Halloween: Make It Sweet at 10,200 Feet!
It’s one of those strange years for Halloween, maybe that’s because it falls on a Wednesday. But, after gathering together all of the Halloween happenings, it’s good to report that it’s strange-in-a-good-way, because there’s so much to do! And all that spooky goodness is spread out over several days, with yummy treats and party-time concoctions offered almost every day of the week! So pick your pumpkin (or poison) and go have some fun at 10,152 feet! Here’s the Lead Vegas Halloween report.
The festive fun kicks off for the little ones this Saturday, Oct. 27 at Leadville’s annual Pumpkin Patch. A local tradition for generations, this Halloween event is geared towards the younger kids, with a costume contest, age-appropriate games, face-painting, prizes and treats. The event is in a new location, this year being held at Freight at 320 E. 9th Street. Join the fun from 1 – 4 p.m.
Later in the evening, the Stapleton Manor Haunted House will creak open its doors for a two-night engagement on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. and again Halloween night. This frightful haunted maze offers some spooky fun for the older kids and can be found at 118 W. 7th Street . . . if you dare! Pssst they are always looking for some extra volunteers, so if you like scaring the pants off folks, contact Stan Stapleton at 719-486-5195!
The neon lights of a Lead Vegas Saturday Night will shine bright on October 27 with rebel-rousers having a few options to choose from in the heart of downtown Leadville. Start the evening off right with some good food and an acoustic rock show with Denver-based Andrew Wynne at Leadville’s Pastime Bar & Café, 120 West 2nd Street. A true traveling troubadour, this soulful performer has seemingly sang-for-his-supper around the world. During his stop in America’s highest city, Wynne will be performing some original songs and a unique selection of classic tunes starting at 5 p.m. So grab a seat, along with one of the best burgers in town and a cold beer and kick off your Leadville Saturday night just right!
As your Saturday night winds up, head uptown to The Scarlet where you will find live music with the Totally Happy Campers. These Pagosa Springs-based musicians are a band of rock-n-rollers who know how to get people out on the dance floor shaking their groove thing.
If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween on Saturday night, Oct. 27, then The Manhattan Bar is the place to be. They will have Happy Hour prices all day with some beer specials. A costume contest will be awarded at 9 p.m. Look for their bright neon sign on the corner of 7th and historic Harrison Avenue.
By Sunday, Oct. 28 you may be looking to offset all those Saturday night indulgences, so why not sign up for the Haunted Hills Race? Come, run and bike with the monsters at Colorado Mountain College’s 3rd Annual Haunted Hills Races held around campus in Leadville. Get in some trail time as ghouls and goblins hide in the forest, and spooky students lurk around every bend. There will be an 8K mountain bike race and 6K National Intercollegiate Running Club Association cross-country qualifiers, along with 6K and 2K Haunted Hills running races for adults and kids. Everyone is encouraged to race in costume. Additional details and registration can be found HERE. All proceeds benefit the CMC Running Club, which will launch the college’s first collegiate competitive cross-country running team in the fall of 2019. Contact CMC Leadville running coach Darren Brungardt at 719-486-4296 or email@example.com for more information.
Once the racing is wrapped up, you can find some spooky suds to celebrate at the Periodic Brewing Leadville Halloween Party starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 28. Wear your Halloween costume and get $1 off your first pint. The evening will continue with a Halloween trivia contest at 6 p.m., the pumpkin painting contest will take place at 7 p.m. and costume contest at 7:30 p.m. Periodic Brewing is located at 115 E. 7th Street in downtown Leadville.
On the true Hollow’s Eve – Wednesday, Oct. 31 – the fun will continue for the kids in school. According to the Lake County School District website, all Lake County Intermediate School students will gather together during their specials time for a Halloween-themed event. Meanwhile the younger students at The Center will hold Fall Classroom Celebrations from 11 a.m. – noon.
Later that evening from 5 – 8 p.m. the Halloween high jinks can be found at Leadville’s Trick or Treat Street. Held annually on the first two hundred blocks of W. 7th Street, this family-friendly event offers a safe, traffic-free place for kids to get their treats door-to-door. Costumes abound and most of the neighbors decorate their houses, getting into the spirit. However, candy supplies can get costly, so donations are always necessary to make it a success. You can drop yours off at Leadville City Hall, Safeway, Shopko or the newspaper office – thank you!
Remember the Stapleton Manor Haunted House will also be open on Halloween. Did you know that this highly-anticipated, annual event celebrates 20 years this Halloween? Yep, the whole thing got started by The Stapletons back in 1998. Be sure to pass along your fright-filled gratitude to them!
Additionally, there are other hot spots on historic Harrison Avenue to stop by Halloween night. Like the Treeline Kitchen which will be giving out Hot Cider instead of candy at their patio party, taking place out front by the fire pit. Treeline will also be offering a special “Creepy Cocktail” list starting this Friday, Oct. 27 through Halloween Night. Further north on the avenue, everyone’s favorite sweet shop, Cookies With Altitude, will have Halloween-inspired treats this week and next week. They will also be open until 6 p.m. on Halloween for Trick or Treat Street.
On Halloween Night, costumed Cloud City denizens will have one choice – but it might just be all you need. The Scarlet’s Annual Halloween Bash will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31 down on the corner of 3rd Street & haunted Harrison Avenue. Goinomadic is the night’s
, with The Runaway Grooms opening up the show. The latter is a trio of musicians based out of the Vail Valley, playing everything from original folk and blues music to classic hits from the 60s and 70s till. They’ll kick things off at 8 p.m. Then at 10 p.m. the Halloween Bash Costume Contest gets underway and there is usually some pretty creative competition. They’ll be handing out 50 bucks for First Prize, 25 bucks for Second and a $25 bar tab for Third Place. *Costume Contest rules are no doubles win double prizes. Be creative!
Headliner band Goinomadic will take to The Scarlet’s stage at 10 p.m. These musical comrades are based out of Salida and are fast gaining a reputation for bringing their soulful infusion of alternative indie jam-rock to mountain communities for a show they’re not likely to forget. So bring your best zombie and some dancing shoes and hit-up the corner of 3rd and Harrison for The Scarlet’s Halloween Bash.
And finally, believe it or not, if you’ve still got some spooky left or maybe you had to work, Leadville’s Historic Pastime Bar & Cafe will hold their 3rd annual Halloween Costume party on Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 9 p.m. They will be handing out cash prizes for 1st place single and couple, judging on originality, time and most outrageous! Lots of Halloween party games and dancing, along with some drink specials make for a good time in Leadville’s former red light district at 120 W. 2nd Street.
That’s a wrap for the Lead Vegas Halloween report. There are a lot of fun and festive things to choose from, so figure out what you’re wearing and make a plan! If your Halloween event isn’t included, give us a nudge and it can be added to the report. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.