Weather reports predicted snow yesterday. I watched the sun shine all day and pondered the implications of what might roll in with that feisty afternoon wind. My fingertips and nose caught a chill on the late hike with my dog. A couple dark clouds even passed through. But the sunset skewered them with more than a few pink holes in order to shine its late-October glory over the Yampa Valley.

No precipitation for Steamboat, aside from those snowmaking guns that fired up with force this morning. And it looks like we’re safe without snow boots for Halloween too. All-season costumes are fair game.

Since we’re not dressing up to ski this weekend, here are my picks for the coolest spooky things you should be pursuing on Steamboat’s haunted eves.

Gather ’round the cauldron, Witchy Women

Time to carve your pumpkin. Give that orange flesh some Steamboat style with one of these free templates.

Scary Truths
Sinister Steamboat is a two-hour walking tour highlighting the dark side of local history — murder, mayhem, aliens, ghosts and exploding buildings — led by local tour guide and historian Marianne Capra. Plus, she’s leading the downtown tours on Saturday and Sunday to raise money for two local Olympic hopefuls, Brant Crossan (skier-cross) and Ryan Dyer (freestyle moguls).

  • 1-2 p.m.: Meet and greet with Olympic hopefuls at the Steamboat Coffee House (635 Lincoln Ave.)
  • 1:15 p.m.: “Hahn-ted Peak” a free hiSTORYtelling
  • 2-4 p.m.: Sinister Steamboat Tour: Group size limited, and not recommended for scaredy-cats and kids younger than 8. No RSVP required, however sign up for tour at the Steamboat Coffee House one hour prior to the walk. The cost is $20/per person (cash only) with all proceeds supporting Dyer and Crossan.

Monster Dance
Zombie alert: Learn Michael Jackson’s official Thriller choreography on Saturday. Perform it on Tuesday. Fun in the streets brought to you by Elevation Dance Studio, and it’s free.

Dual Hauntings
The annual Screamboat Chamber of Horrors will be terrifying souls up at Colorado Mountain College from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday nights. $15

“Haunted Deep: Monster Mermaids,” is an interactive haunted house that blends art, belly dance and Poe readings. It is taking over the Chief Theater at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. $15

The Cauldron
On Monday, the night belongs to the witchy women of Routt County. It’s one of Steamboat’s best unofficial local holidays. Don your pointy hat and striped tights, then board your broom for Witches Night Out. All ages. All walks of life. All kinds of spellbinding awesomeness gathered around the cauldron outside Aurum. No official organization — the fun just magically appears.

Tuesday is the big night. Halloween rules downtown while cruising for candy and costume shenanigans shut down Lincoln Avenue. Dress to impress, because absolutely everyone is doing it. Plus, there’s fire: a fire breathing dragon, a fire truck, and fire spinners grooving in the street along with our local West African dance and drum troupe. And, of course … Thriller.

Casting winter’s spell

See you at the cauldron to cast some snowy spells upon November!

Jennie Lay, aspiring witch

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