If hanging out with ghosts at a haunted hotel forever, (and ever, and ever) isn’t your idea of fun, maybe just two weekends will do? The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado is famous as the hotel that inspired Steven King to write The Shining. And this October, The Stanley will be hosting Twin Terror Weekends! On October 20th, 21st and 28th, the hotel will be home to spooky events in celebration of Halloween — and of the Stanley’s iconic horror status.
The Stanley is famously haunted. And, it was also the influence behind horror masterpiece; The Shining. If it wasn’t for that fateful weekend in 1974, we wouldn’t have one of the most iconic terrifying tales of our time. No Jack Nicholson bellowing the iconic words ‘Here’s Johnny!’ to a shell-shocked and perfectly horrified Shelley Duvall.
In 1974, immediately before the hotel closed for the season, King and his wife spent the night at the Stanley. They were the only guests that night. The long empty halls, lonely dining room, and empty bar — attended by a bartender named Grady — haunted King. That night, he dreamed his son was being chased through the Stanley’s halls by a mysterious force. As King himself tells it;
“I woke up with a tremendous jerk, sweating all over, within an inch of falling out of bed. I got up, lit a cigarette, sat in a chair looking out the window at the Rockies, and by the time the cigarette was done, I had the bones of the book firmly set in my mind.”
This Halloween, the Stanley has embraced its role as inspiration for one of the scariest books of all time, with The Shining Ball on Saturday October 21st
As described by the hotel;
“The wildly popular Shining Ball returns to the Concert Hall featuring a live performance by The Gasoline Lollipops. Participants will compete for prizes with imaginative, macabre, and daring costumes that will be paraded through the hotel, so dress to impress. Festive hors d’oeuvres, delightful drink, dancing and cavorting among the imaginative, Shining-themed decor will bring new chills to the hottest night of the Halloween season.”
Along with the Shining themed event, the Stanley is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday October 20th, and the hotel’s signature Halloween Masquerade Party on Saturday October 28th.
After two weekends of Halloween fun at the Stanley, don’t be surprised if you wish you’d always been there.
For information and tickets to Twin Horror Weekends, visit www.stanleyhotel.com.