Halloween in Denver: Things to do this weekend with your family
A lively Day of the Dead
Through Nov. 5. Which Día de Los Muertos events are worth checking out this year? The answer is whichever one is closest to you, as they all tend to honor the spirit of the Mexican holiday with elaborate folk altars and other creative expressions. We’re hosting a curated, family-friendly list of events at denverpost.com/entertainment — most of them free — but here are a couple more low-commitment ideas for busy parents.
Visitors to History Colorado museums in Denver, Fort Garland, Pueblo and Trinidad can bring ofrendas and leave tributes at the public altars at those locations (historycolorado.org/exhibit/dia-de-los-muertos-altar). Wherever you are, the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council likely has a Day of the Dead event near you.
The nonprofit this year is hosting events and art shows at Lakewood’s Pirate Gallery (show); the Aurora Fox (cultural concerts on Nov. 3); Breck Create in Breckenridge (art show); the Arvada Library (show); and Corky Gonzalez Library (family food traditions). Visit chacgallery.org for more. — John Wenzel
Resurrect a date for the Zombie Prom
Saturday. A hoard of zombies will descend upon Denver’s Union Station for the Zombie Prom and you’re invited to join them, if you dare. Grab an undead date and head downtown to enjoy holiday-themed cocktails, bites, a costume contest, live music and more.
Costumes are highly encouraged for this spooky soiree on Saturday, Oct. 30. In the words of Bette Milder in “Hocus Pocus,” prepare to “dance, dance, dance ’til you die!” The party runs 8 p.m. to midnight at 1701 Wynkoop St. Tickets are $35 at eventbrite.com. — Tiney Ricciardi
Get your boos, and then your booze
Saturday. The monsters will be out in the Bluebird Business District this weekend for the 14th Boo ‘n Brew, a two-part party with attractions for both children and adults. From 1-4 p.m., bring your costumed kiddos for a family-friendly block party and go trick-or-treating at storefronts along East Colfax Avenue between Josephine Street and Colorado Boulevard. Other family activities include pumpkin decorating and live music.
Then, starting at 5 p.m., adults are invited to the neighborhood restaurant and bar crawl, when places like such as Cerebral Brewing and Annie’s Cafe will be offering discounts. Don’t want to leave and come back? The Tiger Kim’s Academy is hosting a kids after party (5-8 p.m., $10 per kid) so parents can drop off the little ones and enjoy the 21-and-up attractions. This event is free to attend and food and drink will be available for purchase. More at bluebirdbeat.com/boo-n-brew-on-colfax. — Tiney Ricciardi
Scared to death, on stage
Thursday. There’s another way to freak yourself out this Halloween: taking the stage to divulge to a live audience your darkest fears. And you don’t even have to be the one doing it to squirm vicariously at the fifth anniversary show of “Mortified Live!” in Denver. The 19-year-old series, which counts outposts in Portland (Ore.), Austin, Texas, and in Europe, features adults sharing “their most angst-ridden teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, artwork, and songs,” according to organizers.
This “special anniversary” promises a lineup of returning fan-favorite guests (usually: comics, writers, podcasters and other creatives), as well as a throwback cover band playing old-school favorites. Proof of a COVID vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of the show is required for entry. 8-11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. $16, all-ages. 720-420-0030 or theorientaltheater.com. — John Wenzel
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