A Spooky Shift in Leadville Today
Halloween Happenings 2021
“Change is inevitable,” wrote Shannon Grant, one of several dozen W. 7th Street residents who anchored down the annual Trick or Treat Street for years in America’s highest city. “I am sad that Trick or Treat Street has meandered away from W 7th Street, but am relieved that it will continue on Main Street!”
And so it goes for ghosts and goblins in Leadville Today as the Lake County Recreation team partners with City of Leadville officials to bring you “Trick or Treat on Main Street,” being held this year on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1 – 5 p.m. between 3rd & 8th Streets on historic Harrison Avenue.
“We would like other places in town to have their turn,” Julia Martinez said, adding, “The joy of all the little goblins on Halloween night was worth all the hard work we did.” It’s a sentiment echoed by many of the longtime residents on the first couple hundred blocks of W. 7th Street, where Martinez has lived for decades. However, for some aging neighbors and those with medical issues, the annual event had become increasingly challenging to keep up with, even with the generous candy donations.
Then in 2019, The Stapletons announced they would no longer be hosting the Haunted House. The winds of changes were already starting to blow and then came the Coronavirus. So like many things that are redefining themselves these days, community leaders saw a need to tweak the annual Trick-or-Treating tradition. They met with W. 7th Street neighbors and while many would enthusiastically welcome the return of the event, it was determined to shift the event up to Leadville’s main street.
You can read those details below, but first, it’s a good old haunted scream of gratitude for all those dedicated denizens down on the old strip: May the gargoyles of W. 7th Street watch over and keep you for all the Halloweens to come!
By the way, some residents on the street will still be welcoming Halloweeners.
“I, for one, will have candy and will be on the lookout for goblins, ghouls, ghosts, and other ghastly trick or treaters!” concluded Grant. If you see the lights on and a welcoming smile, feel free to trick-or-treat, otherwise please be respectful.
“Trick or Treat on Main Street” in Leadville
“So far we’ve got 70 organizations and businesses participating,” Lake County Recreation Director Amber Mcgee told Leadville Today about the new “Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet” event. And that’s #goodtoknow because it sounds like Lake County is ready to get its spook on! Halloween is back BIG TIME in America’s highest city and Leadville Today is here to break down all the details for you. And if you got something to add, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Halloween!
The newly established county-city venture, named “Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet” will span five blocks on each side of historic Harrison Avenue between 8th & 3rd Streets. Along the route, businesses, organizations, and volunteers will be handing out a variety of sweets, treats, and prizes. Organizers have asked participants to adhere to the following guidelines since this pedestrian-based event is also being held on a major highway that could see inclement weather on Sunday.
Trick-or-Treaters are asked to walk in a clockwise direction. In other words, start your fun up by City Hall on East 8th Street and head south along one side of the Avenue to 3rd Street, then cross and loop back up the other side of the highway. There will be designated street crossing areas and participants are asked only to cross in these areas to keep everyone safe. And finally, adults are asked to accompany any children aged 12 years and under.
If you can help out by volunteering or donating cash or candy for the event contact Karen Lewis with Lake County Recreation at 719-486-7494 or email@example.com.
During the Sunday Halloween event, Zaitz Park will be the center point and hub of activity for treats, candy, and prizes. The park is located downtown next to Pueblo Bank & Trust. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities including a photo area.
“We’ll have a local band, Pop-A-Wheelie playing at Zaitz Park,” said McGee, adding, “We’re super excited!”
And it sounds like the rest of the Harrison Avenue merchants are as well. Organizers came by earlier this week with ‘participant’ flags explained Dan Witmer whose family has owned and operated The Rock Hut in downtown Leadville for more than 40 Halloweens.
“It’s going to be fun,” he said expressing it was good to see the return of a Harrison Avenue event. It sounds like Halloween is back in Leadville Today thanks to coordinated efforts by all. Now Trick-or-Treaters will only have to see what Mother Nature has to bring.
Pitstops for Parents Along The Way
As is more often the case than not, Leadville’s Halloween forecast for 2021 is cold and snowy. At 10,200 feet, America’s highest city has some epic Halloween Snowstorm Tales. It’s always best to be prepared and take advantage of the many places to “duck into” along the Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet” event on Harrison Avenue. Need a little warm-up at the halfway point? Then stop into Quincy’s Tavern in downtown Leadville. Not only will you find some delicious prime rib on Saturday and Sunday nights but the steakhouse is mixing it up with some special Halloween cocktails including The Vampire Kiss, a Black Magic Margarita, or a Jack-O-Lantern! What’s in these spooky concoctions? Stop in and see for yourself!
A bit further along in your clockwise rotation around Harrison, the crew at the Legendary Silver Dollar Saloon will be welcoming trick-or-treaters outside and ready to serve up something a bit more hearty on the inside. With a full bar and delicious menu, this historic gem is a great place for a re-fuel stop for some real food and a warm-up! Their kitchen is open until 6 p.m. on Sundays, you can check out their menu online.
Halloween: After Dark
Halloween: After Dark in America’s Highest City
What are you gonna be for Halloween? It’s certainly worth some effort this year as several costume contests and parties are planned for Leadville. And all of them will be held on the eve before the Eve of Hallows – Saturday, October 30.
We’ll start like the trick-or-treaters up on the northeast end of historic Harrison Avenue. The Manhattan Bar will be celebrating with a Halloween Dance Party. Come and mix it up with some of your favorite costumed playmates as the local band of musicians, Pop-A-Wheelie will be pumping out the jams starting at 9 p.m. There will also be a costume contest with prizes.
Right next door Before and After will be hosting a “the Night Before Halloween Party” on Saturday, Oct. 30. DJ @diegonxi Half-Life will be spinning the discs. Food, dancing, drinks, and a costume party at 11 p.m. There is a $20 cover charge – spooky!
A few blocks south at the corner of 4th and Harrison, the return of The Scarlet’s Halloween Bash should see the place packed with spooky rabble-rousers as a house music showdown is likely to get the bones ratting in this old brick building. Dubbed as a “dirty, filthy, grimy, spooky” playlist, it’ll be Shaggy aka ZULTAN – leading this group of DJs as they bring down the house in an epic spin-off!
“Shaggy’s been perfecting his Halloween set for years,” said Filbert-the-Bartender. Grab your costume and some buddies and come, help steam up the windows in downtown Lead Vegas where the neon Halloween lights will be bringing bright on the eve before the Eve of Hallows! Music starts at 10 p.m.
New on this year’s Halloween event calendar is Freight’s “Beers for Queers” Halloween Party. Head up to Leadville’s eastside on Sunday night from 7 p.m. until midnight for this family-friendly gathering including a Tarot Card Reading and some DJ Music, plus a prize for best costume. Dubbed as “monthly togetherness for the Leadville queer and ally community,” the venue is located at 320 E. 9th Street in Leadville.
This will also be the last weekend for the Leadville Railroad’s Oktoberfest Special Train Rides. With Saturday & Sunday trips departing at 1 p.m., throw in a little Halloween and it’s sure to be another fun day of scenic beauty riding the rails in Leadville Today. Psst stay tuned for upcoming news about the inaugural Holiday Express ™ Train.
Well, that’s a wrap for the Halloween Report 2021. Have a very fun weekend and be sure to share your photos on any of Leadville Today’s social media platforms, or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Upcoming Event: Alpine Orchestra
The Alpine Orchestra will be presenting its Fall Concert in a virtual format only this year. On Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. the “A Whole New World” concert will be broadcast live from the Clearview Community Church in Buena Vista. It will be a fun mix-up that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home – or perhaps a smaller gathering of friends who enjoy a wide range of music from show tunes to jazz! Please continue to support this band of musicians until the return of the live performances.
About the Alpine Orchestra
According to their website, The Alpine Orchestra began as an idea for allowing local musicians to play together. The group was born May 14, 1991, when some interested people met and made a plan for the acquisition of music, rehearsal space, and set a time for rehearsing. people attended the first rehearsal that June of 1991; they were in donated space with borrowed music and equipment but the orchestra was launched. The Alpine Orchestra’s first concerts followed that August and the group has been preparing and performing 3 concerts a year since. The Alpine Orchestra was incorporated as a non-profit organization in December 1991.
From those first humble beginnings, the Orchestra has grown into a “family” of 40+ members, all residents of Lake and Chaffee Counties, and ranging in age from 14 to 85. Their members include people from a variety of professions, with all levels of education and musical experience. The orchestra has been led by six different conductors, acquiring valuable knowledge, skills and experience from each of them. Through generous donations from ever-growing audiences and from members themselves, the group now has several pieces of equipment and is building a moderate library of musical compositions.
As it carries on into its third decade, the Alpine Orchestra continues to strive for excellence in fulfilling its purpose of sharing the enjoyment of music with the community and expanding opportunities for talented young musicians.