CMC plans big Halloween

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Colorado Mountain College Residence Hall Association mem-bers started Halloween early.

"This is really our only holiday to celebrate, since we close for Christmas, and most students go home for Thanksgiving," said student Matt Richards, association president. "We wanted to make Halloween a big deal."

For the third year in a row, the association has planned an "Enchanted Castle" for area preschool, elementary and middle-school students and parents to attend as a way to kick off the holiday early.

This year's castle will feature a safe-zone for children to trick-or-treat at predesignated students' doors, a carnival with games and face painting, and a scary hall for braver souls.

Richards said the association had worked extra hard this year to make the event as special as possible and that new members brought fresh ideas.

Steamboat Springs Annual Downtown Halloween Stroll

5 to 7 p.m. Monday

Fifth to 10th streets on Lincoln Avenue

Free

Bring children, dress up, and see friends and their families for this fun, free, candy-gathering event.

Seventh Annual Screamboat Chamber of Horror

6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Monday

$5 a person

Colorado Mountain College, 1330 Bob Adams Drive

Colorado Mountain College's Monson Hall will be transformed into a frightening and fun haunted house, suitable for older children, teens and adults.

Hayden Fright Night

8 to 10 p.m. Saturday for Hayden Middle School students; 8 p.m. to midnight for Hayden High School students

$5 a person

Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson St.

Live music, games, Nintendo, pool, movies and foosball tournaments.

Halloween Carnival

5 to 7 p.m. Friday

Free; game tickets are 50 cents each

Hayden Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

Fun games and prizes, and a free trick-or-treating alley

South Routt PTO Halloween Carnival

4 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Free

South Routt Elementary School

Enjoy a cake walk, treasure chest and dress up for the costume contest.

South Routt Medical Center Costume Contest

5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday

Free

South Routt Medical Center

Wear your best costume; judging begins at 6 p.m. Also, enjoy cookies and hot cider.

Soroco High School Halloween Carnival

2:20 to 3:15 p.m. Monday for Soroco Middle School students; 3:15 to 5 p.m. for Soroco High School students

Free; game tickets are 50 cents each

Soroco High School

Soroco High School welcomes parents, students and the community to its first Halloween Carnival. Enjoy movies, games, a fortuneteller, a haunted house and dress up for the costume contest. Test your skills at pumpkin archery, tombstone bowling or try to cream a teacher with a pie.

"I think what we do is neat because it's a way for the kids to get out before Halloween and do some trick-or-treating," he said.

Richards said the association was encouraging children to dress in costumes even though there would be no costume contest.

Richards said a lot of the college's students dressed up and got into the spirit of the holiday.

"We want parents to know that we want to be involved in the community as much as possible," he said. "This is fun for the little kids, and it's cool for our students, too."

Richards said the students could expect to trick-or-treat at about 30 rooms. Richards said parents are encouraged to stay with their children during the event for logistical purposes and that children of all ages are welcome to attend.

"Flat out, this is our biggest event of the year. This is the one thing we do where we put the most time and get the most help from our own students," he said. "We're really excited."

The Enchanted Castle is just one event of the many events planned for Steamboat Springs and Routt County residents during the next few days.

The annual Downtown Hal-loween Stroll is another big event that children and parents look forward to, said Tracy Barnett, executive director of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs.

"I've never seen anything like it anywhere else. People really go all out for Halloween here," she said.

The stroll is an opportunity for families to go out on Halloween, which is Monday, in a safe area to get candy and socialize.

Barnett said Lincoln Avenue would be closed from Fifth to 10th streets to accommodate downtown merchants handing out thousands of pieces of candy to the community's ghosts, goblins, princesses and witches.

"There will be thousands of people downtown, she said. "Everyone's out there in their costumes, ready to go."

Barnett said going downtown is a good idea for residents who live out in the country or other isolated areas and can't readily go trick-or-treating door to door.

"Kids get so much candy during this event. They don't use bags, they use pillowcases," she said.

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