(Last Updated On: January 30, 2017)

UPDATED October 2016

As we wait for early snow to fill the bowls in Breckenridge, you might be wondering where to show off your Halloween costume. Breckenridge’s Halloween activities typically begin the week before and roll through Halloween night.

TBA: Paranormal Investigation

Over the years many guides and visitors have experienced strange occurrences in Breckenridge’s historic homes. The tour is led by a former investigator at The Stanley Hotel and a “medium” who will attempt to communicate with the home’s earliest inhabitants. The tours are $15 and participants must be at least 15 years of age. Book in advance. This usually sells out.
Details: http://breckheritage.com/paranormal-investigations/

Oct. 23-25: Dia de los Muertos in the Breckenridge Arts District

Oct. 23-25, the Breckenridge Arts District celebrates Día de los Muertos (day of the dead) by bringing family and friends together to remember loved ones who have passed. In Breck, kids and their families are invited to create calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings). An opening party is set for Friday, Oct. 23 at Old Masonic Hall. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 24, the community altar will be dedicated with an Aztec Dance Parade. Check the BreckCreate.org website for additional activities through the 25th, including face painting, dance workshops and a candle light vigil. Most events are free.
Details: BreckCreate.org

Preschool story time

The Summit County South Branch Library has their regular preschool story time at 11:00 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For the week prior to Halloween, they’re inviting kiddos to wear their costumes and bring a trick-or-treat bag to celebrate Halloweeeeeen. The South Branch is located at 103 S. Harris St.

Oct. 28: Halloween Dodgeball Tournament

Dodge witches, goblins, clowns and more at the Breckenridge Rec Center’s annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament. Teams should be a minimum of six players, including at least two females. Bring your game and costume.
Details: http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=1493

Was it a draft or did you just meet a ghost? Check out the Milne Madhouse and special tours as part of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Halloween celebration. Photo by Liam Doran

Was it a draft or did you just meet a ghost? Check out the Milne Madhouse and special tours as part of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Halloween celebration. Photo by Liam Doran

TBD: Tombstone Tales at Twilight

Take a stroll through the historic Valley Brook Cemetery with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and see the final resting places of Breckenridge’s first inhabitants and learn the details of a few untimely demises.
Details: Call for reservations 970-453-9767 x2 or www.breckheritage.com 

Oct. 29: Children’s Halloween Party at Main Street Station

Main Street Station gets into the Halloween spirit with a family-friendly DJ, pumpkin painting contest, a dog costume parade/contest and trick or treating in the plaza. Check their Facebook page for the details and times.

Oct. 31: Trick-or-treat Breckenridge for kids

Kids can play it safe by trick-or-treating along High and Harris streets. The Breckenridge Police Department closes main intersections that access the streets, so if you drive, park at the Breckenridge Elementary School or the Grand Vacations Community Center and Library.

The Wellington neighborhood also hosts trick-or-treating — it primarily attracts neighborhood kids, but trick-or-treaters from every other area in Breckenridge (and Blue River) usually flood High and Harris.
Details: call Breckenridge PD a little before Halloween at 970-453-2941.

TBD: Witch’s Brew Tour & Tea

Tour Breckenridge’s nationally recognized historic district then stop for a spot of witch’s brew, err tea and treats, in a restored Victorian home. Make reservations, this usually sells out.
Details: Call for reservations 970-453-9767 x2 or www.breckheritage.com 

Oct. 29: Trick or Trails Halloween Trail Run

Breckenridge’s best running store, Vertical Runner, is hosting Halloween-themed 10k and 5k trail races. The trails lead through Troll Forest, down “sus”Pence Miller and weave through the spookiest trick-or-treated-out singletrack around.
Details: http://verticalrunnerbreckenridge.com/trick-or-trail-run/

October 31: Breckenridge Haunted Tour

Just in time for Halloween, the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance will offer special editions of classic tours.

On the haunted tour, you’ll enter the homes of Breckenridge’s former citizens and perhaps wonder … was it a draft or did you just meet Mrs. Briggle?
Details: Call for reservations 970-453-9767 x2 or www.breckheritage.com 

Oct. 31: The Milne Madhouse

Colorado’s renowned crooks and cannibal madmen are highlighted in this free, historic haunted house. Donations (to support Breckenridge Heritage Alliance) encouraged.
Details: The Milne Home is located at 103 North Harris St., Breckenridge / 970-453-9767 or www.breckheritage.com

Oct. 31: Halloween late-night activities

Late-night revelers, look out for events at Cecilia’s, Motherloaded Tavern, Liquid Lounge and Salt Creek on Halloween, as well as the weekend prior.

Need a Costume?

In need of some last minute costume ideas? The Summit Thrift and Treasure in Breckenridge offers a unique collection of costumes and accessories that are sure to jazz up any outfit. Plus, by shopping at the FIRC (Family Intercultural Resource Center) thrift store you are helping to support local programs that provide resources and assistance for individuals and families. I would consider this one of the best two-for-one deals around!