Gruesomely good Halloween events help you get your spook on |

Gruesomely good Halloween events help you get your spook on

Sophia Harp and a group of entertainers perform for the crowds at the 2017 Halloween Stroll in downtown Steamboat Springs. (John F. Russell photo)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Hallow’s Eve arrives Wednesday, and as it draws near, area Halloween festivities are in full swing.

With bashes, trick-or-treating opportunities and spooky events, there’s plenty to do this weekend for thrill seekers of all ages.

Here’s a roundup of Halloween events taking place in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.

Friday, Oct. 26

Pumpkin Float and Movie Night

4 to 9:30 p.m. | Old Town Hot Springs, 136 Lincoln Ave.

The Pumpkin Float at Old Town Hot Springs is back as kids attempt to search for their numbered pumpkins in the hot springs pools and then decorate them. The featured film will be “Hocus Pocus,” which will be shown at dark outside by the pools.

20th annual Screamboat: Chamber of Horrors

6 to 10 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31| Colorado Mountain College, Allbright Family Auditorium, 1275 Crawford Ave.

Guests are escorted through a series of spooky scenes and skits, and who knows what awaits around each corner in the Allbright Family Auditorium. Screamboat is sponsored by the SKY Club and the engineering projects class as a fundraising event. Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The event is not recommended for children younger than 6. Cost is $10 for CMC students and anyone 12 and younger. Cost is $15 for general admission.

Young Bloods Collective: “Haunted Fairytale: Haunted House & Concert”

7 to 10:30 p.m. | Friday, Oct 26 | Library Hall, Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

6 to 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight | Saturday, Oct. 27 | Library Hall

Young Bloods Collective aims to engross participants in the world of the “Haunted Fairytale” through an interactive performance inspired by Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The event features an immersive set, a powerful soundscape and a collaboration of local dancers led by Nicole LeDuc. Tickets are $10.

William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’

7 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 | St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 846 Oak St.

The spooky thrills of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will take the stage, and the Great American Laughing Stock Co. cast and crew will offer an opportunity for local witches to be a part of the production. Show up in costume at the church by 6 p.m. on any night of the performance to participate. Tickets are $20 and available online or for purchase at All That. The show is rated PG-13 for violence and adult behavior.

Chief Players present: ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

7 to 9 p.m. | Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 | Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Meet the Brewsters, spinster sisters Abby and Martha, who are dedicated to charity, family and poisoning lonely, old men. Tickets are $20.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Foundry Halloween 5K

9 a.m. | Soda Creek Elementary School, 220 Park Ave.

Before consuming delectable sweet treats, start the weekend off with the 5-kilometer run/walk on a mix of trail and road. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged, and leashed dogs are welcome to join in the fun. The event benefits the Mark McManus Foundation and is directed by the Foundry Treatment Center. There will be homemade Halloween treats after the race along with bobbing for apples, face painting and games.

Thriller Dance Class

1 to 3 p.m. | Elevation Dance Studio, 326 Oak St.

Learn the infamous Thriller Dance and perform at the Halloween Stroll. Dress in your scariest costume. The $10 class is also open anyone 9 and older.

Hike or Treat

1 to 3 p.m. | Yampa River State Park, 6185 U.S. Highway 40, Hayden

Bring the family and join a host of ghouls, goblins and Colorado Parks and Wildlife volunteers and staff for a casual Hike or Treat along the Yampa River State Park’s 1.25-mile interpretive hike.

Pre Trick-or-treat Party

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Anchor Way Church, 40650 Anchor Way

This family-friendly event includes free hot dogs, drinks, bounce houses, horseback riding, a pumpkin patch and more

Halloween Party for Kids

4 to 9 p.m. | Steamboat Kids Play Garden, 345 Anglers Drive, Suite B

Kids can be dropped off in costume for a night of fun activities and spooky arts and crafts.

Steamboat Swings Halloween Masquerade Ball

7 to 10 p.m. | Deport Art Center, 1001 13th St.

The Steamboat Swings big band hosts a Masquerade Halloween Ball.

Halloween Party

9 p.m. | Hahn’s Peak Roadhouse, 60880 Routt County Road 129

Head over to the Roadhouse for some old-fashioned spooky, creepy rock ‘n’ roll with free live music by the band Incognito. Halloween costumes are strongly encouraged.

Magic Beans costume party

10 p.m. | Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.

Get those costumes ready and celebrate Halloween with  Magic Beans on their “Hallobean” tour and get ghoulish to the band’s unique space funk, Ameritronica and groove grass sound. Costumes are welcome, and awards will be presented for best male and female costumes.

Sunday, Oct. 28 

Halloween Skate-A-Thon Costume Party

3 to 5 p.m. | Howelsen Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Pkwy.

Dress up and get out on the ice for the Steamboat Skating Club’s annual Skate-A-Thon fundraiser. All ages are welcome.

Sugar Skull Paint ‘n’ Sip

4 to 6 p.m. | Mountain Tap Brewery, 910 Yampa St.

Get into the Halloween spirit with artist Julia Dordoni to create a mystical Sugar Skull Day of the Dead painting while enjoying craft beer and wood-fired cuisine. Cost is $39 with a portion of proceeds going to the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund.

Halloween Tennis Social

5 to 7 p.m. | Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, 2500 Pine Grove Road

Come to the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs dressed in Halloween costume to play doubles. The best costume wins a prize. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish to share, and the Tennis Center will provide the drinks. Age 8 and older are welcome. Call the Tennis Center to register at 970-879-8400.

Monday, Oct. 29  

Enchanted Castle

4 to 6 p.m. | Colorado Mountain College, Hill Hall, 1275 Crawford Ave.

Hill Hall at CMC hosts a free evening of Halloween fun with trick-or-treating, a kids carnival, treats and prizes. If possible, those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the LiftUp of Routt County food bank.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

3rd annual HALAween Party

4 to 7 p.m. | Hala GearSpace, 910 Yampa St.

Celebrate Halloween HALA-style with a dog- and kid-friendly event that features treats, drinks, drawings, giveaways and patio games. Proceeds will benefit Friends of the Yampa.


Wednesday, Oct. 31 

Halloween Party

8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Steamboat Kids Play Garden, 345 Anglers Drive Suite B

Drop kids off for a day of Halloween fun. Let them wear costumes and enjoy of boo-riffic fun and a spooky lunch. Drop-in rates apply. 

Halloween Stroll

5 to 7 p.m. | Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Ave.

For over 30 years, kids and families of all ages have gathered on Lincoln Avenue to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities during the Halloween Stroll. Downtown Steamboat is closed to traffic during the free event.

Howl-O-Ween Party and Pet Costume Party

5 to 6:30 p.m. | Little Toots Park, 55 12th St.

Peace Love Petcare and Powder Hounds Grooming Salon present the Howl-O-Ween Party featuring human and pet snacks, witches brew and other drinks provided. Pets, adults and little goblins are all invited. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded, and coupons offering free nail trims will be given to all doggie participants. Winners will be announced at 6:15 p.m.

Backdoor Grill Halloween Party

8 p.m. | Backdoor Grill, 825 Oak St.

Pick out a costume and put on dancing shoes for Back Door Grill’s Halloween Party, featuring music by DJ Also Starring. Costumes are encouraged. 

Halloween Karaoke Contest

9 p.m. | Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave.

Come dressed in costume and sing like your favorite rock start and the winner goes right to the finals for a chance to win new skis and snowboards. Costumes encouraged

Tickets are $15 for 12 and above. $10 for below 12.

Halloween playlist

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
“Coming to Take Me Away” by Napolean III
“Haunted House” by Jumpin’ Gene Simmons
“Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley
“Martian Hop” by the Ran-Dells
“The Blob” by the Five Blobs
“Spooky” by the Classics Four
“I Put a Spell on You” by Jack Hawkins
“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
“Twilight Zone”
“Bad Moon on the Rise” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.
“Devil With a Blue Dress” by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
“I Put a Spell on You” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Cursum Perficio” by Enya
“Twilight Zone” by Manhattan Transfer
“Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones
“People Are Strange” by The Doors
“Zombie Stomp” by Elvira
Recommended by Arty Smith

Other ways to celebrate

Go for a hike while dressed in costumes

Think lumberjack, zombie, ninja costumes. While hiking, tell a few ghost stories or two. Don’t forget to pack some candy corn.

Costume parade

Flaunt those festive Halloween costumes by hosting a parade — turn up the spooky music.

Pumpkin carving contest

Participate at work or with friends or family in the friendly competition of pumpkin carving.

Trick or treating

It’s not just for kids. Get together with friends or coworkers. At work, go from one cubicle to the next or one department to the another as you trick or treat.

Photo contest

See who can capture the spookiest photo of the day with a chance to win prizes.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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