Steamboat does many things well, but one thing in particular that Steamboat does exceptionally well is celebrate holidays, and Halloween is no exception. It’s amazing to see how a community can come together to put on such a fun, family-friendly Halloween that is tradition to most kids (and adults) in Steamboat.

Downtown Halloween Stroll, 2017

The Downtown Halloween Stroll is a fantastic event for kids, parents, adults, dogs, a fire-breathing dragon, Larry the Camel and all sorts of witches, monsters, jellyfish, unicorns, pumpkins, monkeys, bananas, Cat in the Hats, etc. For over 30 years, the Downtown Halloween Stroll has been a community favorite, allowing kids and their families to parade down Steamboat’s main thoroughfare (also U.S. Highway 40) and trick-or-treat along the way.

The fire-breathing dragon

Part of what makes Halloween in Steamboat so special are Steamboat’s very generous merchants who open their storefronts to trick-or-treating. Colorado Group Realty puts on quite the mini haunted house — walk through if you dare, and collect your treat at the end. Steamboat’s candy shops are always a fun stop for the kids (Rocket Fizz, Fuzziwigs and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory), but make sure to stop by Dragonflies for freshly baked mini cupcakes. That’s hard to beat! From 5th Street to 10th Street on Lincoln Avenue, you’ll find dressed-up merchants eager to make a trick-or-treater’s Halloween dreams come true.

My Halloween pumpkin featuring Mt. Werner, Storm Peak and Sunshine Peak

Weather is a big variable this time of year, and while snow can be common on Halloween, the skies generally seem to part ways for the evening stroll, making the alpenglow on Mount Werner quite the backdrop for trick-or-treating.

Alpenglow backdrop, Photo Credit: Jaime Keiser

Halloween morning treated us to a fresh little blanket of snow in the Yampa Valley, just enough for chilly temperatures to prevail most of the day (check out featured image). This time of year, the mountain is starting to make snow and getting ready for opening day that is only three weeks away. Many locals welcome snow in the month of November as they start to tune up their skis and boards, highly anticipating the ski season ahead, so bring it on Mother Nature!

Steamboat snowmaking in progress, Oct. 27

Happy November and happy Wednesday to all!


Erin Campbell, skier/snowboarder

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