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Halloween happenings: Spooky fun in Estes Park
Posted By Editor On October 22, 2009 @ 1:10 pm In Community News | Comments Disabled
The Stanley Museum in Lower Stanley Village is offering “Ghost Stories of the Stanleys,” Saturday afternoons through October. Retired Park Ranger Tom Danton shares informative stories about F.O. and Flora Stanley and of the hotel.
Additionally, guides take sightseers into the underground tunnel used by servants and employees over the years and other areas of note around the hotel in a 90-minute ghost tour of the Stanley.
The Stanley Hotel’s annual costume party – for those 21 and over – the Shining Ball, is Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Prizes will be awarded to the sexiest couple, scariest couple, most original couple and the best character from the movie, “The Shining.”
Aspen Lodge Ranch Resort offers a non‐gory, lighthearted excursion everyone in the family can enjoy. Reservations are required for a Scary Wagon Ride drawn by a team of Belgian horses through the haunted forest at Aspen Hollow Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30.
YMCA of the Rockies ‐ Estes Park Center offers a Fall Festival. Family events include pumpkin carving and painting, crafts, archery, a family campfire with s’mores, a family square dance and more. The festival weekend is scheduled for Oct. 30‐Nov. 1.
El Diá de los Muertos presentation
The Loveland Museum/Gallery presents artist Laurie Zuckerman’s slide presentation entitled Diá de los Muertos Cemetery Decorations and Ofrenda Altar: Colonial Mexico, in conjunction with her exhibit, Memento Mori: Deconstructing the Nuclear Family. Laurie’s photographic lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m. downstairs in the Foote Auditorium.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Families with older, school-age children are encouraged to attend, as the colorful photography portrays images of toys, sugar candies, and skeleton images traditionally sold for Mexican ofrendas and cemetery decorations.
For more information, please call the Loveland Museum/Gallery at 970-962-2410. The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at the corner of Fifth Street and Lincoln.
Trick or treat nights at Centennial Village Museum
Centennial Village Museum will host its annual trick or treat nights on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24. The village is open from 5 to 7 p.m. and offers a safe, unique and fun environment. The event is geared to children 8 and under, and they must be accompanied by an adult. There is no admission charge, but donations to the museum are always welcome.
In addition to going door to door for treats at some of the historic houses and buildings on the eight-acre site, children can play games like Punkin’ Chuckin’ and Spin the Witch. The blacksmith shop is transformed into a “Punkinsmith,” and the Union Pacific Depot into the Spidertorium.
Centennial Village is located at 14th Avenue and A Street in Greeley. For more information, call 970-350-9220 or visit www.GreeleyMuseums.com 
Play Reading: “Unquiet Grave”
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the University of Colorado Law School will present a staged reading of “Unquiet Grave,” a play authored by law student Brent Jordheim (’09) and based on research by Professors Mimi Wesson and Dennis Van Gerven of Anthropology.
When: Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.
Where: Witemyer Courtroom, University of Colorado at Boulder campus
The play, a courtroom drama, is inspired by the 1892 Supreme Court case of Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Hillmon. The Hillmon case, a dispute over the payment of life insurance proceeds, pitted a young Kansas woman named Sallie Hillmon against three of the giants of the insurance industry and lasted for nearly 25 years. The case was tried six times before it was finally settled; Jordheim’s play is based on the sixth and last trial.
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