High Spirited Fun in America’s Highest City: Leadville
When it comes to Halloween, Leadville sets the stage pretty well, without even trying. Between the looming old buildings on historic Harrison Avenue, the gargoyles scattered along West 7th Street, and the Evergreen Cemetery, ripe with ghostly and ghastly tales from the crypts, America’s highest city might just be a bit closer to the other side at 10,200 feet.
Last Saturday’s Pumpkin Patch set the stage for Halloween fun. This year marked year 16 for this annual Leadville tradition which was started before all of the bells and whistles of today’s technology and gives the little kids a chance for hours of fun playing some old-school, low-tech games with simple prizes.
The Costume Parade was a big hit and a great preview of what folks might find on Trick or Treat Street next Monday on Halloween.
Here’s a video of some of the Leadville Pumpkin Patch 2016 fun, followed by all of the upcoming Halloween fun still to be had in Leadville Today!
A BIG thank you to Pumpkin Patch Organizer Kristin Sparkman and her crew of friends, family and volunteers who continue this time-honored Leadville tradition! Happy Halloween!
Here’s what’s happening in Leadville on the upcoming Halloween Weekend. There’s plenty of adult, nighttime fun to be had in downtown “Lead Vegas” and things kick off Friday night at the corner of 4th and Harrison Ave with the first of the 2-Night, double-header Monster Bash! The Scarlet’s Annual Halloween Bash and Monster Mash will bring out the first round of costumes and downtown revelry as the stage is set for the first round of live music! Cowgirl’s Train Set takes to the stage at 10 p.m. to get those toes a tappin with some great bluegrass music from Kansas.
Also, if you’re still struggling with a costume idea on Friday or Saturday, then you’re in luck. There will be 3 artists at The Scarlet this Friday and Saturday evening before the band performances. Make-up artists will be creating lacerations, bruising, Joker smile, sugar skull, skeleton painting, popups and more! And they’ve got the supplies to get it done right, from fake blood, bright colors, liquid latex, sparkles and more. You also have the option of bringing your own makeup if you would like them to apply it upon your face for you. Only Halloween makeup. Prices can start from $15 to $30. Additional charges may apply.
The weekend weather looks fair which means you can get all of those pre-winter chores out of the way before continuing with some ghoulish fun at 10,200 feet! Start the evening’s activities off on Saturday, Oct. 29 with the Haunted Hills 5k Costume Run up at Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Leadville.
The community is invited to attend, with runners gathering at the CMC Leadville multipurpose field at 4 p.m.
Run the campus trails through a haunted forest with fright at every turn! Prizes will be awarded for top runners, best team and individual costume. Registration and information can be found here: $20/entry, $10/students.
Now that you’re all warmed up, head over to The Stapleton Haunted Manor at 118 W. 7th Street. Whether you’re running scared through the maze of horror or stoically taking on the howls and screams of this Leadville Halloween favorite, the manor will be open for one night only: Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 – 9 p.m. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. See you there, if you dare!
The Pastime’s Karaoke Halloween Ball starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. They will be holding a costume contest with awesome prizes, including a $100 costume prize. Join the fun down on old State Street at the historic Pastime Café & Bar, 120 W. 2nd Street. You can also connect with them on their Facebook Page
The second night of The Scarlet’s Monster Bash continues downtown with DOWN2FUNK on Saturday, Oct. 29. When you want some funk in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? DOWN2FUNKsters! Come out & get your weird on, Leadville! Show 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
The Manhattan Bar will be celebrating Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 29 with a Costume Party. They will be holding a raffle for some cool swag with a drawing at 9 p.m. Join the fun with libations, snacks and tunes from the jukebox on the corner of 7th & Harrison Avenue.
Leadville’s Trick or Treat Street for the kids will be held on Halloween: Monday, Oct. 31. According to Leadville City Clerk Bethany Maher, this safe, family friendly event will be held on West 7th Street on Halloween from 5 – 8 p.m. as well as earlier from 4 – 5 p.m. on Harrison Avenue from 8th Street to 6th Street, on both sides the businesses will be handing out candy.
Take note that the ever-popular Lake County Public Library program “Mines, Murders and Mayhem,” was a complete Sell-Out last night, they have added a repeat performance for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The event is FREE but you have to have tickets. Stop by the library for tickets or call 719-486-0569 to reserve tickets to the November 9 presentation.