A High Country Halloween: How to get spooky in Summit County this week
FRISCO — Snow may be on the slopes but there are still a few more holidays to celebrate before the Christmas season arrives. Next week is Halloween and hosts already have rolled out the carpet covered in spider webs for the arrival of a horribly fun time. Here is a spooky sampling of ghoulish games and activities happening throughout Summit County.
For the first time, HighSide Brewing is transforming into an interactive “spook easy” Saturday, Oct. 26. The night will feature a costume contest, games, dancers and, most importantly, a haunted house. The haunted house opens at 7 p.m., and music by The Frisco Funk Collective, dubbed The Frisco Fear Collective, begins at 8.
At Frisco’s other brewery, Outer Range Brewing Co., guests can expect a DJ playing ’90s hip-hop at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Be sure to come in costume as winners of the contest will be announced at 9. The night also will see two India pale ales released at 5. First, there’s The Willies Double IPA made with Kohatu, Citra and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops while The Heebeegeebees IPA contains Galaxy, Citra and Simcoe hops.
There also will be a trio of terribly delightful town events Friday, Oct. 25. First, the Frisco Historic Park & Museum will have its Nightmare at the Museum at 6 p.m., when guests can explore the park by lantern and enjoy refreshments in the schoolhouse. Then at 6:30, people can tour the Frisco Cemetery and hear tales from its current inhabitants. Finally, at 8:30 at 10 at Mile Music Hall is the Zombie Ball. There will be music from Horizon Line and Beau Thomas in addition to a silent auction and superhero zombie costume contest. Proceeds benefit the Summit County Coroner’s Office’s Survivor Support Program. Visit townofffrisco.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Still looking for more music? Dead Floyd, a Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd cover band, and the Frisco Funk Collective will have a free show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at 10 Mile Music Hall. Colorado-based funk band SunSquabi is making a stop there at 8:30 on Saturday, Nov. 2. The trio will perform with Maddy O’Neal, and $1 per ticket sold will go to the Can’d Aid Foundation. The venue also is having a kid-friendly afternoon of Halloween fun and games from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Visit 10milemusichall.com for more information.
Last, but certainly not least, families can go trick-or-treating at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Frisco. Businesses on Main Street from Madison Avenue to Seventh Avenue — and in the Frisco Historic Park — will be giving out sweets. Look for the orange jack-o’-lanterns to see which businesses are participating. Afterward, head to Ein Prosit for a Big Onions concert and costume contest at 8.
Going bump in Breckenridge nights
Breckenridge’s historic Country Boy Mine has received a haunted makeover for the Halloween season. Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Nov. 4, visitors can join the marshal’s posses and explore 1,000 feet of a mine overrun by the undead, ghosts and other scares. After experiencing that “tunnel of terror,” they can escape a puzzle room and take part in ax throwing. Go to horrorinthemine.com to book a tour.
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance also is combining history and horror throughout October. Tea time at the Briggle House has been put under a witch’s spell, and people can tour the Valley Brook Cemetery or attend a haunted house. Victorian hair art — a way of remembering the deceased — is part of the exhibit: “Milne House in Mourning: A Wake for Ada Finding,” a unique collection highlighting late 1800s mourning customs, superstitions and etiquette. Also on display are clothing, veils, a child’s casket and tear-savers. Learn more and reserve your space for tours at breckheritage.com.
The Gold Pan Saloon is throwing a private Breckoween party at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Presented by Après-Ski, the night features an open bar, costume contest and music by DJ Davey Darko. Visit breckoween.com to purchase tickets, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Building Hope.
Those wanting to flex their creative carving muscles can enter Angry James Brewing Co.’s second annual pumpkin carving contest. Happening at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, entrants are given two beers, one pumpkin and all of the necessary tools for $20 as they vie for prizes. There are only 25 spots available, so sign up for one soon at the brewery.
If you’d rather carve without the competitive pressure, consider Breckenridge Creative Arts’ pumpkin carving date night. The event for singles and couples happens at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Gallery@OMH. Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $15 for members and include one alcoholic beverage. Visit breckcreate.org to purchase.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s Mountain Goat Plaza will get into the mood with live music and a costume contest from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Yesterday’s Tomorrow will perform throughout the day while the contest begins at 1:30. There are different categories depending on age, even ones for dogs and groups, and prizes range from gift cards to tickets for the 6th Alley Bar and Grill Supper Club.
Dia de Los Muertos
If there wasn’t enough to do leading up to and on Halloween, BreckCreate has you covered as they celebrate Dia de Los Muertos. Beginning Friday, Nov. 1, people can walk around the Arts District campus for a variety of events such as hands-on workshops, face painting, art installations, a photo booth and community-made altars. The celebration starts with an opening blessing by the Aztec storytelling, dance and music group Chimaltonalli followed by a performance from Mariachi Internacional Denver at Gallery@OMH. In between listening to music, hear artist Santiago Jaramillo discuss his “Ancient Roots and Modern Altars” exhibition.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Breckenridge Film Festival is screening the animated movie “Book of Life” at Breckenridge Theater. Later that evening at 6:30, the theater will host a free performance by Baile Folklórico as they dance and share Mexican culture. Visit breckcreate.org for more information.
Frisco’s Alpine Dance Academy will get in on the Day of the Dead action with a show by its Alpine Conservatory Theatre students at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Riverwalk Center. The performance, called “Kindred Spirits: Dead Hot American Bummer,” is family friendly and full of 1980s dance hits. Visit alpinedanceacademy.com for details.
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