Ghostly galavanting arrives in Golden

Posted 10/19/16

Well, it’s Halloween time. By now half of the stores are already running sales to make room for Santa, so if you haven’t done your shopping yet, you can save some money. You can also save money by hitting the local thrift stores that are now the …

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Ghostly galavanting arrives in Golden

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Well, it’s Halloween time. By now half of the stores are already running sales to make room for Santa, so if you haven’t done your shopping yet, you can save some money. You can also save money by hitting the local thrift stores that are now the place to go for costumes and such. They have pretty a pretty elaborate selection now-a-days.

But, you don’t want to be all dressed up with no place to go, so check out some of these cool things happening this year in Golden to bring out your ghoulish side. Keep in mind that Oct. 31 falls on a Monday this year, so most of the activities will be scheduled on or before the preceding weekend.

First off the Society of Physics Students at the Colorado School of Mines has something up their sleeves to help you put together your own wild Halloween display this year. It’s their annual Haunted Physics Lab where they will be demonstrating various experiments that should give you some great ideas on how to freak out the neighborhood.

The lab will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Ben Parker Student Center, located at 16th and Maple streets on the Colorado School of Mines campus. It’s free to attend so bring a notebook and jot down some cool ideas for your own bash.

Hitch your wagon

Golden’s Haunted Hayrides with their horse drawn wagons will be circling around town during the weekend evenings leading up to Halloween, leaving from outside the Miners Saloon Parlor at 1109 Miners Alley (that’s the alley just west of Washington Ave.). They start out at 7 p.m. with warm spiced cocktails (or un-spiked, if you prefer), pumpkin cupcakes and spooky tales to set the stage. Then they set off with Trail Boss Stacy “Coach” Fowler at the reins and renowned Psychic an Medium Troy Griffin riding shotgun who guide you through some scary stories and disturbing local history along the way. He will probably do his best to attract a few ghostly hitchhikers too. Blankets will be provided, but remember to dress warmly.

It’s scheduled for Saturday and Sunday nights, with Oct. 29 and 30 rides still available. The ride runs about 90 minutes and costs $45 per person, but all is included. Space is limited so reservations are recommended. Find out more at www.goldenhayride.com or by calling (303) 277-9222.

Just wandering around

If you like the idea of getting a taste of Golden’s spooky history but would rather walk than ride, check out the Golden Haunted History: Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour.

That’s a two-hour guided walking tour presented by the Colorado Haunted History where you roam around town getting an ear full of scary tales of the wild, wild west that this town once was. You will hear about lynchings, shootouts, murder, and other mayhem. You can see the park named after an innocent man hanged by a mob and the location where Golden’s ‘Night of Terror’ took place. You will also hear what nefarious activities used to take place on top of Golden’s Castle Rock, what paranormal activity may have forced a building to be shortened by one floor, and…Well, you’ll have to join the tour to find out, won’t you?

These will be running with two tours, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday Oct. 29, and one 8:30 p.m. tour on Sundays, Oct 23 and 30 plus a 9:30 p.m. tour on Monday, Oct. 31.

The cost is only $15 per person, but reservations are required, so go to www.coloradohauntedhistory.com or call (888) 649-3849 to find out more. There is also a similar tour of Morrison if you’re feeling spirited.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at jaimaging@aol.com

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