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Homecoming/Halloween weekend is still on the docket in Buena Vista. There’s a considerable amount of Halloween-season fun slated through the end of the month.

Granted, things will be decidedly different due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 – i.e., there are no major sporting events with large crowds in conjunction with the weekend, and social distancing is definitely a priority. But despite the oddities of 2020, students, school staff and the town are determined to offer up some levity.


  • The parade is on. Expect a modified version of the tradition beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31. The route begins at the corner of Railroad and Main, heads south on Railroad, turning left onto Marquette, and ending at the Buena Vista High School stadium parking lot. The town asks that attendees please stand in socially distanced family groups along the way. Students will wear gloves for candy throwing.
  • On Friday, Oct. 30, there will be carnival games and prizes for families with young children from 4-6 p.m. in the west parking lot at BVHS/BVMS. Tickets are 4 for $1.
  • Following the parade on Saturday (1:30 p.m.), there will be tours of Phase II of the new high school-middle school building, to include viewing of the old and new time capsules. For $2 you can leave a note in the new capsule.
  • High school students, while not having the usual dance, still have some good times to look forward to. An after-school Low Net Tournament is slated for Oct. 23 and 24. Spirit Week is slated for Oct. 26 to 30, and Powder Puff games are set for Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. (grades 9 vs. 10), and Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. after the parade (grades 11 vs. 12). Unfortunately, due to gathering restrictions, the community can’t be invited to the Powder Puff games.

Preschool parade

Scheduled for Thursday, Oct., there will be a small Halloween parade for the preschool children in the school parking lot. Sorry, no families.

Elementary parade

Elementary students will get to have their traditional parade down Main Street at 2 p.m. Friday. Spectators are permitted on the route with social distancing.

Traditional trick or treating

Chaffee County Public Health is asking residents to avoid high-risk activities, which include traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, indoor parties, and haunted houses.

Scarecrow Hide & Seek

Pumpkin with legs

All ages are invited to join in the Scarecrow Hide & Seek contest sponsored by the Town of Buena Vista Beautification Advisory Board. Homes and businesses in the 81211 zip code are invited to create a scarecrow and give it a name. Those wishing to participate must register at

Scarecrows need to be on display in yards or windows during the week of Oct. 26 through 31. “Seekers” (who do not need to register) will travel around collecting names of the numbered scarecrows on forms being distributed at various locations in town or on a plain piece of paper.

Entries can be placed in a special box located in the Buena Vista Public Library or scanned and emailed to no later than Oct. 31. A drawing will take place to reward participants as well as the winner of the favorite scarecrow. For questions and more information contact

20th annual pumpkin giveaway

First Colorado Land Office, 306 E. Main St., is holding its 20th annual pumpkin giveaway starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 24. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to get a free pumpkin and goodie bag while supplies last. Please follow COVID-19 safety and distancing protocols.

Movie night at the Comanche

The Comanche Drive In is hosting an evening of fun (weather permitting), featuring a free viewing of Hotel Transylvania with Adam Sandler as the voice of Dracula, and safe trick or treating for kids. The event starts at 5 p.m. and features lots of candy (which depends on how many volunteers participate). Costumes are highly encouraged. COVID-19 rules will be followed and participants need to wear gloves and mouth-nose coverings, practice 6-foot social distancing and use hand sanitizer. For volunteers who want to participate or donate candy, leave a message on Comanche’s Facebook page or call 719-395-2766.