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Halloween is for kids of all ages in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado
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As you can see by the sheer number of Halloween events taking place this weekend, this is one holiday that’s certainly not just for the little ones. But if you’re looking for family-friendly events, there’s plenty to do. Consider taking the family over to Minturn tonight for the annual trick or treat night. Town staff and volunteers will be handing out candy in front of Town Hall on Pine Street.

And on Sunday, stop by Vail’s Trick or Treat Trot for a costume parade and contest before heading west to Fall Fun Night at Calvary Chapel in Edwards. This gore-free event at Vail Christian High School includes plenty of games, candy, bouncers and more.

“Our hope is to provide a safe and fun place for families to spend an evening that sometimes gets pretty scary,” said Calvary Chapel’s Assistant Pastor Stephen Couch. “All kids and parents are welcome and we encourage you to dress up, just please leave the blood and gore at home. Fall Fun Night is ‘scare-free.'”



FOR THE KIDS

Saturday



Ghost Stories at Sylvan Lake State Park

Gather around the fire, sip a cup of hot chocolate and prepare to have your hair raised! Sylvan Lake State Park will host an evening of ghost stories and autumn treats in honor of Halloween. It is free to attend, and will take place at the “Haunted” Visitor’s Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. This family-friendly event will include localized ghost stories told by staff and volunteers. Sylvan Lake is the perfect place for ghost stories, as it is surrounded by ghost towns, abandoned mines and deserted homes and ranch buildings from a long-forgotten time.

After the reading, brave visitors are encouraged to put on a headlamp and take a walk around the lake to see which spirits are flying about. In addition to stories and treats, everything in the bookstore will be 15 percent off before and after the event. Space is limited. RSVP to 970-328-2021.



Minturn trick or treat night

The town of Minturn is hosting its trick or treat night on Saturday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Town staff and volunteers will hand out candy in front of the town hall building at 302 Pine Street. Staff from the Minturn Police Department and the Eagle River Fire Protection District will be stationed around town on Halloween night as well to ensure that children and their families are able to safely cross the street as they seek out Halloween treats. In addition, the police department requests anyone driving through town to drive slowly and cautiously as to protect the trick or treaters. For more information call 970-827-5645.

Sunday

Fall Fun Night at Calvary Chapel

An autumn tradition continues with Fall Fun Night Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Calvary Chapel. What used to be under the tent in Nottingham Park is now under the roof at Vail Christian High School, located at 31621 Highway 6 in Edwards. As always, there will be lots of games, candy, prizes, and bouncers for all elementary age kids and a special game area for pre-schoolers. The event is free.

Fall Fun Night’s theme this year is Hawaiian luau. That means tiki torches, grass skirts, hibiscus flowers and board shorts to set the mood and limbo, air-surfing contests and beach-dancing to keep the party going. Break out your best moves and you just might take home a prize – parents included.

For more information, call 970-926-3880.

Trick or Treat Trot

The annual Trick or Treat Trot is set for Sunday in Vail Village and Lionshead. Children up to age 10 and their families are invited to participate in the Vail Recreation District’s Halloween festivities, which will begin at 1:15 p.m. at the town of Vail Public Library with a Halloween story hour and puppet show prior to the costume parade. From 2 to 5 p.m. children will gather and march through the streets of Vail visiting merchants that display an oversized jack-o-lantern bag at their entrance and will offer children safe treats. More than 300 children have participated in past Trick or Treat Trots. A costume contest will take place during the festivities with participating merchants voting for the best costumes. Information on the contest will be available Saturday at the information booths that will be set up at the Lionshead bus stop and near the Covered Bridge in Vail Village. A limited number of Trick or Treat Trot bags will be available at the VRD Youth Services Department on a first-come, first-served basis, compliments of the Vail Police Department. For more information call 970-479-2292.

For the adults

Saturday

Vail

Halloween at Samana Lounge

Samana Lounge is celebrating Halloween with a costume contest on Saturday. The evening’s theme is “Villains and Vixens.” DJ Lito will spin. There’s no cover charge for the evening and cash and prizes will be awarded for the best costume. Call 970-476-4314 for more information.

Party at Bol

Bol at Solaris in Vail is celebrating Halloween with a costume contest on Saturday. Win prizes for the sexiest, scariest or best overall costume. You must be registered by 10 p.m. to win. The bowling alley will also be offering drink specials.

Bop with Bop Skizzum

Denver funk/rock band Bop Skizzum will perform at the Sandbar in West Vail Saturday night.

The bar will host a costume contest and award more than $800 in cash to the winners of three categories: Best costume, sexiest costume and best couple costume. The cover charge is $5. Call 970-476-4314 to learn more.

Minturn

Schwing Daddy performs at Kirby Cosmo’s

Kirby Cosmo’s in Minturn will host a Halloween party on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. Local band Schwing Daddy will perform and there will be a costume contest. There is no cover charge. Call 970-827-9027 for more information.

Eagle-Vail

Rocky Horror Show

The Vail Valley Theatre Company presents The Rocky Horror Show at the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail tonight at 8 p.m. and again at 11 p.m. The show is NOT for kids, but is uber-fun for adults. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. Goodie bags are being sold at the door, and instructions for audience participation will be available. For more information visit http://www.vvtc.org.

Rocky Horror Show after-party

Paddy’s in Eagle-Vail is hosting the official Rocky Horror Show After Show Party at 10 p.m. Saturday. Dress up as your favorite Time Warp character. Cash prizes will be awarded for best costumes. There will also be a raffle for prizes, drinks and Paddy’s swag. Drinks specials include $4 The Janet and $8 Magenta pitchers. Call 970-949-6093 to learn more.

Avon

Dance for the Dead at Loaded Joe’s

Loaded Joe’s in Avon is hosting a “Dance for the Dead” party with DJ Loww-Fi on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. There’s no cover charge and pitchers of Angler Pale Ale are on special for $9. Call 970-748-1480 for more information.

Shake it with Shakedown Street

Shakedown Street will perform at Saltwater Cowboy in Avon Saturday night at 10 p.m. The bar is also hosting a Halloween costume contest Saturday night. There will be prizes for the best costume. The cover is $10. Call 970-949-0609 to learn more.

Get risque at the Ritz

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is throwing its first-ever “Haunted Hallows Eve” bash from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 per person, or $60 per costume-coordinated duo and include endless hors d’oeuvres, frosty brews, specialty themed cocktails and eerie entertainment. All appropriately costumed attendees will be judged by a panel of resort judges and will be eligible to win prizes in various categories, including a two-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. Complimentary shuttle service will be available from Beaver Creek’s Bear Lot, via Village Transportation, and All Mountain Transportation will provide shuttle service to and from Vail Transportation Center for $5 round-trip. Spago will offer Halloween-inspired fare on its nightly five-course prix fixe menu for $48, or $68 with wine-pairing. For more information call 970-748-6200 or visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/bachelorgulch.

Avondale’s haunted fun house

Avondale in Avon is hosting a Halloween party Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Avondale will be transformed into a haunted fun house. Drinks specials will include Dracula’s Kiss and Wicked Witch cocktails. DJ Carve will provide entertainment. All attendees will automatically be entered into the Avondale costume contest, with prizes available. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 970-790-5500.

Edwards

Fierce Fredilicious at e town

E town in Edwards is hosting its 4th annual Halloween celebration on Saturday night. There’s no cover charge and specials include $2 beers, $3 well drinks, $4 shots and $5 appetizers. DJ Fierce Fredilicious will spin from 10 p.m. to close. Call 970-926-4080 for more information.

Hustle over to Main St.

Main St. Grill hosts its Halloween bash on Saturday night with a performance by local favorites Hustle. Last year the bar gave out gift certificates for the best costumes. Call 970-926-2729 for more information.

Eagle

Party at the Boot

The Dusty Boot in Eagle is hosting its third annual Halloween party on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Boot is offering $1,000 prize to the first place winner of the costume contest. The winner will be announced at midnight, and has to be present to win. The Show Pigs will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight. There’s a $10 cover, which benefits the Brush Creek Elementary School green house. Call 970-328-7002.

SUNDAY

Avon

Great American Taxi at Agave

On Sunday, Great American Taxi will perform a Halloween show at Agave in Avon. In the past five years, the band has become one of the best-known headliners on the jam band circuit. Their uninhibited sound is a swinging concoction of swampy blues, progressive bluegrass, funky New Orleans strut, Southern boogie, honky tonk country, gospel, and good ol’ fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Great American Taxi was born when singer, guitarist, and mandolin player Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon joined keyboard player and singer Chad Staehly for a jam to benefit the Rainforest Action Group in Boulder in 2005. “We put together a dream band of the best local musicians for a one-off gig,” Herman recalls. “It worked so well we had to do it again, and again, and again.”

Agave will host a costume contest and the first prize winner will take home $250 and two tickets to any show at Agave this winter; second place will win two tickets to any show at Agave this winter. Local band Frogs Gone Fishin’ will open the show. TIckets are $10 in advance and available online at http://www.rmentertainment.com. Call 970-748-8666 for more information.

Minturn

Seven Deadly Sins at the Saloon

The Min’urn Express will perform at The Saloon’s annual Halloween bash in Minturn Sunday night. The costume theme is the “Seven Deadly Sins” and the grand prize is a vacation for two to Vegas. A $10 cover at the door gets you a free beer. Call 970-827-5954 to learn more.

Vail

DJ Wild Bill at Sandbar

DJ Wild Bill will spin on Sunday night at the Sandbar in West Vail. There’s no cover charge and a free keg will be tapped at 9 p.m. Call 970-476-4314 to learn more.

MTHDS at Samana

The MTHDS will perform at Samana Lounge in Vail on Sunday. The cover charge is $10. Cash and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Call 970-476-4314 for more information.

Terror Bistro

Terra Bistro is all decked out for Halloween weekend. Along with offering 50 percent off dinner entrees, the restaurant is serving kids free hot chocolate from 4 to 6 p.m. A kid’s costume contest, with prizes for everyone, will take place at 5:30 p.m. There will also be drink specials for the adults all night long. For more information, call 970-476-0700.


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