Boulder Kids Weekend Guide: October 20 – 21, 2018

by Rachel Daly
Things to do in Boulder in October

It’s going to be a gorgeous weekend. Visit the pumpkin patch or check out one of these fun events: Halloween celebrations, World Singing Day, ShredFest and a No Shushing concert! All happening this weekend in and around Boulder


Make a Halloween Witch Hat at Fabricate

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Photo Courtesy Fabricate

When: Saturday, October 20, from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Whether you want to be Mildred from The Worst Witch, Professor McGonagall, or the Wicked Witch of the West, a witch hat is the perfect Halloween accessory! Fabricate is offering a class to create this fun felt hat. The hat can be made in different sizes and is a suitable project for children 8 and up.  Embellish your hat to make each a unique creation! Can be taken as an adult or Mom and Me class. Bring a 1/2 yard of felt and desired embellishments or buy at Fabricate for 15% off.

Fabricate is located at  2017 17th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tuition for the class is $40 not including materials (Fabricate will give you a 15% discount for materials purchased in-store). Register here.

Westminster Halloween Harvest Festival

Boulder Area Kids Halloween Activities

Photo Courtesy City of Westminster Parks, Recreation and Libraries

When: October 20, 2018, from 12 PM – 8 PM

Mark your calendars for Westminster’s new and improved Halloween Harvest Festival! This FREE, family-friendly event is bigger and better than ever because this year, it will now be combined with another one of Westminster’s signature events—the annual Westy Fest that is usually held each August. Bring the whole family to kick off the fall season with free carnival games, trick-or-treating, a hot-air balloon glow, live musical performances by local bands, a beer garden, food trucks, arts and crafts, jumping castles, local vendors, a bonfire and a BBQ competition. You can even pick out the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch. More details here.

This event will be held in Downtown Westminster, 5453 W 88th Ave, Westminster, CO 80031. The event is FREE.

Sing Along Boulder for World Singing Day

Things to do in Boulder in October

Photo Courtesy World Singing Day

When: October 20, 2018, from 11:30 AM – 1 PM 

Come sing together at the birthplace of World Singing Day with friends and neighbors. Sing to the original recordings of popular songs, from Bruno Mars to the Beatles and Sinatra, at the 4th annual Sing Along Boulder. Free lyric booklets and stickers. For all ages and singing abilities. Free Jeff & Paige kids concert and parade from 10:45 – 11:30 am before the singalong on the Pearl Street Mall.

This event will be held in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall, 1320 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302. This event is FREE.

Pumpkin Palooza Painting Party

boulder area october events

Photo Courtesy Color Me Mine & the Museum of Boulder

When: October 20, 2018, from 1 PM – 4 PM 

Color Me Mine is teaming up with Museum of Boulder to host a  Pumpkin Palooza Painting Party. Several varieties of ceramic pumpkins will be available to choose from… like a real pumpkin patch! Cost includes ceramic, plus all supplies, paints, glazing, and firing. 25% of all profits go back to the museum.

The Museum of Boulder is located at 2205 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302. Price will range based on pumpkin size ($25-$45). 

Lafayette ShredFest!

Photo Courtesy Shredder Lafayette

When: October 20, 2018, from 4 PM – 6 PM 

Shredder Ski will be hosting a ShredFest Open House at the Lafayette location this weekend. Shredder will have merchandise, giveaways, and fun events for both parents and kids – along with incredible raffles with awesome gear!  Short demos on each half hour, along with opportunities to try on gear, play in the playroom, and go sledding!

Shredder Ski Lafayette is located at 1729 Majestic Dr Unit 1, Lafayette, CO 80026. The event is FREE.

JAX Fall Harvest Festival

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Photo Courtesy JAX Lafayette Outdoor Gear

When: October 20, 2018, from 12 PM – 4 PM 

Check out the Fall Festival at JAX in Lafayette, featuring Trick or Treating, Pumpkin Painting, Doggie Trick or Treating (food and treat samples), and Costume Photo Booth for humans and animals of all ages!

JAX Lafayette Outdoor Gear is located at 900 US-287, Lafayette, CO 80026.  This event is FREE.

Halloween with Horses

boulder area halloween kids events

Photo by Altitude Equine Photography, Courtesy Body N Soul

When: October 20, 2018, from 1 PM – 4 PM

Join Body N Soul for a family farm day at Halloween with Horses. Kids will have the chance to participate in pony rides, crafts, pony dress up, raffle, photo ops, a cash concession stand, and a jumping exhibition. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes and to come ready to have some fun!

Body N Soul is located at 4157 1/2 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado 80503. Admission is free however donations are greatly appreciated. All donations will benefit Nature Heals’ scholarships program, which ensures that individuals can achieve affordable nature-based therapy.


Brainsong No Shushing Concert

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Photo Courtesy Brainsong

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 1 PM – 3 PM

Join Brainsong in the Ballroom for an awesome day of music and dance with CU Boulder Dance students, Donna Mejia, Spark Movement Project and Mokomba Ensemble for a No Shushing Concert. Julie Marshall, mother of Sarah who has autism, created Brainsong as a way for families like mine to experience the arts without judgment or anxiety. She partners with the ACL’s Julie Hartman and City of Boulder Expand program supervisor Lori Goldman.

This concert is held at the East Boulder Rec Center, 5660 Sioux Dr, Boulder, CO 80303. Tickets $5/family, available here.

Halloween Kids Arts & Crafts Event

boulder area halloween events

Photo Courtesy Bittersweet Cafe & Confections

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 3 PM – 5 PM

On October 21st, your children and families are invited to gather at Bittersweet Cafe for an exciting Halloween arts & crafts event. With the help of co-host Strange Bird Designs, kids will enjoy making stain-glass window decorations to take home or display for the world to see in Bittersweet’s front window.

Bittersweet Cafe & Confections is located at 836 Main St, Louisville, CO 80027.  $5 suggested donation.

Meet the Spirits at Boulder’s Columbia Cemetary

Boulder Area Halloween Events for Adults

Photo Courtesy Historic Boulder, Inc.

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 12 PM – 5 PM

Eben G. Fine, Mary Rippon, Tom Horn, and Rocky Mountain Joe are just a few of the historical characters that will come to life, as you wander through Columbia Cemetery, a National Register of Historic Places treasure and local landmark.
Join in the Halloween spirit with vintage hearses, mourners in period costumes, live music, a children’s cemetery scavenger hunt, and a burial re-enactment. Discover facts about Columbia Cemetery, meet local history authors, visit with psychics, learn about green burials and much more at Meet the Spirits.

Columbia Cemetary is located at 1201 9th St, Boulder, CO 80302. Tickets to this event are $20/adults, $5/kids 14 & younger, and FREE to 4th graders ($12/Historic Boulder Members). Tickets available here.

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