“This is Halloween, this is Halloween …” Finally, the day you’ve waited all October to celebrate has arrived. The streets and restaurants and bars all over Colorado Springs will be filled with costumed revelers ages zero to 100 enjoying fun-size candy bars and having all sorts of weeknight fun. Speaking of fun, have any cool plans? If you’re at a loss for what to do on this, a night of spirits and sugar, we’ve got a spooktacular line-up tailored to every age and stage of humanhood. Find your adventure now!
Fun for the Littles — Halloween Events for Kids
Let’s face it. When you’re a kid, Halloween is all about the costumes and candy. Let’s take a look at trick-or-treating options beyond your neighborhood jaunt.
Boo at the Zoo: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo opens for a spooky evening of candy, costumes and wild animal fun. Meet a few of your favorite creatures after dark, plus get candy from trusted community organizations. You can also float like a ghost on the Sky Ride, take a whirl on the merry-go-round and even (if you’re brave) dart through a haunted house. Check here for details and to pre-purchase tickets.
Safe Treats in Old Colorado City: The merchants of Old Colorado City have banded together to host a safe, early afternoon trick-or-treat for families looking for a super safe way to have fun. Peruse local shops from 2-4:30 p.m. and get tasty treats in a friendly environment.
Trick-or-Treat the Local Malls: The tradition of mall trick-or-treating has not disappeared. Enjoy a warm evening in a family-friendly environment at the Citadel and Chapel Hills Malls. You’ll know where to go by marked balloons or costumed staff outside the shops. (No masks, please.) 3-9 p.m.
Halloween is for Teens, Too
Want to keep your older kids out of mischief? Give them something fun to do! We’ve asked a few of the teens in our lives what’s hip for teen Halloween. After rolling their eyes at our use of the word “hip” and the rhyme of “teen” and “Halloween”, the unanimous answer was haunted houses.
Sinister Haunted House: Located over on 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., Sinister is a former boarding home for the mentally disturbed individuals with a shady past. Scares are gory and the “patients” LOVE to engage the visitors. Tickets are $22+.
Hellscream Haunted House: Over on 3021 N. Hancock, you’ll find a multi-story scare-fest with highly disturbed folks running about in the halls and walls. Tickets are $22+.
The Haunted Cave: City Rock has also launched their own special haunted attraction this year. Navigate the caverns and see how you fare against its hidden ghouls and suffocating darkness. Click here to learn pricing and times.
As a side note, we’ve heard that the majority of adults are happy to provide costumed, polite teen trick-or-treaters with candy. So. there’s certainly no reason not to allow them to join in on the well-behaved goody pillaging in yours and others’ neighborhoods.
We Didn’t Forget You, Grown-ups!
Look, we know better than anyone that Halloween isn’t age restricted. (We’ve been sporting witch hats and spider webs in the office since Oct. 1). The difference is, you can enjoy beer and wine with your mini Snickers and Twix and stay up way later on a school night. We’ve got a few cool ideas for you, too. Costumes are optional, but this is probably the one night a year where you’ll look weird dressing “normal”.
Live Music All Over Colorado Springs: This one is a little harder to break down, so here’s a list with venue, artist/music and time:
- Ancient Mariner, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Tribute, 6 p.m.
- The Whiskey Baron Dance Hall, Exit West, 7 p.m.
- Shove Chapel, Phantom of the Opera with a live organist, 7 p.m.
- The Zodiac, goth and industrial, 8 p.m.
- The Black Sheep, Lo-Pan with Lazer/Wulf, 7 p.m. (all ages)
Halloween Parties Galore: There are plenty of parties for the 21+ set, many of them welcoming costumed adults and providing dancing, food and drink specials. Here are a few to get you started:
- Paint Party at Painting with a Twist — drink wine and make spooky art! 6:30 p.m.
- Costume Contest at 719 Gastro Pub — winner takes $50 gift card, 7 p.m.
- Party at the Axe and the Oak — whiskey, dancing and fun, 5 p.m.
- Dog + humans party at Pub Dog — Doggie costume contest and drink specials, 6 p.m.
- Costume karaoke at Rock Sports Bar & Grill, 8 p.m.
See? We promised Halloween fun from ages zero to infinity and we delivered. Go unto the night and enjoy all that this night of spooky fun and high fructose corn syrup has to offer. And remember to be safe, watch for goblins running amok in the roadways and to always drink responsibly. We’ll be with you every step of the way … in spirit.
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