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 consider staying overnight to make a weekend of it with the following activities. See Boulder hotel safety protocols so you can feel good about treating everyone to a fun Halloween weekend.
October 30, 2020, 6pm and 8pm
The City of Boulder Parks and Rec department is hosting a drive-in movie at Flatiron’s Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 30. They will offer two movie screenings: an early screening at 6pm (suggested for families with children ages 12 and under) and a late screening at 8pm (suggested for adults and children 13+). Decorate your vehicle for a chance to win exciting prizes. Costumes are also strongly encouraged for all of our ghosts and ghouls. Admission is $10 per vehicle (per film) and includes a pre-made treat bag.
October 31, 2020, 11am-3pm
Drive by the Chautauqua General Store (next to the Chautauqua Dining Hall) with your family for a Halloween candy event. Simply stay in your car and keep your face coverings on so your kiddos can receive a treat. Take in spectacular views of the Flatirons along the way.
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.
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.
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. This year, you can Meet the Spirits online. This is not another Zoom call; you'll get everything you need to go on a self-guided tour of Columbia Cemetery and "meet the spirits" on your own time. The cemetery is open dawn to dusk.
Photo: Courtesy of City of Boulder
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. Try a hay bale maze or climb a hay mountain. Check their site for the latest. Entrance is $5 per person (under 2 is free), but it can be put toward a pumpkin purchase.
Hours: October 1-31, 2020: Open Tues-Fri noon-7pm; Fri-Sun 9am-7pm; Rest of the year: Open Fri and Sat
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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.
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.
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.
Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Max and Dee Bernt
Gelato Boy, with a location on west Pearl and another on east Pearl, launched a line of chilling new flavors that put the trick in your treat. Try the Speculoos Cookie Monster, Boneyard Dirt Cup, Swamp Matcha or Rise From The Dead (a coffee-infused creation).
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.