Halloween events in Vail, Avon, Edwards and throughout Eagle County
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• Agave is back at it with its annual Halloween Bash and Costume Contest on Friday. The party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. for ages 21 years and older, with a $10 cover. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a $200 cash prize and gift certificates, as well as two three-day wristbands and after-party tickets to the WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon, Feb. 19-21. Event goers will dance to live tunes from Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue with special guest Drew Emmit, of Leftover Salmon. Tickets can be purchased at Agave or at http://www.agaveavon.com. If your party is interested in taking the Cactus Cruiser home, call 970-748-8666.
• Montana’s Smokehouse, wlocated at 82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. in Avon, will host its fourth-annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, with spooktacular prizes for the most unique costumes, plus other prizes — including a grand prize provided by Christy Sports — giveaways and dance music from DJ Droid and Mr. Rawkn. Come in costume and get a free pumpkin beer. The party starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Call 970-949-7019 for more information.
• The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, located at 26 Riverfront Lane in Avon, will kick off the Halloween weekend with a special Scary Scurry Costume 5K on Friday at noon. Free and open to the public, this 5K walk/run will leave from The Westin’s Gondola Plaza, head 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. Tag your favorite Scary Scurry photos on Instagram with #westinriverfrontscaryscurry.
Maya in The Westin will host a Day of the Dead Party on Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 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. Guests can sip on Halloween cocktails and nosh on a limited happy-hour menu while dancing the night away to Colorado party band Potcheen, who mix Celtic rock, bluegrass, ska, folk and Americana music for a high-energy show. The Westin Riverfront has rooms available starting at $159 per night on Saturday. Visit http://www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com to book.
• The Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon, located at 1099 Capitol St. in Eagle Ranch, is hosting a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 31, with Monk Tonik playing rock ’n’ originals and covers. The theme is “politics,” with a $1,000 cash prize for the best costume. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s a $10 cover. Call 970-328-7002 to learn more.
• Eagle Baptist Church will host a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. at the church, located at 14600 U.S. Highway 6. All ages are welcome for games, a hayride, candy and a devotional, followed by a soup and chili supper at 6 p.m. The church describes it as “good, clean fun, minus the scary,” and no costumes are needed. For more information, call 970-328-7792.
• The Eagle Valley Middle School football team will carry on its fall tradition of providing some pre-Halloween thrills and chills at its 10th-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 fundraiser typically collects about $3,000 for the EVMS football program.
“Football is a very expensive sport, and we don’t have a whole lot of resources from the state, so we need to fund ourselves to buy things that we need for the field,” said Mary Witt, whose son plays on the team.
The Haunted Barn is located at Brush Creek Park, 909 Capitol St., and will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Witt said it’s suitable for all ages.
“It can be super scary — and it is — but we tone it down for anybody who asks,” she said. “There’s lots of noises and music and fog, and a couple of extra scary surprises.”
For more information, or to donate to the EVMS football program, call Witt at 970-331-5502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Check out the Haunted House in the Battle Mountain High School cafeteria from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. it’s the Little Scare, a lights-on trick-or-treat through the Haunted House, for $5, and from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is the Big Scare, recommended for ages 12 and older, for $10. Food and concessions also will be available. For more information, visit http://www.efec.org.
• On Saturday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m., Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. will host Boos & Brews, a Halloween party with $2 pints, a costume contest, live DJ and food specials from the Crazy Wagon. This event is free to the public. For more information, call 970-926-3009 or visit http://www.crazymountainbrewery.com.
• Halloween means drink specials and dancing at e|town, located 295 Main St. in the Riverwalk at Edwards, on Saturday, Oct. 31. The party starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Call 970-926-4080 to learn more.
• Get out with your friends and family for an evening of traditional, community-based trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in Minturn. For more information, email email@example.com or visit http://www.minturn.org.
• The Minturn Community Fund, local band Min’urn Express and the Minturn Saloon are teaming up again for their annual Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the Minturn Saloon, 146 N. Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 31. For the better part of 15 years, the Min’urn Express has rocked the party, as the Minturn Saloon turns the dining room into a dance hall for the evening. This year’s theme is Creepy Guys & Dolls.
A donation to the Minturn Community Fund of $20 gets you in the door, and the first 100 people will also get a free draft beer courtesy of Coors. The Minturn Saloon will be open at its usual time of 4 p.m. in the bar and 5:30 p.m. for dinner. The party starts at 8 p.m., and there will be prizes for the best costumes.
The Minturn Community Fund exists to connect people, enhance lives, and preserve the culture of Minturn. The group is responsible for the Summer Concert Series at Little Beach Park, the community garden, Yoga in the Park, and the Neighbors in Need programs. The Halloween fundraiser has been going on in one form or another for 25 years and during that run has raised over $60,000 for the Minturn Community Fund and other local charities. For more information, call 970-827-5954.
• Trick or Treat Trot festivities start at the town of Vail Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 31, with a Halloween-themed story and activity hour at 1 p.m. From 2 to 5 p.m., costumed children can head to Vail Village or Lionshead Village for trick-or-treating at participating businesses, identifiable by an oversized jack-o-lantern bag displayed at their entrance.
A limited number of Trick or Treat Trot bags will be available at the Vail Recreation District Community Programming office on the second floor of the Lionshead parking structure on a first-come, first-served basis, compliments of the Vail Police Department. VRD also encourages participants to bring their own reusable bags. This event is open to infants through 10-year-olds and their families. To learn more, visit http://www.vailrec.com, and click on “Youth Activities” and “Trick or Treat Trot.”
• Altitude Bar & Grill, located in the Evergreen Lodge at 250 South Frontage Road, is throwing a Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 31, with music from DJ Angie Muzic. In addition to door prizes sponsored by Native Roots, there will be a costume contest, with $75 Altitude gift cards for scariest, sexiest and best group/couple’s costumes, plus a $100 cash prize for best overall costume. Call 970-479-6137 to learn more.
• Bol Vail, located ion Solaris Plaza at 141 E. Meadow Drive, is hosting a ghoulish Halloween evening of costumes, fun and prizes, featuring DJ ShakeOne on the wheels of steel, on Saturday, Oct. 31. First prize for this year’s costume contest is an Epic Pass, plus there will be drink specials and additional prizes awarded throughout the night, as well. The party starts at 9 p.m., and the $5 cover also includes a raffle ticket for bowling and bottle service. Call 970-476-5300 for more information.
• Samana Lounge, located at 228 Bridge St., is hosting two nights of Halloween, with DJ AK playing electronic music on Friday, Oct. 30, and DJ Jah Stone with top-40, pop and eclectic dance music on Saturday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 8 p.m., and bottle service will be available both nights. On Saturday, Samana will hold a costume contest, with gift certificates to Samana, Garfinkel’s and El Sabor to the first, second and third-place winners. Call 970-476-3433 for more information.
• The Sonnenalp Hotel will host Masquerading for Murder, a murder-mystery dinner, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Diners will be transported back to the 1950s, where they will interact with a professional cast and meet a few new faces, one of whom will be dead before the end of the night. Once the unknowing victim falls, teams will be formed to deduce the identity of the murderer.
Dress in a ’50s costume to match the theme, or come in any other costume; prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Dinner reservations are $99 per person, which includes the cocktail reception, a three-course dinner created by executive chef Florian Schwarz, two glasses of wine and the night’s entertainment. Lodging packages with two seats at dinner and breakfast for two in the morning start at $360. Tax and gratuity are not included. Call 970-479-5429 for reservations.
• The Vail Ale House presents a night of Spandex and neon on Saturday, Oct. 31, with ’80s cover band The Goonies. The music starts at 10 p.m., with costume contests and other Vail Ale House cash and Native Roots prize giveaways all night long. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Learn more at http://www.vailalehouse.com.
• Vendetta’s, located at 291 Bridge St., is inviting all the ghosts and ghouls out for a costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 31. Winners receive Vendetta’s gift certificates, $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place, and the bartenders will be serving up drink specials after dinner, from about 9 p.m. to close. Call 970-476-5070 for more information.