Get your ghoul on: Check out one of these Halloween haunts up and down the valley |

Get your ghoul on: Check out one of these Halloween haunts up and down the valley

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Agave will welcome back The Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue to celebrate a spooky boogie down of Grateful Dead tunes Friday, Oct. 28. The venue also will be giving away $500 in cash prizes for best costumes.
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Agave, located at 1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., will welcome back The Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue to celebrate a spooky boogie down of Grateful Dead tunes Friday. The venue also will be giving away $500 in cash prizes for best costumes.

The Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue features a revolving cast of musicians to suit each gig, resurrecting Grateful Dead originals and well-known covers, all with the underlying improvisation of the grandfather of jam bands. This particular evening’s cast of characters is Rob Eaton, of Dark Star Orchestra, on lead guitar; Bill McKay, most recently with Coral Creek, on keys; Edwin Hurwitz on bass; Dave Kochmann on guitar; and Jake Wolf on drums.

Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m.; there’s a $10 cover. Call 970-748-8666 or visit for more information.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, located at 26 Riverfront Lane, is kicking off the Halloween weekend with the second-annual Scary Scurry Costume 5K Friday at noon. Free and open to the public, this 5K walk/run will leave from The Westin Riverfront’s Gondola Plaza, travel west on the Eagle River bike path, around Nottingham Lake and then back along the bike path to end at The Westin.

Participants are encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes and bring a food donation to help stock the shelves at the Vail Valley Salvation Army Food Pantry. Runners and spectators can tag Scary Scurry photos on Instagram with #ACWfit. For more information, call 970-790-6000.

Maya restaurant at The Westin will host the Mad as a Hatter Brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, featuring a full brunch buffet with a build-your-own omelet station, tea party pastries, sandwiches and more. Tea service will be available upon request. Maya will also be serving its full breakfast menu, with lunch items available after 11 a.m.

Maya’s Mad as a Hatter Brunch is $27 for adults and $12 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations are highly recommended; call 970-790-5500.

Maya is also hosting a Day of the Dead Celebration on Monday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There’s no cover charge, and the evening will feature a costume contest, door prizes and a drawing for a bottle of Maya’s Casa Herradura Tequila and tequila locker storage for a year. JV3, a ’90s pop-rock cover trio from Denver, will provide the music, and a limited happy hour menu will be available.

The Westin Riverfront offers complimentary on-site valet parking for Maya diners and bar patrons, based on availability; call 970-790-5500.

Montana’s Smokehouse, located at 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. in Avon, will host its fifth-annual Halloween Bash on Saturday hosted by Marty McFly and Doc Hollywood, aka Greg Honan and Nevada Lee Furrow. There’s no cover charge for the party, which starts at 10 p.m., and there will be music and prizes for the best costumes.

Montana’s also will host its third-annual Pooch Costume Contest from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. All pets get yappetizers for dressing up and entering, and the winning costumed fur baby gets a bag full of goodies and their human wins a Montana’s gift card. Call 970-949-7019 for more information about either event.


The Eagle Valley Middle School football team will carry on its fall tradition of providing some pre-Halloween thrills and chills at its annual Haunted Barn.

Admission is $5, and in past years, the spooky tours have funded the purchase of goalposts, a scoreboard, blocking and tackling sleds and bleachers for the once-empty field, plus high-quality helmets, new jerseys and more.

The Haunted Barn is located at Brush Creek Park, 909 Capitol St., and will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Popcorn, bottled water and hot beverages will be available for purchase. Learn more at

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is conjuring up some gruesome fun at Sylvan Lake State Park on Saturday. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center, witches, warlocks and their little demons will hear several eerie, kid-friendly stories. Narrator Berkeley will provide the stories, but if you have a favorite, you can tell your own tale.

Attendees can also partake in free apple cider, snacks and treats provided by the park, or bring your own potions, if you prefer. Alcohol is not allowed. After an afternoon of spooky fun, stay at the park and check out some hiking, picnicking, fishing and camping.

The event is free; however, all vehicles that enter the park must have a park pass, available at the Visitor Center. Be sure to keep your pet on a leash. Call 970-328-2021 or email with questions.

Habitat ReStore is hosting a pumpkin- painting party on Saturday. This family-friendly, all-ages drop-in event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Habitat ReStore, located at 751 Chambers Ave. in Eagle. Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley.

The Paint-A-Pumpkin event is $6 per person, which includes one full-size pumpkin and all art supplies. There will be no formal instruction, but volunteers will be available to assist participants. Advanced registration is requested, and space is limited. To sign up, call 970-748-6718, ext. 122, or email julie@habitatvail

The Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon, located at 1099 Capitol St. in Eagle Ranch, is hosting its annual Halloween party on Saturday, with Monk Tonik playing rock ’n’ originals and covers. There’s a $1,000 cash prize for the best costume. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 21-and-older party, and there’s a $10 cover. Call 970-328-7002 to learn more.


Route 6 Cafe, located at 40801 U.S. Highway 6, will host a Halloween party with The Fabulous Femmes from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. A $20 cover charge includes your first drink, and there will be prizes for the best costumes.

The Fabulous Femmes are a vocal trio consisting of Kathy Morrow, Beth Swearingen and Sally Peterson who have combined their voices to create an energetic musical show featuring tunes from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. The trio’s repertoire includes songs from Elvis and The Supremes to Abba and Annie Lennox, complete with costumes and choreography. Learn more at


Trinity Church, located at 90 Lariat Loop, will host Trunk or Treat, with candy, games and food, on Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is billed as safe fun for the whole family. Call 970-926-1759 or visit to learn more.

Halloween means drink specials and a costume contest at e|town, located 295 Main St. in the Riverwalk at Edwards, on Monday. The party starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Prizes will be given for best group costume and best male and female costumes. Call 970-926-4080 to learn more.


PreVail Athletics, located at 760 Lindbergh Drive, No. 2, will host a spooktacular open gym from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, with games, bouncy houses, prizes and snacks. Parents will be decorating their car trunks for trunk-or-treat in the PreVail parking lot. The event is free to all current members of PreVail Athletics or $10 per participant for nonmembers. Best costume will win a $20 gift certificate. Call 970-541-0301 for more information.


The Minturn Community Fund and the Minturn Saloon are teaming up once again for their annual Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the Minturn Saloon, 146 Main St., Friday starting at 7 p.m.

A donation of $20 to the Minturn Community Fund gets you in the door. The first 100 people will also get a free Coors Light draft beer courtesy of Coors Taps the Rockies and Mountain Beverage. The Minturn Saloon will open at 7 p.m., and the Min’urn Express & Turntable Review will provide the music, showcasing new material, covers and music to get the ghosts and ghouls up and dancing.

This year’s theme will be “A Frankensteeeen Halloweeeen,” so get your best Gene Wilder- or Mel Brooks-inspired costume ready. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Call 970-827-5954 for more information, or find the Minturn Saloon on Facebook.

➜ The fourth-annual Minturn Monster Dash will take place in Minturn on Sunday with a three-mile road run, Candy Corn Kids Mile and the Tombstone Ten Mile.

All races start and finish at the Minturn Saloon restaurant. Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for youth in advance or $35 for adults and $20 for youth the day of the event for the three-mile course, which winds through Minturn streets and neighborhoods, as well as along the Eagle River, on paved and dirt roads and bike paths.

The 10-miler, which is $40 for adults and $25 for youth in advance or $45 for adults and $25 for youth the day of the event, has a dose of smooth, rolling trail on dirt road, singletrack and doubletrack. The Candy Corn Kids Mile is $15 in advance for all registrants or $20 the day of the race.

Packet pickup and race-day registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Saloon, and all races start at 10 a.m. There will be prizes for best costumes in several categories, including youngest, scariest, fastest, etc., so dress for Halloween. Awards will be given to top finishers. No age group awards will be given, but each runner will receive a Speckled-Hound Racing beanie and Halloween finisher medal.

All fitness levels are welcome. An adult must accompany young children, and leashed dogs are welcome on the one- and three-mile courses. Fruit, apple cider and cupcakes will be available at the finish, and Minturn’s downtown restaurants, cafes and bakeries will be offering lunch specials for racers.

Search “Minturn Monster Dash” at to register in advance.

➜ Get out with your friends and family for an evening of traditional, community-based trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in Minturn. For more information, email or visit

The Bunkhouse, 175 Williams St., No. 102, will host a Halloween party with Denver band The Velveteers on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Velveteers are an American rock outfit that combines punk with an aggressive sound, distorted guitar riffs and thunderous drums. There’s no cover charge. Call 970-827-4165 for more information.


Altitude Bar & Grill, located in the Evergreen Lodge at 250 South Frontage Road, is throwing a Halloween party on Saturday, with music from DJ P-Rock. The bar will have a costume contest with a $100 cash prize for the best overall costume and $50 gift certificate for the scariest, sexiest and best group/couple. There’s no cover charge for the party, which starts at 9 p.m., and the Evergreen Lodge is offering a special $89 nightly rate for locals. Call 970-479-6137 to learn more.

➜ From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Vail Public Library, located at 292 W. Meadow Drive in Vail, will host scarecrow building, an opportunity for teams to build scarecrows to decorate the library. The library will provide frames and art supplies, and the Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store will provide clothing for the scarecrows; bring additional accessories to personalize your scarecrow.

The event free and is suitable for children 5 and older. Small parts, glue guns and staple guns will be used, so an adult must accompany all children. Teens may work independently with librarian permission. Call 970-479-2184 for more information.

Bol Vail, located in Solaris Plaza at 141 E. Meadow Drive, is hosting a ghoulish Halloween evening on Monday, with the return of DJ Shake One. The cover charge is $10, which includes a raffle ticket for bowling and bottle service, and first prize for this year’s costume contest is an Epic Pass. The party starts at 8 p.m.; call 970-476-5300 for more information.

The Vail Recreation District will host the 24th annual Trick or Treat Trot on Monday. The Trick or Treat Trot is an opportunity for children 10 and younger and their families to trick-or-treat through the streets of Vail from 2 to 5 p.m.

Starting at welcome booths in both Vail Village and Lionshead Village, costumed trick-or-treaters will be greeted and given free balloons. They will then be pointed in the direction of participating merchants, who will display oversized jack-o-lantern bags at their entrances. The event takes place rain, snow or shine.

A limited number of Trick or Treat Trot bags will be available at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village and by the archway in Lionshead on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own reusable bags. Before trick-or-treating, the Vail Public Library will host a Halloween story hour, with spooky stories and tall tales, from 1 to 2 p.m. For more information, call 970-479-2292.

The Vail Recreation District is also hosting a Halloween coloring contest. Children can download the coloring contest information page and coloring sheet at, and start creating a Halloween-inspired drawing.

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