Celebrating Halloween in Steamboat Springs
Halloween weekend is almost here, and whether you’re looking for something sweet or sinister, the assortment of festivities this year won’t disappoint.
Spooktacular festivities include the Second annual Echoes of the Past Historic Hayden Cemetery Tour, the 17th annual Screamboat Chamber of Horror haunted house and the classic film series’ screening of “Night of the LIving Dead.”
But not everything on Halloween is scary. Keep the little ghouls and goblins busy by visiting the Community Pumpkin Patch, the Oak Creek Oaktoberfest or the popular Halloween Stroll, at which superheroes, princesses, ghosts and movie stars occupy Lincoln Avenue.
Spooky movies, pumpkin decorating, “Thriller” dance breaks and more — there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Halloween.
Here are a few spots for Halloween tricksters, thrill seekers and those looking for delightfully frightful treats.
17th Annual “SCREAMBOAT Chamber of Horror” haunted house
For those unfamiliar with Steamboat’s local haunted house, guests are taken through a series of spooky scenes and skits at the Allbright Family Auditorium on CMC’s Alpine Campus. This is a fundraising event for CMC’s SKY Club. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Not recommended for children under six. For more information, call Professor Jimmy Westlake, SKY Club faculty advisor, at 970-870-4537.
17th Annual “SCREAMBOAT Chamber of Horror” haunted house | 6 to 10 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 23 | Saturday, Oct. 24 | Friday, Oct. 30 | Saturday, Oct. 31 | Colorado Mountain College, Allbright Family Auditorium, 1275 Crawford Ave. | $10 per person at the door and $5 for students and kids under 12 years old
Second annual Echoes of the Past Historic Hayden Cemetery Tour
The Hayden Heritage Center and Hayden High School Theatre & Creative Writing Program are teaming up again for the second annual fundraiser. Arrive 15 minutes early and enjoy a wagon ride up to the cemetery where you will meet some of the colorful characters of West Routt County and hear their stories. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Following the tour, wagon ride back to The Haven and warm up with hot beverages and desserts. Seating is limited, and children 12 to 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
Second annual Echoes of the Past Historic Hayden Cemetery Tour | 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 23 | Saturday, Oct. 24 | The Haven Senior Center Community Room, 300 S. Shelton Lane | Tickets are $20 and available at haydenheritagecenter.org, in the museum gift shop or at the door
Come dressed for the part and learn the “Thriller” and other line dances. Covered dish dinner is at 6:30 p.m., and attendees are asked to bring a food item entree, desert or appetizer. Costumes are optional. Fun for all ages.
Halloween Dance | 6:30 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 24 | Moonhill Schoolhouse, 50710 Routt County Road 129, Clark | Free
Classic Film Series: Night of the Living Dead
Get in the mood for Halloween with this classic horror film. A desperate group of individuals take refuge in an abandoned house when zombies rise from the grave in search of human prey. Doors and bar opens at 6:30 p.m.
Classic Film Series: Night of the Living Dead | 7 p.m. | Wednesday, Oct. 28 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. | Free
For the little ghouls and goblins
Community Pumpkin Patch
The Steamboat Christian Center is hosting a Community Pumpkin Patch offering more than 1,000 pumpkins to choose from. All proceeds from pumpkin sales will support the youth mission trip to Africa. Kids have a chance to explore the pumpkin patch and take photos near the growth chart or on hay bales.
Community Pumpkin Patch | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Open daily until Saturday, Oct. 31 | Steamboat Christian Center, 821 Dougherty Road off of U.S. Highway 40.
Third annual Oaktoberfest
Take part in Oak Creek’s family fun festival this year with pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, hay maze games, hay rides and a variety of contests with prizes. There will also be local music, food and beer available.
3rd annual Oaktoberfest | noon to 5 p.m. | Sunday, Oct. 25 | Main Street, Oak Creek | Free
The Halloween event will be a carnival with treats, prizes and trick-or-treating. The event is great for children. Come in costume. If possible, bring a non-perishable item for the canned food drive. For more information email Michelle Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enchanted Castled | 5 to 7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 30 | Hill Hall, Colorado Mountain College, 1400 Bob Adams Dr. | Free
Powder Hounds Grooming Salon Howl-O-Ween Party and Pet Costume Contest
Just before the Halloween Stroll, stop by the salon. Everyone is welcome, including dogs, and costumes are optional. Treats and drinks for all will be provided, and prizes will be awarded for best costumes. For more information, visit powderhoundsgroomingsalon.com.
Howl-O-Ween Party and Pet Costume Contest | 4 to 5 p.m. | Powder Hounds Grooming Salon, 1136 Yampa Ave, behind Orange Peel Bike Shop | Free
This popular Halloween event brings out the whole community in costume to parade up and down Lincoln Avenue. Dress in your best Halloween costume while businesses open their doors for trick-or-treating fun. The stroll draws thousands downtown for a trick-or-treating free-for-all with stops at more than 75 businesses.
Halloween Stroll | 5 to 7 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 31 | Downtown Steamboat | Free
Stop by the Chief after the Halloween Stroll for the Scream Contest, presented by the Steamboat Arts Council. Kids can get on stage and belt out their greatest Halloween screams. There will be prizes for the scariest scream.
Scream Contest | 6 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 31 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. | Free
Stay up-to-date on all Halloween events at Exploresteamboat.com.
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