Halloween in the Vail Valley – 2020 Events


Welcome to ThinkVail – we hope you find this article about Halloween in the Vail Valley helpful.

Check out the complete list of Halloween activities in the Vail Valley including kids events, trick or treating, pumpkin carving, movies, concerts, costume contests, parties and spooky festivities.

We love Halloween here in the Vail Valley, we love it so much, that one night is not nearly enough! However, this year will look very different due to the pandemic.  Enjoy the spooky spirit in Minturn, Vail, and Edwards and down valley, but due so safely while wearing a mask and social distancing. Grab your monster garb and your vampire teeth and let the festivities begin, here are all the valley’s Halloween happenings. Check back often because this list will be updated as more events are added.

Due to the current pandemic, events may change or cancel depending on multiple factors so verify prior to attending any events.



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Vail Valley Halloween Kids Events

Eagle Pumpkin Patch

Sunday Oct 4th, 10am-2pm
Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle

The perfect place to take the kids to start the Halloween festivities.

Pick out a funky pumpkin for only $5, with more than 400 giant pumpkins, there will be plenty for everyone.  Come take some cute pictures with the scarecrows  and enjoy the delicious goodies at the bake sale. There will also be kids activities, and food. Don’t miss this FUN event! All  participants will be expected to follow COVID-19 protocols to make this a safe and socially distanced event.

Gypsum Fall Fest Spooktacular

Saturday, Oct 10, 1– 7pm  Lundgren Amphitheater, Gypsum

The Fall Fest Spooktacular is the place to be for Halloween fun.  Dress up in costume and come and enjoy movies on the lawn , live music, food, fun & games, pumpkin rolling race, pumpkin decorating and axe throwing!  Swing on by for a Hauntingly good time! All  participants will be expected to follow COVID-19 protocols to make this a safe and socially distanced event.




Annual Halloween Lock-In

TBD this event may not occur due to covid-19 

Gypsum Rec Center

Enjoy a safe Halloween alternative to trick or treating with the Gypsum Rec Center. The Annual Halloween Lock-In offers fun, organized activities and a full “Run of the Facility”. Open to boys and girls K-5. An 11:30 pm pick up is available for those want to participate in all the fun but do not want to stay the night!
A light breakfast is provided in the morning.



Build-a-Scarecrow Contest

Pick up supplies and submit photos beginning Oct. 11 Vail Public Library

Vail Public Library’s annual Scarecrow Building Contest!  For this year’s event, you will build a pandemic-themed scarecrow at home,  decked out in its “best work-from-home” attire.  You may come pick up supplies from the library starting the week of Oct 11. We’ll have some supplies here from our friends at the Thrifty Store in Edwards. First come, first-served as far as the supplies go. Use your own supplies and clothing from home to get that truly unique look.

Once your scarecrow is completed, send your photos and your scarecrow’s name to Sandy.  Registration and submission is from Oct. 11 –  28. The winner will be announced on the VPL Facebook page on Friday Oct 30, and notified by email.

The first-place-winner of the best “work-from-home scarecrow” will receive an Amazon Black Fire HD8 with Alexa! 

Prizes will be awarded for the most unique and creative scarecrows! For more information, call 970-479-2179




Riverwalk PumpkinFest

Sunday October 25  10am-1pm  Riverwalk, Edwards

Come celebrate the spookiest of seasons at the Riverwalk Backyard. Enjoy $5 pumpkins, treats, photo opportunities, live entertainment wit More2Dance at 11am,  at 1:30 there will be a free showing of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Halloween for 50 ticket holders at the Riverwalk Theater.  Concessions will be available.  Register for tickets in advance. Buy Tickets 


Alpine Arts Center Pumpkin Carving Party

Wednesday October 28 4/5:30/7pm Alpine Arts Center in Riverwalk

All ages can enjoy a fun, creative, socially-distant Pumpkin Carving party. Bring a pumpkin and leave with your hand carved or painted jack-o-lantern ready for Halloween! They provide the art materials, the space to get messy, delicious treats for $15 per person, and have art teachers available to help you along the way. Kids and families register for an after school time slot, and adults for “witching hour” later on ($6 for wine/beer/champagne)!

Choose from 3 sessions starting at 4pm, 5:30pm and 7pm




Alpine Arts Center Spooking Pumpkin Paining

Thursday October 29 6-8pm Alpine Arts Center in Riverwalk

Join Alpine Arts the week of Halloween for a Spooky Sugar Skull Pumpkin painting class! BYOP (bring your own pumpkin) or call the studio 24 hours ahead of time so we can get a pumpkin for you! We will lead you step-by-step to bring your pumpkin to life, using stencils, paint & sharpies!!


Creatures of the Night Walk

Friday Oct. 30, 5-8pm Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon

Join Walking Mountains for a Halloween celebration. Creatures of the Night Walk is a twist on their traditional Halloween event, Fright at the Museum, and allows for social distancing, limited (and sanitized) hands-on games and family fun.

Creatures of the Night Walk will lead you through a haunted forest to learn and participate in fun activities focusing on animals that creep through the night. Don’t forget your costume!

Buy tickets: walkingmountains.org


Minturn Halloween Celebration

Friday Oct. 30, 6-8pm Minturn

The Town of Minturn goes all out to celebrate Halloween. Most every house on Main Street is decorated with spooky spiders, gravestones, pumpkins, monsters and more. It is block after block of trick or treating. Minturn’s annual Halloween event is a chance for the kiddos to trick-or-treat around town the evening before Halloween.

Stop by Town Hall for some candy, and to enter the kids costume contest. Prizes will be issued for first, second and third place




Halloween on Broadway

Saturday October 31, 5-7pm

Broadway Street, Eagle

The countdown to Halloween continues with Halloween Fun on Broadway Street in Historic Downtown Eagle.  Bring your little goblins and ghosts and come on down to safe enjoy trick-or -treating at various businesses. There will be creative activities, food trucks, shopping, dining specials and live music!! All with plenty of room and sanitary precautions. Don’t forget to bring your mask!

Trick-or-Treat Story Time

TBD this event may not occur due to covid-19  Vail Public Library

Bring the kids and come to this super-fun, super-spooky story time at the Vail Library, the perfect start to the Vail Trick-or-Treat Trot that starts right after this story time.




Trick-or-Treat Trot

Saturday Oct. 31, 2 to 5 pm, Vail & Lionshead Village

Come and enjoy this safe trick or treating venue for kids of all ages. A wonderful Vail tradition. The Trick-or-Treat-Trot is Vail’s annual trick-or-treating event so little ones (and bigger ones) can run costume-clad through Vail and Lionshead Villages and collect candy from participating merchants. Tons of fun for all. All Trick or Treat Trot participants will be expected to follow COVID-19 protocols to make this a safe and socially distanced event.


Fall Fun Fest at 4Eagle Ranch

Saturday October 31, 1-4 pm

Grab your costumes and join us at 4 Eagle Ranch for FREE fun for the whole family! We’ll have games, costume contests, prizes and ALL the candy for the kids. Enjoy tons of adult fun too, including live music, axe throwing, door prizes and more. This event will be outdoors/open air, socially distanced and in compliance with all EC public health recommendations. No pets and family friendly costumes only, please no spooky or gory costumes. Hosted by Mountain Life Calvary Chapel.

Purchase tickets at: mountainlife.church/fall-fun-fest

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Best Places to Trick-or-Treat

  • Main Street Minturn – October 30
  • Miller Ranch Neighborhood – October 31
  • Vail Village and Lionshead Trick-or-Treat Trot October 31



Vail Valley Halloween Adult Events

Alpine Arts Center Pumpkin Painting Cocktails & Canvas

Wednesday Oct. 14, 6:30pm Riverwalk, Edwards

Alpine Arts Center in the Riverwalk invites you to Cocktails & Canvas
Step-by-step instruction to paint your own pumpkin themed masterpiece. Cocktails, beer and wine are available for purchase.
6:30pm at Alpine Arts Center in Riverwalk, Edwards




See Also: Warm Halloween Costumes for Adults


We hope you found this article about Halloween events and activities in the Vail Valley helpful. Due to covid-19 many events have been cancelled, let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can celebrate this fun holiday next year. Please let us know how you will be safely celebrating Halloween this year. We would love to hear your stories, thoughts and comments.


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  • Great information about Halloween Events in the Vail valley. This is awesome information to help me plan my family's Halloween celebrations. Have always loved the Annual Halloween Party at the Minturn Saloon and look forward to it each year! Thanks again for keeping this updated, very useful.

    • Hi Clyde, so happy you found this article about Halloween in the Vail Valley helpful. There is always a lot of spooky going-ons for both kids and adults. I also like the Minturn Saloon Halloween Party and my kids love the Vail Trick or Treat Trot and Halloweening in Eagle when they close down the streets to cars and allow folks to walk up and down Main Street to trick or treat! Have fun, stay safe and eat lots of candy!


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