she was carrying a large stack of student wands!

potions lab

Professor Gertrude Jekyll

From wolfsbane to elder berries, plants are a common ingredient in most potions at Oaklore. Under Professor Jekyll’s guidance, you’ll explore the variety of plants used to make potions, lotions, and tinctures from around the world. But it looks like Myrtle Spurge is up to her old tricks and has hidden all the potion ingredients in a mystical maze. Can you help Professor Jekyll find the ingredients you need to brew today’s potion?


Professor Beatrix Potter

Wands at the ready! All witches and wizards need to know a spell or two, and no one teaches them better than Professor Potter. With her help, you’ll learn a variety of botanically-inspired spells that might prove quite useful in helping to capture Myrtle Spurge.

magical creatures

Professor Charles Darwin

Magical creatures abound in the natural world, and Professor Darwin is an expert cryptozoologist (someone who studies magical creatures). With his help, you’ll study a small selection of magical creatures who help care for and protect the natural world. But it looks like Myrtle Spurge has been here and released all of Professor Darwin’s creatures! Can you help him find them before they damage the school?


Professor Ellen Hutchins

Professor Hutchins is a world-renowned herbologist on sabbatical from a famous school of witchcraft and wizardry in England. With her help, you’ll dive into the world of magic plants, and learn about one special plant that doesn’t need soil to grow. But it looks like Myrtle Spurge has one last trick up her sleeve! She’s demolished Professor Hutchins’s magic plant specimens. Can you help Professor Hutchins fix them?

final exam

Adminstered by Professor Chauncey, Headmaster of Oaklore Academy

Myrtle Spurge has caused quite enough mischief for one night. Can you help banish her from Oaklore Academy? Using everything you’ve learned, put your knowledge to the test in one final challenge and see if you can expel Myrtle Spurge from school.

Find the Wand

Hunt for Myrtle Spurge

The noxious witch Myrtle Spurge has been spotted at Oaklore Academy, and the Bureau of Magical Investigations needs your help to catch her! Keep your eyes open for signs of Myrtle Spurge. If you see her WAND and report its location to the Bureau of Magical Investigations at the end of the night, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win one of six FREE Garden Memberships!

Find the Wand

Picture Day

Get your camera ready! From custodial closets stuffed with mummies to flying broom storage racks, the hallways between classes at Oaklore are filled with fun, wacky, and interesting things to see. When you find something you like, feel free to stop and snap a picture to remember your night at Oaklore Academy!

Fire Barrels

Report Cards

Keep track of your magical education with your Report Card (found on the back of your Student Manual). After each class, stop by a fire barrel to receive a star. Collect five stars on your report card, and you’ll receive a special academic award at the end of the night!


Wish Dance Performance at the Orangerie

Spotlight Assembly:
Hawk Watch International

Join us each night of Garden After Dark to discover the extraordinary, exotic, and mysterious creatures who inhabit the skies above with the help of our friends at HawkWatch International. See hawks, owls, falcons, and more up close all while learning how to protect and sustain these remarkable creatures.


Storytime in the Great Library

Join us every night of Garden After Dark for fantastical tales of witches and wizards as well as other stories perfectly suited to the season performed by professional storytellers from around the state. Stay awhile and listen as you take a quick break between classes.

Wish Dance Performance at the Orangerie

Dance Performance on the Amphitheatre Stage
October 25 & 26

See the students of Tanner Dance share their love of movement and creativity with short dance performances perfectly suited to Oaklore Academy. Choreography includes dancers from the Children’s Dance Theatre, the Virginia Tanner Creative Dance Program, and In Motion, Momentum, and Tipping Point Dance Companies.

Selfie Station in the Rose House

Straighten your costume, put on your best smile, and gather your friends and family to commemorate your trip to Oaklore Academy with a stop at our selfie station! Snap a picture of your group and use #gardenafterdark and #redbuttegarden to share the fun on social media.


Character Beanies

Character Beanies

Character Beanies offers unique, hand-crafted yarn beanie hats created from designer, owner, and artist Susan Blamires. These truly one-of-a-kind hats are crafted by a master artist and made from the highest quality materials. From animals to superheroes; Easter bonnets to Halloween faces; adult to infant . . . Character Beanies has a beanie to fit any personality!

Red Butte Garden Gift Shop

Red Butte Garden Gift Shop

If you're looking for a unique gift to commerate your adventures at Oaklore, look no further than the Red Butte Garden Gift Shop. Here you'll find a great selection of local products and a wide variety of botanical and garden inspired gifts. And don't forget to checkout our tent in the Amphitheatre for exclusive Garden After Dark items sure to make your experience extra memorable.


Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Grab a sweet treat before heading to Oaklore Academy at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's tent. With a wide variety of warm drinks and delectable treats perfectly suited to your magical studies, there's sure to be something for everyone at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.


October 25, 26, & 27

Padkos brings the flavors of South Africa to Utah. Try a variety of South African delicacies including Bobotie pies (curried beef pies served with a fruit chutney), vegetarian Bobotie pies (curried lentil pies baked and served with a fruit chutney), and sausage rolls (South African sausage wrapped in a flaky puff pastry). By the time you're done, there's nothing left but the wrapper and your napkin! Proud participant of the Spice Kitchen Incubator.

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