Halloween in Boulder
Here’s where to go in Boulder to get your thrills and chills this October. Halloween falls on a Monday this year, so consider staying overnight to make a weekend of it with the following activities.
Rocky Mountain Ringers: Nightmare on Handbells
Sunday, October 23, 2022, 3pm
Join the Rocky Mountain Ringers for an afternoon of spooks and sounds at the Dairy Arts Center. Spooky musical selections to include Pirates of the Caribbean, Phantom of the Opera, the Addams Family and more.
Motown Halloween Prom
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 8-10pm
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.
Swing Dance Halloween Party
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 7-11pm
Dance to live music from The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra featuring Deborah Stafford at The Avalon Ballroom. After taking a swing dance class (included with $20 admission) you'll be ready to dance the night away. Dress for a Halloween extravaganza!
Omar Apollo, The Prototype Tour with Ravyn Lenae
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 7:45pm
Head to the Boulder Theater for a night of inventive, experimental music from 24-year-old Latin GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter, Omar Apollo.
Boulder Farmers Market
Saturday, October 29, 2022, 8am-2pm
The Boulder Farmers 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 and eat great food in the harvest season.
Frankenstein Theater Hike
Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, 2022, 3pm
Arts in the Open is a group that combines hiking and theater, fusing nature with live performance. Their fall production of the classic, "Frankenstein" by R.N. Sandberg, will take place in the historic Chautauqua Park.
Fall Festival of Choirs
Downtown's Munchkin Masquerade
Monday, October 31, 2022, 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.
Exotica Erotica Ball
October 31, 2022, 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.
Halloween Drive-In Movie
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.
Tour a Historic Cemetery
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. On October 9, 2022, head to Columbia Cemetery for Historic Boulder's "Meet the Spirits" enactments of the pioneering people who are buried in this historic cemetery.
Photo: Courtesy of City of Boulder
Go on a Paranormal Walking Tour of Pearl Street
Explore Boulder's haunted past on a paranormal walking tour of downtown Boulder. Join a historian and a psychic on a spirited journey through Pearl Street's past as they resurrect the stories and lives of the dead who reportedly still wander the streets.
Pick a Pumpkin and Walk a Hay Bale Maze
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.
Go for a Haunted Hike
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