Vail Valley Halloween events |

Vail Valley Halloween events

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, you won’t have to deal with the scariest part of the holiday: Surviving work or school the next day with a candy hangover.

In other words, you can go Halloween wild. Vail Valley venues have plenty of holiday events planned for all age groups ” from carnival games for children to sexiest costume contests for adults.

Read on for a list of Halloween events, all taking place on Friday.

Fall Family Fun Night: This free event offers rated G fun at Harry A. Nottingham Park, 325 Benchmark Road.

“It caters to some of the smaller kids to give them a non-scary alternative to Halloween,” said Danita Chirichillo, Avon’s special events supervisor.

Set for 4 to 8 p.m., the entertainment includes carnival games, laser tag and inflatables, she said. Each year, a group of local Christian churches organize the event, which is expected to draw 2,000 people. For more information, call 970-748-1103.

Heavy metal show: The music pumping through Loaded Joe’s on Friday night could double as the soundtrack to a horror movie. Vail Valley bands 20Twelve and Azteck Benjamin will perform heavy metal, a fitting genre for Halloween.

“It’s the background music for most of the wonderful movies we appreciate this time of year,” Assistant General Manager G.C. Austin said. “It really gets the heart racing.”

Geared toward the over-21 crowd, the free show starts at 8 p.m. with music from DJ Hal.

Band members will select the winner of a costume contest. The prize is a $50 gift card. Last year, the prize went to a guy dressed like a human water pipe.

“He wore a cylindrical tube and he had dry ice in a cooler and he would put the dry ice in the bell of the outfit and it would smoke dry ice,” Austin said. “He could hardly move around in that thing but it was very creative.”

For more information, call Loaded Joe’s at 970-748-1480.

Halloween party at Avondale: Avondale in The Westin Riverfront Resort will offer drink specials and award restaurant gift certificates to guests with the best costumes. DJ Olive Oil will provide music for dancing. The event is scheduled for 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is no cover charge. Valet parking is free. For more information, call 970-790-5500.

Party at the Dusty Boot: The restaurant will host a DJ and award $1,000 cash to the winner of the costume contest. The event goes from 9 p.m. to midnight at the eatery, which is located at 1099 Capitol St. Free shuttles will take guests home from 10 p.m. to midnight. There is a $5 cover charge and all proceeds will benefit the Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis. For more information, call the Dusty Boot at 970-328-7002.

Spooky-oke Halloween Party: For some people, singing karaoke is more fun in costume.

“You’re not quite as recognizable when you’re on stage,” said David Sandman, who will host Spooky-oke at The Back Bowl. “Plus, if someone’s wearing a wolf, they can do Warren Zevon’s ‘Werewolves of London’ or the ‘Monster Mash.'”

A Halloween party at The Back Bowl runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, with music starting at 9 p.m. The winner of a costume contest gets $250. Guests pay a $10 cover charge. Proceeds flow to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. For more information, call the Back Bowl at 970-328-2695.

“Bite or be biten” at Dish: Dish restaurant, located at the Corner at Edwards, will serve a creepy, creative culinary “Dia De Los Muertos” menu Friday night. Patrons who arrive before 9 p.m. in costume will recieve a free drink. Enjoy $3 witch’s brew sangrias, blood orange mojitos and spiked cider. DJ Dirty Dish will start at 10 p.m. The winner of the costume contest will receive a magnum of wine and a $100 restaurant gift certificate. There is no cover charge; RSVP requested. Call 970-926-3433.

The Gashouse (Edwards): Patrons in costumes will receive a free margarita, beer or glass of wine with the purchase of dinner, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information call 970-926-3613.

Music at the Gore Range Brewery: Vail Valley rock band Hustle will perform at 10 p.m. The winner of a sexiest costume contest gets a $50 bar tab. For more information, call the Brewery at 970-926-2739.

Main St. Grill (Edwards): Vail Valley band Yetii will play. The party runs from 9:30 p.m. to close. Owners plan a costume contest. For more information call 970-926-2729.

Halloween party at Rick and Kelly’s American Bistro: The eatery will host DJ Epidemix and hold a costume contest. The event begins at 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more information, call the restaurant at 970-926-3423.

Spooky Story Hour: The Bookworm will host a story reading for children at 5 to 6 p.m. A woman dressed as a witch will read “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams. The event, which is geared toward children 2 to 6 years old, includes Trick-or-Treat bag decorating. For more information, call The Bookworm at 970-926-7323.

Vegas-style Halloween Party at E-Town: Even though E-Town chose a Vegas-style theme for its Halloween bash, any costume is encouraged. Drink specials, which are yet to be decided, will be offered. There is no cover for the party, which will go from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 970-926-4080 for more information.

Boo-boo-que Bash: Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ Bar will host All Strung Out, a Vail Valley funky bluegrass band. Festivities begin around 8 p.m. The winner of a best costume costs receives a $100 bar tab. There is no cover charge. For more information, call Kirby Cosmo’s at 970-827-9027.

Halloween party: The Minturn Saloon will host a “Wizard of Oz” theme party featuring local band the M.T.H.D.S. The party starts at 8 p.m. and carries a $10 cover charge. That money will flow to the Minturn Community Fund, a non-profit devoted to preserving and enhancing Minturn. Prizes for best costume include a $100 gift certificate to the saloon. Judges will consider all costumes, even if they do not adhere to the “Wizard of Oz” theme. For more information, visit or call 970-390-7113.

Halloween Solution: Samana will host The Solution DJ Blick, and Scotty Stoughton on percussion.

“People want to come to Samana to get lost and dance and have a good time, so that’s what we create for them,” said Stoughton, the club’s vibe manager.

Music will range from electro to house to funk, he said.

There is no cover charge. Guests with the best costumes will win cash prizes. The event is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information call 970-476-3433.

Music at Vendetta’s: The eatery will host DJ adamROSS. He will play funk, soul, disco, house and remixes with a guest DJ. There is no cover charge. The event goes from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call 970-476-5070.

Party at The Altitude Billiards and Sports Club: Ladies drink free from 6 to 8 p.m. The club will award prizes for best costume at 9:30 p.m. First place receives $100 cash; second place gets a $50 bar tab and third place wins a $25 bar tab. Halloween shots are free all night. For more information call 970-476-7810.

Shriek! Halloween Bash: Hip hop will descend on the Sandbar Sports Grill, 2161 N. Frontage Road in West Vail. The musical line-up includes Rek the Heavyweight, a Minneapolis-based performer who went by Spawn in the hip hop group Atmosphere. Acts from the Denver area include The UmConscious and DJ Magic Cyclops.

“The night’s based around dancing, hip hop and fun,” Sandbar manager Dick Dime said.

Bar-goers with the best costumes will receive cash prizes and bar tabs, Dime said.

The show starts at 9 p.m. and carries a $10 cover charge. For more information call the Sandbar at 970-476-4314.

Terror Bistro: Terra Bistro will host an adult costume party. From 6:30 p.m. to at least midnight, the restaurant will offer cocktails, hors d’eouvres, music and Halloween decorations. The winner of a costume contest will receive $300. The cost of the event is $25 per person at the door, or customers can reserve a table for $39. A portion of the proceeds will flow to UNICEF. For more information call 970-476-6836.

Trick or Treat Trot: Costume-clad children will parade down the streets of Lionshead and Vail villages from 2 to 5 p.m. Children can trick-or-treat at 85 businesses marked by oversized jack-o-lantern bags.

“It’s a safe, fun environment for the kids to receive candy,” said Marc Thomas, youth recreation coordinator for the Vail Recreation District.

He expects 400 children ” from infants to age 10 ” to participate in the 16th annual Trick or Treat Trot. Lists of participating businesses, along with coloring contest winners, will be available at the Lionshead bus stop and Vail covered bridge. Imagination Station in Lionshead will post a list of coloring contest winners as well.

Prior to the trick-or-treating, the Town of Vail Public Library will host a Halloween Story Hour at 1 p.m. For more information, call the Vail Recreation District’s youth services department at 970-479-2292.

High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or

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