Weather can be frightful this time of year, but don't let that keep you from enjoying some spooky fun during the Halloween season. Between carving pumpkins and crafting costumes, sneak out for a bit and check out these seasonal activities and adventures in and around Jackson.
From looking for ghosts, to attending family-friendly trick-or-treat events, to late night adult parties, Halloween in Jackson promises a spooky adventure around every turn.
1. Go ghost hunting around town.
As a pioneer town more than 100 years old, Jackson has plenty of ghosts that skulk around its streets, according to Lorili Teti from Jackson Hole Ghost Tours . Fire Warden “Copie” Copenhaver is just one of the resident spirits, according to Teti. Legend has it that he was a fire warden who rode up into Grand Teton National Park with his beloved horses to inspect fire hazards along with park rangers. He went away by himself to set up camp and during this time, he mysteriously died of a gunshot would. Some suspected foul play, and others suspected suicide.
Teti believes he still haunts a building in Jackson that used to be one of his favorite hangouts. Over the years, this downtown building has been a drug store, mercantile, bar, barber shop, church, bakery, school, and even a mayor's office. Today, it holds a number of different businesses and, according to some, the ghost of Copie. Ghost hunters set up a “ghost box” in the building to record sounds and, according to Teti, Copie's voice can be heard asking if his beloved horses were okay and asking for help. Schedule a walking tour to learn about local spirits and lore while keeping an eye out for them, of course.
2. Head to a family Halloween concert.
Every year, the Jackson Hole Community Band puts on a spooky show for little ones and their families, playing favorites songs such as Hocus Pocus and Addams Family. This hour-long concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at 3 pm at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Go for a quick hike on the trails at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's base area to burn off some energy before enjoying the concert. After the show, trick-or-treat at businesses in Teton Village. Be sure to wear your costumes.
3. Have a hoot at Owl-o-Ween.
With their eerie screams and nocturnal habits, owls' reputations as kinda creepy creatures is understandable. Learn about owl lore and legend and enjoy candy, treats, and beverages at Owl-o-Ween , which will be held on October 27 at the Teton Raptor Center . The center's resident raptors, including Owly, Mendel, and K2 will be on hand, too. Be sure to wear your best owl costume for a shot at winning the costume contest. This free event is scheduled for 4-6 pm at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse in Wilson. If the weather's nice, head up for a quick hike on Teton Pass before the event (or after, to keep an eye out for an owl or two).
4. Mingle with little monsters at the Monster Bash Feast.
Jackson Whole Grocer is opening up their store to all the little goblins and gremlins on October 30 from noon to 6 pm for their Monster Bash Feast . Bring the little ones all dressed up for some in-store trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and prizes. Sample harvest foods and enjoy food and drink at this event for the whole family. Bike to Jackson Whole Grocer to get your fill of outdoor fun on the way.
5. Party like a monster on Halloween.
During the day, head up to Grand Teton National Park for a hike. Then, at night, get ready to party. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so after the trick-or-treating is over, the adult-centric shindigs are sure to get wild on the spookiest holiday of the year. Several local hotspots are celebrating Halloween this year: A Halloween Bash with the Chanman Roots Band will be held at the Silver Dollar Showroom from 7:30-11 pm; the Pink Garter Theatre's Halloween party , which is billed as an “electro-funk zombie party,” is sure to impress; and the Yelloween Veuve Clicquot Party 2015 will draw a stylish crowd at the Amangani from 8 pm to 2 am. Dress to impress at this event and be sure to follow the dress code.