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    Halloween in Boulder

    Halloween 2020 in Boulder is bound to look different this year, as it will everywhere, but you can still plan for some spooky and spine-chilling fun. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so make a weekend of it with the following activities.

    Banjo Billy's Walking Ghost Tour

    October 31, 2020, 7pm
    This walking version of Banjo Billy's popular Boulder bus ghost tour lets you explore the hidden side of Boulder through a selection of creepy stories and lore over the course of two hours and 2.5 miles of mostly easy walking (except for one small hill). Masks are required for all guests, no exceptions, and must be worn for the entire length of the tour. Tour starts in Boulder at the Information booth located on the Pearl St. Mall at 13th St. Purchase tickets in advance.

    Downtown's Spooky Munchkin Bingo

    October 14-November 1, 2020
    This year, Downtown Boulder's Munchkin Masquerade will look a little different. Visit munchkinmasquerade.com to view a PDF bingo card to go on a hunt for the hidden “spooky munchkin” characters in several downtown retail stores — and be sure to wear your Halloween costume and mask. If you get BINGO (five in a row) and snap a photo of each one, plus your photo at the booth outside Sunflower Bank, you'll win a goodie bag. There's also a masked photo costume contest with a big prize! Get all the details here.

    Walk Through a Historic Cemetery

    Consider a self-guided tour of Boulder's historic Columbia Cemetery. Located on Ninth Street between College and Pleasant streets, Boulder's first permanent cemetery dates back to 1870 and contains the graves of prominent Boulder pioneers and notable figures such as Mary Rippon, the University of Colorado's first female faculty member and 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. Open dawn to dusk.

    Columbia Cemetery with fall foliage

    Photo: Courtesy of City of Boulder

    Paint a Pumpkin

    October 31, 2020, 9am-dark
    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. This year, the farm plans to have even more activities, so that guests can spread out to facilitate social distancing. The corn maze won't be available, but you can still climb a hay “mountain," paint a pumpkin, take a tractor hayride and visit with the farm animals. Check their site for the latest. Admission is free.  

    Hours: October 1-31, 2020: Open Mon-Thurs noon-dark; Fri-Sun 9am-dark; Rest of the year: Open Fri and Sat 

    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

    Boos & Brews Halloween 5k With Avery Brewing

    Oct. 31, 2020, 11am
    The Boos & Brews Halloween 5K foot race starts and ends at Avery Brewing. Costumes are highly encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best male, female and group costumes. Bring the kids along for the run, as we will have candy buckets with all course volunteers for a unique spin on trick or treating. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line.

    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 with a metal pot hanging from the mantel. 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. It's open to those wearing masks by call-ahead or reservation.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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