This Saturday in Montrose, check out the first annual Fall Fun Festival, offering over 25 fun game booths, a barrel train, pony rides, a bounce house, pumpkin painting and bowling, a costume contest, and more, 2-5 p.m. on Main Street. Geared toward kids in preschool through middle school, it’s a chance for young ghouls and goblins to trick-or-treat down Main Street and check out school-sponsored game booths at a closed section of the street between Townsend and Uncompahgre. Ticket packets are $5 and $10, but the first 500 kids to arrive will receive four tickets for free. Proceeds benefit Montrose area schools. (See related story page TK.)
A little further afield is DeVries’ Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch, on Hwy. 50 between Montrose and Olathe (mile marker 85). Not only will you find pumpkins, but the corn maze is sure to confuse (open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 29). Punkin’ Chunkin’ takes place Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the Haunted Night Maze starts at dusk Saturday, staying open late until 11 p.m. Call 970/323-6559 for more information.
This year marks the 24th annual Stupid Halloween Bash, featuring the Stupid Band at the Turn of the Century Saloon (117 NW Fourth St.) on Saturday night. Enjoy original dance tunes and great cover songs while dancing off those Halloween calories. Doors open at 8 p.m.; admission is $10, plus a non-perishable food item for Sharing Ministries. For more info., call 970/249-8250.
For a wacky evening of a different sort, head over to the Rose Bowl and party with “The Dude.” The Jason Hunter Band hosts a Big Lebowski –themed evening of live music and bowling at Rose Bowl Lanes, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., complete with live local talent, free bowling giveaways, Horsefly Brewing beer and sarsaparilla, drink specials, and a Big Lebowski trivia contest. Don’t forget to dress up for the Halloween costume contest. Tickets are $10, available at Horsefly Brewing, Riddled Raven, by phone (970/444-2411), or at the door (90 Rose Lane).
Start off your Halloween with a whodunit mystery this Friday in Ouray. The Wright Opera House and the Ouray County Players present The Hound of the Baskervilles radio show, an adaptation of a classic Sherlock Holmes tale with a supernatural twist. Enjoy music and sound effects as you watch Professor Holmes unravel the mystery of a centuries-old curse on the Baskerville family, 7:30 p.m., at the Wright Opera House. Tickets are $15 per person or $30 per family, available at Kristopher’s Culinaire, Wright Opera House, Mouse’s Chocolates, The Blue Pear and Buckskin Booksellers in Ouray, Cimarron Coffee and Books in Ridgway, or The Ouray Silversmith in Montrose.
The Ouray Elks Lodge 492 once again presents its annual Halloween Haunted House this Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This year’s theme is Ouray Cowboys and Aliens, loosely based on the popular new movie. The $3 admission fee (or $10/family) includes a goodie bag and two trips through the haunted house, complete with a jail, burning town, desert canyon, Apache and outlaw camps, paddlewheel casino, and underground tunnels.
For adults, a howling good time awaits you over at the Beaumont Hotel’s Beaumont Ball on Saturday, but beware: you may not want to leave. The costume-required event includes a DJ, dancing, a costume contest with prizes, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets are $20; call 970/325-7000 for more info.
The Ouray Brewery hosts a costume contest of its own Saturday night, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy a brew in your spookiest or wackiest creation. Staff judges will choose their favorite costume (announced at 9 p.m.), and the winner will be awarded a $50 gift certificate from the brewery.
Keep those costumes handy until Monday, when Halloween festivities continue. Main Street Trick-or-Treat takes place from 5-7 p.m., followed by the 5th Annual Halloween Costume Bash at O’Brien’s Pub & Grill (126 Main) at 9 p.m. Celebrate All Hallows Eve with live music, DJ Sunday Smith, and costumed dancing galore.
Ridgway students present a Halloween Haunted House this Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the Ridgway Elementary School. Entry is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the fifth grade class and the Ridgway High School Cheerleaders.
Weehawken Creative Arts is getting into the Halloween spirit this year with its Nightmare on Cora Street this Friday, for ages 21 and up. The fundraiser features live music, costume fun, libations and goodies at Weehawken Ridgway, located at 630 Cora St., in the River Park Industrial neighborhood. The party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.; admission is $5 for those in costume, or $10 for costume naysayers. Ash Cloud is the featured musical guest, with locals Leif Juell, Mark Pettit, Tom Bennet and DJ . Colorado Boy beer will be served, along with wine and a signature drink of the evening. All proceeds benefit Weehawken Arts programs in Ridgway and Ouray.
Take it down a notch on Saturday, with the Second Chance Halloween Party and Open House, 1-4 p.m. at Angel Ridgway Ranch. The all-ages gathering includes a costume contest, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, property tours, treats, and – of course – dogs and cats.
If you’re at a loss for a costume, stop by the Sherbino Theatre on Clinton St., where you can buy, rent or trade for your outfit of choice. The theatre is open most afternoons, or call Shannon for an appointment (970/209-7247).
Kids of all ages are invited to the Telluride Elementary School's Fall Harvest Festival this Thursday, 4-7 p.m. in the Telluride Elementary School gym. There'll be pumpkin decorating, face painting, hair spraying, a cake walk, the haunted scarewell, games, refreshments and more. Tickets are 50 cents; most games and refreshments cost $1. Costumes are encouraged. A raffle will be held at 5:30 p.m. for a huge variety of prizes, ranging from restaurant gift certificates to a Telluride season ski pass.
Ghoulies, ghosties, hobgobs and whatnots, creepies, crawlies, woozels, and hottentots are all invited to the 4th Annual Youth Halloween Party at Telluride Elks Lodge on Saturday. There will be dancing, games, prizes, goodies, and a haunted house. The doors open to all ages at 6 p.m.
For adults, the real party begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday, when the 36th KOTO Halloween Bash brings Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to the Telluride Town Park Pavilion stage, presenting The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers in its entirety. New Orleans’ guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Anders Osborne will team up with KDTU as a special guest, opening the show with his own three-piece band.
A word of advice: Come dressed in costume. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 the day of the show. VIP tickets are available for $75 and include four beers, VIP area admittance and access to the VIP bar. Doors open at 8 p.m.; call 970/728-8100 for tickets and information, or visit koto.org.
Halloween day on Monday brings the much anticipated kids’ Halloween Parade from the Telluride Elementary School to Colorado Ave. and back. Students will line up by grade (sixth-kindergarten) behind a fire truck parked in front of the school at 1:20 p.m. Preschoolers will bring up the tail end of the parade, which will begin marching toward main street (closed to traffic) at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Ludwig at 970/728-6615.
Norwood area youngsters are invited to the Prime Time Halloween Carnival this Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Wrights Mesa Center, 1215 W. Summit St. Each room features age-appropriate activities, from a cake walk to crafts to bowling, plus a bounce house, refreshments, and more. Minimally-priced tickets are available at check-in, and costumes are highly encouraged. For more info, call 970/327-0555.
ACE of Norwood presents spooky good fun for all ages on Saturday night at The Livery, 7-10 p.m. Enter the couples costume contest, enjoy music and dancing, and munch on refreshments. Entry is $3 for individuals or $5 for couples. For more info, call 970/327-4016.
And finally, if you’re in the mood to get out of town Saturday, check out Halloween Weekend in Cortez, where the Cortez Cultural Center host the annual Kids’ Halloween Costume Contest, Treat Parade and Pumpkin Festival. Costume registration begins at 9:30 a.m. (25 N. Market) and contest judging begins at 10 a.m. The downtown treat parade is at 11 a.m., and the Pumpkin Festival – featuring story telling, face painting, refreshments, and live music – begins at noon, back at the Cultural Center. For more information, call 565-1151.