Girl Scout Troop 10253 of Rifle is hosting the second annual Harvest Hay Maze throughout the month of October. There is a 1,000-bale hay maze that is family oriented during the day, and haunted at night. There is also a family festival that includes children's games, face painting, arts and crafts, pumpkins, family photos, concessions and more. The maze and events is open weekends through Sunday, Oct. 28. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays for Family Days, and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. for the haunted maze. The price is $5 for the maze and $5 for the children's activities. Concessions, photos and pumpkins are additional. The maze and festival are located at 497 County Road 233 in Rifle. Head east on 16th Street, left on County Road 233, and it's the third driveway on the left past Graham Mesa Elementary School.
The Redstone Haunted Hay Ride takes the brave on a 40-minute ride through the Haunted Forest, including lots of scary characters and freaky scenes. Rides start on Oct. 12 and will run Friday and Saturday nights through October, as well as Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31. There is a 6 p.m. Twilight Ride for families with younger kids that will be a little less scary, followed by 7, 8 and 9 p.m. rides for older kids and adults. Seats sell out quickly, so be sure to get your tickets early. Part of the proceeds will be donated to local school groups. Ticket prices run $30 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Children under 5 will be free with parents on the Twilight Ride. Contact the Redstone Inn for ticket information at 970-963-2526.
Hike the rocky trail by lamplight to Linwood Cemetery, where the ghosts of Glenwood's past recount their days among the living. Doc Holliday and Kid Curry are two famous spirits that materialize near their grave markers.Tours are 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 26-27. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling the Frontier Historical Society and Museum at 945-4448.
The Glenwood Springs Venture Crew 225 and Basalt Venture Crew 242 present a Haunted House for seven nights at 2602 Glen Ave. (the old Subaru building next to Carpet One in South Glenwood). Dates are Oct. 26, 27, 28 and 31. Times are Friday and Saturday nights 7-10 p.m., Sunday nights 7:30-9 p.m. and Halloween night from 7:30-10 p.m. On Sundays and on Halloween night there will be a less scary time available for younger kids from 6-7 p.m. (still not recommended for children under 6). Price is adults $7; child (6-12) $5; family pass $20 for two adults and their children. For info, call 970-947-1099.
Come to the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St., to watch the timeless classic "Frankenstein" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. We will have a special prize for those who dare to wear a costume inspired by a movie character. Come prepared to have fun. For information call 984-2346 or go to www.gcpld.org.
Teens are invited to the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., for a terrifying Halloween horror movie and spooky costume contest at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. From the creators of "Paranormal Activity" and "Saw," "Insidious" will make you shiver with fear. Come dressed up to partake in our costume contest - best costumes will receive prizes. Pizza and Halloween treats will be served. For information call 625-4270 or go to www.gcpld.org.
Come to the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., for a special Halloween arts and crafts program at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Children are invited to decorate their own trick-or-treat bags. Jack-O-Lanterns, bats, witches and ghouls galore. This is a free program. Supplies are available for the first 60 participants. For information call 625-4270 or go to www.gcpld.org.
A fun, family event for preschoolers and elementary kids benefiting the Roaring Fork Family Resource Centers. Join us from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Bridges Center on Fourth Street in Carbondale. Activities include Spooky Storytelling, Kids Carnival Games, Costume Contest, Silent Auction, Pumpkin Bowling and the Hall of Terror. Tickets are $.50 each, but some activities are free. Food, treats and prizes available. For info, call 384-5689.
Bring a flashlight, candy bag and try out your costumes to get a head start on Halloween. At 5:30 p.m on Friday, Oct. 26, Crown Mountain Park hosts the Spooky Black Egg Hunt. The hunt is just like Easter, except the bunny was too scared to hide these spooky eggs. There will be at least 3,000 candy and toy-filled eggs for all the kiddos. The hunt is free for all ages and begins at the Crown Mountain Park Pavilion.
The BES Halloween Fun Run fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 27, includes a 5K, 1 mile family walk and a 100 yard dash (for children 12 and under). Proceeds will go to refurbish and add to the Basalt Elementary School playground. You may register at Active.com under BES Halloween Fun Run or in person on race day. Visit Active.com for more information or there are sign-ups throughout the valley.
Teens, dress up in your best Halloween costume for karaoke fun at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the New Castle Branch Library, 402 W. Main St. Snacks and beverages will be provided. For information call 984-2346 or go to www.gcpld.org.
The revamped Halloween Extravaganza takes place from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. There will be carnival games, bounce house, inflatable obstacle courses, costume contests, thriller chiller family skate, creature crafts, face painting, Spider-man climb, and more. $5 per child covers all activities, children under 3 are free. Chili and macaroni dinner available for $5.
Pumpkin Patch, a Family Carnival, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Elk Creek Elementary School in New Castle. Sponsors First Baptist Church of New Castle and New Hope Church invite everyone to join them for this annual family event which features free food, games, candy and prizes. Contact First Baptist Church of New Castle, 984-2306, with any questions.
Storytimers are invited to trick-or-treat at downtown New Castle businesses. Meet at the New Castle Branch Library by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Moms and Dads are encouraged to dress up, too. Call 984-2346 for more information.
Preschoolers, ages 3-5, and their accompanying adults are invited to come to the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 Ninth St., for a special Halloween storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. We will go trick-or-treating in the library and around the block, including at the fire station. Costumes are welcome, but not required. For information call 945-5958 or go to www.gcpld.org.
Come to the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave., for its annual Preschool Halloween Parade at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Show off your costumes on Halloween as we trick-or-treat through City Hall and around East Third Street businesses. Please show up early to gather for the parade. For information call 625-4270 or go to www.gcpld.org.
Each building at the Silt Historical Park will be open from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, with someone handing out treats. While the park will be decorated the intent is for the little ones to have fun, not be scared. Chaperones will be able to tour the buildings while the young at heart trick or treat.
Rivers restaurant features open mic nite and a costume contest with prizes and giveaways from 8-11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Have fun collecting your Halloween Candy and then get paid for it while helping our troops. Bring in your Halloween Candy on Thursday, Nov. 1, to the offices of Dr. Jay R. Heim and Dr. Corey I. Johnson, 2425 S. Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. or to All Kids Dental, 2624 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs or 900 Airport Road in Rifle from 3:30-6 p.m. and get $1 for every pound of candy. All collected candy will be shipped to the troops overseas. Plus you can enter to win an iPod Shuffle if you bring in new items for our troops, including socks (black, brown, green or tan), energy bars, beef jerky, individually wrapped razors, hand or foot warmers, beverage powder packets and knit hats and scarves or visit www.operationgraditude.com/get-involved/wishlist to see more item options.Dr. Heim and Dr. Johnson can be reached at 945-9119, and All Kids Dental can be reached at 928-9500.