Things to do this Halloween

Kids take part in last year’s Downtown Spooktacular. This year’s event will from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in downtown Grand Junction.

It can be creepy or sweet or absolutely terrifying, but at least you get to pick what tricks or treats to try this Halloween. And there are plenty of area activities to choose from for both children and adults.

Here’s a look at some of what is going on for Halloween.


Trick or Treat Street 2010 — Trick or treat at participating Fruita businesses, which will have a flier in their windows from 3–5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29. Free refreshments and photos for the event are at The End Zone Sports Pub, 152 S. Mesa St.

Hallo-Weirdness — A hands-on science program for third- through fifth-graders will be from 4–5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Montrose Regional Library, 320 S. Second St. Children will learn how to make fake wounds, worms and slime. Register by calling 970-249-9556, ext. 2.

Halloween Children’s Concert — The Mesa State College Faculty Woodwind Quintet will play a free concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. Music includes child-appropriate music such as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “The Pink Panther” and “Harry Potter” movie themes.

“Barney’s Halloween Party” — This puppet show will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library, 530 Grand Ave. Trick or treating through the library will follow the puppet show.

Downtown Grand Junction Spooktacular — Pumpkin and cookie decorating, a costume parade and other entertainment will be part of this event from 3:30–5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Sixth and Main streets. The event is free for children 12 and younger.

Children’s Harvest Fest — The Mesa State College Phi Beta Lambda chapter will host a party for children from 5–8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the ACB Building on campus. The party, which costs $5 per child 12 and younger, will include a costume contest, trick or treating, arts and crafts, a story time and more. There is no charge for adults accompanying children to the event.

Kid’s Halloween Haunted House and Party — Trick or treating for children ages 2–6 will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Unitarian Congregation, 1022 Grand Ave. A haunted house for children ages 7–13 will begin at 7 p.m.

Trick or Treat Street — Children ages 12 and younger are invited to trick or treat among Mesa Mall retailers, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50. The event will go from 3–5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Entertainment will feature Absolute Dance in the J.C. Penney wing.

Trick or Treat Street — Children 10 and younger are invited to trick or treat at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Grand Villa Assisted Living, 1501 Patterson Road. Residents will hand out candy.

Spooky Gardens Carnival — A pre-trick or treat party will be from 3–6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, for children 10 and younger at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave. The party will have a haunted castle, games, candy, prizes, entertainment, balloon artist and more.


“Dead Sexy” Dance Party — A dance party with music and lights starts at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Chupiro’s Place, 122 S. Fifth St. The show is for those 21 and older. Cover is $3 with drink specials.

Stupid Band Halloween Party — The party will get started at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Turn of the Century Saloon, 117 N. Fourth St., in Montrose. Cost is $10.

Halloween Party with Dualakoo — The Rockslide Brew Pub, 401 Main St., is the venue for this party from 10 p.m. until close on Friday, Oct. 29. The party is for those 21 years and older.

Rock Star Karaoke — Dress up as your favorite rock or pop star and sing your heart out to one of their songs from 9 p.m. to close Friday, Oct. 29, on the stage at Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St. The event is for those 21 years and older.

Halloween Party with Haven Effect — This party for those 21 and older will be from 7–10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

Halloween at Infinity Nightclub — Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes will be handed out during the costume contest at Grand Junction’s newest club. The crowd determines the winner. The party will be from 7 p.m. to close Saturday, Oct. 30, at Infinity Nightclub, 2293 North Ave.

Halloween Party — This dance party will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at Blue Moon Bar & Grille, 120 N. Seventh St. Cover is $3, and costumes are encouraged.

Halloween Party — DJ Strangefellow will DJ a Halloweeen party from 7–10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at The Hot Tomato Cafe, 124 N. Mulberry St., in Fruita. Costumes are encouraged and there will be beer specials. The Sol Weavers fire dancers also will perform.

Horror Mania Outfest 2010 — A party for those 18 and older will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the gymnasium of the building at 740 Gunnison Ave. Cover is $5 for a cash bar and DJ. The party is put on by Western Equality.

Halloween Bash — Rock band Dead Cowboyz will play a show from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at GJ Scores, 2445 F 3/8 Road. The party is for those 21 and older. A costume contest begins at 11 p.m.

Halloween Costume Craze — Adults 21 and older are invited to a Halloween party from 9 p.m. to close on Sunday, Oct. 31, Mesa Theater and Cub, 538 Main St. DJ Chris Fiegel will be spinning the music and there will be prizes for costumes in various categories. Go to for information.


Night of Horror — The Burning Mountain Fire Protection District’s annual haunted house at 611 Main St. in Silt is from 6–10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Admission is one can of nonperishable food per person.

Edge of Madness Haunted House — This haunted house is open from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday, Oct. 29–31. Cost is $10 per person with proceeds going to the Mesa State College Drama Society. The haunted house is at 2394 U.S. Highway 6&50.

Haunted Acres — The 45-minute haunting experience at 2465 I Road opens at 6:30 each evening. Closing time depends on the crowd. Cost is $8, and children 4 and younger get in free. Concessions will be for sale.

Partners Haunted House — This haunted house, which benefits Partners of Mesa County, is at 3210 I-70 Business Loop. It will open from 6–11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29–30, and from 6–10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Cost is $10 for those 11 and older, $8 for students with a valid student ID, and $5 for those 10 and younger.

Trail of Terror Haunted House — The Express All Stars have created a two-story haunted house with nearly 30 rooms in the building at 601 Pitkin Ave. The haunted house is open 6 p.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday, Oct. 29–31. Cost is $10 cash.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ — Pumpkins will be launched for $1 each from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Lower Valley Pumpkin Patch, 23 and L roads.

Lower Valley Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze — The patch and corn maze are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Halloween, Oct. 31, at 23 and L roads. The maze is $4. Pumpkins start at $5.

Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze — A pumpkin-carving contest will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with prizes in four categories. The pumpkin patch is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 21 1/2 Road about 2 miles north of U.S. Highway 6&50. A haunted corn maze begins at dark and lasts until 10:30 p.m. from Friday through Halloween, Oct. 29–31.

Pumpkin Patch — Sales of pumpkins at the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave., benefit the church’s youth group. Pumpkin patch hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pumpkins range in price from $1–$20.

Pumpkin Patch Maze — From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Halloween, Oct. 31, the Crossroads United Methodist Church, 599 30 Road, will have a pumpkin maze, games, pumpkins and gourds for sale. The maze benefits the youth mission trip in 2011.

Harvest Festival — From 6–8:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, the Fruita Christian Church, 208 N. Maple St., will host a festival for all ages with candy, games and treats. Costumes are encouraged.

Halloween Dance and Party — Band Hill Street Studios will play a show for all ages from 6–8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Admission is $5 per person. Children 10 and younger are free. Food will be for sale at the party, and games are 25 cents each. The New Horizon Vocational Center is hosting the party.

Boo at Bananas — A day of games is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at Bananas Fun Park, 2469 Riverside Parkway. For $10 people of all ages an enjoy unlimited indoor bump ‘n’ jump, laser tag, a laser maze, carnival games, candy and a costume contest in the special events pavilion.


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