Plan your fright night delight, Eagle County
No matter what your bag of candy is – parties, fundraisers, jack o’ lanterns or some good old fashioned trick or treating – the Vail Valley has something for everyone this Halloween.For an adult take on Halloween there are plenty of parties going on throughout the valley. The Minturn Saloon hosts its annual Halloween party tonight. This year the theme is “Cowboys versus Aliens” with live music by the Min’urn Express and a costume contest with a grand prize trip to Las Vegas. The party starts at 8 p.m. and the $10 cover benefits the Minturn Community Fund and gets you a free beer. Voodoo Fest takes place on Saturday at Crazy Mountain Brewing Company in Edwards; the party is also a fundraiser to help rebuild Haiti in the aftermath of an earthquake that tore the country apart last year. Being that it’s at a brewery, the party is 21 and over only and will include live music from Bluzilla, a costume contest, food from Moe’s BBQ and of course, beer. Tickets are $20. “We decided to do something a little different other than go out in the Vail Village dressed up,” said Holly Velvis, tasting room manager for Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.
City Market in Avon is probably the last place most people would think of when they hear the word Halloween, but for the second year in a row, Robin Sifers aims to change that. Sifers is in charge of community outreach programs like what the store is doing for families Saturday in the spirit of Halloween. There will be a pumpkin carving contest for adults and kids at the store, a costume contest for kids, an apple dipping station and each department will be handing out some kind of treat to kids as they walk through the store. Festivities begin at noon.”Every kid is going to walk away with something, that’s the whole idea,” Sifers said. “We want the kids to be dressed up and the employees will be dressed up too. It’s a Halloween party.”Sifers said the idea behind City Market’s Halloween bash is to bring the community together. “This provides a safe place for the kids to wear their costumes,” Sifers said. “It’s warm, it’s safe and they can come in here and the parents don’t have to worry about what the kids get here so it’s a safe environment for them to be in.”The Vail Recreation District hosts its 19th annual Trick or Treat Trot on Monday. The Vail Public Library will be performing a Halloween puppet show from 1 to 2 p.m. that day followed by the Trick or Treat Trot through Vail Village and Lionshead until 5 p.m. According to VRD’s marketing director, Jamie Gunion, families can walk through the village and visit participating vendors (a list will be passed out with all of them before trick or treating begins) for candy and other treats.”It’s a great safe way to take your kids trick or treating,” Gunion said. “You don’t have to worry about traffic or cars.”Also taking place Monday is Calvary Chapel’s Fall Fun Night, an annual non-scary alternative to typical Halloween celebrations. The event, which runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the church (located in Vail Christian High School’s east building), is for the whole family, but primarily for kids up to fifth grade, said Children’s Pastor Zach Chandler. “We have inflatable games, carnival games a costume competition and more,” Chandler said. “And lots of candy, for sure.”High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or firstname.lastname@example.org.