Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween in the Mountains - Vail style

RE-PRINT - Views on the Village, 2013

For as long as I've lived in Greenwood Village, we have celebrated Halloween locally, and it has always been a great time.  From a wonderful Fall Fest, usually put on by the Village and featuring a costume contest and games, to decked-out neighborhood houses and great trick or treating, All Hallows Eve in Greenwood Village has been a lot of fun. Generally, we've done our "candy walk" in Sundance Hills.  This year, however, we've broke from tradition.

Halloween in Vail is quite a "treat."

Through our time share with the Grand Lodge in Breckenridge and its connection to Interval International, we received the opportunity for a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom condo at the Marriott Streamside in Vail for $200 for the week.  For the week.  It was a deal we couldn't pass up, even as we sort of lamented being out of Greenwood Village for Halloween. We haven't been disappointed.  The Marriott is gorgeous, the weather has been perfect, and the Halloween fun in Vail has been great.

In Vail, kids trick or treat in Vail Village for what is called the Trick or Trot.  All the stores around Vail Village that are open offer candy to the kids - and they draw a great crowd.  Amazingly, the Village has been rather vacant during the week, but on Halloween between 2 and 5, the Village is filled with hundreds of kids running from shop to shop.  It's festive and a great way to spend the day.  I sat for a while at the Alpenrose and enjoyed a nice Erdinger - which is a German beer I love but rarely find in the states - and the kids made their way around the shops.

Other great places to trick or treat are the neighborhoods in Edwards and Avon, and the little town of Minturn has festivities for a couple days.  Halloween in the mountains has been quite a treat. 

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