Haunting Halloween Happenings in The Cloud City
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today contributor
The 15th Annual Leadville Pumpkin Patch was a huge hit at the 6th St. Gym on Saturday Oct. 25. Ghouls, princesses, pirates, and peacocks were seen gravitating through town to W. 6th St., where families flooded in to show off elaborate costumes, and gather treats and baked goods into their baskets already filling up a week before Halloween.
Pie-throwing, bowling, ball-toss, and bouncy-house were some of the features this year, and each event was tackled with all the enthusiasm that sugar and youth synthesize. Local artist Lincoln Bias was there for live carving of masterpiece pumpkins that put the traditional Jack-o-Lantern to shame.
Kids left the event onto a crisp fall day with arms full of loot and smiles on their faces. Thanks to organizer Kristin Sparkman, Lake County, and all the volunteers who leant a helping claw to make this fall tradition come alive again. MORE PHOTOS.
Get Your Spook On at Leadville’s Trick or Treat Street
The ever-popular Trick or Treat Street will be extra special this year, because Halloween is on a Saturday! This annual event allows children to go door to door Trick or Treating in a safe, supervised environment. Leadville’s Trick or Treat Street will be held on the first two-hundred blocks of W. 7th Street this Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 – 9 p.m.
The Stapleton Haunted Mansion (118 W. 7th St.) will be open Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 – 9 p.m. Come and get your spook on in a fun, safe environment located in an historic 1880s carriage house. Children 13 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per person.
Lead Vegas Gets Spooky After Dark on Halloween
Then, once the kids have crashed from their sugary Trick-or-Treat rush, and the babysitter is all settled in, it’s time for some Monster Mash fun, and downtown Lead Vegas is the place to be!
Stop by for a Rockin’ Halloween at The Scarlet on 4th and Harrison Avenue. Hayes, Epp and Bones are back in town for their Annual Halloween Bash and Monster Mash. The Scarlet will have a costume contest, with special gift bag for the winners and runners-up. The music starts at 9:30 p.m. Owners Chuck and Lee are asking party-goers to bring your canned good(s) for the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive!
Across the way on 5th Street, The Elks Lodge #236 will be having a Halloween Party and the public is invited. Live music by local rockers 24 West should keep all the ghosts and goblins shaking their boo-tys on the dance floor.
The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce is offering a cemetery tour on Friday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. For details and reservations call 719-486-3900.