Boulder’s Halloween Tradition Crawls On

One of Boulder’s spookiest Halloween traditions is almost here, and hopefully, you have your costume ready.

The Boulder Mall Crawl, which began in the 1980s, is an event where costumed citizens flock to the Pearl Street Mall to celebrate Halloween as a community. There’s food, alcohol, dancing and of course, costumes.

The event proved to be popular with Boulderites and those willing to make the commute until it’s peak in 1989. That year, almost 40,000 partygoers flooded Pearl Street, more people than had ever attended the event. When fights began to break out, the local police and SWAT team were called in for crowd control, resulting in 37 arrests for property damage and assault. In 1990, the city council implemented roadblocks and ordinances that effectively ended the event in 1991.

However, the Mall Crawl was successfully brought back to life by a Facebook campaign in 2009, and the public seems to have learned their lesson. Vandalism has been mostly contained, alcohol has been regulated and no major fights have broken out in the 7 years since the Crawl’s resurrection. There’s even a Thriller flash mob.

The Mall Crawl takes place Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. on the Pearl Street Mall. 


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