Haunted happenings for Halloween in Breckenridge, Frisco, Copper Mountain and around Summit County
Ryan Summerlin October 24, 2013
If you go
- What: BellyWeen, a belly-dance Halloween show and fundraiser for Advocates for Victims of Assault
- Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
- When: 6:30 Saturday; doors open at 6 p.m.
- Cost: $10, cash only; children 10 and younger are free
- More information: Visit http://everybellydancers.com
If you go
- What: Tricks for Treats Bowl Jam
- Where: Woodward at Copper Mountain
- When: Sunday; 2:30 p.m. skate registration and practice, 3-4 p.m. SK8 Bowl Jam; 4 p.m. BMX registration and practice, 4:30-5:30 p.m. BMX Bowl Jam
- Cost: $10 entry fee
- More information: Visit http://woodwardatcopper.com/events
If you go
- What: Haunted Hike
- Where: Former Old Navy store, Unit 309A, Green Village of The Outlets at Silverthorne
- When: 7-11 p.m. today and Saturday; 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Cost: $10 admission
- More information: Visit http://lakedillontheatre.org
If you’re looking for a scare for kids big and small this week, check out one of these haunted happenings around Summit County.
EveryBelly Dancer will present its second annual BellyWeen fundraiser for Advocates for Victims of Assault on Saturday at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
“We’re a group of women who love belly dance,” said Lucy Finch, group leader of EveryBelly Dancers in Breckenridge. “We have a wide variety of people; I think the youngest is in their 30s and the oldest in their 60s.”
The dancers, who come from five different areas around the High Country, met through taking classes at Colorado Mountain College. Finch now teaches through CMC and said over the years, the group has grown in both number of dancers and ability level.
“We wanted to showcase what we were capable of doing, and (BellyWeen) was such a success last year that we’re doing it again this year,” she said.
The show is in two acts with an intermission, and the dancers will be garbed in Halloween costumes. Finch said the group is serious about variety.
“There is a lot going on,” she said. “We have 30 dancers, approximately, … and they are all bringing something a little different. We have people dancing with props ranging from candles to veils to swords and knives. And for people who don’t know, within the world of belly dance, there are a lot of styles. We’re going to have a lot of variety that way, too. Some people trained in Moroccan cabaret style, tribal-style dancing — they’ll all be performing.”
The dancers chose Advocates for Victims of Assault as a beneficiary because they felt a close alignment with what the organization is doing in the community and they wanted to help, Finch said.
“We sat and talked and almost all of us had some experience with a traumatic event, or someone in our family had, that Advocates would have been really helpful for those people that we know,” she said.
Other events in Breckenridge
• Neighborhood trick-or-treat night, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, free. In the Wellington neighborhood, Wolff Lyon Road and Bridge Street will be closed at the request of the Wellington Neighborhood Association. In the Historic District of Breckenridge, High Street and Harris Street, along with related side streets, will be closed. Adams Avenue and High and Harris streets south of Adams Avenue will remain open. For more information, call Vanessa Agee at (970) 453-3187, ext. 2.
• Fifth Annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament, 6-9 p.m. today, Breckenridge Recreation Center, $95 per team (must have been registered by Thursday). Do you think you have what it takes to dodge witches, goblins and maybe even White Goodman? Show off your skills and your costume, with a minimum of six players per team with at least two females. Visit www.townofbreckenridge.com for more information.
• Moonlight Monster Mash Dash, 6 p.m. Saturday, Vertical Runner Breckenridge, 301-1 N. Main St., $15 for 1-mile fun run or $20 for 5-kilometer race, family packages also available (must register by the end of the day today). All race participants will be given glow sticks/bands and a recyclable goody bag. All ages welcome, including dogs, and there will be treats (and tricks) to follow in the 2nd Wind Building following the race. Visit www.active.com and search for Moonlight Monster Mash Dash for information and registration.
• Boofest, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Upper Blue Elementary, 1200 Airport Road (some events inside, some outside), admission is free. The inaugural Boofest features an old-fashioned carnival with a haunted house by Spirit Halloween and a Punkin Chunkin contest to see who can catapult a pumpkin the furthest and watch it splat. Tickets for carnival activity booths and food are available in advance for a discounted rate at FirstBank in Breckenridge, or buy tickets for $1 each at the event. All funds raised will be used to purchase technology for the school. Email Shannon Bosgraaf, carnival committee chairperson, at email@example.com for more information.
• Special Breckenridge Haunted Tour, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (tour lasts 90 minutes), $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12, reservations required. The eerie, the unexplained and the creepy will be experienced as you stroll the historic streets of town and enter the homes of Breckenridge’s former residents. Call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, or visit www.breckheritage.com.
• All Hallow’s Eve Tombstone Tales at Twilight, 4 p.m. Thursday (tour lasts 90 minutes), $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 to 12, reservations required. Stroll through the cemetery and hear the many fascinating stories of Breckenridge’s first inhabitants from beyond the grave. Call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, or visit www.breckheritage.com.
• The Milne Madhouse, 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Milne Home, 103 N. Harris St., free. Does the ghost of Katie Briggle still tickle the ivories? Is it Ada Finding or Sleeping Beauty in the bedroom? What is Alfie Packer cooking up in the kitchen? Visit www.breckheritage.com for more information.
• “Zompocalypse … Later,” written and directed by Christopher Willard, runs on select days through Nov. 2, Backstage Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St., $18, plus a $2 surcharge. Nate and Zach throw an epic opening day party — just as the zombie apocalypse hits. But when zombies overrun a rival party first, they find their party is the hit of the season. Visit www.backstagetheatre.org for more information.
Copper Mountain will host its annual Tricks for Treats Bowl Jam on Sunday at the Woodward at Copper Barn. The event features competitions in BMX and skateboarding in the bowl, and prizes include a barn skate/bike season pass, a GoPro Hero 3 and cash.
“It’s something we do every year, something we look forward to,” said Danny Vogel, general manager at Woodward at Copper. “Through our promotion and working with Pusher BMX shop in Denver and Satellite Skate & Show Shop (in Boulder), we raise a lot of awareness.”
A variety of divisions are available to encourage all ability levels to participate, Vogel said, from open divisions for bigger athletes to amateur level competition, and spectators are encouraged.
“We love spectators coming,” he said. “We usually get about 50 spectators, but we’re hoping for more this year with more people involved. With our renovation, we can host a ton of spectators, and it’s great to show them the new facility that we just opened.”
DJ Landry will be setting the mood with music, and all participants and spectators will receive a certificate for a free burrito from Chipotle. Other prizes will be given for the best Halloween costumes.
“The atmosphere is super fun,” Vogel said. “Everybody comes dressed up in their Halloween costumes, we have candy to give out, we have a ton of prizes from our sponsors. Most people who come to the event will walk way with a prize.
“There’s a really supportive atmosphere that caters to everybody, and everybody’s having a good time.”
• Halloween Carnival, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dillon Valley Elementary, 108 Deer Path Road, admission is free. Purchase tickets for activities created for children ages preschool through elementary and into middle school. Children can tour the haunted house, play games in the gymnasium, explore the craft room, take pictures in the photo booth or get their faces painted. The event also includes a silent auction, with items including ski passes, hotel stays, restaurant gift certificates, handmade jewelry and gift baskets created by each classroom. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jenni Riberdy at (970) 390-3118.
• Trick-or-Treat Street, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Main Street, from Madison Avenue to Seventh Avenue, Frisco (Main Street will be closed to all vehicles between Seventh and Madison Avenues from 5:30 to 9 p.m.), free. Trick-or-treaters can help themselves to all the sweets they can handle at businesses up and down Main Street and in the Frisco Historic Park. Look for the bright orange jack-o-lanterns hanging outside Main Street businesses passing out candy. For more information, visit www.townoffrisco.com.
• Frisco Haunted House, 6-10 p.m. today, Saturday and Thursday, Frisco Recreation Building, 110 Third Ave., $7 per person, $5 with any student ID or $20 family four-pack. Presented by the town of Frisco and benefitting Mountain Mentors and Activities Run By Youth, the haunted house is recommend for ages 7 and older. Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
• Nightmare at the Museum, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, 120 Main St., free. Experience the ghastly tales and chilling poems of Victorian Gothic literature. Enjoy a macabre evening at the museum while revisiting the horror classics, including readings from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera.” Visit www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company has partnered with The Outlets at Silverthorne and the town of Silverthorne to create the first-ever Haunted Hike, an indoor haunted experience housed in the former Old Navy store in The Outlets at Silverthorne.
“One of the core values of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company is community impact,” said Tim Pare, the theater company’s new educational director. “How many different, new ways can we inspire the community and give back and expose ourselves to new audiences.”
The Haunted Hike allows the theater company to introduce people in the community to the various programming it offers, aside from just shows at the theater.
“We tried to take a spin on something really familiar from the Colorado lifestyle, a hike through a campground,” Pare said. “The scenario is right before our guests come through, the campground has been overrun by zombies. We’ve got the remains of a couple of victims, people who escaped the zombie attack, and then we’ve got zombies all over in different shapes and different forms.”
The hike features zombies who are chained up, attacking humans and halfway through the process of transitioning into full zombie mode, Pare said.
“Expect lots of outdoor motifs and scenery set up,” he said. “We’ve got a realistic campground set up with tents and sleeping bags littered with body parts and human remains.”
Other events in Silverthorne
• HOWLaween Ball, 7-11 p.m. Friday, Silverthorne Pavilion, $13 presale or $18 at the door. Costume party, 21 and older, with cash bar, free appetizers, dancing, prizes for best costumes and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit four local animal nonprofits: LAPS, Swan Center Outreach, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and Far View Horse Rescue. For more information, visit www.howlaween.com.
• Trick-or-Treat Off the Street, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, The Outlets at Silverthorne, free. Participating locations throughout The Outlets at Silverthorne will provide treats as a safe trick-or-treating alternative. For more information, visit http://lakedillontheatre.org.
• Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s Fall Youth Workshop Fright Fest, performances at 11 a.m. and noon Sunday, Green Village of The Outlets at Silverthorne, free. See popular Grimm’s Fairy Tales characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and The Big Bad Wolf in an all-ages, never-before-seen story. Visit http://lakedillontheatre.org for more information.
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