NORTH DENVER — The summer heat has left and the leaves are beginning to change from green to gold – that means it is time to gear up for all of the ghoulish gaiety of Halloween! Northwest Denver never disappoints with its spooky spirit during the buildup to October 31st. We have put together a list of all the best events near the hood to trick and to treat at this month so that you can stop worrying about what to do and start worrying about what to wear!
Family Friendly Costume Capers
Bring the mini ghouls and ghosts in your lives to these family friendly trick-or-treat festivities. Who will you be this year? Local Northwest Denver businesses want to see you strut your stuff in your Halloween alter egos! Little Man Ice Cream’s annual costume contest and pumpkin carving contest will have an added pet costume contest, as will the Harvest Festival at Highlands Square. The ultimate “puttin’ on the dog” is at Woof in Boots…because Halloween in Denver just doesn’t exist without some well-dressed howlers.
LoHi: Pumpkin Carving and Costume Contest: October 22. 2-5PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Pumpkins and costumes will be judged for spookiness, originality, cuteness, best group and best pooch or cat. Carving supplies will be on hand, but bring your own if you prefer Edward Scissorhand sharpness! littlemanicecream.com
Highlands: Harvest Festival at Highlands Square: October 23. 2-5PM. 32nd Ave. between Julian and Perry St. The Highlands Merchants Association will be hosting a free harvest festival full of trick or treating, pumpkin painting with Pinot’s Palette, bouncy castles, local crafts and artisans, live music with Old Fuss and Feathers, a cash beer garden, and costume contests for pets and people. It’s a booo-tiful thing! highlands-square.com
West Denver: Woof in Boots: October 28. 7-9PM. Maxfund Animal Shelter, 719 W. 8th Avenue. Bring your pets for the 5th Annual Howlin’ Halloween Pet Costume Party. Pooches and pups will be judged, but so will you for having the best owner costume or the best combo costume! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Maxfund Animal Shelter. woofinboots.com
Downtown: Children’s Museum Trick or Treat Street: October 28-30. 9AM-6PM. Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. Play carnival games, make crafts, and enjoy a weekend of family-friendly fun as your kiddos stock up on all the treats they will need this Hallowee-kend. mychildsmuseum.org
Downtown: Central Library Trick or Treat Street: October 28., 3-6PM. Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Enjoy a free afternoon of safe and family friendly trick or treating throughout the library. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. denverlibrary.org
North Denver: North High School Trick or Treat Street: October 27. 6-8PM. Annual community spook-fest complete with haunted house, spooky singing, arts & crafts, trick-or-treating and costume photo booths. Perfect way for the entire community to support our rising star Vikings. For information call 720.424.1495
Berkeley: Trick or Treat Street and Fall Festival: October 29. 10AM-2PM. Cesar Chavez Park, 4131 Tennyson St. Celebrate the fall season and the growing Berkeley community with the Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA). Games and candy will be provided by the Harbor Church. tbbadenver.org
LoHi: Highland Haunt: October 29. 11AM-3PM. 32nd Ave. between Zuni and Clay. The ultimate Halloween street party features the Bryant Webster Mariachi band, piñatas, mechanical bulls, trick-or-treating, carnival games, a petting zoo, horse-driven hayrides and a costume parade at 1PM directly followed by a judged costume contest on the Zuni stage. The costume categories include Kids by Age Group, Adult Male, Adult Female and Best Family/Group. Highlandhaunt.com
FRIGHT FESTS & COSTUME BALLS
For the not so feint of heart and the creep-seekers amongst us, check out spine tingling ghost stories, zombie crawls, fright night flicks, silent or screaming costume balls and some booo-zy chills and thrills.
Zombie Burlesque Show: October 14 and 15. 8PM and 11PM. Lannie’s Clock Tower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. The apocalypse has arrived! Brace yourself for the Zombie Bombshells with their cavalcade of flesh, glittery skin peels, bumps and gory grinds. Must be 18+ for 8PM and 21+ for 11PM shows. $ 30. (303) 293-0075
LoHi: Gallagher Ghost Stories: October 16, 21 and 28. 6:30-7PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Join North Denver’s oratory maestro, Dennis Gallagher, as he conjures up ghosts and goblins from Denver’s past. His captivating story-telling style will send shivers up and down your spine. Stories include: abandoned girl trying to take bus home on snowy prom night; the scolding white haired Jesuit ghost haunting Carroll Hall; terrifying murder on West Moncrieff place; mysterious sightings at the old Elitch theatre; floating pillows on Utica street; plus the strange rocking chair in house on Osceola street. Littlemanicecream.com
Downtown: Denver Zombie Crawl: October 22. 12-6PM. Skyline Park, 1600 Arapahoe. The ultimate in fabulously gory, gruesome and grizzly street costume parties. Get your scar-y makeup done on the streets and beware of zombies in your nightmares to follow. Denverzombiecrawl.com
LoHi: Freaky Friday Fright Night Flicks: October 21 and 28. 6:30-10:30PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Dennis Gallagher Ghost Stories kick off the films. October 21: Hotel Transylvania at 6:30PM and Psycho at 8:00PM. October 28: Coraline at 7:00PM and prepare for the ever so eerie Carrie at 8:45PM. littlemanicecream.com
LoHi: Silent Screamers & Silent Disco Costume Ball: October 29. 6:30-10:30PM. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Get ready for a night of freak filled fun…dinner, movies and dancing hosted by Fat Jack’s and Little Man. Fuel up with Pumpkin “I-Scream” and Fat Jack’s tingling Chile and Spooky Super Subs. At 6:30PM, grab your silent movie headsets for a two-silent screen film night. For the kiddos, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Ghostbusters. For adults only, The Exorcist. After the films strut your stuff at the Silent Disco Costume Ball…because ghouls just want to have fun! littlemanicecream.com
Berkeley: Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest-Oct 29. 9:30-Witching Hour. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. Dance party begins at 9:30; Costume contest at midnight. Join the best watering hole in NW Denver for a party that will dust off all the cobwebs! For those who want to make the rounds, Local 46 will have a bus (or a broom) at Little Man to pick up the silent disco set and whisk them off for some out-loud boooo-zy fun! Local46bar.com
Berkeley: Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to my Nightmare”: October 29. 7PM. Join the Oriental Theater at 4335 W. 44th Ave. for a full stage production of this Alice Cooper classic album. Grab a drink, find a seat, and prepare yourself for a night of spook-tacular amazement. Tickets are now $ 20. (720) 420-0030.
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