What Ghost Town?
Boo! Halloween in Aspen is one of the biggest parties of the year.
Halloween might fall right in the middle of off-season and in the middle of the week, but don’t be tricked into missing out on what is hands-down one of the biggest treats of the year. When it comes to Halloween, Aspen isn’t messing around. From the elaborate costumes and festive atmosphere to the long list of happening events and parties, it’s like Mardi Gras meets New Year’s Eve, but dressed in costume. There’s so much to do, it’s scary!
For Kids & Families
An Aspen tradition, the annual Boo! Bash Halloween Celebration is at the right time (3 – 5 pm in the afternoon), the right place (what kid doesn’t love the fire station?) and for the right reasons (it’s presented by The Aspen Elks Lodge #223, the Aspen Recreation Center Department, Red Brick Center for the Arts, and the Aspen Fire Department). With lots of activities for kids, including free snacks, painting, clowns, games, art activities and more, it’s a great way to keep everyone happy—at least until that dreaded sugar crash hits. Parents can get in on the fun, too. Come dressed in costume for prizes for kids and adults!
If trick-or-treating is a must for your little ones, hop on the bus and head to the North 40 neighborhood out at The Aspen Business Center. Not only is this one of the most ideal places in the valley to go from house-to-house because of the densely packed homes and pedestrian walkways and parks in between, but it’s one big party. The hosts with the most, local residents don’t mess around when it comes to making sure it’s a good time for everyone; parents will more than likely find a treat (read: adult beverage) along the way, too.
For a Late Night
When it comes to serious Halloween party-goers, the must have ticket of the night is for Belly Up, where electronic jam band Lotus will only add to the already freaky atmosphere. For serious bragging rights, the annual costume contest will return as a silent contest. This is no joke as judges cruise around during the show to select the uber-competitive title of Aspen’s best dressed on Halloween to the tune of a $500 cash prize. Scary, right? Runners up get cash prizes, music perks, and more. Doors open at 9:00 p.m. Tickets ($45 GA/$75 reserved) can be purchased online here.
Locals love the atmosphere at Mi Chola where all that skull décor finally makes sense. DJ DC will be spinning the dance tunes and Halloween drink specials will take the night fright to the next level all night starting at 9 p.m. It’s not Halloween in Aspen without a last-call stop at the Caribou Club for their annual can’t miss bash. Go underground—literally—into the late-night hours for this infamous after party, open to the public.
For Giving (a little more than candy)
If you want to talk about a real horror show, think about the hard work (read: unpaid) the Aspen Fire Department and Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers do for our community. Join 7908 for their first annual “Suffer Club” party and benefit for these amazing first responders. For $250 you get bottomless libations, passed appetizers and food stations from 6 – 10 p.m. Or buy a partial ticket for $125 as a donation that goes straight to a firefighter or Mountain Rescue volunteer. After 10 p.m., patrons may purchase a “late-night” admission ticket for $25, which includes a specialty Halloween cocktail. Proceeds benefit the Aspen Fire Department and MRA.
Head down to Basalt and take a scenic drive up the Frying Pan Valley and count how many pumpkins you spot perched at various points along the way. Every year, the mysterious Great Pumpkin scatters pumpkins up and down the 15-mile stretch of road between Basalt and Ruedi Reservoir. You’ll spot them on cliff bands, fence posts, and hanging from trees. Continue down valley and then head west on I-70 to Osage Gardens in New Castle for the best—and prettiest—pumpkin patch on the western slope. Don’t miss the farm store for the fresh produce and local products that will have you inspired and already planning for (you guessed it) Thanksgiving.