13 Spooky (and Festive) Ways to Celebrate Halloween

From late-night costume parties to trick-or-treating around Vail Village, our top picks for Halloween in the Vail Valley.

By Kirsten Dobroth October 15, 2018

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Whether you're young or just young at heart, we round up 13 ways to go from Freaky Friday to Halloween on Wednesday.


Alpine Art Center's Pumpkin Carving Party

October 26, 4 p.m., Alpine Arts Center, Edwards

Young and old are welcome at Alpine Art Center's annual pumpkin carving party; $15 gets you in the door, and set up with all the supplies you'll need to carve the jack-o-lantern of your dreams (or nightmares). Just remember, the party is BYOP (bring your own pumpkin). alpineartscenter.org

40 oz. to Freedom at Agave

October 26, 9 p.m., Agave Nightclub, Avon

Avon's late-night haunt for live music opens its doors for a Halloween bash featuring Sublime cover band 40 oz. to Freedom. Just don't forget your costume, as the nightclub will be handing out $300 in cash prizes to the night's best dressed attendees ($10 per person). agaveavon.com


Scarecrow Making at Vail Public Library

October 27, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Vail Public Library, Vail

The Vail Public Library's Halloween-themed arts and crafts event is free for all, with materials provided (aside from any extra supplies you might want to personalize your scarecrow). Prizes will be handed out for most unique and creative scarecrows. vaillibrary.com


October 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Riverwalk, Edwards

The Eagle River Youth Coalition hosts a day of family fun at the Riverwalk in Edwards, complete with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, and a dedicated trick-or-treat street throughout the Riverwalk's storefronts. eagleyouth.org

Bonfire's Pirate Halloween Party

October 27, 6 p.m., Bonfire Brewing, Eagle

Bonfire Brewing's (free) pirate-themed Halloween bash invites participants to "climb aboard" for live music from the Runaway Grooms (6 to 9 p.m.), and house beats from DJ HighChair (9 p.m. to close). Dress in your best maritime apparel for a chance to win costume prizes throughout the night. bonfirebrewing.com

"Ghostbusters" at the Blue Starlite Drive-In

October 27, 8 to 9:45 p.m., Blue Starlite Drive-in Theater, Minturn

Head to Minturn and catch "Ghostbusters" at the Blue Starlite's outdoor, drive-in jumbo-screen before Blue Starlite's extended season comes to an end (tickets starting at $7 per person). bluestarlitedrivein.com

Brush Creek Saloon's Halloween Party

October 27, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Brush Creek Saloon, Eagle

Head to downtown Eagle for Brush Creek Saloon's costume party for a chance at prizes and drink specials. Local rockers Primal J and the Neanderthals will be on hand to provide the tunes, and the bar will be voting on the evening's best dressed midnight. 970-328-5279


Trick or Treat Story Time

October 31, 1 p.m., Vail Public Library, Vail

Bring your little ghosts and ghouls to the Vail Public Library for a free, Halloween-themed story time for kids 10 and under. vaillibrary.com

2018 Trick or Treat Trot

October 31, 2 to 5 p.m., Vail Village

Vail Village's annual trick-or-treat event is back again, when hoards of costume-clad kiddies descend on town to collect candy from local businesses. Start your adventure at the booth at the Vail covered bridge or the Lionshead bus stop, where you'll receive a balloon and information on which storefronts are partaking in the Halloween fun. vailrec.com

Edwards Fall Fun Night

October 31, 4 to 7 p.m., WECMRD Fieldhouse, Edwards

The WECMRD in Edwards opens its door for a (free) night of kids' activities to celebrate Halloween, although the whole family is welcome to join the fun. wecmrd.org

"Hocus Pocus" at the Blue Starlite Drive-In

October 31, 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., Blue Starlite Drive-in Theater, Minturn

The 90's hit about a couple of kids from Salem, Massachusetts who have a run in with some neighborhood witches comes to the screen at Minturn's drive-in movie theater in honor of Halloween night. Don't forget to hit the concession stand, which is stocked with beer from Vail Brewing Company and Northside donuts (tickets starting at $7 per person). bluestarlitedrivein.com

Bol's Annual Halloween Bash with Stennor & DJ Shake One

October 31, 8 p.m., Bol, Vail Village

If you're looking to dance the night away, head to Bol's Halloween Bash, with the valley's own DJ Stennor spinning the beats alongside DJ Shake One all night long. Don't forget your costume, as prizes for the night's most festive attendees range from bottle service vouchers and gift cards, to a coveted ticket to the bar and restaurant's New Year's Eve party ($10 per person). bolvail.com

Halloween with Knot Rock

October 31, 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Vail Ale House, West Vail

The theme is nautical at Vail Ale House's Halloween party, thanks in part to Denver-based band Knot Rock, who will be bringing their yacht rock sounds straight from the 70s and 80s to the stage in West Vail.—don't forget a maritime-themed costume ($15 per person)! vailalehouse.com


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