Costumes will be worn and candy will be hung up and down in the Roaring Fork Valley throughout the weekend.
From Halloween traditions to local customs, lighter COVID-19 restrictions than a year ago are once again helping to boost morale for the late October affair.
Here’s what’s going on for the spookiest vacations on the calendar to Glenwood Springs and Carbondale outside of the typical door knocking.
The Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department is hosting their “Spooktacular and Spooky Skate” event on Saturday. Activities include carnival games, a bounce house, pumpkin hunt and more starting at 3 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.
Costumed skating from 5 p.m. Guests must register in advance and pay the $ 6 fee, either by calling 970-384-6301 or visiting glenwoodrec.com.
Also on Saturday, the Glenwood Springs branch of the Garfield County Libraries is hosting a pumpkin carving at 1 p.m. The library will provide free tools, stencils and one pumpkin per group. For more orange squash slicing action, individuals are allowed to bring their own pumpkins.
The Glenwood Springs event concludes a race at each of the Garfield County libraries that started in Parachute on October 11.
More information is available from the library by calling 970-945-5958.
To freak out, the Grand Valley All Stars cheerleader group is sponsoring a daily haunted house at Glenwood Springs Mall. The Haunted House will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets cost $ 15 at the door or $ 10 in presale available through Eventbrite.
Another avenue with a share of scares is at Linwood Cemetery for the Glenwood Springs Historical Society Ghost Walk in person return. This year’s iteration has a “women in history” theme. Tours take place at 6.30 p.m., 7.15 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets for the Ghost Walk are available on the Historical Society website and costs $ 25.
If history and fears aren’t your thing, maybe drinking and “Spinal Tap” are. The Native Son Bar is hosting a Hair Bands and Groupies costume party at 8 p.m. on Saturday. More info on the event’s Facebook post.
Same day Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park offers free entry to children 12 and under. The park will have treat bags at the top of the gondola and treat or treat stations everywhere. There will be games like a scavenger hunt and costume contest at 3 p.m. The gift shop will have butterscotch apples and candy and there will be drink specials throughout the park.
Ascendigo Autism Services hosts its second annual autistic trunk or treat event from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights at the Carbondale Fire Station. The Carbondale Fire Department, Carbondale Police Department and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will all provide decorated vehicles.
Sweets and other prizes will be available in the low-stimulation environment open to all.
The American Legion is hosting an adult costume party on Saturday night. A $ 10 ticket at the door includes take out food and access to live music from the Goodman Band. Doors open at 5 p.m. More information is available on the event’s Facebook post.
The Black Nugget is having a dance party for adults after 9 p.m. treat time at Halloween close. You can find more information on the Facebook post of the event.
Trunk or treat events and a presentation of a Halloween favorite highlight Rifle’s Halloween weekend festivities.
The city is sponsoring a Halloween parade and a trunk or treat that kicks off Friday at 10 a.m. Cheaters will parade downtown, starting with Civic Plaza. They will walk up Railroad Avenue to Third Street, looping around downtown before returning to the plaza.
The Columbine Ford car dealership is having another trunk or treat event this afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., kicking off as the kids get out of school. The dealership is located at 2728 Railroad Ave.
On holidays, the New Life Fellowship hosts its second annual trunk or treat event at 5 p.m. at 2090 Whiteriver Ave.
Then, on Halloween night, the Ute Theater screens Rocky Horror Picture Show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a start time of 6:66 p.m. – or 7:06 p.m. – p.m. Costumes and props are encouraged.
Tickets cost $ 10 for the bleachers and $ 15 for the tables. Tickets and more information are available on the Ute Theater website.
Parachute’s festivities revolve around its fall festival on Sundays. There will be games, contests, a parade and a trunk or treat event.
A decoration competition takes place all weekend. Houses must be registered by Friday and decorations must be completed by 7:00 p.m. on Saturday for judging. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places and will be announced at the Fall Festival.
A parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday will be the best showcase opportunity for the costume competition of the event. The costumes will be judged in four categories: Most Creative, Scariest, Funniest and Most Disgusting.
The Trunk or Treat takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, Arroyo Drive in Battlement Mesa.
Registration for contests and trunks or treats is available on the local park and recreation district website.
Silt incorporates his Halloween activities into his Family Fall Fest Thursday. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., pumpkin painting and scarecrow making. Treats or treats will be available on Main Street, with kiosks lining the road.
On Sundays, Silt Historical Park hosts treats or treats from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Costumed volunteers will distribute candy in historic buildings.