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Top 10 Things to Do in Durango this Halloween
This year’s October 31st may fall on a Wednesday, but that won’t stop Durango from celebrating with a full week of haunted shenanigans. Costume parties, ghost crawls, haunted houses, pumpkin patch train rides, and so much more is planned for this year’s Halloween in Durango!
Trick or treat your way through historic neighborhoods, explore fall season with the family, or bring the adult crew downtown for spooky cocktails and bar games. Whatever you decide to do, plan to eat, drink, and be scary from your favorite mountain town.
Looking for a safe, easy, and worthwhile candy hunting experience the whole family can enjoy? This year, take your tradition to the streets of historic downtown Durango on Halloween. More than 80 businesses will be participating in the annual Children’s Trick-or-Treating Celebration between 4-6 PM. Parents with kids aged 10 and younger should look for businesses with bright orange pumpkin signs out front. Dress up in your best costumes and expect nothing but the good stuff from your favorite local vendors.
Our town is filled with more than one hundred years of unexplained mysteries. From unusual hotel sightings to abandoned underground tunnels, things have always gone bump in the night around here. Historians have devoted their entire lives to unearthing these truths of Durango’s past. This Halloween, find out what they’re up against on a haunted tour of town.
Join Joe Nelson for a guided Ghost Walk of downtown or exclusive once-a-year haunted Cemetery Tour. On Thursdays through Fridays, Laine Johnson of Horsefly History Tours will be hosting an Underground Ghost Tour exploring the infamous tunnels of Durango. On October 26, the Durango Train Museum is hosting its annual Full Moon Ghost Crawl exploring some of the most haunted areas of the historic railroad. Make a point to attend at least one of these hair-raising tours; these bucket list experience are sure to keep you awake all night long.
Compete in a Costume Contest
Clothes make a statement but costumes tell a story! From the community that brought you Snowdown, the locals of Durango take costume parties very seriously. Spend your day with the family aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express and compete for best dressed prizes.
After hours, take your spookiest, most hilarious, and politically incorrect costumes downtown for a night you’ll never forget. The Irish Embassy will be hosting a costume contest in cojunction with its Laugh Therapy Comedy Showcase on Saturday, the 27th. Doors open at 7PM and the show starts at 8!
The Bookcase and Barber will be hosting a costume competition as part of their exclusive Beyond the Bookcase Party, as will 11th Street Station during their 1 Year Anniversary Party. More information on that below!
Experience a Fall Festival
Hauntings aside, the season of fall is a magical time of community, family, and friends. What better opportunity to get in the fall spirit than the week of Halloween! Explore pumpkin patches, listen to live music, and dance the day away at the 12th Annual Fall Festival at Three Springs Plaza on October 27th. Dress in your best ghoul attire and bring the whole family to get a headstart on trick-or-treating.
Attend the Must-See Rocky Horror Picture Show
The cult classic musical tale beloved across the country returns to Durango and the historic Henry Strater Theater. Now in its 11th year, this interactive spectacle always sells out so buy your tickets fast. Don your fishnets and vampire teeth, and prepare to be scared as full costume attire is highly encouraged. Show dates include October 26th, 27th, 28th, and 31st.
Celebrate with Locals Downtown
Call it what you may, but Halloween is just another excuse to celebrate this beautiful life in the mountains. It’s not all costumes and candy in Durango, but live music, crafty cocktails, and wicked fun spread all around. The Bookcase and Barber will be hosting an exclusive Halloween Beyond the Bookcase party, with specialty drinks, appetizers and a costume contest on October 31st. Only 60 tickets are available and they must be purchased in the bar so get in fast, if you know the password.
“Nightmares and Dreamscapes” presented by the Secret Circus Society at the WildHorse Saloon will celebrate the season with live music, libations, dance, aerial acrobatics, a circus and DJ dance party on October 24th.
Right before Halloween, 11th Street Station is celebrating its 1 year anniversary party on October 27th, complete with drink specials, giveaways, a costume contest, and music by Space Between Shadows and the Reggae band from Telluride, Niceness.
Ride the Historic Durango Train to the Pumpkin Patch
Inspired by the Peanuts classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Durango’s Great Pumpkin Patch Express offers fun for all ages. Ride the historic train across town to the pumpkin patch to meet Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all his friends. Find the perfect pumpkin to bring home, write letters to the Great Pumpkin, and celebrate with the whole family.
The two hour event offers a half-hour train ride and hour and a half wagon rides, trick-or-treating, costume contests, a bounce house, pumpkin decorating, and so much more. Adults, look forward to local wine and beer tasting tests, horseshoes, and live music. Food and beverages are available onsite for purchase.
Check out a Live Concert
You already know that Durango is home to some of the best music venues in the southwest, so of course we’re taking time to dance the Monster Mash.
11th Street Station is hosting a Halloween party with DJ Bad Goat on October 31st, Halloween night. The WildHorse Saloon’s weekly Buck Wild party goes until midnight with Crazy Charlie. Ska Brewing will host live music events at the headquarters every Thursday. The Wild Roses will play from 5 - 7PM on the 25th, followed by another show TBD on November 1st.
Tour a Haunted House
The Nightmare on Elk Street Haunted House is the spookiest, most thrilling, adrenaline-pumping fundraising event of the season. Join the Durango Elks Lodge for its 3rd annual night of “scare or be scared.” A kid-friendly show will be hosted from noon to 3PM on Friday, October 26th, followed by the spine-chilling real deal from 6 - 10PM. Always bigger and better than the year before, the Elks Lodge is unmatched in its ability to scare even the most confident of visitors. Grab your bravest friends and see if you have what it takes to make it through the night.
Wrap Up the Spooky Season at the Festival De Los Muertos
The Durango Arts Center celebrates the Festival de Los Muertos from November 1st to the 9th. Join us opening day for live stage performances at the Durango Arts Center Theater, the opening of Barbara Conrad Gallery, family activities and traditional food vendors. The night will be followed by an After Party at Cantera downtown. Festivities will continue through the week at the Durango Arts Center and around town.