Halloween has become almost as popular as Christmas in terms of decorations and events, and Chaffee County is no exception. A busy schedule of Halloween events is planned.

About 30 members of Salida Business Alliance, mostly downtown, will welcome trick-or-treaters until 6 p.m.

The Salida Boys & Girls Club, 340 E. Fifth St. will host its Spooktacular Halloween Party again this year. The date wasn’t set as this edition went to press but will be announced before Halloween. Members, families and anyone who wants to attend are welcome and there is no cost. For information call 719-539-9500.

Salida Walking Tours is offering a Ghost & Murder Tour at 7 p.m. every night of Halloween week (Oct. 25-31). During the rest of October (1-24), the Ghost & Murder Tour will be offered Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Cost is $20. A special late tour begins at 9 p.m. on Halloween night. For details and a video of past tours, visit salidawalkingtours.com/darkside-tour.

Salida Walking Tours also will offer a special event on Nov. 2 at the Palace Hotel, 204 N. F St.: a live ghost hunt with a national paranormal investigation group. The event is limited to guests who have rented a room at the hotel. Prices vary depending on the room, but all rentals include the live ghost hunt. The Palace Hotel number is 719-207-4174.

Keller Williams Realty, 203 F St., will celebrate Halloween with a purpose. Tickets to win a $450 iPad are available at the office from 4 to 7 p.m., and proceeds will go to Salida Boys & Girls Club. Ten-second videos of kids in costume will be made for a YouTube video.

Costumed “witches” will dance again this year in Alpine Park from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. About a dozen dancers of all ages are expected to participate. Presentations continue throughout the evening with brief breaks in between dances.

The F Street Gang will present the 11th annual “Thriller” dance at 10th and F streets. “Zombies” rise up and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” every 15 minutes between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Apple Shrunken Head and Sugar Skull Workshops will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Turner Farm, 829 W. Main St. in Buena Vista. Cost is $5 per activity. RSVP at 719-398-9276 or email buenavistaheritage@msn.com.

The annual Nightmare at Turner Farm returns from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29, 30 and 31. This event offers all kinds of spooky fun at the century-old homestead. Cost is $5 per person, and tickets are available at the front gate.

Trick or Treat Street takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Halloween on East Main Street in Buena Vista. Participating businesses will hand out goodies to trick-or-treaters.

Hold onto your costumes for the masquerade ball at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, 506 E. Main St., at 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Prizes will be awarded for the most historic costume and the best mask. Tickets are $30 and are available at the BV Heritage Museum or at buenavistaheritage.org.

A Ghost & Murder Tour will be conducted at 7 p.m. nightly from Oct. 27-31 in Buena Vista. The tour is also offered Friday and Saturday nights throughout October. Cost is $20. For information and to register go to buenavistawalkingtours.com.