PHOTO GALLERY: Spooky Halloween on Elkhorn Avenue

Elkhorn Avenue in downtown Estes Park stood closed to traffic on Oct. 31 as residents dressed in their best creepy, creative, and humorous costumes roamed from store front to store front, collecting candy and taking part in their favorite Halloween festivities.

Parents could be seen matching with their children, adults with their best friend group and storefronts decked out to fit the spooky holiday theme.

Sisters taking part in the Halloween fun on Elkhorn Ave.(Matthew Poust/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

Parents joining in on the Halloween spirit with their kid on their shoulders.(Matthew Poust/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

Adults taking part in the festivities on Halloween.Estes Park residents celebrating Halloween in their best costumes.(Matthew Poust/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

A family celebrating Halloween in their best costumes.Estes Park residents celebrating Halloween in their best costumes.(Matthew Poust/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

Estes Park residents celebrating Halloween in their best costumes.(Matthew Poust/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

Adults taking part in the festivities with their dogs on Halloween.(Matthew Poust/Estes Park Trail-Gazette)

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“This is always so much fun to be a part of – it’s so great that the town does something like this for our kids,” said one parent. “My daughters are getting older now, so I want to enjoy every last one of these with them as much as possible.”

While last year’s Halloween night was met with snowfall, candy grabbers were able to catch a break and keep dry at this year’s celebration. It was still on the brisk side, however, so the costumes seen were definitely kept on the warmer side.

“I want to show off my whole costume because I worked hard on it, but it’s so cold! Said one kid. “I’m relying on my big fluffy jacket to keep me warm!”

The downtown crowd began clearing out a bit earlier than in past years, and Elkhorn Avenue reopened to traffic around 7 p.m. The fun wasn’t over for the adults just yet, though, as Lonigans Pub offered costume karaoke, and The Wheel Bar held a private costume party in its upstairs half.

While the spooky spirit celebration may be over this year, it’s never too early to start planning that perfect costume for next Halloween!

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