Craig preps costumes, makeup, parties for Halloween |

Craig preps costumes, makeup, parties for Halloween

Seven-year-old Ayden Piatt wields the tools of a mad scientist at the Moffat County Thunder Cheer Haunted House of Horror at Northwest Storage. The third annual event put on by the group will take place for its final weekend Friday and Saturday nights.
Andy Bockelman

Halloween is a day one can let their imagination run wild, and whether you want to take on the identity of a gruesome zombie, a dainty princess or just slip on a wig and go by a different name, there are all kinds of options.

Likewise, there are just as many things to do on that magical day.

Craig offers an abundance of Halloween activities for all ages, costumed or otherwise, from family fun early in the day to happenings later after the sun has gone down for the older crowd and perhaps a few kids willing to prove they aren’t scaredy-cats.

Pumpkin decoration contests, offered both through the Moffat County Libraries and the Community Budget Center, will kick things off, but the spirit of Halloween really gets going once kids slip on their costumes, getting as much candy as they can carry from downtown businesses, as well as from those within Centennial Mall and at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab.

The public trick-or-treating will end in the early evening, with the night wide open, depending on what you’d like to do, whether it’s family festivals hosted by local churches, some of the more adult venues or the scare-fest Haunted House of Horror, hosted by Moffat County Thunder Cheer.

Additionally, be on the lookout for the students of Colorado Northwestern Community College’s cosmetology program, who may shock and awe with some of the special techniques they’ve been learning recently from Program Director Erica Dreckman, who has passed on her knowledge of special effects makeup in honor of the holiday.

The CNCC Salon and Spa will be offering low-cost makeup work through Saturday.

“It’s a great extra thing for them to have in their arsenal,” Dreckman said of the specialized curriculum.

Check twice if you think someone on the street looks like they’ve been mangled, because it may just be a few touches of latex and fake blood topping a tissue to give an appearance of ripped sinew.

Dreckman has experience with both makeover-type styles and more theatrical, layered compositions, and her preference leans toward the latter, especially at this time of year.

“You can get so creative, and the sky is the limit,” she said.

The following is a list of the different types of events happening this weekend, with something for every type of crowd.

Pumpkins galore

• Library pumpkin contest

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries is accepting entries this week for its free decorating contest. All ages are welcome, and entries must be family-friendly, not scary.

Participants can submit their pumpkins, squashes or other gourds during library hours, with judging taking place Friday afternoon. Submissions must be picked up before noon Saturday.

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily; judging takes place Friday afternoon

Where: Moffat County Libraries Craig branch, 570 Green St.

Call: 970-824-5116

• Budget Center pumpkin contest

The Community Budget Center will host a free pumpkin decoration contest on Halloween, with some big prizes at stake.

Participants can drop off their pumpkins starting at 2 p.m. Friday. Judging will commence at 4 p.m., and the grand-prize winner will take home $50 in Spree Bucks.

Those wanting to take their entries home should do so by 6:30 p.m.

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Friday; judging begins at 4 p.m.

Where: Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Ave.

Call: 970-824-7898


• Downtown

The downtown businesses of Craig will have candy aplenty for the young trick-or-treaters of the town, and parents can bring kids 12 and younger to join in the fun. For those wishing to capture the memories of their child in costume, Quality Plus One Hour Photo will be set up early at the Community Budget Center, providing prints of all different types for interested parents.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Craig, 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue

Call: 970-824-7898

• Centennial Mall

Part 2 of the sugar rush takes place at Centennial Mall, as stores in the complex hand out treats to kids who are incognito. Ages 12 and younger are recommended.

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way

Call: 970-629-2035

• Sandrock Ridge

The residents and staff of Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab invite all ages to come and celebrate the holiday with trick-or-treating Friday evening. A party earlier in the day at 2 p.m. also will feature a lot of fun.

When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, 943 W. Eighth Drive

Call: 970-826-4100

Frightfully good fun

• Moffat County Thunder Cheer Haunted House of Horror

If you enjoy being scared out of your wits, this is the event for you. The local cheerleaders have put together a collection of terrifying displays, many recreating your favorite horror movies. Those not in the mood to scream also can opt for the no-scare tour.

Tickets are $5 for kids ages 9 and younger or $7 for everyone else.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Northwest Storage, 4295 W. U.S. Highway 40

Call: 970-824-6464


• Craig Christian Church Fun Fest

Offered for nearly 30 years, the Fun Fest is Craig Christian Church’s option for families. Step right up to the carnival atmosphere, which include games, food and live music from the band Crossroads. All are welcome to attend, with activity tickets available for 10 cents apiece.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way

Call: 970-824-6024

• Calvary Baptist Church Fall Fun Fest

Calvary Baptist Church will feature its own approach to holiday parties with the Fall Fun Fest. The free night includes chili dogs, games, candy and more.

Everyone is invited.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Call: 970-824-5222

Adults only

• J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill

After you put the kids to bed, go out and have some fun of your own with J.W. Snack’s Halloween party, featuring live music from Walker Williams Band and a costume contest. There is no cover charge for the good times.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Where: J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way

Call: 970-826-0468

• Sports Page Bar

The watering hole at Clarion Inn & Suites will feature a night on the town, complete with a DJ and a costume contest promising some valuable prizes. There is no cover charge for the entertainment.

When: 8 p.m. to midnight Friday

Where: Sports Page Bar at Clarion Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13

Call: 970-824-4000

Party for a cause

• Moffat County Fairgrounds

All ages can attend the family dance Friday night under the grandstands of the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The festivities include a costume contest, music from DJ Mike Boatright and plenty more for everyone.

Tickets are $3 per person and $5 per couple, and those who wish to contribute can pay their admission with canned food donations, with four cans equal to $1.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Friday

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds

Call: 970-629-2380 or 970-824-8621

• Moffat County Senior Social Center

The day after Halloween, you’ll still be able to dress up and put on your fancy footwear. The members of the Senior Social Center will host a fun night with 1950s and ‘60s music from DJ Frank Hanel, dancing, food and drinks for all ages as they continue to get their project underway. Those who come in period dress have the opportunity to be named king and queen.

Tickets are $4 in advance or $5 at the door, and hot dogs and root beer floats are available for $1.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

Call: 970-824-8316 or 970-326-6605

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