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Free Candy, Free Transit, Free Spirits: Halloween 2017, Durango Style

Free Candy, Free Transit, Free Spirits: Halloween 2017, Durango Style

When folks start throwing out their best guesses for Durango's first snowfall, you know Halloween has to be right around the corner. This year, trick-or-treating festivities fall on a Tuesday, much to the chagrin of unicorns and giraffes who want to get their drink on. But the show must go on, say a few local businesses, so here's a selection of events for the dedicated and determined.

From kid-friendly candy stashing to historical ghost tours and haunted houses, there's plenty of reason to dust off those clown shoes and untangle those wigs. If anything, see it as a warm-up for Snowdown that's a forever four months away...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Children's Halloween in Downtown Durango: Two words parents love to hear serve as this year's downtown trick or treating theme: safe and fun! Over 100 stores featuring the orange pumpkin sign invite children 10 and under to dress up in their costumes and bring their parents or familiar adult to the shops along Main Avenue. Festivities are from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m., prime time to start going door to door for your neighbors’ stashes (if you’re into that).

Halloween Bike Parade: Meet the Durango Critical Mass at Buckley Park at 4:00 p.m. for a special Halloween human-powered bike ride. Anything that rolls is welcome, so bring those blades and skateboards, too. Costumes encouraged, duh.  

Nightmare on Elk Street Haunted House: 901 East 2nd Ave, Durango: where all your wildest dreams (and nightmares!) come true. This moderately-spooky, kid-friendly haunted house is located at the Durango Elks Lodge from 6:00 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults. Wheelchair accessible. Contact Laura McKinney (970.317.0832) for more information.  

Halloween Ghost Crawl: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train depot. You have to see it to believe it, but skeptics can bet their bottom lump of coal that spooks thrive in the oldest corner of Durango. This special edition ghost tour features the storytelling genius of Jeff Ellingson, D&SNGRR museum curator and resident paranormal observer. From 8:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m., join Jeff on a tour of the most haunted locations at the D&SNGRR station. Explore the roundhouse, warehouse, boxcars and museum to discover where poltergeists are whispered to appear on nights such as these. Intended for mature (18+) audiences only. Closed toe and closed back shoes are required. Participants will be walking about a mile over gravel and uneven terrain. Call 888.872.4607 or visit the website to reserve your spot. $20 per guest, 30 guest maximum.

Choose Your Own Adventure: There's nothing like dressing up in a hot dog costume and going to a fine-dining establishment, or taping a boombox to your shoulder and strutting Third Avenue, pretending like you still stand a chance at getting free candy. Whatever you do, Halloween responsibly and take full advantage of the most auspicious offering of the day: Free Transit with Durango Transit ALL DAY till 10:00 p.m.!

Zombie March: Despite this Halloween’s weeknight observance, the Durango Police Department does expect for the Zombie March to occur again this year.

“Historically the Zombies start amassing in the 600 block of Main and march up to 11th or 12th Street,” according to the Durango Police in a release sent to downtown business owners. “The crowd normally surges, picking up stragglers as they move back and forth, up and down Main Ave for about an hour.”

Last year, the march was characteristically mild compared to previous years. You can see photos and read our coverage about last year’s Zombie March here: What you should understand about Zombie March.

“For the most part, 98% of these kids really are just out to have some harmless fun. That being said, there is an anarchist faction that attempts to steer the masses into something more sinister,” Durango PD said in the release. “The times they have been successful are the times we have had the most problems with this event (fires in the street, damaged cars and buildings).”

Costume 101

Finally, a holiday catered to a slap-happy community when it comes to costumes. Whether you've been planning all year or are a last-minute kind of dresser, it's time to take inventory and see where your closet is lacking. While it's too late to get those abs chiseled to a six-pack for your Baywatch costume, there's plenty of time to piece together a Stranger Things kids outfit (sneakers and a t-shirt from the 70’s will do). Hit up these local shops for inspiration and ideas:

Sideshow Emporium: For vintage-feel costumes and characters. 208 CR 250, Durango. 970.739.4646

The Fallen Angel: For naughty, cheeky costumes. 801 1/2 B Main Avenue, Durango. 970.247.0601

La Plata County Humane Society: For all things thrifty. 1111 South Camino del Rio, Durango. 970.259.2847

First United Methodist Thrift: For all things nifty. 986 East 2nd Ave, Durango. 970.259.0294


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