Steamboat Springs resident Charlie Holthausen's dragon spits fire during the Downtown Halloween Stroll in 2012. This year's stroll is from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Steamboat.

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Steamboat Springs resident Charlie Holthausen's dragon spits fire during the Downtown Halloween Stroll in 2012. This year's stroll is from 5 to 7 p.m. in downtown Steamboat.

Downtown Halloween Stroll, variety of holiday events Thursday night in Steamboat

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— The event certainly has grown, but the idea behind the Downtown Halloween Stroll remains the same for Patrick Browning, who helped start it years ago.

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Downtown Halloween Stroll

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Downtown Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / Free

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He couldn’t recall how long ago it began, but he does remembers the first one.

“It was just a safe, clean, well-lit place where the No. 1 objective is to fill those bags with candy,” he said. “That will probably never change. I mean Halloween is Halloween.”

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

The stroll has continued to blossom into an event that epitomizes Steamboat Springs.

The stroll draws thousands downtown for a trick-or-treating free-for-all with stops at more than 75 businesses.

For Browning, the event started as a way to promote downtown as well as provide a safe place for children to trick-or-treat.

“The thing I think I remember the most is I went to the grocery store and bought four or five bags of candy,” he said about the first stroll. “Then I had to run over to Lyon’s Drug three to four more times to buy more candy.”

The event has grown into a Halloween tradition. This year, it’s “business as usual” Maintstreet Steamboat Springs Manager Tracy Barnett said.

Everyone is encouraged to participate and dress up, Barnett said.

Although the event has grown, that idea Browning had has turned into something uniquely Steamboat.

“It was small the first couple of years,” he said. “Now, my god, it’s a pretty big show.”

Halloween events

In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be several additional events to it. Elevation Dance Studio owner Renee Fleischer will lead a flash dance near Eighth Street.

Pumpkin carving contest: Drop off pumpkins outside the Chief Theater from 4 to 5 p.m. Public judging from 5 to 7 p.m.

Scream contest: Registration outside the Chief Theater from 4 to 6 p.m. Scream at 6 p.m.

Scare-N-The-Boat: Costume contest registration from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in front of F.M. Light & Sons. Awards for Best Children’s Costume, Best Family Theme and Best Overall Costume.

Downtown Halloween Stroll: Candy supplied by merchants from 5 to 7 p.m.

Screamboat 15: Haunted house at the Colorado Mountain College auditorium from 6 to 10 p.m. An adult should accompany children younger than 13. $15.

Wild card Halloween party: Costume party at Hahn's Peak Roadhouse at 8:30 p.m.

Acutonic: Reggae at 9 p.m. at Sweetwater Grill.

String Board Theory: Ski pass giveaway at 10 p.m. at Old Town Pub. $5.

DJ Shady Love: Costume party and ski pass giveaway at 10 p.m. at The Tap House Sports Grill. $5.

Dra-La: Dance and dubstep at 10 p.m. at The Boathouse Pub.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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