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Halloween parties spiked with spookiness

Sarah MausolfVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily/Ric Stovall
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Theres always a ton of buildup to Halloween, and for good reason. Children love it because they get to dress up in cute outfits and scarf candy. Adults love it because, well, they get to dress up in cute outfits and scarf candy.There is certainly no shortage of parties in the valley this Halloween. Check out the list below to find a sampling of events.

2007 Ghostly Gala (Beaver Creek): Guests will stroll down a Las Vegas strip complete with a wedding chapel and showgirls. The gala at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa will have a Vegas ghosts and gangsters theme. Event planners have already sold the 370 tickets available.The Eagle County Charter Academy in Edwards has been holding this fundraiser for seven years. Dana Cook, event planner and parent of a charter school student, said organizers hope to raise at least $130,000. Money will flow toward operating costs and building a gym at the academy, she said.The gala features a silent auction and cocktail lounge at 6 p.m., a live auction at 8 p.m., a dinner show at 8:45 p.m. and dancing. Cook said she expects to see guests dressed as classic Vegas stars such as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Even though the theme is ghosts and gangsters, you will get all kinds of crazy, insane costumes, she said.

Halloweenfest (Beaver Creek): Geared toward families, the fourth annual Halloweenfest features G-rated fun. Children can visit 15 trick-or-treating stations with themes such as Shreks swamp, Madagascar and Pirates of the Caribbean.Brian Hall, owner of Blue Creek Productions in Edwards, said he designed the stations to entertain children without giving them nightmares.Parents know that as they go up to a scare station, their children arent going to be blind-sided by something inappropriate for their age level, he said.Trick-or-treating will take place at shops and booths throughout the village from 5 to 8 p.m.Jean Dennison, director of special events for the Beaver Creek Resort Company, said she expects 2,000 to 3,000 people to attend.Its a fun, safe place for the kids to celebrate, she said. Its not the scary, gory stuff that you see in so many Halloween events. I guess if I were to describe it, I would say this is the Disney Halloween.Along with trick-or-treating, the free event includes a pumpkin-carving contest from noon to 5 p.m.; holiday movies from noon to 8 p.m.; a costume contest from 5 to 6:45 p.m.; and free ice skating from noon to 8 p.m.The Solution (Vail): Dancing and live drumming are on tap at Samana Lounge (228 Bridge Street). DJs Jon Nedza and Peter Blick will perform at this electronic Halloween party. Lounge Manager Scott Stoughton said he expects 150 to 200 people to show up. The free event starts at 10 p.m.I definitely promote dressing up, he said. Some people go big and some people go minimum. Just come out and have fun. Get freaky if you want and dont get freaky if you dont want to.Heavy metal show (West Vail): Heavy metal band Defying Gravity will perform at 9 p.m. at the Sandbar Sports Grill (2161 North Frontage Road). Its probably going to be one of the heaviest shows ever in Vail, lead guitarist Dan Renner said.The group will team up with bands Dickbone and 9/10ths of the Law to entertain an expected crowd of 300, Renner said. Tickets cost $7 and are available at the door or in advance at the Sandbar. Guests with the best costumes will win prizes.Halloween party (Avon): Heavy metal will form a soundtrack behind this relaxed costume party. Vail Valley metal bands Deathrattle and Azteck Benjamin will play at 9 p.m. at Loaded Joes (82 East Beaver Creek Boulevard) in Avon.The musicians will also weigh in on the best costumes, said G.C. Austin, the bars assistant general manager.Shock factor will be an issue, and it should be entertaining and creative, Austin said of the winning costumes.Cover charge is $4 with a costume and $8 without a costume. A free Jello shot comes with the cover. Austin expects 100 to 200 people to attend.



Live! In Minturn (Minturn): Dancing is the focus of the Halloween bash at the Minturn Saloon (146 North Main Street). Local band MTHDS will entertain the crowd with a mix of hip hop and rock n roll. Revelers with the best costumes will win prizes.The Minturn Community Fund will request a $10 donation at the door. The nonprofit group, which is devoted to projects that benefit Minturn, hopes to raise $3,000 to $5,000 for upcoming projects, said group director Ashley King. Future goals include launching an assistance fund for residents in need, hosting an ice cream social and holding a childrens theater production, she said.King said she expects 300 to 500 people to attend the Halloween bash, which begins at 9 p.m.I hope that they just come out and have a great time, she said. The town of Minturn is a big hit for Halloween on the 30th.

Halloween with Great American Taxi (Vail): Trick-or-treaters will bag some bluegrass and rock music at Samana Lounge (228 Bridge Street). The band Great American Taxi will deliver full-on American rock while Vince Herman from Colorado-based Leftover Salmon will provide the bluegrass, club manager Scott Stoughton said.Herman is a larger than life character, Stoughton added. Hes a fun guy to have around at a Halloween event where theres a lot of energy and a lot of freakiness going on, he said.The event, which begins at 9 p.m., carries a $10 cover charge.White Trash Halloween (West Vail): Cheap beer, dancing and a costume contest will spice up the fourth annual Halloween party at Sandbar Sports Grill (2161 North Frontage Road). Patrons with the best costumes will win $300 for first place; $200 for second place and $100 for third place, club manager Jason Barber said.Its usually done by crowd participation, he said. You get the crowd involved. They decide whos going to be the winner. Last year, it was a girl who was in full body paint and thats it except for some underwear on.About 300 people are expected to attend the party, which begins at 10 p.m. and carries at $5 cover charge. DJ D/Riot will provide the tunes.Fall Fun Night (Avon): Expect to find carnival games, inflatables and food at Harry A. Nottingham Park (325 Benchmark Road). A team of local Christian churches organized this event, which will likely draw about 2,000 people, said Danita Chirichillo, supervisor of special events for the town of Avon. The event will cater to the pre-kindergarten through junior high crowd from 4 to 8 p.m. and focus on the teen demographic from 8:30 to 10 p.m., she said.Scary-oke (Avon): As the name implies, this event mixes karaoke with a costume contest with cash prizes. Karaoke Host David Sandman said he expects 50 to 70 people to attend.I want to create the place for people to go for Halloween in Avon, as an alternative to having to go down to Vail and deal with the police and curfew all night, he said. I want it to be an annual Halloween at Loaded Joes, he said.The event begins at 8 p.m. and carries a $5 cover charge.Were just hoping people get into the evil and dark aspect of Halloween, Sandman said.Arts & Entertainment Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.


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