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The Halloween party just doesn’t stop

Move over “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Halloween may have trumped you.

With this year’s All Hallow’s Eve holiday falling on a Thursday, it seems people have been celebrating since last weekend.

Or maybe even before that.



Apparently, the party didn’t stop on Oct. 31. Even though the fun-sized candy bars are already in the discount aisle, the valley continues to host frightful fun on Friday and Saturday. Several venues play host to live music, costume contests and Halloween tricks and treats, proving that people love to dress up and get down.

Even in November.



Whether it’s the face painting for Carbondale’s Dia de los Muertos First Friday celebration or Loyal Brothers’ Halloween bash Saturday, the weekend provides the chance to mix it up and dress up in as many costumes as possible this year. One day be a sexy librarian and the next a scary character from an Edgar Allan Poe novel. The options are endless, so let that creativity shine and make the most of this weeklong Halloween fest.

I suggest thrift stores to help keep the budget in control.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will have spent $6.9 billion this year for Halloween — $2.5 billion of that on costumes. Sounds a lot like Christmas in October. Or make that November.

Happy holidays!

Friday

One of my favorite Halloween parties to attend in Glenwood Springs is Rivers’ annual Halloween Extravaganza. The Rivers crew knows how to throw a party, and this one is the event of the spooky season. Check out rocking music by local favorite band Fifty/50, and be ready to dance the night away. As always, there’s a costume contest with prizes . Plus, there’s no cover. The party starts at 9, but get there early to show off those creative costumes and chow down on the delicious trout pate and cocktails to get in the party mood.

Saturday

Remember the Grateful Dead’s Halloween show from 1971? Technically, that was before my time. I can only imagine how rocking the party was with Jerry that night. Saturday night, the PAC3 in Carbondale will do the time warp, welcoming all the Deadheads and more for the Halloween-themed Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue. The Dark Star Orchestra’s Jim Allard and Rob Eaton, with Dave Kochmann and Jake Wolf, invade Bonedale to perform the Dead’s Halloween show from before my time. This show is 21 and over and gets under way at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 at the door. Visit http://www.pac3carbondale.com for tickets.

Saturday

I love to square dance. That may be a little-known fact or a given, depends on how well someone knows me. Growing up in Indiana, that’s one of the activities I truly enjoyed in PE class. Except I do remember being a little shy when it came to do-si-doing with the boys. They did have cooties, after all. On the first Saturday of the month, ditch that middle school shyness and come out for some good old-fashioned fun at Glenwood Springs Elementary School with the monthly community contra dance. Don’t know how to do the contra dance? No problem. The rookie- friendly dance starts with a beginner walk-through and casual instruction. No experience or partners are required. For those too scared to dance, come out to listen to live old-time music and maybe the tunes will persuade. Tickets are $8 at the door.


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