Eagle County’s Halloween happenings for kids and adults alike
Crafting your alter ego
Halloween is an ode to ghosts and ghouls and goblins — you know, creatures pulled straight from nightmares — but the costume experts at Party Central in Avon say this year seems a touch darker than usual, with everything from demented clowns to zombified athletes. After all, imagination is the hallmark of an unforgettable (and affordable) costume, no matter how macabre. Here’s a rundown of the hottest looks for Oct. 31.
Pop culture icons
Summertime blockbusters usually seep over into Halloween, but what of funky, tongue-in-cheek oddities like “Sharknado”? That’s even better. In honor of the cult hit’s recent sequel, shark costumes are huge for kids and adults. If you’re a big-screen fanatic, rebooted superheroes like Superman, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy crew are wildly popular, not to mention Halloween stalwarts like the Ninja Turtles. Party Central’s Leann Salazar says children favor the sleeker, flashier outfits from recent films, while adults are drawn to the retro look, a la Adam West. No matter what you choose, be ready to quote one-liners by memory. It’s part and parcel of any pop culture costume.
Return of the clown
For some folks, clowns are inherently creepy. So why not embrace the monster beneath the big red nose? For a darker look, again draw inspiration from pop culture: Tim Curry’s grotesque baddie from Stephen King’s “It” or the homicidal carnival clown from the new season of “American Horror Story.” A traditional costume can stand out with bombastic touches, like full face paint or a neon-hued mohawk in place of a curly wig. The same goes for stalwarts like witches, skeletons and pirates.
Pro sports mascots
Your costume doesn’t need to be one-and-done like a prom dress. For an alternative to darker characters, Salazar expects mascots like Rocky (Denver Nuggets) and the San Diego Chicken (San Diego Padres) to find plenty of traction in the Vail area. They’re fun, colorful and over-the-top, but the costumes also tend to be blazing hot — the perfect combo for slopeside bashes during ski season. You’re guaranteed to wear that chicken suit again come Closing Day.
Eagle County’s Halloween parties began last weekend and continue today and Friday, with plenty of options for youngsters and, well, those who tend to find their inner child when Halloween comes around. It’s time to dress up and head out one final time before the next great costume party: ski season.
Whitewater Ramble takes over Vail on Friday, when the band returns to the Vail Ale House for a special night of “Boo-Grass.” The band adds drum to bluegrass instrumentation, grassing up everything from disco house grooves to roots to Americana. Last year they performed Boo-Grass in St. Louis. This year, will be the first Colorado Halloween for the Fort Collins-based band, so we expect they will bring a particularly good jamgrass party. Whitewater Ramble is currently on tour behind their sophomore release, “Roots & Groove,” which was produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The album features an array of special guests such as Andy Hall on Dobro (Infamous Stringdusters), Andy Thorn on banjo (Leftover Salmon), Grammy Award winner John Macy on pedal steel, Bill McKay (Leftover Salmon, Derek Trucks Band) on piano and Tim Carbone on electric guitar and vocals.
Here’s a look at your other options.
• Agave: Doors open at 9:30 p.m., with live music by Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue (featuring Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra) and opener Sweet Lillies. Tickets are $5 online at http://www.agaveavon.com. A total of $500 in prizes for costume contest: best overall, sexiest and most original team.
• Montana’s: Doors open at 10 p.m., with live music by Nevada Lee Furrow, Greg Honan and more, plus lights and sound by Pink Elephant Army. Tickets are $10 at the door. Combined $1,000 in cash prizes for costume contest and $4 “Bloodsucker Cocktails” all night.
• Loaded Joe’s: Doors open at 9 p.m. for Spooky Karaoke, with $2 Miller High Life cans. Free.
• Vail Ale House: Whitewater Ramble brings Boo-Grass to the Vail Ale House. Show is at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.
• Bol: DJ Koncept will perform at Bol’s Halloween Party on Friday night. There’s a costume party with some great prizes; first place wins an Epic Pass, second place nabs tickets to Bol’s New Year’s Eve party with ZTrip and third place gets a Bol gift card. No cover, doors open at 9:30 p.m.
• The Altitude Club in the Evergreen Lodge hosts a Halloween party with DJ Jahstone. There’s a costume contest and drink specials. There’s a $5 cover and the party starts at 10 p.m.
• Vail Underground: DJ Droiid and DJ Omar will perform at Vail Underground’s Halloween party at 304 Bridge Street. Doors open at 10 p.m.
• Minturn Saloon: Doors open at 8 p.m., with music by the Min’urntable Express. A $10 donation at the door goes to the Minturn Community Fund. Come for costume contests, and the first 100 people get a free Coors Light with a donation.
• E|town: Doors open at 10 p.m. Free. Costume contest prizes to be announced at the party.
• Main St. Grill: Twang Box plays at Main St. Grill in Edwards at 10 p.m. The show is free and costumes are encouraged.
FOR THE KIDS
• Minturn’s Trick or Treat takes place Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m.
• Calvary Chapel hosts SHINE, a community outreach event from 4-6 p.m. This free, family-friendly event at Calvary Chapel includes inflatable bouncers, games, candy and prizes. There’s coffee and cookies for parents. There are also five families in our community who will be lighting up their houses for a bright, fun place for kids to do more that trick or treat. There will be two SHINE homes in Eagle Ranch and three SHINE homes in Miller Ranch. They will be decorated in bright lights and have games to play, candy and prizes.
• Trick or treat with the kids at Lionshead’s Trick-or-Treat Trot on Friday. Children, ages infant through 10 years old, and their families are invited to join the Vail Public Library at 1 p.m. for Halloween Story Hour. From 2 to 5 p.m., costumed children will gather and trick or treat through the streets of Vail Village and Lionshead Village receiving goodies from participating merchants. Participating merchants are identifiable by an oversized jack-o-lantern bag displayed at their entrance and will offer children safe treats. For more information, go to http://www.vailrec.com.
• Fall Festival at Eagle Baptist Church. This alternative celebration for kids and families tired of “scary” events goes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Activities will including old West games, candy, a soup supper, hay ride and a bonfire. For more information, call 970-328-7792.
Phil Lindeman contributed to this story. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at email@example.com and 970-748-2984. Follow her on Twitter @caramieschnell.