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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo: Courtesy of City of Boulder
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.
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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.
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.
Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Max and Dee Bernt
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.