Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Activities in Aspen and Beyond

Halloween Activities Near Aspen - Luigi
Halloween Activities Near Aspen - Luigi (Photo credit: Amanda Ciccone)
I just finished downloading photos of a great pre-Halloween weekend with my step-kids and their kids in Palisade and Grand Junction, Colorado. Suddenly, it dawned on me that Halloween itself is coming up fast, and I have been so caught up with other things that I hadn’t even checked out all of the upcoming Halloween activities in Aspen itself.

A quick search on the internet led me to the Aspen Chamber’s website. Here’s what’s going on in Aspen for Halloween this year:

Aspen Halloween Activities

Always a favorite among Halloween activities in Aspen, one can tour the first official burial ground in town, Ute Cemetery, courtesy of Aspen Walking Tours. The Halloween day tour starts at 5:30 p.m. They will also be holding their “Aspen’s Dark Side Ghost Tours” tonight and on the Tuesday prior to the holiday itself.

Also tonight, starting at 7 p.m., Ryno’s Pies and Pints, a bar and pizzeria (newly-opened last winter) is hosting a pumpkin carving contest, along with food and pumpkin beer specials. Prizes will be given in such categories as: most artistic, scariest and most erotic. Carving materials will be provided, but one may bring their own as well.

Tomorrow evening, Halloween activities in Aspen include Escobar’s Halloween party and the 5th Annual Aspen Mother Puckers Monster Ball. The Escobar party will feature a costume contest with a chance to win $200 or a Pinnacle snowboard. The Aspen Mother Puckers Monster Ball will be, well…a monster ball with beer, wine and food. Costumes are, of course, encouraged.

Finally, on the holiday itself, aside from all of the usual frenzied trick or treating excitement (oh yeah, the kids get pretty jazzed too), there will be the usual (or unusual!) private parties, bar specials and a myriad of other Halloween activities in Aspen as well.

Halloween Activities in Other Parts of Western Colorado

Not all of the fun to be had is right around Aspen, though. As I mentioned earlier, I spent last weekend enjoying Halloween ahead of time with my step-kids and step-grandkids in the not-so-faraway Grand Valley. The fun-filled weekend featured a trip to Studt’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze in Grand Junction to entertain the troops – and of course to carefully select the pumpkins for Jack-o'-lantern carving back at the home base in Palisade later in the afternoon.

The Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze features horse drawn hayrides, tractor pulled rides, slides, bouncing surfaces, a non-paintball paintball arena, pony rides, lots of farm animals in a petting zoo and, of course, a pumpkin patch and corn mazes. Oh, and they have concessions as well.

Here are some photos of the fun:

Colorado Halloween Activities - Studt's Pumpkin Patch tractor pulled ride

Colorado Halloween Activities - Studt's Pumpkin Patch Paintball

Colorado Halloween Activities - Studt's Pumpkin Patch Paintball

Colorado Halloween Activities - Studt's Pumpkin Patch Bouncing Surface

Colorado Halloween Activities - Studt's  tractor pulled ride

Back at the Palisade home base, despite being worn out from the earlier activities, the pumpkin carving commenced and actually ended up producing some pretty cool, and scary Jack-o'-lanterns. Here’s the action and the results:

Colorado Activities - Pumpkin Carving in Palisade

Colorado Jack o'Lantern Row 2013

Halloween Activities Near Aspen - Mario (2)
(Photo credit: Amanda Ciccone)

Now, still pumped up by the pre-Halloween activities and better informed about the upcoming Halloween activities in Aspen, I’m ready for the holiday. Well almost -- I don’t even have my costume yet!
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