How to celebrate Halloween in the Yampa Valley
Nothing screams halloween like a haunted house and no haunted house makes more people scream than the Screamboat Chamber of Horrors at Colorado Mountain College.
In its 23rd year, the haunted house will take place from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29, and Monday, Oct. 31 at the Allbright Auditorium at CMC.
Admission to the student-run series of scares is $20 or $10 for current CMC students.
The Chamber of Horrors has about 13 rooms, according to Paul McCudden, faculty advisor for the Sky Club.
Students from the Sky Club and Engineering Club take the time to construct the house and are the ones doing the scaring. The proceeds from admission benefit the clubs and help take the students on science-related trips, according to McCudden.
There is no theme other than things that will make people jump and shriek.
“We invite everyone from town to come,” McCudden said. “There’s some scary stuff, but there’s also some funny stuff and it’s hopefully fun for everyone.”
New this year are some more high-tech props adding to the spooky ambiance.
“And we have some pretty scary zombies. I think people will enjoy them,” McCudden. “But we try to make it palatable for younger kids too, we tone it down for them.”
Friday, Oct. 28th
Carn-EVIL haunted maze
Offering some healthy, horrifying competition, Amaze’n Steamboat is hosting its first haunted maze all weekend from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31.
The Carn-EVIL haunted maze is every night except for Sunday, Oct. 30, on which Amaze’n Steamboat is hosting a family day. From 2-5 p.m., a “not so scary” version of the maze will be available for families or the faint of heart.
Tickets are $20 for the scary version, and $10 for the family version. Find more information at amazensteamboat.com/activities/
Halloween Hayride in Oak Creek
Glas Deffryn Ranch is hosting a hay ride for kids of all ages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. There will be hayrides, cow brushing, hot dog roasting and more. Halloween costumes are encouraged. RSVP and get directions from Erika at email@example.com.
Entry is free to this festive get together at Steamboat’s favorite bookstore from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday. Guests are encouraged to dress up, enjoy a drink from the bar, eat spooky treats, get a tarot reading and socialize.
Enjoy an evening of music and prizes at Steamboat Dance Theatre’s Halloween Ball at Old Town Pub at 9 p.m. on Friday. For $10, guests can enjoy DJ Garrett, take part in a costume party and enter chances to win prizes.
Saturday, Oct. 29th
The most self-motivated Yampa Valley residents will be gathering at Soda Creek Elementary early Saturday for the Foundry Halloween 5K. The run begins at 9 a.m. and support Clean and Sober Steamboat. Registration is $25 at RunSignup.com/Race/CO/SteamboatSprings/FoundryHalloween5k and costumes are encouraged.
Hike or Treat in Hayden, Craig
Yampa River and Elkhead Reservoir State Parks are collaborating to host a hike or treat at Yampa River State Park in Hayden. The hike is a kid-friendly 1.25-mile loop on which families can trick or treat while enjoying the great outdoors.
The state parks are accepting non-perishable food items for LiftUp of Routt County. Visit their webpage at liftuprc.org/donate-food/ or call 970-879-3374 for their current needs.
More information about the event or volunteers can call 970-276-2061.
South Routt Halloween Carnival
The Soutt Routt Elementary School in Yampa is hosting an evening of food, games and prizes from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the Soroco Parent Teacher Organization. A punchcard for games is $10 or $25 for a family. A chili dinner is also available for $5 for adults, or $3 for child.
United Way Monster Mash
The Routt County United Way is looking to smash poverty with a thrilling night of dancing, fundraising, giveaways, and prizes.
Tickets are $125 and include a trip down the haunted hallway, a specialty cocktail and the chance to play games, participate in the costume contest and more. There is also a silent auction that is already live.
Tickets can be purchased at RouttCountyUnitedWay.org/Monster-Mash.
Comedy and Cocktails in Hayden
Steamboat Comedy will serve up an entertaining evening of laughs and drinks at The Hayden Center on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for the adult-only event. Happy hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Trunk or Treat in Hayden
Hayden Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a safe, family friendly trunk or treat from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Anyone can bring a car, truck, tractor or even a horse from which to pass out candy. Contact the church to alert them or expected participation.
Children looking to stock up on treats can go to the Spruce Street side of the church for candy collecting.
Fall Fest in North Routt
Starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Steamboat Lake Outpost is hosting a Fall Festival with a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, halloween movies and more. There will also be a harvest-themed dinner menu starting at 5 p.m.
Fright Night on Ice
The Steamboat Skating Club is hosting is annual Halloween community skate from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, with treats, skating tricks, and more. Admission is $10 per person or $25 for a family of four.
Witches Night Out
The longstanding tradition of Witches Night Out continues at Aurum at 5:30 p.m. with the witchiest Yampa Valley residents gathered around the cauldron.
Monday, Oct. 31
The downtown Halloween stroll will come to Lincoln Ave in Steamboat Springs on Monday. Businesses will entertain and thrill, offering tricks and treats. A closure will go into effect 4:45 p.m. on Monday and run through 8 p.m. Traffic will be detoured along Oak Street between Fifth and 11th streets.
Trick or treating at The Boat Yard
As part of the Halloween Stroll, people should wander down to The Boat Yard, Steamboat’s food truck haven, between 5 and 7:30 p.m. at 831 Yampa St.
There will be candy, hot chocolate and apple cider as well as a prize giveaway if you guess the ingredients of a slimy witches brew.
Shelby Reardon is the assistant editor at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. To reach her, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.
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