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, 2019, 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 and31, 7–10pm
Boulder High's theater students put on a spooky haunted house each year, with proceeds benefiting worthy causes. $12 for adults. $8 for students.
October 27, 2019, 3pm (More dates available)
This Arts in the Open production (which combines theater with hiking in Boulder) takes place at Chautauqua Park. For a media-hungry “ghost hunter,” a paranormal detective and their assistant, three ghost stories in Colorado bring these individuals together to answer the question: Are these real, honest to goodness ghosts, or are they simply figments of our imagination? The audience will help find the answer and choose how the stories truly unfold. Tickets range from $15-$20.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Through October, plus Oct. 30-31, 2019
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. 19, 2019, 7:30pm
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 here.
Oct. 19, 2019, 5pm
Aerial dance troupe Frequent Flyers® will host "A Fair in the Air" for their annual fundraiser. This family-friendly evening includes appetizers, adult beverages, mini-performances by Frequent Flyers professional company and students, carnival games for adults and kids (ages 5 and up), silent auction items and mystery balloons filled with wonderful and useful items. Come dressed as your favorite airborne creature. Tickets here.
Oct. 26, 2019, 4-7pm
This kid-friendly and accessible Halloween hike meets at Flagstaff Summit West for a short evening hike to visit four “wild” animals (portrayed by natural history interpreters) to explore how each thrives in its life under the cover of night. Follow this link to sign up for your preferred time slot. Other kid-friendly activities will be provided at the Wood Shelter during this time, including a “Roll & Stroll” to the Ute Trail Overlook.
Oct. 26, 2019, 4pm
This Halloween golf event will have adults and juniors teaming up in this two-person, nine-hole scramble. Bring out your best costumes (and maybe a jacket) for this fun-filled event. Special events include a costume contest, hole contests and "trick-shots or treats!" $50 per person includes a nine-hole round, range balls, a cart and lunch. Tickets here.
Oct. 26, 2019, 9:30pm
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.
Oct.28, 2019, 8pm
Come yell, dance and sing along as a costumed "shadow cast" from the troupe Denver's Elusive Ingredient perform during the screening of the movie at the historic Boulder Theater. Tickets here.
Oct. 31, 2019, 7:30pm
Two local troupes will perform: Local Theater Company will put on "Flame Broiled. Or the Ugly Play," while Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company will produce "The Realistic Joneses" at the Dairy Arts Center.
Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and 2, 2019
Centro will be hosting fun food events all weekend long starting with a Munchkin Masquerade After Party on October 31 at 6pm. On Friday, November 1 there will be a Day of the Dead Family-Style Feast featuring carne asada fajitas and a parrillada platter with carnitas, camarones, and media pollo. Finish the weekend festivities with the Resurrection Brunch on Saturday, November 2 from 10am–2 pm.
Kids Program: Four Spooky Birds
Oct. 31, 2019, 9:30am-11am
Throughout history and across many cultures, certain birds have been traditional symbols of Halloween. Can you guess the four spooky species that inhabit North America? Hike in the woods with Debora Martin, Early Childhood Educator/OSMP Volunteer Naturalist and have some spooky fun while learning about these magnificent birds and the important roles they play in nature! Meet at the Lehigh Street entrance to Shanahan Ridge (map search 1903 Lehigh St. in Boulder, where Lehigh and Lafayette Streets intersect) for an easy hike. Ages 3+
Top photo: Munchkin Masquerade, courtesy of Downtown Boulder Partnership