Happy (Snowy) Halloween from America’s Highest City
As if right on cue for a traditional Happy Halloween at 10,200 feet, it started snowing in Leadville Today! And it looks like this system will be staying around for a bit. But that’s never stopped October’s spoooky holiday from being celebrated in America’s highest city. So figure out a way to incorporate a little more insulation into your costume and get out there and greet #TheGreatPumpkin – Happy, Happy Halloween!
The fun starts off today 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. And it sounds like some of the students will be making fruit monsters – how fun, and yummy!
Later this 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 be open again 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, because this could be the last year for the popular attraction!
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. Sounds perfect on a snowy Halloween night! Treeline will also be offering a special “Creepy Cocktail” list. Further north on the avenue, everyone’s favorite sweet shop, Cookies With Altitude, will have Halloween-inspired treats and will 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 headliner, 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, 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.