Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

by Rachel Daly
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Halloween isn’t just for kids! Halloween is two weeks away and there are a ton of great Halloween things to see, do and experience right here in the Boulder area. Crawl the mall, attend a masquerade, view elaborate displays, check out a local haunted house and MORE. Here is a list of fun Halloween events for adults in the Boulder Area!

#1 The Boulder Mall Crawl

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Thriller Flash Mob, Photo Courtesy Boulder Mall Crawl

When: Traditionally held the Saturday Night before Halloween, watch for event details here.

The Mall Crawl is Boulder’s Halloween tradition where ghastly ghouls crawl Pearl Street Mall and revel in Mall Crawl’s magic. This is a free, unorganized event that goes back to the 1980s. Wear a costume, bring a friend! And keep an eye out for the Thriller Dance. The Boulder Mall Crawl is held on the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder. The event is FREE.

#2 Halloween Motown Prom with Hazel Miller and ANMHE 8-piece Band

Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

Photo Courtesy Roots Music Project

When: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:30 PM

It’s Prom Night in 1960’s Boulder and the warehouse is haunted with the music of Motown and Stax Records. Journey back in time and enjoy Prom with your new crush, or crash the party as a ghost, ghoul, or some other costumed persona who can’t resist the call of classic soul. Dress up, sing, and dance to these classic songs – the night is haunted but the dance floor is alive! Live performance by Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (A Motown Stax Revue) featuring Hazel Miller on vocals. All ages. Cash bar. Tickets $20 About Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (A Motown Stax Revue): Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (A Motown Stax Revue) is an 8-piece band based out of Boulder, CO that only plays songs by Motown and Stax Records. The band stays true to the classic instruments, arrangements, and vibe of the original songs but also veers off into something that is fresh and relevant for 2021. Everyone from grandparents to teenagers can get something from the live show – everyone can sing, dance, or watch – and leave knowing in their body and hearts that it was a good time. Tickets here.

#3 The Frightmare Compound

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Photo Courtesy The Frightmare Compound

When: Throughout October, schedule here.

Colorado’s oldest haunted house, The Frightmare Compound is sure to terrorize even the bravest of souls. Located in the Broomfield/Westminster area, Frightmare is a true house of horror featuring a clown house, frightful farm and creepy ambiance. Visit this world famous haunted house by October 31 or, for an extra thrill, check our the Lights Out Event happening November 5 & 6, where you can experience the terror in total darkness. The Frightmare Compound is located at 10798 Yukon St, Westminster, CO 80021. Pricing and ticket information here.

#4 Anderson Farms Terror in the Corn

Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

Photo Courtesy Anderson Farms Facebook Page

When: Throughout October, full schedule and tickets here.

Anderson Farms is hosting its annual Fall Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more! Admission includes a ton of fun activities such as Colorado’s longest-running 30-acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, farm lights and so much more. New this year: giant jump pads and a combine “playground” with six slides! Click here for a full list of activities. For those who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience. Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.  Tickets available here

#5 The Shining Ball 2021

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Photo Courtesy The Stanley Hotel

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021, from 5 PM-Midnight

Come one, come all to The Shining Ball! Don’t miss the most epic Halloween party that has become a Stanley family tradition. Don your best costume or dress to the nines, this costume party is one you won’t want to miss! There will be a costume contest with epic prizes including a weekend concert package to The Crystal Ball on New Years Eve at The Stanley Hotel, Private Tour and Tasting at Spirit Hound Distillery, tickets to Aiden Sinclair’s Underground, bottles of Spirit Hound Whiskey, and more. There’s no better way to celebrate all-hallows-eve than in our beautiful, antiquated concert hall.
The Widow’s Bane will be headlining with special guests Arthur Lee Land & Friends. This show at The Stanley Hotel should serve as a reprieve from reality, with hints of the classic film, The Shining. Fans of the film, Halloween, and The Stanley should not miss this event. Bring your friends, your costumes, and your dancing shoes for a night that is sure to lift your spirits. The Stanley Hotel is located at 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Tickets here.

#6 Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu

Photo Courtesy Arts in the Park

When: Throughout October, Complete Dates Here.

The Gothic classic, Dracula: The Death of Nosferatu, tells the complete story of the romantic monster from the Carpathian Mountains near the Borgo Pass. The action is continuous and the excitement is nonstop after Van Helsing’s entrance at the opening. The old professor has come to the aid of his friend and student, Dr. Seward, at Whitby Asylum in England. Mina Murray is suffering from a mysterious ailment which threatens to postpone her marriage to Jonathan Harker. Van Helsing has come fresh from scientific detective work in London investigating a frighteningly similar case. Very soon the beast joins them, and he is most serious about his plans for Mina. But the unholy vampire has met his final match in Van Helsing and friends.

#7 Pumpkins & Pilsners

When: October 9, 2021 from 11 AM – 6 PM

FREE, and super FUN Fall Festival with activities and entertainment for all ages. The perfect place to pick your pumpkins with live music and craft beer for the adults, as well as games, air tattoos and more. Bring the whole family and plan a fall outing around this great Estes Park Festival & Fundraiser! Enjoy additional free children’s activities like pony rides, strider course & bike skills (bikes and helmets provided), air tattoos, balloon twisting and giant lawn games. The pumpkin patch sells pumpkins for $7 each and you can set them aside in the well-guarded ‘sold’ corral while you enjoy the fun. More info here.

#8 Halloween Drive-In Movie

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When: October 28 & 29, 2021 from 5:30 – 11 PM

The City of Boulder will select four movies (two children’s themed movies and two adult themed movies) for the drive in on Oct. 28 and 29 at Flatirons Golf Course.

#9 Eerie Erie (5k or 10k)

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Photo Courtesy Optimist Club of Erie

When: Saturday, October 30, 2021

The world famous Eerie Erie is a Halloween themed 5k and 10k race that runs through historic downtown Erie and takes advantage of our beautiful trail system that weaves along Coal Creek open space areas. Eerie Erie is the primary fundraiser for the Optimist Club of Erie, a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to benefit the children of our community by funding youth specific events, programs and activities throughout the year.

#10 The Motet – Halloween 2021 at Boulder Theater

Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

Photo Courtesy Boulder Theater

When: October 30, 2021 at 7:30 PM

7.3 KBCO & Bell’s Brewery Present An Evening with The Motet – Halloween 2021 at Boulder Theater. Since 1998, The Motet have inspired the world with their unique style of dance music. Over the course of nine full-length albums, they’ve traversed the lines between funk, soul, jazz, and rock and built a diehard audience in the process. They’ve headlined Red Rocks Amphitheatre six times and sold out countless legendary venues coast-to-coast. In addition to racking up nearly 20 million total streams and views, they’ve also garnered widespread acclaim from numerous publications including Relix, Glide Magazine, and AXS. The band has also graced the stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo, Bottlerock, Electric Forest, Bumbershoot, Summer Camp, and High Sierra. http://themotet.com/.

#11 Devotchka’s Halloween Black Tie Ball

Photo Courtesy The Stanley Hotel

When: Friday, October 29 & 30, 2021 details here.

The Stanley Hotel is thrilled to bring back Devotchka this year for the Halloween Black Tie Ball! An intimate Black Tie affair with multiple events throughout the weekend. Devotchka made their Halloween Stanley debut in 2018, bringing their macabre circus carnival with them for one of the most exciting weekends of the year. Now for the third year, Devotchka partners with The Stanley Hotel again this year for their always legendary Halloween performances and featuring aerialists, stilt-walkers, circus folks, pop up performances, a bloody mary bar, late night DJ sets, and more.

#12 Pumpkin Latte & Paint

Photo Courtesy Firehouse Art Center

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 6 – 8 PM

Come to a one day workshop at Firehouse Art Center where you will create an adorable set of 3 wood pumpkin decorations! Enjoy a pumpkin latte and a few snacks while enjoying some time painting. They can be used in your fall décor through Thanksgiving! This class is just for adults because everyone loves to create! Tickets available here.

#13 Boos & Brews 5k at Wibby Brewing

Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

Photo Courtesy Colorado Brewery Running Series

When: October 31, 2021 from 10 AM – 1 PM

Join the Colorado Brewery Running Series for the Boos & Brews Halloween 5k at Wibby Brewing on October 31, beginning at 10 AM for a 5k-ish course that starts and ends at this awesome brewery. Costumes are highly encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best male, female, group, and dog costumes! Bring the kids along for the run, as we will have candy buckets with all course volunteers for a unique spin on trick or treating. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line! More info here.

#14 Laser Stars & Creepy Moons

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When: October 23, 30 & 31, 2021, show schedule here.

Our own moon is a familiar beacon in the sky that holds many important stories about the formation of the Earth, human culture, and human technology and space travel. But Earth is not the only planet with a moon – most of the other planets have moons that have a wide variety of interesting characteristics. In the Stars and Creepy Moons program, you will explore the stars and constellations in our night sky before transitioning to learning about Earth’s moon and the variety of other interesting moons in our solar system. Fiske Planetarium is located at 2414 Regent Dr, Boulder, CO 80309. Tickets here.

#15 Dv8 Presents The Haunted Carnival

Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

Photo Courtesy Dv8 Distillery

When: October 30, 2021 from 8 PM – 2 AM

At The Haunted Carnival, Dv8 Distillery is celebrating Halloween and its 6th anniversary! A fiery night of decadence and desire, featuring: live music, live art, a costume contest and more.

#16 311 at The Stanley Hotel

Photo Courtesy AEG Presents Rocky Mountains

When: Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 8 PM

311 will be playing at The Stanley Hotel on Halloween night! More info here.

#17 Exotica Erotica Ball

Photo Courtesy Colorado Events

When: October 31, 2021 from 9 PM – 2 AM

Colorado’s longest running Adult themed event will be returning to Boulder for a night full of decadence and desire and one of the top masquerade parties in the country at the Exotica Erotica Ball. Come play or be a voyeur at this Hedonic Halloween Party with hundreds of people in naughty costumes at a wild carnal dance party fueled by multiple DJs. Explore your Wildest Fantasies and Dirty Little Secrets at this Halloween party that features an outstanding array of provocative live entertainment from several amazing performances in conjunction with a Sexy Masquerade Party. This Halloween extravaganza will titillate and tempt you with a variety of sexy entertainment acts including burlesque, aerialists, kink & fetish stations, a sensual lounge, The Jezebels, a Fantasy Costume Contest, and More Kinky surprises! The Riverside is a unique indoor and outdoor venue with multiple spacious party rooms in a stunningly beautiful downtown building with Boulder’s only patio along the Boulder Creek. Costumes are required and Risqué Attire is strongly encouraged. Get your tickets now before they sell out. Join the fun at this Awesome Adult Themed Masquerade Party with risqué interactive entertainment. This event will be held at Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder CO 80302.

#18 Kaidan+: Something Strange and Spectral

Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area

Photo Courtesy CU Presents

When: October 29 – November 7, 2021

Just in time for Halloween, join the Department of Theatre & Dance for an evening of seven spine-tingling ghost stories from around the world. Inspired by the legendary Japanese Kabuki play, “Kaidan+: Something Strange and Spectral” features a contemporary update of this chilling tale of revenge, and also journeys to a sinister boarding school in Africa, a desolate riverbank in Latin America, an otherworldly battlefield in Europe, a haunted bridge in Australia, the bleak expanse of the South Pole, and the menacing wilds of Colorado. Bring a friend—you won’t want to watch this alone!

There’s our list of Halloween events for adults in the Boulder Area! Do you have an event to add? Fill out this form here.

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