Summit County is really getting into the spirit. It is almost overwhelming the amount of Halloween-themed events taking place throughout the week — check out the Wednesday, Oct. 28 edition for a roundup of haunted houses, trick-or-treating and other special events happening around the county. Below are a couple highlights, but by no means the end to a long list of activities. I will shamelessly admit that my current weekend plans involve a night watching “Hocus Pocus” with coworkers, but also a stop at The Barkley Ballroom on Saturday for its Halloween party featuring three live bands and a haunted house.
FRISCO HAUNTED HOUSE
The former community center at 110 3rd Avenue has been transformed into a house of teenage horrors. While the town of Frisco constructs the walls inside the haunted house, everything else is put together by youth from Mountain Mentors Teen Program, Activities Run by Youth (ARBY). The kids not only design the entire haunted house, but also do all the acting inside and their own makeup. The Haunted House will be up from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. I had the chance to attend the Haunted House Wednesday for its media night, and it is amazing. Every year, I am so impressed with what the kids come up with. I actually fell way behind my group trying to check out everything in each room. There is some truly creepy stuff in there, the acting is frightening, and that cheerleader ... well, you’ll see.
The third annual HOWLaween Ball is Friday, Oct. 30, and benefits Far View Horse Rescue, Animal Rescue of the Rockies and League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS). The event is a great way to get into the spirit a day ahead of Halloween, strut your stuff in the costume contest and support several great local nonprofits. The ball will be held from 7–11 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Go to howlaween.com for more information or tickets.
The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and Breckenridge Tours both offer spooky tours to get into the spirit. The tours are not only entertaining, but also offer a glimpse into Breckenridge’s interesting history. A couple of highlights are the BHA’s Paranormal Investigation and Breckenridge Tour’s Ghostly Tales. The Paranormal Investigation is an attempt to communicate with the spirits in an old, historic home in Breckenridge, using ghost hunting tools. Check out Page A14 for a first-hand account of the tour. Ghostly Tales, offered by Breckenridge Tours, is a combination of a historic walking tour and ghost hunt.