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    Halloween in Boulder

    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.

    Munchkin Masquerade

    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.

    Little Boy Holding a Halloween Bucket at the Munchkin Masquerade

    Photo: Downtown Boulder Partnership

    Haunted House at Boulder High School

    Oct. TBD, 2019
    Boulder High's theater students put on a spooky haunted house each year, with proceeds benefiting worthy causes. $12 for adults. $7 for students.

    Meet the Spirits at Columbia Cemetery

    Oct. TBD, 2019
    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

    Group of people at the Columbia Cemetery for Meet the Spirits

    'Ghosted: A Paranormal Mystery' by Arts in the Open

    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.

    Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours’ Ghost Tour

    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.

    Banjo Billy's Bus Tour at Flatirons

    Colorado Chamber Players’ ‘Masque of the Red Death’

    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.

    'A Fair in the Air' with Frequent Flyers

    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.

    Exotic Erotica Ball

    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

    Two Plays at the Dairy Arts Center

    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.

    Top photo: Munchkin Masquerade, courtesy of Downtown Boulder Partnership