Halloween events: Tricks and treats around Summit County
Halloween is coming, bringing ghosts and goblins, princesses and superheroes from their secret lairs and faraway castles to Summit County. Here’s a list of haunted happenings to get kids young and old into the spirit of the holiday.
Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
• Paranormal Investigation, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, investigation takes place at one of the oldest homes in Breckenridge; call for address and directions; tickets are $15 per person (must be 15 or older), and reservations are required by 4 p.m. the day of the tour.
Join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance in its public effort to document that the consciousness survives after the body passes on, a paranormal investigation for the purposes of educating and enlightening. Over the years, many guides and visitors have experienced strange occurrences in this historic home. A former investigator at The Stanley Hotel and a medium who will attempt to communicate with the home’s earliest inhabitants will lead the tour. Visit http://breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, for tickets or more information.
• Breckenridge Halloween Haunted Tour, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, tour begins at the Breckenridge Welcome Center, 203 S. Main St.; tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for children ages 4 to 12, and reservations are required by 5 p.m. the day of the tour.
Join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance for a late-evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted Historic District. Along the way, the eerie and unexplained stories from the town’s rough and uncertain past will be told but remain unexplained. This fascinating tour includes a visit to the restored William H. Briggle Victorian home — was that an autumn chill or did you just meet the spirit of Katie Briggle? Visit http://breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, for tickets or more information.
• All Hallow’s Eve Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour, 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Valley Brook Cemetery at the intersection of Valley Brook Road and Airport Road, Breckenridge; tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for children ages 4 to 12, and reservations are required by 3:30 p.m. the day of the tour.
Hear tales of Breckenridge’s past from beyond the grave and see the ornate, hand-carved gravestones that represent some of the town’s earliest art and written history. Stroll through the historic Valley Brook Cemetery and hear fascinating stories of Breckenridge’s earliest inhabitants. See their final resting places, and learn the details of their rich and full lives or untimely demise. Visit http://breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, for tickets or more information.
• The Milne Madhouse, 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, The Milne House, 103 N. Harris St., Breckenridge; free, donations appreciated. This spooky house has historical hauntings. Does the ghost of Katie Briggle still tickle the ivories? Is it Sleeping Beauty or Ada Finding in the bedroom? What is Alfie Packer cooking up in the kitchen? Maybe he’ll lend you “a hand” to play poker with Pug Ryan. This haunted house is open to the public and kid-friendly. Visit http://breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767, ext. 2, for tickets or more information.
Breckenridge Arts District
• Sugar Skull Decorating, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). In this family-friendly workshop, participants will receive an introduction to the customs of Día de los Muertos and the symbolism of the iconic sugar skull. Participants will learn how to decorate their own unique Day of the Dead mask — inspired by sugar skull face painting. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
• Dancing Catrina Workshop, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). Families learn about the history of “La Calavera Catrina (Elegant Skull)” and create their own dancing “catrina.” Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
• Ofrenda Workshop, 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). Adult participants have the opportunity to create a small shrine dedicated to a lost one while learning about the traditions related to this art form. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
• Community Alter for Día de los Muertos, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). Creating these altars is one of the most important traditions during Day of the Dead in Mexico and in Mexican-American and Latino communities worldwide. The community is invited to bring photographs of loved ones and flowers to place on a communal alter set up within one of the campus studios; a history of the altars and altar-making instructions will be given to visitors throughout the day in Spanish and English. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
• Pumpkin Carving Workshops, 3-5 p.m. families and 7-9 p.m. adults, Wednesday, Oct. 22, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). Taught by master pumpkin carver Barry Brown, whose work has been featured on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Good Morning America.” Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
• Trick-or-treating, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). Geared toward younger children. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
• Halloween-Themed Raku Firing, 8-10 p.m., Kiln Yard, Breckenridge Arts District (corner of S. Ridge Street and E. Washington Avenue). Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for more information.
Other events in Breckenridge
• BellyWeen fundraiser for Advocates for Victims of Assault, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge; tickets are $15 for ages 11 and older (cash or credit card). The third-annual BellyWeen — a family-friendly belly dance variety show — features more than 30 belly dancers from around the High Country, including Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Kremmling, Eagle-Vail and Steamboat Springs, who will be performing in elaborate costumes to music ranging from rock classics to alternative remixes. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 6:30 p.m., and there is a silent auction at intermission. For more information or to buy tickets in advance, call (970) 668-3906.
• Sixth-annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, Breckenridge Recreation Center, 880 Airport Road; $100 per team, with a minimum of six players, two of whom must be females. Costumes are encouraged, and teams must register by 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Visit http://www.townofbreckenridge.com or call (970) 453-1734 for more information.
• Vertical Runner Trick or Trails 5K/10K/Costume Fun Run, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, South Gondola Lot; $15 for the costume fun run, $35 for the 5K, $45 for the 10K. All are welcome for this fun trail run on Breckenridge Open Space Trails, including a loop in the Troll Forest. Lots of contests, prizes and giveaways! Register in store at Vertical Runner Breckenridge, 301 N. Main St., or online at http://www.active.com.
• Second-annual Haunted Halloween at the Brown, 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Historic Brown Hotel, 208 N. Ridge St., Breckenridge. Breckenridge Tours will offer tours of the Historic Brown Hotel accompanied by paranormal investigators. Meet the 1880s characters of Breckenridge, who will tell their stories. All equipment will be provided on this ghost hunt. Call (970) 453-0084 or visit historicbrown.com for more information.
• Opening Day and Halloween Party at Copper Mountain, Friday, Oct. 31, Copper Mountain Resort; 8:30 a.m. festivities begin with DJ Landry in Center Village; 8:50 a.m. Best Costumes are chosen for first public chair; 9 a.m. First Chair Plaque Dedication to Frank; 2:30 p.m. Aprés Costume Contest in Jack’s Slopeside Bar, plus more live music with DJ Landry. Wear your best costume and join the contest to win a season pass, GoPro, complimentary lift and tubing tickets or Copper Mountain and Dos Equis swag. Visit http://www.coppercolorado.com for more information.
• Halloween Drink Specials at Jack’s Slopeside Bar, Friday, Oct. 31, Copper Mountain Resort. Witches Brew (red beer with Dos Equis Lager), One-Eyed Monster Martini (Svedka Citrus Vodka, triple sec, a splash of soda and grenadine with an eyeball garnish), Poison Apple (Black Velvet Carmel Whiskey, hot cider and a cinnamon stick) and Jager Spice shots will be on sale. Visit http://www.coppercolorado.com for more information.
• Tricks for Treats Bowl Jam, Saturday, Nov. 1, Copper Mountain Resort; 3 p.m. Skateboard Registration and Practice; 3:30-4:30 p.m. Skate Bowl Jam; 4:30 p.m. BMX Registration and Practice; 5-6 p.m. BMX Bowl Jam; 6 p.m. Awards. Skaters and BMX riders will take to the Woodward Copper Barn to show off their best tricks for a GoPro, sponsor gear and more. Visit http://www.woodwardcopper.com to register.
• Spooky Hour, 3-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Dillon Dam Brewery, 100 Little Dam St., Dillon. Halloween Happy Hour at the Dam; wear your costume and get deals and prizes. Call (970) 262-7777, or visit http://www.dambrewery.com.
• Halloween Carnival, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Dillon Valley Elementary, 108 Deer Path Road, 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. For more information, email Karen Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Haunted House, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, former Frisco community center, 110 Third Ave. (corner of Third Avenue and Granite Street); admission is $7 per person, $5 for students or $20 for a family four-pack and is recommended for ages 7 and older.
The town of Frisco and the Mountain Mentors Teen Program, Activities Run By Youth (ARBY), will transform the former Frisco community center into a haunted mansion. This annual haunted house is a creative and spooky labor of love for local volunteers and youth. The haunted house is largely imagined, created and staffed by local youth who gain valuable entrepreneurial skills with this project. Visit http://www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
• Nightmare at the Museum, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, Summit County Libraries Main Library, County Commons Building, 0037 County Road 1005; and Frisco Historic Park & Museum, 120 Main St., Frisco, free.
Start the historic Halloween experience at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Summit County Library with “nightmare readings” from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving and selections from Edgar Allan Poe, including readings from “The Raven.” Following the readings, the Frisco Historic Park is hosting an afterhours reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to dress in Gothic or Victorian attire and explore the Frisco Historic Park by lantern. Light refreshments and treats will be provided. Visit http://www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
• Trick-or-Treat on Frisco Main Street, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, Frisco Historic Park, 120 Main St., Frisco, and Main Street; free. Bright orange jack-o-lanterns hanging outside of Main Street businesses and at the Frisco Historic Park buildings will indicate that businesses are handing out treats. Frisco Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Seventh Avenue to Madison Avenue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to accommodate little ghouls and goblins. Visit http://www.townoffrisco.com for more information.
• Halloween Opening Day, Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, Keystone Resort; 8-10 a.m. Complimentary hot chocolate and doughnuts available; 8-10 a.m. Giveaways; 8-9 a.m. Costume Contests, a couples and individual category; 9 a.m. lifts open; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) Keystone will feature both a Haunted Ski Trail and a children’s Trick-or-Treat Trail (times subject to change); 4 p.m. (Saturday) Children’s Costume Contest and a Children’s Parade of Costumes through River Run Village; 4:30 p.m. (Saturday) “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” movie showing at Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village.
Opening Day also marks the return of Keystone’s Kids Ski Free offer, where children 12 and younger receive free lift tickets with a two-night stay or longer in any of Keystone’s owned or operated lodging units. Visit http://www.keystoneresort.com for more information.
• Trick-or-Treat Off the Street, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, Red, Green and Blue villages, The Outlets at Silverthorne, free. Participating locations throughout The Outlets at Silverthorne will provide treats, stickers and more as a safe trick-or-treating alternative. For more information and a complete list of participating stores, call (970) 468-5780 or visit http://www.outletsatsilverthorne.com.
• HOWLaween Ball, 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne; tickets are $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Adult Halloween party benefitting nonprofits League for Animals and People of the Summit (L.A.P.S.), Far View Horse Rescue, Swan Center Outreach and Animal Rescue of the Rockies includes a DJ, dancing, costume contests, silent auction, cash bar, free snacks and a new fancy dessert bar. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest and sexiest costume, along with best couple and best group (three or more people). Tickets are available at Horse Cents Thrift Store in Silverthorne or ARR Thrift Store and The Summit Foundation office in Breckenridge (cash or check only). For photos, sponsors and auction items or to purchase tickets with a credit card (extra transaction fee charged), visit http://www.howlaween.com.
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