Annual Steamboat Springs Downtown Halloween Stroll full of quirks |

Annual Steamboat Springs Downtown Halloween Stroll full of quirks

Nicole Inglis

Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae hands out candy during 2011's Downtown Halloween Stroll on Lincoln Avenue. This year's event is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

— Every tradition has its quirks. And in Steamboat Springs, those quirks are all too apparent during the annual Downtown Halloween Stroll.

Picture a local woman's Chihuahuas dressed up as the three little pigs and a restaurant that hands out french fries to trick-or-treaters.

Add a giant dragon art car made out of recycled materials and almost 200,000 pieces of candy, and you have the 30-year Steamboat tradition of the Downtown Halloween Stroll.

"The entire town turns out," said Tracy Barnett, Mainstreet Steamboat Springs manager. "It's fun to see how creative everyone can be with their costume."

Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth to 11th streets beginning at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. It will reopen soon after the event concludes at 7 p.m.

The stroll draws thousands downtown for a concentrated trick-or-treating free-for-all with stops at about 75 businesses. New this year are several activities including a costume contest outside F.M. Light & Sons and a Halloween photo booth near Eighth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Also, local artist Charlie Holthausen will have his dragon car from the Fourth of July parade on display downtown.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be set up on the courthouse lawn for a pumpkin carving contest (bring your pre-carved pumpkin to win cash prizes) and a best scream contest at 6 p.m.

Local high school groups will have booths set up throughout downtown to raise funds, as well.

Perhaps the most noticeable new trick-or-treating venue will be the Chief Plaza Theater, which was purchased by a local nonprofit group at the beginning of the month.

With plans to renovate the downtown theater into an entertainment venue, the group will open the building to the public on Halloween, welcoming curious passers-by with treats as well as information about fundraising and renovation efforts.

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Halloween events

5 to 7 p.m. Downtown Halloween Stroll, Lincoln Avenue, FREE

6 to 10 p.m. Screamboat Chamber of Horror, Colorado Mountain College, $10

6:30 p.m. Center for Visual Arts Halloween Bash, Sweetwater Grill, $40

8 p.m. Live music with Dark Eyed Juncos, Hahn’s Peak Cafe, FREE

9 p.m. Bill Smith Presents Thriller Night, a Michael Jackson tribute, Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill, FREE

9:30 p.m. Live music with the Congress, Ghost Ranch, FREE

9:30 p.m. Live music with Co-Pi-Ous, Old Town Pub, FREE

10 p.m. Carl’s Costume Party with the Old Town Pickers, Carl’s Tavern, FREE

10 p.m. Ski Pass Giveaway party with DJ Also Starring, Tap House Sports Grill, $5

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