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Halloweekend is here

Steamboat gets spooky, silly, sugary with events for all

Julia Ben-Asher/For Steamboat Today

— Happy start of the Halloween weekend to all witches, zombies, pumpkins and everyone who will be something political or punny!

There will be plenty of fright and sights at this year's 18th annual Screamboat Haunted Tour, which will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.John F. Russell

The 18th annual Screamboat haunted tour event kicks off the fun Friday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

A staple in local Halloween festivities, this year's event promises to be a special one, according to organizer and Colorado Mountain College professor Steve Craig.

Professor Jimmy Westlake, who dreamed up Screamboat and turned it into a reality nearly two decades ago, retires after this round of screams, and this Halloween marks his last time with the event. To commemorate Westlake's dedication, Craig and his team of engineering students, with help from the astronomy club, are crafting what might be the best Screamboat yet.

The event features new technology and special effects the engineering club has been working on all semester — five new pieces of the tour including an asylum, a laboratory researching the Zika virus and "a distinct Jimmy theme," Craig said.

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Shock and fright, as well as full-belly laughter, from Screamboat attendees are the aim.

"Things go haywire," Craig warned.

About 45 people will be working each night of the event to accommodate what's expected to be an audience of 800. Proceeds support CMC's engineering club.

More Halloween fun

The area offers plenty of other Halloween events to get in the spirit of the season, as well. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

• The completely sold-out Chief Players' “Cannibal! The Musical” runs for its second and final weekend at the Chief Theater on Friday and Saturday. The group's first musical is based on the story of Alferd Packer, the first person in U.S. history to be convicted of cannibalism, and is adapted from the film South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote as students at CU Boulder.

• Get pumpkins galore to carve or cook at Steamboat Christian Center's pumpkin patch, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day through Monday. A bounce house and family photo area will be open. Donations from the event support the organization's spring mission trip.

• Walk off some sugar rush with a two-hour historical pop-up walking tour led by historian Marianne Capra. Meet at the Howelsen Hill Lodge side parking lot and dress for October weather. These Sinister Steamboat tours are set for 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; cost is $5 per person at the tour start.

• Kids can learn to make healthy, non-GMO treats and participate in fun, spooky activities at Natural Grocers' Spooktacular Family Fun event, set for 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

• Swing your way over to the Steamboat Swings Halloween Masquerade Ball at the Depot Art Center. A basic swing dancing lesson starts the event at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the band begins at 7:30 p.m.. Wear a costume you can dance in.

• Spoke & Spur Saloon in Milner will throw a Halloween costume party at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring homemade jambalaya and Front Range band Harmonious Junk.

• Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club hosts a Halloween Costume Skate-A-Thon party from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Howelsen Ice Arena. All ages and costumes are welcome.

• The classic, kid-friendly Enchanted Castle event at Colorado Mountain College's Hill Hall returns with a carnival and trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to bring a school supply item to donate to local elementary schools.

• Get your trick-or-treat on at the Downtown Halloween Stroll on Lincoln Ave. from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Businesses will be open for costumed, trick-or-treating visitors and typical human patrons alike. Downtown Steamboat will be closed to vehicles.

• Hayden Congregational Church hosts trick-or-treating from car trunk to car trunk from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. Call the church to reserve a spot for your vehicle. Feel free to decorate your car and be sure to bring candy to pass out to trunk-or-treating children attending.

• Halloween enthusiasts who are 21 and older are invited to close out the weekend at Schmiggity's Throwdown & SandRock Halloween Hootenanny starting at 9 p.m. Monday. The night features a double header of classic rock; costumes are, of course, strongly encouraged.

If you're not ready for the celebrations to end here, kick back with a pillowcase full of healthy and not-so-healthy treats and start dreaming up your costume for Halloween 2017.

If you go:

What: 18th annual Screamboat haunted tour

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 31

Where: Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, 1275 Crawford Ave.