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Halloween Harvest Festival

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Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Noon to 8 p.m.

Downtown Westminster
5453 W. 88th Ave.
Westminster, CO | Map

Mark your calendars for Westminster’s new and improved Halloween Harvest Festival! This FREE, family-friendly event is bigger and better than ever because this year, it will now be combined with another one of Westminster’s signature events—the annual Westy Fest that is usually held each August.

Bring the whole family to kick off the fall season with free carnival games, trick-or-treating, a hot-air balloon glow, live musical performances by local bands, a beer garden, food trucks, arts and crafts, jumping castles, local vendors, a bonfire and a BBQ competition. You can even pick out the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch!


Admission is FREE for all attendees and includes:

  • Carnival games
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Live music
  • Ropes course
  • Inflatables
  • Face painting
  • Hot air balloon show
  • Admission to the JCPenney Pumpkin Patch

Additional costs include purchases from food/drink and craft/artisan vendors, pumpkin purchases and participation in the Meat Scream BBQ competition. 

Entertainment Schedule

  • Noon: Broomfield School of Rock House Band
  • 2 p.m.: Gasoline Lollipops
  • 3:45 Charity Car Giveaway
  • 4 p.m.: Hot Air Balloons Arrive
  • 4:30 p.m.: BBQ Competition Awards
  • 5 p.m.: Fire Demonstration
  • 5:30 p.m.: Rapid Grass

JCPenney Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin patch is located next to JCPenney. Pumpkins vary in sizes and prices. Cash and credit cards are accepted. There is a free pumpkin valet so you can check your pumpkin while you enjoy the rest of the festival.

Meat Scream BBQ Competition

Over 40 teams are competing this year in the Kansas City BBQ Association sanctioned event. $20 will buy you samples from 10 competitors and allow you to vote for the People's Choice Award (first 1,000 ticket holders are eligible to vote).

Hot Air Balloons

How many are there? There are currently 10 hot air balloons scheduled.

What time are the balloons there? The balloons will be at the festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Do they leave the ground and can we ride in them? No, these balloons remain on the ground during the event. All of the pilots are very friendly and love for you to visit and ask questions. At night, enjoy the spectacular balloon glow!

Will the balloons be up rain or shine? The hot air balloons are weather dependent--they cannot be inflated if the wind speed is more than 5 MPH. The pilots monitor this throughout the event, so if they are not inflated, it's because it is too windy. If this is the case, they will still light the propane burners.

Getting to the Festival

Shuttles: We highly recommend using our shuttle system to get to the festival. Shuttles will run about every 15-20 mins from noon until 9 p.m. Courtesy golf carts will be available for those will mobility needs.

Shuttle Locations:

  • College Hill Library: 3705 W. 112th Ave.
  • Westminster City Hall: 4800 W. 92nd Ave.
  • The MAC: 3295 W. 72nd Ave.

Parking: If you plan to park at the event, please use Harlan Street to access all event parking. There will be no event parking in the downtown garage--this is reserved for handicap parking and JCPenney customers. Please do not use lots at Olive Garden or Brunswick Zone.

Handicap Parking: Located in the parking garage or the paved parking lot along Harlan Street.

Biking: There will be a free bike valet located at the Eaton Street and Park Place median. View map of bike trails to Downtown Westminster.

Uber/Lyft: May drop off and pick up on 91st Place between Harlan Street and Eaton Street. There will be signage.

What can I bring in?

Costumes: We love costumes! Please make sure they are appropriate for the family-friendly event. Leave any sharp objects, sticks, bats and replica guns/swords at home.

Pets: The crowd size may be a little overwhelming for your pet, so it is recommended that you leave your pet at home. If they do join us, please keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

Prohibited items: Outside alcohol (visit one of our beer vendors), laser pointers, glass containers and weapons of any type are prohibited. No marijuana use is allowed at the event (public marijuana use is illegal). All bags, containers and packages are subject to search.

Zero Waste Event

We are proud to be working with Eco-Cycle to produce very little waste during this event. Please look at the sorting stations and sort your trash accordingly. Everything you purchase from food vendors should go straight to the compost bin.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!


  • RE/MAX Alliance
  • Milender White


  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
  • JCPenney
  • Ascent
  • Jimmy John's

Become a Sponsor or Vendor

Craft Vendor Application   |   Food Vendor Application   |   Exhibitor Vendor Application   |   Home-Based Vendor Application   |   Non-Profit Vendor Application

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leah Krumpholz at lkrumpho@cityofwestminster.us or 303-658-2208.


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