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All can hail Hallow’s Eve

Tamara Miller
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Those Halloween purists who insist on celebrating the holiday on Oct. 31 will be happy to know that 8150 has a celebration with them in mind.

Because the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, the club’s booking agent, Crawford Byers, is cautiously optimistic revelers will risk workweek hangovers for a one-price-serves-all drink special. Tickets for the MTV/Real World Halloween Spectacular are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and the bar will be open.

It’s the first time the club has celebrated Halloween on a Tuesday. Byers expects some long-held Vail Halloween traditions will stay the same, however.

“This is the night that everyone likes to forgo their inhibitions and let their inner dirty side come out,” he said. “People get highly sexed up on Halloween; it’s one night of the year no one is condemned for it.”

That’s debatable. What’s certain is that Eagle County’s dirty and innocent schoolgirls can find a Halloween celebration just for them. Halloween-themed events begin Thursday, Oct. 26 and run through Oct. 31. And those who object to Halloween’s spooky heritage can skip the tricks all together and celebrate candy and costumes the way God intended.

Beaver Creek Resort’s third annual Halloweenfest has a little something for the kiddies and the adults. This year’s event falls on Saturday, Oct. 28. Costumed wait staff will entertain the most ghoulish of breakfast menu orders from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Bivans at the Park. Adults and children can enter a pumpkin-carving contest for $5 per pumpkin. Or save the $5 and bring your own pumpkin. Registration is from noon – 5 p.m. and the awards will be announced around 5:30 p.m. after the judging. Trick-or-treating begins at 5 p.m. in Beaver Creek Village.

The Haunted Chophouse will be open for dinner patrons from 5 – 9 p.m. Oct. 26 – 28. The cost to enter the Haunted House is $8.

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There’s no cover to attend Loaded Joe’s Halloween Party, which begins at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. But costumes are strongly encouraged. The winner of the best costume will get a $50 bar tab. Local rockers Defying Gravity will perform.

Minturn’s live music series helped bridge that nasty gap between summer and winter we call the off-season. Consider Monday’s show at the Minturn Saloon the signal that winter is almost here. Local funk band Little Hercules takes the stage at 9 p.m. and the end-of-the-series raffle will grant the winner a prize. (We’re not sure what.) It’s a Halloween party so dress accordingly. Tickets are $7.

Sponsored by the Calvary Chapel, the annual Fall Fun Night is made especially for kids. Those hoping to skip all the Halloween scariness, or are looking for a more kid-friendly event, can head to Avon’s Nottingham Park from 4 – 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. The activities will be divvied up into three age-appropriate areas: pre-kindergarten, elementary- and middle-school-aged kids. Look for big bouncers, a giant slide, a bungee bull (which is like a mechanical bull, but operated by people) and “enough candy to make even the bravest kid throw up,” said Stephen Couch, assistant pastor. The theme of Fall Fun Night this year is Hawaiian Luau, and attendees are encouraged to wear costumes (but not too scary of costumes). Adults can look forward to a drawing every half-hour for a dinner for two to restaurants like Sweet Basil and Terra Bistro.

Vail’s littlest trick or treaters can get a head-start on their candy collecting at the Vail Recreation District’s 14th annual Trick or Treat Trot. The trot begins at 2 p.m. at the Covered Bridge area and LionsHead bus stop. Children from infants up to 8 years old, can look for merchants with an oversized jack-o-latern bag at the entrance for treats. Last year, more than 300 children participated, according to organizers.

Children ages 2 to 6 also are invited to enter the annual Trick or Treat Trot coloring contest. Entry forms are available at local schools, preschools, and will be published in the Vail Daily. To enter, children are asked to decarte the “Happy Halloween” in their best design or submit their own drawing to Millennium Bank in West Vail or the Recreation District’s Youth Services office, located adjacent to Subway in the LionsHead parking structure. The due date is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. Prizes from Pazzo’s, The Rucksack and Cascade Village Theaters will be given to the top three designs in each age category. For more information on the Trick or Treat Trot, call (970) 479-2292.

Byers is keeping his fingers crossed about the success of 8150’s Halloween celebration. He’ll get some help, thanks to his celebrity line-up, Tech$ from Real World Hawaii, “National Lampoon’s” Van Wilder and Cameran from Real World San Diego.

Reggae band, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, will kick off the night, which begins at 9 p.m. Then Tech$ will brush up on his DJ skills for the rest of the night.

Having the MTV name associated with the event will hopefully bring out the revelers, Byers said.

“I was kind of thinking, hey I could go see another jam band on Halloween, or I could rub elbows with famous people,” he said.

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