Things to do in Denver: Halloween 2016

Matt Bolling and Crystal Gallimore, the undead newlyweds. Denver Zombie Crawl. Oct. 22, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)zombie crawl; halloween; cosplay; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite; cbd;
Matt Bolling and Crystal Gallimore, the undead newlyweds. Denver Zombie Crawl. Oct. 22, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) zombie crawl; halloween; cosplay; 16th street mall; sixteenth street; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite; cbd;
Matt Bolling and Crystal Gallimore, the undead newlyweds. Denver Zombie Crawl. Oct. 22, 2016.

Nothing but spooky, sugary fun.

Thursday

Cartoons & Comedy Halloween Spooktacular 4. Classic Halloween cartoons, commercials, candy and cereal. Comedy from Meaghan Shaha, Byron Graham and Sam Tallent. Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 10 p.m.

Beetlejuice Movie Night. Denver Deep Dish LoHi, 1200 W. 38th Ave. 8-10 p.m.

North High Trick or Treat Street. A safe environment to trick or treat and Halloween activities. North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd. 6-8 p.m. $2 donation per family. $1 for haunted house entry.

Family Fun Night & Small Business Expo. More than 15 local small businesses participating in a  trick or treat street, a kids costume contest open to ages 12 and under and parents costume contest. GameWorks Denver., 7950 Northfield Blvd. 4-9 p.m.

Spirited Spirits Haunted Pub Tour. Tour begins at the Blake Street Vault, the on to the Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel, Union Station, El Chapultepec Jazz Club and other landmarks. Blake Street Vault, 1526 Blake St.  5:30-8 p.m. $50.

“Night of the Living Dead.” The Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $14-15.

Pumpkin carving. Bring your own pumpkin. Carving tools will be available. Highland Tavern, 3400 Navajo St. 6-9 p.m.

Ghosts by Lantern Light. Spooky dining in the wine cellar with a four-course prix fixe. Formal attire requested, costumes not required. RSVP: 303-777-3505. Beatrice & Woodsley, 38 S. Broadway. 6-10 p.m. $45.

Kids Halloween Parade and Party. Trick-or-treating at shops, costume parade through the Great Hall and costume contest with prizes for best overall and best group/family costumes. Plus, ghostly music, scary good adults drink specials and more. Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 4-7 p.m.

Friday

Hi-Dive’s Annual Halloween Tribute Blowout. The music of The Strokes, Blink-182, The White Stripes and The Wonders, performed by local bands. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

CAUTION: Halloween Bash. Serving Frisky Bat, the Colorado whiskey-barrel aged version of Toaster Bat. Everyone in costume gets candy. Karaoke, and a pumpkin art and costume contests. CAUTION: Brewing Co., 1057 S. Wadsworth Blvd. 7-10 p.m.

Trick Or Treat Street at Denver Children’s Museum. Costumes, goodies, treats, crafts, games. No scary costumes, please. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $13-15, members free.

Demon Knight Masquerade Ball hosted by John Kassir, original voice of The Crypt Keeper, at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-40.

“Night of the Living Dead.” The Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $14-15.

Spooky Speakeasy. DJ, themed cocktails and a costume contest with a grand prize including a free night at the The Crawford Hotel – Denver Union Station and a $100 Denver’s Union Station gift card. Terminal Bar, 1701 Wynkoop St. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Dia de los Muertos. Face painting, crafts, live music and food trucks in the alley between Market and Larimer Streets near Larimer Square. 6-9 p.m.

Boo After Dark. 20 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. $12-17.

Get Dead Punks. Halloween party with two live punk/grunge cover bands and an undead punk costume contest. Southside Kitchen & Bar, 3014 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.

Halloween Kids Fest. Not-so-haunted train ride, guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, monster mural painting, pumpkin painting and more. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular aquarium admission.

Midnight Movies “Phantasm” and “Scanners.” Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway.  10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Drag Nation: Hell On Heels. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15.

Return of the Democalypse. This year’s event includes projection art, a wine toss, heavy appetizers, full bar and the Anonymous One-Square-Foot Art Sale, with 100 works by 100 artists for $100 each. Costumes are encouraged. RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

ScreamGirls. A Halloween twist on Denver’s longest running drag show. M Uptown, 700 E. 17th Ave. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

The Allied Witches Presidential Election Convention 2016. Annual Halloween play performed by the Allied WItches. Call for reservations: 303-294-9258. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 7:30 p.m. $10 at the door.

Crushed Out Zombie Beach Party. Prizes for best merperson, alien or beach zombie costume. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Friday-Ween. Goosetown Tavern, 3242 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

HallowTeen Night at the Museum. Pizza, ghost stories, ghoulish games and creepy-crafty stuff. Costumes strongly recommended for a contest. This event is for teens 13-17 only. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6:30-9 p.m. $10.

Forney Fall Fest 2016. Games, magician, prizes and indoor trick-or-treating. Forney Transportation Museum, 4303 Brighton Blvd. 5:30-9 p.m. Adults $5. Children 12 and under free.

Freakshow Friday. Chainsmoker The Magnificent and The Amazing Miss Coffin Nails in their most raunchy, electrifying and astonishing magic and stunt show. Blush & Blu, 1526 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.  $5.

Denver Ghost Tour: The Haunts of Capitol Hill. Meets at the southeast corner of West 13th Avenue and North Gilpin Street, just north of Cheesman Park. 7-9 p.m. $18, must buy in advance.

Freaky Friday Flicks & Ghost Stories. “Coraline” at 6:30 p.m. “Carrie” at 8:30 p.m. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday

Halloween Hootenany with DJ Wesley Waye at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave.  8p.m. $10-12.

Trick Or Treat Street at Denver Children’s Museum. Costumes, goodies, treats, crafts, games. No scary costumes, please. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $13-15, members free.

Alice’s Nightmare. Full-stage production tribute to Alice Cooper’s “Welcome To My Nightmare” at the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15-25.

“Night of the Living Dead.” The Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $14-15.

Halloween Kids Fest. Not-so-haunted train ride, guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, monster mural painting, pumpkin painting and more. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular aquarium admission.

Gin Doctors 90’s Halloween Bash. Including a costume contest with a $1,000 grand prize. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Ratio Halloween party: Return of the Ramoans. Ramones cover band and costume contests throughout the night. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Fiction Halloween party with live music from The Sun Dried Nanners and treats for kids. $1 off beer with a costume. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E Colfax Ave. 2 -11 p.m. Music starts at sunset.

Family Overnight: Halloween at the Museum. Spooky fun and trick-or-treat trivia. See an IMAX film and explore the temporary exhibition Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, and sleep in the diorama halls. Pizza dinner, snack and breakfast, plus candy. Families with kindergarten through eighth-grade children only. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6 p.m.-10 a.m. $55-80.

Trick or Treat and All Day Happy Hour. There will be a complimentary photo booth, Dogfish Head specials all day, trick-or-treating for kids from all vendors. Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 Pecos St. 3-7 p.m. for photo booth and trick-or-treat.

’80s and ’90s movie characters Halloween party. Live music and live painting. Denver Art Society, 734 Santa Fe Drive. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-15.

Halloween show with Stereoshifter, Television Generation, The Trip, Ramonda Hammer and Sliver at Streets of London Pub, 1501 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Great Gatsby Zombie Ball. Music from Gypsy Swing Revue and the Dan Schwindt Trio. Special four-course tasting menu inspired by the dark arts. Costume: Zombie flappers and dandies Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $15-60.

Tales From The Hood. All-ages costume and dance party. Roxy Theatre, 2549 Welton St. 8-11 p.m. $10.

Annual Halloween Bash. Costume contest with $100 cash prize for firstst place and $50 for second place. Plus: free candy. The Abbey Tavern, 5151 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Badger’s Pub Halloween party. Prizes for best couples costume, best original/funny costume and best scary costume. Badger’s Pub, 76 S. Broadway. 5 p.m.-1:45 a.m. 

Dead Disney. Charlie’s, 900 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Weird Touch: The Halloween Party. Syntax Physic Opera, 54 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 10 p.m., $5 after.

10th annual Boo and Brew. Parade starts in front of 3121 E. Colfax Ave. and then will move on to other decorated establishments along Colfax between York Street and Colorado Boulevard. Free candy for kids from 1-4 p.m. and $1 off select pints for adults in costume. 1-11 p.m. 

Halloween party with live music at the Thin Man, 2015 E. 17th Ave. 10 p.m.

Fall Festival with games, music, dancing, food and costume contests at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2309 Gaylord St. 7-10 p.m.

Tennyson Trick or Treat Street & Fall Festival. Trick-or-treat at participating businesses up and down Tennyson and/or head over to Cesar Chavez Park between 41st and 42nd for a fall festival with carnival games and candy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pumpkin Painting Story Time at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 2-3 p.m.

Halloween Party with DJ Grey Sea at Illegal Pete’s, 2001 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.-midnight.

Beryl’s Monster Mash Halloween at Beryl’s Beer Co., 3120 Blake St. 7-11 p.m.

The Inferno: Tracks Halloween 2016. Travel through Hell and compete for $2,000 cash in a costume contest. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover for 21+. $5 for 18-20.

Sneerwell’s Memento Mori Ball. Have your fate decided by a giant Ouija board, get tattoos by Seth Brown from Landmark Tattooers, lie in a wooden coffin and more. Dress in black. Fort Greene, 321 E. 45th Ave. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Sunday

Trick Or Treat Street at Denver Children’s Museum. Costumes, goodies, treats, crafts, games. No scary costumes, please. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $13-15, members free.

Hairball II featuring Kissm and Rush Archives Halloween costume party at the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:45 p.m. $15.

Halloween Kids Fest. Not-so-haunted train ride, guess the weight of the giant pumpkin, monster mural painting, pumpkin painting and more. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular aquarium admission.

Denver Ghost Tour: The Haunts of Capitol Hill. Meets at the southeast corner of West 13th Avenue and North Gilpin Street, just north of Cheesman Park. 7-9 p.m. $18, must buy in advance.

Gypsy Halloween with La Pompe Jazz featuring Sweet B. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 8-11 p.m.

Poe in the Parlor. Hear the haunting words and of Edgar Allan Poe read over live acoustic music. Lumber Baron Inn, 2555 W. 37th Ave. 5-9:30 p.m. $15-20.

Monday — Halloween

“War of the Worlds” live broadcast. The Backstage Players will perform H.G. Wells’ classic “War of the Worlds” using the original 1938 radio script. Backstage at Beryl’s, 3120 Blake St. 7-8:30 p.m. $5 at the door.

HOWL-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest. Pumpkin beer drinking and tricks and treats for pups and people. $25 gift card prizes for three categories: best pup costume – solo, best human-pup couples costume and best pup-pup couples costume. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 5-8 p.m.

Fall Carnival with candy, food, games, and prizes at Corona Church, 1205 E. Eighth Ave. 6-8 p.m.

Black Shirt Halloween. Half off all drafts all day, candy and spooky movies playing all night. Wear a costume and get a 5-ounce pour of your choice. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Bruz Halloween. Wear a costume and enjoy $2 tasters and Spooked Rabbit Waffles. There will be treats for kids. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 4-9 p.m.

First anniversary Halloween party. Wear a costume and get a free sundae. The Inventing Room, 2020 Lawrence St., Unit A. 2-9 p.m.

The Chamber: Tracks Halloween 2016. Travel through Hell and compete for $500 cash in a costume contest. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover for 21+. $5 for 18-20.

Halloween Scaryoke. M Uptown, 700 E. 17th Ave. 9 p.m.-midnight.

After Hours Halloween. Restaurant industry and friends of the industry invited for drink specials and a whole hog roast, plus DJ TonTon. Costumes encouraged. Mister Tuna, 3033 Brighton Blvd. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Wonderlic. Halloween party and final show at the closing of Quixote’s True Blue, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.