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Autumn falls into October fun


By Diane Larson


Autumn has arrived in beautiful Butte. It is the third season of the year. It is a time when crops are gathered. The leaves turn colors of gold, orange, and red for a short time, then fall to the ground.

It is the time from the autumnal equinox, which was on September 22, 2017, to the winter solstice which falls on December 21 of this year. Autumn is also when the Harvest Moon rises high in the sky, and this year that will be in October on the 5th.

With the onset of autumn, summer has gone. Summer takes away with it the long, sunny days, the sun shining on our faces and in Butte, the summer festivals.  But the fun certainly isn’t over.

Butte knows how to celebrate October, and there are a plethora of autumn events to enjoy.


Wonderful autumn events begin on October first and run throughout the month. We have listed a few here. Also, don’t forget to check out the calendar at for more things happening in Butte.

The World Museum of Mining (WMM) is holding its second annual Scarecrow Fest. Beginning on October 1 and running the entire month, you can walk along Hell Roarin’ Gulch and view the scarecrows that line the streets of the Gulch during normal museum hours. Those hours, according to their Facebook page, are Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The normal museum cost will get you in to view all the fun.

Another brilliant event at the WMM is the second annual Haunted Underground: Zombies Unearthed Tour. This tour will run October 27 and 28 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will begin at the museum every 10 to 15 minutes taking 8 persons at one time.  Ticket cost is $10:00 per person. The tours will take place in the Orphan Girl and the Orphan Boy mines.

The last delightful event for October that takes place at the WMM is Treat Street sponsored by Butte Broadcasting and Wal-Mart. Organized by Butte Broadcasting, community groups get together and hand out candy for the trick-or-treaters. As many as 2,500 to 3,000 children head to Treat Street every year. This is a free event for the children. It takes place on Halloween, October 31 at 1:00 pm and runs until 4:00 pm or when the candy runs out.

The museum is still open until the end of October and underground tours are happening as weather permits. If interested in tours, it is recommended to call in advance.

The WMM is located behind Montana Tech at 155 Museum Way.

The Mining City Maze begins on October 1 and runs through Halloween. The hours are Wednesday through Friday 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for parties. Cost for the maze is ages 13 and up $8.00, children 5 – 12 $7.00 and under 4 years of age get in free. The Mining City Maze is on the corner of Longfellow and Paxson Street, one block off Harrison Avenue behind Aarons.

They have a large straw maze and a kid’s straw maze, barrel train rides, pumpkin slingshot and pumpkin face painting. Pumpkins and concessions are also available.

The 9th Annual Butte-Toberfest happens on Saturday, October 7 at 12:00 pm and runs until 7:00 pm. There is, of course, beer, music, contest and food fun to be had. It all takes place at the Original Mine Yard.

There will be 15 Montana Breweries featured, stein races and contest for best dressed. The event is free and tickets are purchased to taste the beers. Funds raised at the event will benefit Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council. Funds raised when you purchase food at the event will benefit the Butte High History Club.

“An exclusive tour of the greatest haunts of the Mining City,” says the poster for The Hauntings of Butte Trolley Tour. Local historians Chris Fisk and Lindsay Mulcahy promise to entertain you with stories of ghostly hauntings in Uptown Butte. Yes, you will be able to get off the trolley and visit the sites. Special appearances by Ellen Baumler, author of Spirit Tailings

The dates for the Hauntings of Butte Trolley Tour are October 6, 11, 15, 21, 28, 29, 30, & 31. The times are 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. The 6:00 pm tours begin from Headframe Spirits and the 8:00 pm tours begin from Metals Sports Bar and Grill. FYI: the October 11 tour is already sold out. Must have reservations, call The Butte Chamber of Commerce at 406-723-3177.

A fundraiser for the Butte Emergency Food Bank is The Fifth Annual Butte Halloween Zombie Walk and Jamboree on October 8 at 4:00 pm. Admission to the walk is a nonperishable item for the food bank. The walk begins at the Covellite Theatre at 215 West Broadway Street. A Zombie Jamboree will directly follow the walk. For those persons needing some help to zombify themselves you can show up early, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and with a $5.00 suggested donation for materials they will show you how to zombify yourself and your friends.

For Heaven’s Cakes in cooperation with Butte Halloween, LLC are sponsoring Butte Halloween Carnival on October 13th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 31 North Main. There will be a haunted funhouse, Butte Magic’s Tent of Xenobiological Oddities, Mistress Morgana’s Serpentarium, Zombie Hand Ring Toss, lollipop pull and so many more games. Of course, there will be a pumpkin patch and music by DJ Anemia. This event is a must for all Halloween lovers, after all, it is on Friday the 13th.

The Second Annual Butte Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest on October 28th at the Butte Plaza Mall. Registration begins at 1:30 pm and carving begins at 2:00 pm. The winners will be announced at 3:3-0 pm. Cost is $4.00 in advance or $5.00 at the door. The prizes will be awarded in 4 categories: cutest, scariest, most artistic, and overall best. There will be a minimum $20 prize in each category. Pumpkin carving isn’t the only fun to be had, there will also be story corner, coloring, and dancing for the kids. You can go to www. for further information.

To get your pumpkins for carving and Halloween fun you can go to Bob and Sandy’s Pumpkin Patch. It will be held on October 19, 20, and 21 at the Original Mine Yard. It opens each day at 11:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm. Come on up to play some games enjoy some treats and pick out the best pumpkin to take home.



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