Vail Valley Fright Fest Options

Leave it to Vail to take any chance at partying to the fullest!  Below you can read what local bars and restaurants are doing to pull out all the stops with haunted dinner parties and costume balls.
Calling all ghouls

Crazy Mountain Brewery, Edwards

–       Friday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

–       Costumes, $2 pints, $6 to $10 barbecue, music by Laughing Bones

Agave, Avon

–       Friday, Oct. 26 beginning at 8:30 p.m.

–       $300 for best costume (also bar tabs), music by Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review

Old Kentucky Tavern, Eagle

–       Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 4 p.m.

–       “Halloween Luau” with pig roast, costume contest, $5 donation to Salvation Army

Main St. Grill, Edwards

–       Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 10 p.m.

–       Costumes, music by Notus

Loaded Joe’s, Avon

–       Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 9 p.m.

–       $50 for best guy and girl costumes, music by DJ Jah Stone

Route 6 Café, EagleVail

–       Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 9 p.m.

–       $300 for best costume, music by Johnny Mogambo

E-Town, Edwards

– Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning at 9 p.m.

– Prizes for best costume, live DJ, drink specials

Samana Lounge, Vail

–       Wednesday, Oct. 31 beginning around 9 p.m.

–       Costumes, drink specials, music by Thick Chick

 

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This Halloween let underage trick-or-treaters enjoy their sugar rushes. When the sun goes down and costumed youngsters head to bed, it’s all about the adults.

“Halloween isn’t just for kids. Adults love to go all-out for this holiday,” says Tom Beaver, co-owner of Montaña’s Cantina and Grill in Avon, a hub for adult-friendly celebrations this October. Beaver and his crew are pulling out all the stops, giving spook lovers two weekends of fright-filled events and costume parties before their first-ever Halloween bash on Oct. 31.

The Avon restaurant is just one of nearly a dozen establishments vying for the attention of ghouls and goblins. For many, Halloween is the final “local’s celebration” before the rush of ski season, and although Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year, Beaver and other organizers in the area don’t believe the midweek timing will scare crowds away.

“Halloween seems to be a blast every year – doesn’t matter what day of the week it falls on, Halloween is still Halloween,” says E-Town co-owner Kevin Egan, who oversees the Edwards restaurant’s Oct. 31 party. “The crowd is definitely something to see.”

From Vail to Edwards, bars and restaurants invite locals to let their alter egos loose this holiday.

 

Halloween events at Montaña’s in Avon, Oct. 20 to Oct. 31

Montaña’s boasts one of the largest restaurant spaces in the area, and a handful of regulars are putting it to good use for the Immortal Murders Dinner and Costume Party this Saturday at 8 p.m. The event is a traditional “murder mystery” dinner, in which participants take assigned rolls at the beginning of the evening and play them out over dinner and drinks (acting skills aren’t required – just have fun with the scenario). Beaver says costumes are encouraged, but they don’t have to match the dinner theme: the mysterious (and fictional) Watcher Murders, complete with shady hosts, red herrings and innocents who aren’t so innocent. Tickets are $20 and available at Montana’s before the event. The price includes dinner, a soft drink, character packet and “pouch of gold” to participate in certain activities. Thanks to adult subject matter, kids should stay home.

From Oct. 19 to 30, Montaña’s also hosts the community’s only long-running haunted house. Each night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is a kid-friendly version, followed by a more frightening adult version from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tours are free and run by volunteers, who can sign up at Montaña’s and are paid a $20 gift certificate each day.

The haunted house runs right until the Halloween party on Oct.31. Beginning at 9 p.m., a $10 cover gets entrance to the MTHDS concert upstairs or karaoke downstairs. Costumes are a plus, and the best costumes receive $1,000 in cash and prizes.

 

Pumpkin-carving party at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, Oct. 25

The Bonfire Brewing tap house in Eagle has long been a go-to spot for down-valley beer lovers – not to mention foosball lovers, music lovers, shuffleboard lovers and just plain people lovers. For the third year, the local brewers give folks a place to make jack-o’-lanterns and enjoy tap-poured beer with a pumpkin-carving party on Thursday, Oct. 25. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., anyone can drop by the tap house to carve a pumpkin and sip discounted brews.

“It’s always a good time,” Bonfire co-owner Andy Jessen says. “These are always a few kids, but it’s a good time for adults to get out and do something they normally wouldn’t do. They get to just play around again.”

Following the party, pumpkins are used to decorate the tap house until after Halloween. Jessen has seen traditional jack-o’-lanterns, near-perfect Bonfire logos, and the occasional multi-layered monster with a smaller pumpkin perched inside. He and the brewery crew supply cutouts, tools and close to a dozen pumpkins. Brewmaster Matt Wirtz has toyed with the idea of using discarded pumpkin guts for a new beer, but Jessen says “that’s still up in the air.”

 

“A Haunted Hallows Eve” at The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Oct. 26

Until three years ago, Beaver Creek was home to one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the Rocky Mountains, pulling its best Dracula impression and morphing into a haunted wonderland after dark. The resort as a whole no longer celebrates the holiday, but The Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch carries on the ghastly spirit with its third-annual “A Haunted Hallows Eve” party. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, costumed partiers more than 21 years old take to the decorated main ballroom, where they’re treated to hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ, cash bar and costume contests. Tickets cost $20 per person or $35 per costume-coordinated pairs by calling 970-748-1146, and a limited number will be available the night of for $25 per person or $40 per pair. Proceeds go to the Eagle Valley Humane Society and Vail Pet Partners.

Along with a huge crowd, the event is known for rewarding contest winners with top-notch gifts. The person with the best overall costume takes home the grand prize, a one-night stay at the resort. Costumed couples and pop-culture buffs can also fare well, with dinner for two and wine pairing at Spago for the best duo, and a 60-minute spa package at The Bachelor Gulch Spa for the finest 2012-inspired pop reference.

 

Annual costume party at The Dusty Boot in Eagle, Oct. 27

On the Saturday before Halloween, The Dusty Boot in Eagle turns into the “Saloon-y Bin” for the restaurant’s fourth-annual costume party. Beginning at 9 p.m. (an hour after the kitchen closes), employees will don straightjackets and mix with costumed revelers for one of the town’s most consistently popular events. The cover charge is $10, with all proceeds going to the Sowing Seeds program at Brush Creek Elementary School. Local cover group Monk Tonik will jam throughout the night.

“This is a nice local party, with tons of great costumes and a huge crowd,” Dusty Boot Manager Cameron Douglas says. And the costumes need to be jaw-dropping: The overall winner takes home $1,000 prize, with everything from Teen Wolf to spray-painted plastic Army men winning in the past. The event is for adults only.