“Halloween in Summit County is going to be the best!” said no one, ever. Let’s be honest; Summit County isn’t exactly known for throwing the greatest celebration on All Hallows Eve. There are probably a few reasons behind this lack of enthusiasm over the spookiest day of the year, but it really comes down to a terrifying lack of awareness. We might not be Salem, MA, but we actually do know how to do Halloween right, here in Summit County. Surprisingly, the area offers countless festive events, one of the world’s most beautiful fall seasons and you can even ski or ride on Halloween. Fear not, this isn’t a trick; who needs a hay ride when you can ride down the mountain on your skis or board?! Check out our list of the ten sweetest ways to treat yourself in the high country during this ghastly holiday.
- Pumpkinfest: The Silverthorne Recreation Center is hosting the town’s annual Pumpkinfest and has moved the event to take place on Sunday, Oct. 11th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. This otherworldly event unearths a “pumpkin patch” for children to pick out their free pumpkin for the holiday. After claiming your pumpkin, creep over to the petting zoo, play some wicked games, decorate some magical goodies, and horrify yourself in the scary bounce house. For more information, visit silverthorne.org.
- Murder Mystery Dinner: On Saturday, Oct. 31st at 6:30 pm, The Ski Tip is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner with a four-course meal. The Murder Mystery theme will terrify guests and includes the dinner guests in solving the mystery of “Whodunit.” For more information, call (970) 496-4950 or visit keystoneresort.com.
- Haunted Tours in Breck: Petrify yourself while masquerading around town on one of Breck’s infamous haunted tours! The historical society offers spine-chilling paranormal and haunted tours daily, and extra grim ones at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Halloween! For other tour times or dates, check out http://www.breckghosttours.com/.
- Halloween Dodgeball Tournament: You read that correctly! Dawn your scariest costume and show off your dodgeball skills while shocking fellow goblins and ghouls with your wizardry. The 7th Annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament is guaranteed to be a howl. A minimum of six players per team is required with at least two females. All teams must register by 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 29th. Click here for more details.
- Trick or Treat in Breckenridge: Don’t forget to give some extra treats to our Police Department, Public Works Department and various volunteers for transforming downtown Breck into a supernatural world of dreadful fun when High Street and Harris Street turn into a Trick or Treaters’ delight! Officers also participate in Trick or Treating activities in the Wellington Neighborhood. Bring the family down for a safe and enjoyable night of hocus pocus festivities and tasty treats! Contact the Police Department at 970-453-2941 shortly before Halloween to learn more about street closure times and alternate routes, or check out this site.
- Met Opera Live in HD: Want to switch up your evening and get out of the morbid moonlight? On October 31st at 10:55 am, The National Repertory Orchestra presents the live broadcast of Wagner’s Tannhäuser from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This is a one of a kind opportunity to enchant your ears with a hair-raising performance by the Met! For more details and ticketing information, click here.
- Arapahoe Basin Fall Concert Series (AND SKIING/ RIDING!): What is the most devilish way to get your Halloween on? Well, in Summit County, that would be SKIING, of course! On Saturday, October 31st, rock out under the spell of an 80’s themed concert in the Plaza. This autumn party is far from a nightmare, bewitching guests with live music, magical food and devilishly delicious drinks in the Base Area Plaza from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Don’t forget to masquerade around in your favorite 80’s gear! Keep checking back here for more details!
- Frisco’s Haunted House: On Oct. 29th – 31st at 6:00 pm, trick yourself into braving it through the dreadful haunted house in Frisco. This eerie ghostly estate is constructed and run by local youth as a learning opportunity through Activities run by youth and Mountain Mentors. If you dare, visit Frisco’s Haunted House on October 29th, 30th, and 31st. It will be open from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and tickets are sold at the door. Tickets prices are $5-student, $7-adult and $20-family four pack. More information can be found here.
- Nightmare at the Museum: On Oct. 30th at 5:00 pm, taunt your friends and family into a visit at the museum and creep yourselves out over some ghastly tales and scary poems of Victorian Gothic literature from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. At the Historic Park & Museum, remind yourselves that the gruesome tales and poems are just make-believe. Rock your favorite costume, or show up in your best Gothic and Victorian attire– light refreshments and treats provided. More details here.
- Trick or Treat on Main St. in Frisco: On 31st at 6:00 pm, creep on over to Main Street in Frisco for a hauntingly sweet time. All trick-or-treaters are welcome to have their fill of goodies from the spooky shops in town and at the Frisco Historic Park. The Historic Park Log Chapel will be playing cartoons for tired little ghouls. Participating businesses will dawn an orange jack-o-lantern hanging outside from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Halloween night. All ghosts, witches and warlocks report to downtown Frisco to collect tricks or treats spanning Main Street from Madison Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Further information is available here.
So, now that all of the mystery around Halloween in Summit County has been uncovered, you had better clear your schedule and prepare yourselves for a wicked good time. Just don’t forget your skis or board, and a terrifyingly awesome costume! We can’t wait to see you.