Spend Halloween week in Summit County
Ghostly Tales, every night at 7 p.m. until Nov. 1; Breckenridge Tours
Explore the darker side of Breckenridge’s past on this 90-minute, historical walking tour. The tour will introduce you to such characters as Sylvia, the lonely widow; William Goodwin, the mangled miner; and Dr. Condon, the cold blooded killer. Ghost-hunting equipment provided to help you find their ghosts. Cost is $18/adult, $10/child (4-12); For more information or reservations, contact Gail (970) 343-9169 or Jamie 970-485-2894 or go to breckghosttours.com.
Strange but True, Monday-Saturday at 2 p.m. (year-round); Breckenridge Tours
This walking tour is all about disappearances, suspected kidnappings and other strange events, including the fate of the Breckenridge Navy. Hear about the weird and unusual events that in Breckenridge from 1961 when the ski area opened to present day. All true stories with a twist. Cost is $15/adult, $10/child (8-12); contact Gail at (970) 343-9169 or go to breckghosttours.com.
Tarot card readings; Oct. 23-24, 28-30; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Breckenridge Tours
A Tarot card reader will be on hand at Ole Man Berkins bookstore at 326 S. Main St., Breckenridge. He will be available for readings from around 5:30-7:30 p.m. and has a special spooky pack of cards to read with. Contact Gail at (970) 343-9169 or go to breckghosttours.com.
Haunted House, Thursday, Oct. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 31; 6-10 p.m.; town of Frisco/Mountain Mentors Teen Program
The former Frisco community center at 110 3rd Avenue (corner of 3rd Avenue and Granite Street) will be unrecognizable once it is transformed into a haunted schoolhouse by the town of Frisco and the Mountain Mentors Teen Program, Activities Run by Youth (ARBY). 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 during this project. The Haunted House is recommended for ages 7 and up, and guests are invited to drop by for a good scare for a good cause benefiting Mountain Mentors Teen Program, ARBY. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students or $20 for a family four pack.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
Halloween story time; 11 a.m.; South Branch Library
The Summit County South Branch Library has its regular preschool story time at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Oct. 28 they invite kiddos to wear their costumes and bring a trick-or-treat bag to celebrate Halloween. The South Branch is located at 103 S. Harris St.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Halloween Spooktacular; 7 p.m.; Summit Middle School
Summit County musicians have joined forces to provide a free, fun and family friendly Halloween concert, the first annual Halloween Spooktacular. The musicians of the Summit County Orchestra, Summit Concert Band, and members of the Summit High School Band and Orchestra are coming together under the direction of conductor Beth Steele. Enjoy spooky tunes from the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Dance Macabre” and many more. Dawn your best Halloween costume and bring your family and friends to the Summit Middle School auditorium for a wonderful night of music this Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Join the musicians after the show for some sweet treats and refreshments. Donations are greatly appreciated.
Friday, Oct. 30
Fire and Brimstone — Fundraiser for the Summit County Fallen Firefighters Fund; Broken Compass Brewing
Broken Compass is doing a special tapping of its Raspberry Habanero Pale Ale (two kegs) and will be donating 10 percent of all sales of this brew and the Chili Pepper Pale Ale, as well as the spicy mustards made by Mountain Madness that are sold in the taproom, to the Summit County Fallen Firefighters Fund. There will also be donation jars out if people would like to donate directly.
Halloween Dodgeball Tournament; 6 p.m.; Breckenridge Recreation Center
Dodge witches, goblins, clowns and more at the Breckenridge Rec Center’s seventh annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament. Teams should be a minimum of six players, including at least two females. Bring your game and costume. More details at townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=1493
Paranormal Investigation; 6-8 p.m.; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Over the years many guides and visitors have experienced strange occurrences in Breckenridge’s historic homes. The tour is led by a former investigator at The Stanley Hotel and a “medium” who will attempt to communicate with the home’s earliest inhabitants. The tours are $15. Book in advance. Ages 15 and over. For more information or reservations, go to breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767.
Pumpkin carving contest; drop off pumpkin by 3 p.m.; Carver’s Breckenridge Ski Shop; Breckenridge
Win ski and snowboard gear in a pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkins must be turned in by 3 p.m. Friday.
Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour; 5-6:30 p.m.; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance; Breckenridge
Take a stroll through the historic Valley Brook Cemetery with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and see the final resting places of Breckenridge’s first inhabitants and learn the details of a few untimely demises. $15/adult; $10/child (ages 4-12). For more information or reservations, go to breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767.
Nightmare at the Museum, 4-8 p.m.; Summit County Main Library
Guests are invited to start their historic Halloween experience at 4 p.m. at the Summit County Library in Frisco with “nightmare readings” by local favorite Patrick McWilliams, who will narrate tales of supernatural terror and suspense. Following the readings, the Frisco Historic Park is hosting an afterhours reception from 5-8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in Gothic or Victorian attire and explore the Frisco Historic Park by lantern. Light refreshments and treats will be provided.
HOWLaween Ball; 7-11 p.m.; Silverthorne Pavilion
The third annual HOWLaween Ball will benefit three local animal welfare groups: LAPS, Far View Horse Rescue and Animal Rescue of the Rockies. This is an adult 21-and-over event featuring a costume party and cash bar with local brewery favorites from Breckenridge Brewery, Baker’s Brewery and Dillon Dam Brewery. There will be free snacks, costume contests with prizes, a silent auction and a free photo op at the event with Matt Lit Photo. HOWLaween will be Friday, Oct. 30 at the Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Book signing; 1-3 p.m.; French Kiss Books and Linens; Breckenridge
Join Colorado children’s author Michelle Rodenburg on Oct. 31 from 1-3 p.m. at French Kiss Books and Linens. The store is inviting Upper Blue Elementary families to attend in costume. There will be candy and prizes and 15 percent of all Upper Blue sales will benefit the school library. 226 S. Main St.
Breckenridge Haunted Tour; 7:30-9 p.m.; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Just in time for Halloween, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will offer special editions of classic tours. On the haunted tour, you’ll enter the homes of Breckenridge’s former citizens and perhaps wonder … was it a draft or did you just meet Mrs. Briggle? $15/adults (ages 13 and up); $10/child (ages 4-12). For more information or reservations, go to breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767.
Halloween dog costume contest and party; noon to 8 p.m.; Broken Compass Brewing
Ten percent of revenue throughout the day will be donated to LAPS. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day. The brewery will give out one per hour between noon and 8 p.m., starting smaller and getting bigger as the day goes on, finishing with its new upcycled dog bowls, leashes and collars the last three hours. The Dog House has donated three dog day care certificates (good for one day of day care) as prizes as well.
The Milne Madhouse; 4-7 p.m.; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Colorado’s renowned crooks and cannibal madmen are highlighted in this free, historic haunted house. Donations (to support Breckenridge Heritage Alliance) encouraged. Details: The Milne Home is located at 103 North Harris St., Breckenridge. For more information or reservations, go to breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767.
Trick or Trails Halloween Trail Run; 11 a.m.; Vertical Runner
Breckenridge’s best running store, Vertical Runner, is hosting Halloween-themed 10k and 5k trail races. The trails lead through Troll Forest and weave through the spookiest trick-or-treated-out singletrack around. Details: verticalrunnerbreckenridge.com/trick-or-trail-run/
Trick-or-treat Breckenridge for kids; Breckenridge Police Department
Kids can play it safe by trick-or-treating along High and Harris streets. The Breckenridge Police Department closes main intersections that access the streets, so if you drive, park at the Breckenridge Elementary School or the Grand Vacations Community Center and Library. The Wellington neighborhood also hosts trick-or-treating — it primarily attracts neighborhood kids, but trick-or-treaters from every other area in Breckenridge (and Blue River) usually flood High and Harris. Details: call Breckenridge PD a little before Halloween at 970-453-2941.
Witch’s Brew Tour & Tea; 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
Tour Breckenridge’s nationally recognized Historic District with local expert and learn about life in a prosperous mining town. Then enjoy classic Victorian tea and treats with a twist in a restored historic home. Reservations required by 10 am.; $15/adults (ages 13 and up); $10/child (ages 4-12). For more information or reservations, go to breckheritage.com or call (970) 453-9767.
Pumpkin painting contest; all day; Red Mountain Grill
From now until Halloween, kids ages 13 and under can bring in a hand-painted pumpkin for a chance of winning a prize. Gift certificates will be given out as prizes — first place wins $100; second is $50; and third is $25. Winners will be announced Nov. 1.
Trick-or-Treat; 6-8 p.m.; Frisco Main Street
Trick-or-treaters are invited to Frisco’s Main Street and Historic Park on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. for trick-or-treating. Bright orange jack-o-lanterns hanging outside of Main Street businesses and on buildings at the Frisco Historic Park will indicate that businesses are handing out treats. Frisco Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7th Avenue to Madison Avenue from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to accommodate little ghouls and goblins.
Due to space restrictions, this Halloween roundup was limited to Halloween activities and events and did not include Halloween dining deals or Halloween parties or drink specials at bars and venues. Please see Friday’s edition of the Summit Daily for a roundup of live music Halloween events at local venues.
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