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    Halloween in Boulder

    Here’s where to go in Boulder to get your thrills and chills this October. Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, so consider staying overnight to make a weekend of it with the following activities.

    Downtown's Munchkin Masquerade

    October 31, 2021, 3-6pm
    For scary amounts of cuteness, head to downtown Boulder on Halloween for Munchkin Masquerade. Unicorns, stormtroopers, Batman (er, Batmen?), princesses, monsters, butterflies…they all converge upon Pearl Street for the best trick-or-treating in town, with many businesses filling kiddos' buckets to the brim with candy. Parents tend to go all out, too, and you’ll see some amazing costumes. Free.

    Munchkin Masquerade

    Halloween Drive-In Movie

    October 28-29, 5:30-11:30pm
    The City of Boulder will show four movies (two children’s themed movies and two adult-themed movies) for a couple of spooky drive-in movie nights at Flatirons Golf Course.

    'Kaidan+: Something Strange and Spectral'

    October 29-31, 7:30pm
    The University of Colorado's Department of Theatre & Dance presents seven spine-tingling ghost stories from around the world told through dance and drama, inspired by the legendary Japanese Kabuki-style play.

    Boos and Clues

    October 30, 6-10pm
    Spend the night in style at this soiree to benefit the Museum of Boulder. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and libations, a silent disco, live music, museum scavenger hunt and more.

    Motown Halloween Prom

    October 30, 7:30pm
    Journey back in time to prom night in the '60s with Roots Music Project's Motown Halloween Prom. Dress up, dance and sing to all the classics, including a live performance by Ain’t No Mountain High Enough band.

    The Haunted Carnival

    October 30, 8pm-2am
    DV8 Distillery celebrates its six-year anniversary with a Haunted Carnival party, featuring multiple sound stages, live art, fire and aerialist performances, a costume contest, food trucks and more.

    An Evening with The Motet

    October 30, 2021, 8:30pm
    Lace up your dancing shoes and be ready for a party at Boulder Theater with The Motet, an American funk, soul and jazz-influenced group hailing from Denver.

    Boulder Farmer's Market

    October 30, 2021, 8am-2pm
    The Boulder Farmer's Market has been rated the No. 1 farmers' market in the country by readers of USA Today. Come sample, shop, meet local farmers, enjoy pumpkin-flavored treats, hear live music, sit by the creek and eat great food in the harvest season.

    'Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu' Theater Hike

    October 30-31, 2021, 3-5pm
    Arts in the Open is a group that combines hiking and theater, fusing nature with live performance. Their fall production of the Gothic classic, "Dracula, Death of Nosferatu," adapted by Christopher P. Nichols, will take place in the historic Chautauqua Park. 

    Exotica Erotica Ball

    October 31, 2021, 9pm-2am
    This adult masquerade ball at The Riverside is a night of dancing, debauchery, burlesque shows, fantasy costume contest, DJs and fire performers. Must be 21 or older. Tickets available here.

    Chautauqua Halloween Scavenger Hunt

    October 30-31, 2021, 10am-6pm
    Visit the historic Colorado Chautauqua Oct. 22-31, 2021, and download a scavenger hunt game to your smartphone to go on a fun, self-directed scavenger hunt across the beautiful Chautauqua grounds at the foot of the Flatirons. Learn more here

    PIcnic at Chautauqua

    Tour a Historic Cemetery

    Located on Ninth Street between College and Pleasant streets, Columbia Cemetery is Boulder's first permanent cemetery and dates back to 1870. It contains the graves of prominent Boulder pioneers and notable figures such as Mary Rippon, one of the first women professors in Western America. Take some time to simply walk among the granite and sandstone gravestones in the shadow of the Flatirons, and read fascinating gravestones commemorating those who died in mining accidents or of more unusual means, such as "a broken heart." Click here for the City of Boulder's guide to some of the more notable cemetery residents. Each year, Historic Boulder actors portray some of the cemetery's famous characters in Meet the Spirits.

    Columbia Cemetery with fall foliage

    Photo: Courtesy of City of Boulder

    Pick a Pumpkin and Walk a Hay Bale Maze

    It’s a straight shot on South Boulder Road to 7th Generation Farm in nearby Louisville, about a 25-minute drive. You’ll find rows of pre-picked pumpkins stacked among vintage farm trucks, or you can stroll out into the field to pick your own. A farm store is stocked with all kinds of produce and goodies. Check their site for the latest. Entrance is $5 per person (under 2 is free), but it can be put toward a pumpkin purchase.

    Boulder Pumpkin Patches
    Pumpkin patch at the 7th Generation Farm in Boulder
    Take a Historic Walking Tour of Boulder Creek

    As you walk the Boulder Creek Path, discover a wealth of legend and lore, some of it spooky, unsavory or just plain weird. For example, learn about the ghost of William Tull, who was unjustly killed and is said to have been seen lurking the creek. And read about a section of Boulder that was once referred to as "The Jungle." Get all the details in our Boulder Creek History Walking Tour Guide.

    Black and white photo of kids wading in Boulder Creek

    Go for a Haunted Hike

    After traipsing the Rattlesnake Gulch Trail in the rock-climbing mecca of Eldorado Canyon State Park for a bit, you’ll encounter a strange sight in the middle of the wilderness: The ruins of an old stone oven, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. These are the final remains of the Crags Hotel, once a popular mountain retreat that visitors could access via an inclined funicular railway. The hotel inexplicably burned to the ground in 1912. Today, the eerie remnants evoke early 20th-century scenes of hotel staff going about their work, preparing meals for their guests — before the hotel's operations screeched to an abrupt halt as a result of the fire. Here's a map to get to this moderate-level hiking trail. State Park entrance fees will apply.

    Rattlesnake Gulch Eldorado Canyon at Sunset/Sunrise

    Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Max and Dee Bernt

    Step Into a Weird World at Wonder Wonder

    Wonder Wonder is an immersive art experience with 16 rooms to interact with and would be a fun place to go in costume for some photo ops. Tickets required.


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