It’s A Lead Vegas Halloween
By Ted B. Halley, Lead Vegas Contributor
Enter If You Dare . . . to this week’s Lead Vegas report: The Halloween edition! You know you can turn to Leadville Today for the FULL REPORT of all things spooky happening in America’s highest city. From The Stapleton Manor Haunted House, to Groovespeak playing at The Scarlet, to the Haunted Hills Run, if you are celebrating Halloween at 10,200 feet, LT has got you covered!
“We’ve always loved Halloween,” explained Myron Stapleton, whose family has been hosting the Stapleton Manor Haunted House for the past 19 years on Leadville’s W. 7th Street. At first, “we had a small path the kids had to take for the candy. It just grew from there!”
And so for Leadville’s slightly older teens, this frightful haunted maze has been part of their annual traditions for years. Formally started in 1998, the Stapleton Manor adds some Halloween fun for the older siblings after dutifully helping their younger brothers and sisters safely navigate the Trick-or-Treating set up along the first two hundred blocks of W. 7th Street on Halloween. This year the haunted house will run two nights: Saturday, Oct. 28 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 -9 p.m. The haunted house is also a fundraiser for Full Circle of Lake County, who are actively involved in the event.
“The kids provide the music and sound effects,” explained Director Alice Pugh, adding that it’s one of their most successful fundraisers, bringing in about $1,500 from the event. The students also become part of the experience dressing up as some of the frightful characters scaring, classmates and neighbors as they hesitantly make their way through the eerie haunts and screeching calls, wailing from W. 7th Street.
Of course, they can always use more volunteers. Contact Stan at 719-486-5195 if you’re interested in scaring the pants off some folks!
For the adults in the 21+ crowd, the late night fun will kick off tonight: Friday, Oct. 27. If the warm glow that still lingers on Leadville’s former Red Light District makes you want to put on your Naughty Nurse costume, then head on down to the Pastime’s 2nd Annual Nightmare on 2nd Street Costume Party! If the first year was any indication, year two should prove to bring out some of the best costumes of the season! They’ll be handing out cash prizes for 1st place, single and couple, as well as 2nd and 3rd place winners.
“We will have lots of giveaways throughout the night and some drink and shot specials,” said owner Dawn Flores-Todd. Things get started at 9 p.m. The Pastime Bar & Café can be found at 120 W. 2nd Street. It’s the lasting operating bar in Leadville’s former red light district!
If some toe-tappin’, hand clappin’ action is more your style to ease into the weekend, then hit up The Scarlet and catch the Shaky Hand String Band. Playing their own style of smokin’ mountain grass, and singing about “dogs, food, love, drinking, and all of life’s questions,” the group is bound to get a few grooving goblins out on to the dance floor. Music starts at 9 p.m. The Scarlet bar is located at the corner of 3rd and historic Harrison Avenue.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, the fun kicks off for the very young Halloweeners at the Leadville Pumpkin Patch. Readers may find the FULL REPORT for this annual event: HERE. But once the younger ghosts and princesses are tucked in for the night with a babysitter, parents and other rebel-rousers can find the heart of Halloween on Saturday night in Lead Vegas.
Wilde’s Green Hour is bringing up some Boulder musicians, who’ll be hauling up a few stringed instruments to play some hauntingly good tunes under the name: Girlfriend Duties. It’s a good way to kick off Saturday evening, by filling your belly with some good grub and catching the tunes, starting at 7 p.m. Or you can hear the duo again on Sunday for brunch starting at 10 a.m.
Another corner bar that is bound to be a bit scarier than it normal on Saturday night is The Manhattan. Known as the “real” locals bar, they will be putting up with some random spookiness and handing out some prizes for it. With an earlier start the ‘Hat will kick off their costume contest at 6 p.m., with winners being announced at 9 p.m. Win yourself some drinking money as prizes include Manhattan Bar Gift Certificates. Gotta love a good corner bar on historic Harrison Avenue where the bright neon beer lights should always glow in downtown Lead Vegas!
And if you feel the same way but prefer a later start, the Scarlet’s Halloween Bash, down on the corner of 3rd Street will be the Belle of the Ball this Halloween Weekend as this corner bar presents GrooveSpeak. You know them, you love them, come hear them; music starts at 10 p.m.
There are a few more options to consider as you make your Lead Vegas Halloween one for the books. The Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever Holloween Spooktacular Soiree will be held over at the Elks Lodge at 123 W. 5th Street! The evening starts at 5:30 with heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and an update on what your chamber has been up to, so if you’ve been considering membership this would be a good jump-off point!
Later, upstairs at The Elks, they’ll be kicking up the dance floor with some original live music from the local band: Lake County Rain. Sounds like another early evening start time for the music – 7 p.m. – and even though they are a private-member club and can only be open to the public for a certain number of days a year, who’s to know with all those masks!?
Keep in mind as you’re out roaming the avenue, to stop in to Periodic Brewing on E. 7th Street. They have a special beer release for Halloween weekend: Barrel Aged Night Run. Periodic’s Russian imperial Stout spent the last 3 1/2 months maturing in Deerhammer whiskey barrels, waiting for Halloween like Linus waits for The Great Pumpkin every year! At 9.5% ABV it’s scary smooth.
Or consider a candy corn, moonshine infusion cocktail down at Periodic’s sister pub: O2 by Periodic Brewing down on 3rd and Harrison. This ghoulish concoction will put the monster in your mash and then some!
So there you have it the Lead Vegas Halloween report from Leadville Today. And if you have to be told don’t drink and drive then just stay home – it’s scary enough out there!
Haunted Hills Race Series Returns to Leadville!
If you’re looking for a way to put an extra pep in your running step or turn the crank a bit faster on your fat bike, then the ghouls and goblins jumping out from the forest may be just what you need. And that’s part of the holiday fun you can find at the 2017 Haunted Hills Races, which takes place by at the college on Saturday, Oct. 28. The race will also serve as a qualifier for the 2017 National Intercollegiate Running Club Association (NIRCA) NIRCA National Meet, which is the governing body and central point of communication for the college running community. There will also be a community mountain bike race, run race, and kid’s race. The community run races feature ghouls and goblins hiding in the forest! Schedule
- 3 p.m. – NIRCA Men’s 8K (College Race)
- 4 p.m. – NIRCA Women’s Race
- 5 p.m. – Haunted Hills 6K and 2K Kid’s Run
The course will be run on CMC Leadville campus trails. The start and finish will take place on the multi-purpose fields up at the college. Most of the course is on rolling hills and of course there could be snow, although that is not in the forecast. Should be a great way get in some exercise and rasie a little money for the Leadville Running Club. This is a costume-encouraged event, with special prizes.
As part of this event there will also be a 8K Mountain Bike Race component, which starts before the running races at 2 p.m. Students are $10 and adult racers are $20. Online registration can be found here. Racers can register the day of the event. Waiver must be signed by all participants.