Things to Do for Halloween in Telluride

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.

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 15-17

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 15 through 17 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!

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, October 22 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!

Plan an Evening at Home

As the pandemic continues to make its presence known, many of the regular Halloween events, including trick or treating and parties, are on the iffy list; they may happen or they may not, but when you choose Lodging in Telluride for your holiday habitat, you are still guaranteed a spooktacular time! The KOTO Halloween Bash is still tentatively scheduled for October 30, allowing guests to dress up in their spookiest attire and party the night away, but if it does get cancelled, your evening at home can be just as fun. Stock up on Halloween candy, brew up a batch of Witch’s Heart Cocktails (made with blackberry brandy and fresh blackberries) and turn our smart TVs to Netflix for a private viewing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” and prepare for a night of fun and laughter. Our seasonal sanctuaries offer warmth, charm, and luxury, guaranteeing that you will want to take at least one evening out of your stay to devote yourself to exploration of their charms. Reserve your stay today!