Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
Here’s where to go in Boulder to get your thrills and chills in October. From a spooky play performed on a hiking trail to a haunted tour from inside a hillbilly shack on wheels, Halloween is filled with unexpected experiences in Boulder.
Oct. 31, 2018, 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.
Photo: Downtown Boulder Partnership
Oct. 19-20, 26-27 and 31, 2018
Boulder High's theater students put on a spooky haunted house each year, with proceeds benefiting worthy causes. This year's theme is "Urban Legends." $12 for adults. $7 for students.
Oct. 27, 2018, 1–2:30pm
The Boulder Symphony’s annual children’s Halloween concert will feature a short but diverse program of symphonic music geared toward kids, plus a costume parade, in-concert trivia with prizes and a chance to conduct the orchestra, an instrument petting zoo and healthy Halloween treats. Children are free and adults are $20.
Oct. 21, 2018, noon–5pm
Rain date: Oct. 28, 2018
Some of Boulder’s most famous historical figures are buried in Columbia Cemetery. During this annual community tradition, they return from the dead (via costumed actors) to recount their stories. Meet Eben G. Fine, Mary Rippon, Tom Horn and Rocky Mountain Joe, and expect a special appearance by Kate Harbeck from New York. Vintage hearses, mourners in period costumes, live music, a children’s cemetery scavenger hunt and a burial re-enactment complete the scene. Tickets and more information available at www.historicboulder.org.
Oct. 27, 2018, 11am
Finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and…a bubbling cauldron? Yep, Hotel Boulderado puts on one of the best special-occasion afternoon teas in town, and Halloween is no exception. Witches' Brew Halloween Tea is particularly great for families. Come sit in the lovely mezzanine under the historic stained-glass ceiling and be delighted by clever dishes like Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs, Ghostly Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Sammies, Mummy Dogs and more. Reservations recommended.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Through October
You might see Banjo Billy’s hillbilly shack on wheels cruising around town — it’s a sight to see. And a ghost tour is the perfect activity for a Halloween-time outing you won’t soon forget. Learn who is haunting the halls of the Hotel Boulderado, flushing toilets at the Montgomery House and the rumored ghost who haunts the Banjo Billy bus itself! Reservations required.
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-18, 2018, 3-5pm
Audience and actors meet at the Chautauqua Picnic Shelter and take a moderate hike on the Enchanted Mesa Trail while scenes from the play are performed along the way. This Arts in the Open show pays homage to classic science fiction stories from the 1950s, this tale is sure to make you scream and laugh in equal measure. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets required.
Oct. 28, 2018, noon-3pm
Colorado Chamber Players and harpist Ann Marie Liss perform a Halloween program at the Boulder Public Library. Edgar Allen Poe's spooky story of Prince Prospero and guests in a haunted abbey is performed alongside music for harp and string quartet. A reading of the story will be interspersed with the musical performance. Costumes welcome. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets required.
Oct. 27, 2018, 9:30pm
This adult masquerade ball at Deviant Spirits Distillery is a night of dancing, debauchery, burlesque shows, fantasy costume contest, DJs and fire performers. Must be 21 or older. Tickets available here.
Party with the undead at the All Souls Vampires Masquerade Ball, at the Dairy Arts Center, November 2 and 3 at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now through the Dairy Box Office at 303.440.7826 or online at https://tickets.thedairy.org/. Each ticket includes admission to the event and performance, plus one alcoholic or other libation. This is an 18+ event.
Oct. 31, 2018, 9pm
Cell phones and cameras are banned from this adult costume party at Corrida, one of Boulder's chicest restaurants. A ticket buys you a night of endless food, drinks, dancing, fun and fright. There will be three tattoo artists on site and five bars, each based around a spirit (gin, tequila, vodka, rum and scotch). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Nov. 2 and 3, 2018, 7:30pm
Get your immortal dead on and party in celebration of Frequent Flyers® 30th anniversary season! Come dressed as your favorite ancestor, your vampire best or your own undead inspiration to participate in the evening’s costume contest. The festivities kick off in the lobby of the Dairy Arts Center with DJ Buddha Bomb and Darshan Dance Tribe, libations and photo ops in the hearse and coffin. Then guests move into the Gordon Gamm theater to experience excerpts from the iconic fan favorite, "Theatre of the Vampires," performed by Frequent Flyers® professional company.
Top photo: Munchkin Masquerade, courtesy of Downtown Boulder Partnership