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We sincerely believe that when it comes to the holidays, there are only two types of people in this world. The first are the merry men and women who live for their Santa Claus collections, gingerbread cookies, and beautifully decorated trees that will soon be piled high with gifts. These festive folk know the Hallmark holiday movie schedule by heart and play Christmas music in their cars from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day and may only reluctantly take down their holiday décor when it is time to hang the Valentine’s decorations! These cheerful people are fun to know, but it is not Christmas we want to talk about today, it’s a Telluride Halloween.

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Today we are visiting the other side of the coin, the people who wait breathlessly for the fall months to arrive and the spookiness to begin! Seeking the “darker” side of life, their favorite color is black, scary movies are their obsession, and their costumes are always realistic and more than a little frightening. Their favorite meal is leftover Halloween candy and their favorite date night activity is a tour of a haunted house. If you fall into the latter category, this guide to all the ghostly activities and spooky fun you can have during your unforgettable Telluride Halloween getaway will ensure your stay in our Lodging in Telluride holiday hideaways is a happy nightmare come true!

Telluride Horror Show, October 14-16th

When asked what the best part of Telluride Halloween is, children will always choose the candy, but we adult aficionados of the holiday know the day wouldn’t be as special without the movies that accompany it! From the first scary movie released in 1896 (House of the Devil) to the most recent movie in the Halloween franchise, we watch them all and true horror film connoisseurs will want to plan their Colorado escape to coincide with the Telluride Horror Show taking place October 14 through 16 at a variety of theaters in town. Offering three full days of movies from the scary genres, including horror, suspense, thriller, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and dark comedy, your tickets to adventure are destined to take you places you have only dreamed about!

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Telluride Historical Museum, 201 W Gregory Avenue

Horror movies and commercial haunted houses are an integral part of the holiday, but hardcore Halloween enthusiasts will want to make some time to visit the Telluride Historical Museum for the opportunity to catch sight of some very real ghosts. Once a local hospital, the museum is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of patients who may have met their unfortunate ends in this building. A little girl’s voice is often heard greeting guests who walk through the museum’s doors, and patients can be heard walking and talking in rooms that have been empty for years. Even if you don’t have any personal encounters, the museum is filled with fascinating exhibits and is destined to be one of your favorite adventures during your Halloween getaway.

Lamplight Cemetery Tour, at Lone Tree Cemetery, 1015 E Colorado Avenue

What better way to lead up to Halloween than with a tour of a very old cemetery? Starting at 6 PM and lasting for about an hour, this guided tour takes place by lamplight, adding an eerie glow to the night’s activities. Learn about the residents of this hallowed ground and their stories that brought them to their final resting place and keep an eye out for spirits who may not be quite ready for eternal sleep. If you take any photos with unexplained orbs or that offer pictures of people who were not on the tour, we would definitely love to see them! Contact 970-728-3344 for more information.

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KOTO & Telluride Arts Halloween Bash

Celebrate Halloween with KOTO and Telluride Arts at the Telluride Transfer Warehouse on Saturday, October 30. Doors open at 4 p.m. Cousin Curtiss plays at 5 p.m. and Joint Point plays at 6:30 p.m. Put on your scariest outfit and come dance the night away. Tickets can be purchased at the door for 15$


Telluride Theater Presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A Telluride Theatre and Palm Arts fun(d)raiser

October 28th at 9pm
Rated R: 17 and older admitted

GA Seating: $20 in advance

Day of Show:  $25 at the door

VIP TABLES – $200 for a four top

Get ready for the Time Warp with this Freak Show/Cult Classic/Cultural Institution with theatrics by Telluride Theatre



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