Choctoberfest, Scare Fest, and Fall Harvest

October 13, 2016

Choctoberfest? Yes, it’s a thing!

Sample your fill at Choctoberfest, scare yourselves silly, and learn everything you can about crime solving, milking cows and math this weekend! Try not to have too much fun!

Friday-Saturday, October 14-15

Classic Acts presents this delightful play about Alice and the very unusual characters she meets in Wonderland – the White Rabbit who is always late, The Queen of Hearts who is rather grouchy, the Mad Hatter and March Hare who are quite mad, a talking Caterpillar, a Mock Turtle, A Cheshire Cat, and don’t forget Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee!  Don’t miss this wonderful adventure, put on by kids for kids to enjoy.

Parker Arts/The Schoolhouse Theater, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, CO
Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8

Performed more than any other operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is one of the most memorable musical indulgences you can have at the opera. The music is bubbly and infectious, filled with funny and outrageous characters and compromising situations. Sung in English.

North Middle School, 12095 Montview Blvd., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m., Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: Adults: $20; Seniors: $15; Military: $15; Students Under 18: Free
$15 seniors (65 and over)
$15 military
Free for students 18 and under

Friday-Sunday, October 14-16

The undead await you at The Asylum and 13th Floor. rates both venues as some of the scariest haunted attractions in town. The Asylum is just a few miles east of downtown, the top haunted attraction in Denver. Billed as “a horrifying head trip for all who dare to enter,” the Asylum grounds are said to be the final resting place for 200 former residents and doctors of the Ridgegate Asylum. The 13th Floor is setting up scare tactics north of LoDo, and should give you something to squeal about!

The Asylum Haunted House, 6100 E. 39th Ave., Denver
7:00-11:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-355-3327
Admission: $26.95
13th Floor, 4120 Brighton Blvd., Denver
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Admission: $26.99

Do you enjoy being scared out of your wits? Then ride your favorite rides after dark and enjoy the creepy creatures lurking around every corner. Plus, three all-new, multi-sensory haunted attractions: No Vacancy, Big Top Freaks and Séance. Make your way along dark walkways, navigate a carnival graveyard overrun by flesh-hungry clowns and try to avoid the ghoulish guests of a nightmare inn!

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Fri., 6:00-10:00 p.m., Sat., 5:00-10:00 p.m., Sun., 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$50

A thrilling drama of suspense and Gothic romance set in Europe at the end of the Victorian Age. With its spine-tingling score, the story follows the thirsty immortal vampire as he lusts for new blood.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1970
Tickets: $16-$37

Saturday, October 15

Children get a chance to practice and improve their reading skills while providing enrichment for cats waiting for their forever homes at the city of Aurora Animal Shelter. All the readers will get to choose a prize from the treasure chest after reading. First grader and older can sign up for 30-minute intervals upon arriving.

Aurora Animal Shelter, 15750 E. 32nd Ave., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Register by Phone: 303-739-6589

A.Y. Collins tells her nontraditional autobiography through a humorous lens. She uses tidbits of her life from the time she became a young rebel to Chinese- Filipino parents. She describes herself as a Vintage Youthie (a designer classification she invented for people who have evolved into a larger-than-life human collectible). She developed her sense of humor, sense of ridiculousness, gift of laughter – her super powers — through refreshingly positive lessons learned from life, her Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom.

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Use forensic science to solve a mystery. Analyze crime evidence such as blood samples, fingerprints, and unknown powders, and learn how CSI agents use the scientific process to solve crimes. (For fourth through eighth grade students.)

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hamden Cir., Aurora
2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

If you have a Transformers fan living with you, bring them to the robot games at Tallyn’s Reach. Because if they love to study, touch and maneuver the machines, they’ll have a grand time playing with the library’s robots and doing a STEM craft of their own. All ages are welcome.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Step back in time and celebrate a piece of Colorado’s history during the Fall Festival, hosted by Arapahoe County and held outside the 150-year old 17 Mile House. This historic property, a working farm for more than 100 years, served as an inn for pioneers traveling by wagon trains to Denver.

The fun and games includes finding and buying your favorite pumpkin and taking a scenic hayride. You can milk Bessie the Cow and visit her barnyard friends in the petting farm, or pan for gold. You can also learn about blacksmithing, tour the farmhouse, and shadow the local beekeeper. Food trucks and live music performed by local bands will round out the festival festivities!

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds/17 Mile House, 25690 E Quincy Ave., Aurora
Phone: 303-795-4955
Admission: Free

The Choctoberfest turns a fall weekend into one long, chocolate-fueled extravaganza, as chocoholics go booth-to-booth tasting every flavor and description. It’s 25,000 square feet of Choctoberfest deliciousness, from dark and pure to sweet and milky, gooey to waxy smooth, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, infused into wine/beer/liquor, baked into brownies and artfully rolled into rich, melt-in-your-mouth truffles. Don’t miss the Chocolate Happy Hour, a delightful combination of chocolates paired with wine and beer, cooking demos and entertainment.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds/17 Mile House, 25690 E Quincy Ave., Aurora

Phone: 303-795-4955
10 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 to $50

Sunday, October 16

ChocktoberfestGET YOUR WHEELS ON
Sundays are family skate times at Skate City so get the whole family on their wheels for an afternoon of rock and roll! Get your heart pumping and feet moving to really cool tunes as you burn energy, have fun, enjoy time with your family and stay active!

Skate City, 15100 E. Girard Ave.,
12:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 17

Math Camp is offered to kids in first to fifth grades. Session one (morning) is Basic Facts Fun, where kids will work on addition/subtraction/multiplication. Session two (afternoon) is Art and Math (including Integrated Art, Literature and Math Enrichment). Learn how math is used to create art and complete at least two masterpieces using math! All supplies included.

The Lakehouse at Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
Session 1: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Session 2: 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-2221
Session Cost: $40 nonmember; $35 member

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Have a great weekend, everybody, and happy Choctoberfest!