WEEKLY EVENTS: October 30, 2015 – November 5, 2015
After dressing up last year as Pussy Riot and people drunkenly mistaking me for Dumb Donald (WTF?), I am taking this year off from costuming. Instead, I’ll be representing plain clothes at Leon Bridges tonight and then probably getting drunk in my sister’s basement tomorrow evening #thisis38
But for the rest of you crazy kids, there are gobs of costumed-fun to be had. In addition to the events below, be sure to check out this week’s edition of Beer Me for more beer-centric Halloween options, as well as these additional sexy spooky events: Papa Legba’s Voodoo Bash (10/30), The Monster Opera (10/30), Fantastic Enchantment (10/30), 7th Annual Paranormal Palace (10/31), itchy-O’s HALLOWMASS (10/31), Halloween Hootenanny (10/31), A Motown Halloween (10/31), and the Rocky Mountain Zombie Prom (10/31).
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, including Dia de los Muertos in Larimer Square, British Macabre Night at Mutiny Information Cafe, and Dia De Los Muertos at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery.)
From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the new & improved Night Bazaar! This time around, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, and a food truck garden on both Friday and Saturday nights. Come shop, sip, and eat. No cover and a great way to start your weekend. The bazaar is open on Fridays from 5pm – 2am and on Saturdays from 5pm – midnight. Drink specials will be available for those in costume!
Wear your best costume, scary or sweet, and stroll down the library’s ghoulish Trick or Treat Street! Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating, storytelling, DIY fun, and games. Afterwards, stick around for a showing of Hocus Pocus outside on the plaza (see below). For families with preschoolers – 5th graders. FREE.
In its 8th year, the Fall Fest is a safe, indoor Halloween event for the whole family. Smaller kids will be entertained with games, pumpkin decorating, movies, scary stories, and candy. The older kids can enjoy even more games, plus a haunted house. There will also be a costume contest and magician dazzling guests throughout the night. The event is $5 per person, with children under 3 getting in free #Boo
This evening, the Denver Public Library is taking the Halloween spirit outside and projecting Hocus Pocus on the side of its building. Seating will be provided, but you can bring pillows, blankets, and yoga mats if you’d like to sit on the plaza or nearby lawn. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series focuses on jazz musicians living and working today, whose names are not yet embossed into history, but whose energy, wisdom, well-worn instruments, and presence in the jazz scene are further defining our admiration for the life form, jazz music. The latest installment of this series will feature a very special performance by S.M.R.T. This event is FREE and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided.
In honor of eeriness, the Colorado Symphony performs the soundtrack to Psycho, the film that moved the horror genre from gothic to contemporary. Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking thriller continues to resonate with audiences for its jarring music as much as its haunting images and stunning twists. The complete film will be shown on large suspended screens for the full Symphony at the Movies experience. Tickets start at $39.
Come help welcome the Lipgloss crew into their new home at Bar Standard by attending their annual sci-fi costume party! TR/ST (aka Trust aka Robert Alfons) will be joining DJs Hollow and Tower in the DJ booth for a memorable night of dancing. There will be prizes for costumes that impress and an exclusive Lipgloss beer, brewed specially for the occasion by Former Future Brewing Company. Tickets are $10.
Come on out for the 8th annual Highland Haunt, Northwest Denver’s premiere family-friendly Halloween celebration. Guests can enjoy a costume parade, trick or treating, bouncy castle, live music, food trucks, and more. There is no entry fee, but there will be a $7 all-inclusive activities pass that will grant access to additional activities such as a hayride, mechanical bull, carnival games, petting zoo, face painting, and more!
Holy crap, animals wearing clothes is one of my most favorite things on Earth. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, scariest, most creative, and best in show! Guests can also enjoy free coffee and donuts. $5 suggested donation per pet.
Don’t miss the most fangtastic block party of the season. Colfax denizens are invited to roam the street, alongside zombies, witches, and vampires, and to check-out the tricks and treats being served up by 35 local haunts. There’ll be made-to-order candy bars, a bouncy castle, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and so much more. The first 100 visitors will receive a custom Boo and Brew candy collection sack to stash your treats. Kids activities run 1 – 4pm; adult activities run 9pm – 2am. FREE.
A family tradition of the not-too-scary sort, this concert features musical fun for the whole gang. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the Halloween festivities, including the Colorado Symphony musicians who will trade-in their tuxes and tails for their own zany costumes. Don’t forget to arrive early for the Halloween pre-concert activities in the lobby. Tickets are $25 and $10 for children under 18.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ 8pm: Carpe Nocte at an undisclosed location
Although this event is shrouded in mystery, it pretty much guarantees a Halloween to remember. Recommended only for the adventurous souls; click here for more mysterious details. Tickets are $47 and include free parking, transportation throughout the performance, costumes, and one wine or beer (21+).
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican celebration in which death is recognized as a natural part of the life cycle. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of Central and North America. On this day, people create altars in their homes, they clean and decorate the gravesites of lost loved ones, and prepare special foods. They attend mass and come together to sing, dance, and eat, all in remembrance of those who have left this earth. Bring your friends and family to celebrate this day at the Gardens. Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. Admission run $9 – $12.50; view the schedule of activities here.
Come out and pound the pavement after you pound the candy! Help the SAME Cafe celebrate its 9th anniversary (and raise money for needy families) by participating in their first-ever Monster Mile! The mile race is making a comeback — come see how fast you can run at 5,280 feet! After the race, participants will celebrate with craft beers, pancakes from Flippin’ Flapjacks, Pablo’s Coffee, monster cookies from Mulberries Cake Shop, and trick-or-treating. There will also be a costume contest, so hose down that costume for another round of fun! This event is limited to 300 runners; register online.
St. Kilians Cheese Shop is returning with the goods on Tuesday, November 3rd for an evening of cheese and cider pairings. This month it’s all goat! View the full menu here. No tickets needed; just stop by.
Wednesday, November 4 – Sunday, November 15, 2015: 38th Annual Denver Film Festival
The 38th annual Denver Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, November 4th with a screening of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Click here for festival-going tips, package deals, and more #DFF38
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 8pm: Anarchist Movie Night: ANTIFA – Chasseurs de skins at the Mutiny Information Cafe
Come on out for a new kind of show combining sketch, video, and standup. The Funnyside Session is a monthly show where Image Brew lets folks run wild in their studio space. This month there’ll be stand-up comedy from Georgia Rae, Aaron Urist, Janae Burris, and Jordan Doll. $5 dollars to get in and donation drinks to enjoy! #LOL
Cool Shit is the newest comedy drug that all the cool kids are doing (and that one kid’s dad). This week’s show will feature a whole slew of local comedians for your enjoyment. FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.
Thursday, November 5, 2015, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: Mountain to Sound Presents: Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends + Mike Clark at The Thin Man
Oh Lordy! This is gonna be the perfect show to kickstart your November. Colorado’s own Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends + Mike Clark Songs will be filling the Ubisububi Room (located below The Thin Man) with soulful ‘n rocking folk tunes that will both warm and break your heart at the same time. Tickets are $10 and are expected to sell-out, so do buy in advance!