Boo! Halloween approaches, and Summit County has tricks and treats galore in store, starting today and running through the actual fright night on Wednesday. Make a massive celebration of it by hitting up all of these events, or pick and choose your favorites - either way there's plenty of Halloween happenings for kids in the county, from toddlers to teenagers.
Frisco's annual haunted house - this year an abandoned carnival replete with clowns guaranteed to creep you out - opens its doors tonight, Saturday and Wednesday. Located at the Frisco community building, 110 Third Ave., and recommended for ages 7 and up, the fright fest is for a good cause, with proceeds benefiting Mountain Mentors and Activities Run By Youth (ARBY). Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students with ID and $20 for families. Info: www.bit.ly/WUy0fx
It's pajama party time at the Breckenridge Recreation Center again, except tonight it's Halloween-themed. Plan a memorable night out for yourself while your toddler or preschooler enjoys a fun time at the rec center, 880 Airport Rd., from 6-8 p.m. Drop the kids off clad in PJ's to play games and make crafts. After dinner and so much fun, they'll be ready to go home to bed, goody bag in hand; all you'll have to do is tuck them in when the night is through. Price: $18/members, $20/nonmembers. RSVP & info: (970) 453-1734 or www.bit.ly/RMzUKJ
Don't miss out on the Halloween party tonight at Father Dyer United Methodist Church, 310 Wellington Rd. in Breckenridge. Infants through 5th-graders are invited to celebrate an early Halloween from 5:30-8:30 p.m., with activities including a costume contest, face painting, crafts, pizza, treats, games and a flashlight scavenger hunt. Admission is $10 and reservations are required. Email the child's name to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 389-6228.
Summit Cove Elementary School hosts a night of spooky fun tonight from 5:30-8:30, including a haunted house, toy exchange, preschool room, silent auction, food and scavenger hunt. Make sure the kiddos are dressed for the costume contest. Presale carnival tickets are $5 for 25; otherwise it's $5 for 20 today at the door. The event is put on by the PTSA.
Dillon Valley Elementary School will hold its Halloween carnival and silent auction from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed festivalgoers can enjoy a variety of carnival games, a book walk styled after the traditional cake walk, preschool area with games for little ones, photo booth, crafts, haunted house, pizza, novelty shop and face painting. Silent auction items include golf for four at the Raven, an Arapahoe Basin Ski pass, restaurant gift certificates and more. Advance tickets are $5 for 25 or it's $5 for 20 the day of the event, which is put on by the PTSA.
Tricks and treats are not just for small children. Looking to ski, ride and skate - in costume if you want - to celebrate Halloween? If so, join the Snowflex and SK8 Bowl Jam contest Sunday at Woodward at Copper. The Snowflex Rail Jam ($15) runs from 5-6 p.m., followed by the SK8 Bowl Jam ($5) from 6:30-7:30. Registration opens at 4 p.m. and prizes include a Woodward at Copper season pass and free gear for the best costume and moves. Info: www.bit.ly/SVgGBA
Sunday is the day to trick-or-treat off the street at the Outlets at Silverthorne. From 1-4 p.m., participating stores will have candy, stickers and small toys on hand for trick-or-treaters. Wear costumes and head to the Outlets for a worry-free trick-or-treating experience. Parents can enjoy holiday shopping specials at the same time. Info: (866) 746-7686 or www.bit.ly/VgZngm
For a full-on Halloween extravaganza, check out the Haunted Tour of Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, or the Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour at 4 p.m. Wednesday on Halloween itself. Also on Halloween, the historic Milne Home will be converted to a haunted house, open from 4-7 p.m., replete with candy for the kids. Reservations are required for the tours, which cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4-12, with special package pricing available for the two tours. Call (970) 453-9767 ext. 2 or visit www.bit.ly/RbofYw.
On Wednesday, don your costumes and head to Frisco to trick-or-treat on Main Street, with candy provided by participating merchants, who will hang bright orange jack-o-lanterns outside their businesses from 6-8 p.m. Then take a break from all that walking and head to the Log Chapel in the Historic Park to see Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride." Info: www.bit.ly/QIHRQb - Get more ideas on things to do with kids from Erin Opsahl at www.facebook.com/Summit.County.Moms.