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Halloween happenings abound in Vail Valley today

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – From a trick-or-treat trot through Vail to a zombie- wedding-themed party in Minturn, there’s plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained today.

The lucky pluck with the best costume at the Dusty Boot in Eagle tonight will win $1,000 in cash.

“That’s what we did last year and we’re doing it again,” said Dusty Boot owner John Shipp.

Over at Finnegan’s Wake in Avon, the winner of the costume contest will be heading to Vegas in the near future. Yep, the grand prize is a Vegas vacation for two.

It’s clear that local establishments take Halloween seriously.

Read on to find out what other adult-only activities are taking place at local bars and restaurants, as well as what’s in store for the kids.


Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review: Sandbar hosts this two-day event. On Saturday night, local band Laughing Bones is opening for the band. A costume contest also takes place Saturday night. The winner of the best costume gets $300 and the winner of the sexiest costume gets $300. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 970-476-4314.

Nightmare on Bridge Street, part two: Samana Lounge hosts DJ Hacker Hal and DJ Adam “Bloody” Ross for its annual Halloween bash. There’s no cover charge for the night and there will be $2 well cocktail and beer specials. Doors open at 8 p.m. The lounge is also hosting a costume contest and prizes will be awarded for the best get up. Call 970-476-3433 for more information.

Vail’s Trick-or-Treat Trot: The 1tth annual Trick or treat trot is set for Saturday in Vail Village and Lionshead. Children age 10 and under and their families are invited to take part in the event. The festivities kick off at 1 p.m. at the Vail Public Library, which is hosting a Halloween-themed story hour.

From 2 to 5 p.m. children and parents can visit merchants throughout Lionshead and Vail Village for treats. Participating merchants will display an oversized jack-o-lantern bag at their entrance. More than 300 children have participated in years past. A limited number of Trick or Treat bags are available at the Vail Rec District Youth Services Department on a first-come, first-served basis, compliments of the Vail Police Department. Call 970-479-2292 for more information.


Zombie Wedding Halloween party: The Minturn Saloon hosts its annual Halloween bash on Saturday. The second installment of the Live! in Minturn concert series is also Saturday. The Lionel Young Band, a Denver-based blues band, will play. This year the theme for the party is Zombie Wedding – “Something borrowed, something red, something old, something dead.” The event is a Minturn Community Fund fundraiser and tickets are $10 and include a free beer. The show gets going at 8:30 p.m. Visit minturncommunityfund.org or call 970-827-5954.


Azteck Benjamin at Paddy’s: Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail hosts its first Halloween bash on Saturday night with local hard rock band Azteck Benjamin. Skape Goat, a local punk band, will open the show at 9:30 p.m. The evening will include lots of giveaways, including a 1965 International pickup truck. The show is free and everyone who attends will get a ticket that will automatically enter them in the raffle.

“The only rule is you have to be in costume to win the truck,” said Azteck Benjamin band member Ryan Horn.

Call Paddy’s at 970-949-6093 for more information.


Trick or treating at Beaver Creek: Beaver Creek has scaled back this year and instead of its usual Halloween bonanza, the resort will offer free ice skating for those in costume and trick or treating from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Beaver Creek merchants. Participating businesses include: Base Mountain Sports, Beaver Creek Gear, Beaver Creek Sports, Blue Moose, By Nature Gallery, Coyote Cafe, Dusty Boot, Fox Nut, Generation BC, Gorsuch, Knox Galleries, North Face, One Track Mind, Paderewski Fine Art and Rimini. Visit http://www.beavercreek.com for more information.


MTHDS at Finnegan’s Wake in Avon: Finnegan’s claim to fame this Halloween is in the details – the winner of the costume contest will walk away with a trip to Vegas for two. The festivities will get going around 7 p.m. and the band MTHDS will perform around 10 p.m. There will be drink specials, including jello shots, and other prize giveaways. Call 970-748-4610 for more information.


Frogs Gone Fishin’ at Main St. Grill: The Frogs are back, bringing their funk to Main St. Grill Saturday night for the bar’s Halloween costume party. Doors open at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m.

“There will be a costume contest at set-break and anyone dressed like a frog will win a special prize from the band,” said Trevor Jones of Frogs Gone Fishin’.

The band will also be bringing back some “ghosts of rock and roll past to play for the living mortals at Main St. that night,” Jones said.

There’s no cover charge and there will be prizes and giveaways. Call 970-926-2729.


Back Bowl Halloween party: The Back Bowl in Eagle will host a Halloween party on Saturday. The family party runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and kids will bowl free, with a paying adult. There will also be a kids bowling pin painting contest and prizes awarded for best kid and adult costumes. There is also a $8.95 pizza buffet starting at 5 p.m. The adult-only party goes from 8 p.m. to midnight. Bands Down the Hatch and Who’s Drivin’? will perform. Domestic draft beers, well drinks and shots are $3. Call 970-328-BOWL.

Brush Creek Saloon Halloween party: The Brush Creek will host its annual Halloween party beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday. There’s no cover charge if you’re wearing a costume ($5 if you’re not) and the evening will include a DJ, drink specials and a costume contest. A $500 cash prize will be awarded for best costume. Call 970-328-5279.

Halloween Boot Bash: The Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch will host its second annual Halloween bash from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday. The winner of the best costume contest will take home $1,000 cash. Yes, you heard us right – $1,000. Local band Hustle will perform beginning at 9 p.m. Last year this event was so popular, The Boot had to turn people away but this year the patio will be tented and heated, allowing for more people to attend the party. “It’s the best party of the century,” said owner John Shipp.

Tickets are $10 at the door and the money benefits the local charity The Can Do Multiple Sclerosis and Brush Creek Elementary School greenhouse project. Call 970-328-7002.

Terror in Transylvania murder mystery party: The Eagle Library is hosting a Halloween-themed party on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Teenagers in grades 6 through 12 are invited to participate in a game solving the death of a vampire. Pizza, props and ghoulish treats will be provided. Call 970-328-8800 to learn more.


Monster Mash at Gypsum Rec Center: The town of Gypsum and the Gypsum Rec Center are hosting a Monster Mash on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. The free event will include hot dogs, cider, popcorn, activities, games, prizes, crafts and a photo booth. The events are designed for children under age 12. The first 50 kids will receive a free T-shirt. Call 970-777-8888 for more information.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

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