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McCoy: Playing dress-up with other adults

Halloween isn’t just for little kids. If you love Halloween like I love Halloween (all you big kids, I know you’re out there), you’ll die to find out what’s going on this weekend. There are so many spooktacular events to participate in; it’s scary. (Lots of people in the county like to hop around to enter and see many of the various costume contests.)

The Kremmling Chamber of Commerce is hosting a family-friendly pumpkin-carving contest through Friday, Oct. 28 (different age categories). Drop them off with name and phone number, with judging at 5:30 p.m. Friday. (Omni Real Estate in Kremmling might have some of them left from a giveaway Oct. 21).

Granby Ranch also has announced a family-friendly Jack-o-lantern photo contest, ending at midnight on Halloween. Carve a pumpkin, take a photo (.jpg file) of it and send it to granbyranch@gmail.com with your name and the social media profiles you’d like to be tagged in. Photos will be posted on Facebook; whoever gets the most likes / loves wins two one-day lift tickets. Second prize is a gift certificate to the Granby Ranch Grill; third prize is rental shop swag.

Double double, toil and trouble, Bad Water boils over to the crowd Friday, Oct. 28 at The Parshall Inn (146 1st Ave., Parshall), which kicks off the evening Halloween celebrations in the county. The old Inn’s costume contest offers gift certificates to the winners. Starts at 7 p.m.

Pancho & Lefty’s (1120 Grand Ave., Grand Lake) has a treat for folks, starting off the Saturday, Oct. 29 procession, with live music featuring Andy Straus and The (other) Real McCoy, starting around 7 p.m. Gift certificates go to the best runner-up costumes ($50 for 1st).

The Lariat Saloon’s (1121 Grand Ave., Grand Lake) doors’ll be creaking open to pumpkin carving, pie eating and apple bobbing. Best costume gets $100 bones (cash) and runners up get gift certificates for their goodie bags. Live music highlights Piano Joe, with Jake Williams on drums. The celebration starts at 8 p.m.

The Dead rises again at The Crooked Creek Saloon (401 Zerex St., Fraser) through Grateful Dead tribute band Built to Last, starting around 9 p.m. Treats include gift certificates and prizes for best costumes.

Altitude Sound and Light is set to DJ for the Rocky Mountain Bar & Grill (276 Central, Kremmling) and its Halloween celebration, starting at 9 p.m. Gift certificates go to the best costumes.

Ullrs Tavern (78415 U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park) has the Moves at Midnight (formerly “fun, upbeat jam band” Trichrome) for a free pre-Halloween show Saturday night (starts around 10 p.m.).

El Pacifico (928 Grand Ave., Grand Lake) crashes to the boardwalk handing out cash prizes for its costume contest Saturday. Their Halloween celebration also includes beer pong and a live DJ starting at 10 p.m.

Drag your chains down to The Basement (78259 U.S. Highway 40), with sounds provided by DJs and a live band (tba) for a “Boos and Booze” party. Costume contest (for bar tabs) starts around 11:30 p.m.

A live DJ is set to turn those frowns upside down at Grumpy’s Saloon (913 Grand Ave., Grand Lake). Costume contest includes $100 for first place. Starts around midnight.

Things start to come alive Monday, October 31, Halloween, at Pine Restaurant. Bad Water boils over to the stage at Pine (1000 Grand Ave., Grand Lake). Pine is also (g)hosting a costume contest with top prizes including a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant, and a bottle of Crystal head (skull-shaped vodka). Events creep up around 7 p.m.

Roadhouse Bar and Grill (10188 U.S. Highway 34, toward Grand Lake) will be hootin’ it up with Nine-Toed Bob and the Stragglers, coming alive around 7 p.m. Best costumes get gift certificates.

The Peak (78491 U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park) scene for Halloween includes views of, and prizes for your best get-ups (gift cards, cash, prizes, growlers, six-packs and bombers). Two local DJs (prOphit and Orical) are set to provide the music for the evening. The party starts at 10 p.m., with costume contest winners announced at 11 p.m.

Ullrs Tavern’s (Winter Park) stage is set to sizzle with The Li’l Smokies, a 5-piece progressive bluegrass band out of Montana, starting at 9 p.m. Hostess Jenna Go(u)lnik returns to judge the best group, sexiest, scariest, and overall costume contest winners (for bar tabs).

The Winter Park Pub (78260 U.S. Highway 40, Winter Park) is known for one of the best Halloween costume parties in Grand County. Things are going to get crazy with music by Jed Henry and the Bailouts starting around 10 p.m. (First Prize is a $100 gift certificate).

Party responsibly.