A Costumes and Candy Weekend!

October 26, 2017

It’s the weekend before Halloween, which means the ghosts and goblins will be out in force and the streets filled with jack-o-lanterns, costumes and candy! With no shortage of Halloween events and activities in and around Aurora, you should have no trouble finding a party, a masquerade ball and plenty of fun, frivolous and spooky things to do near the lakeside community of Southshore!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, October 26

costumesNew York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed Mr. Lemoncello adventure. He will read from and sign Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race and there will be an “Escape from the Bookstore” activity! Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line!

Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
6:00 p.m.
Signing Line Tickets: $16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday, October 26-28

A few miles east of downtown lies the secret resting ground for lost souls — The Asylum, one of Denver’s top-rated haunted attractions. Once you cross the threshold of the Asylum, you’ll discover a victim who succumbed to a ghastly disease. What begins as a tour quickly turns into a trap and a race against the clock for survival and escape! You’ll navigate through bloodthirsty zombies and before leaving, take a side trip to Ridgegate Hospital, where the dangerous and deranged patients are the least of your worries and fears. The Asylum is a horrifying head trip for all who enter in!

The Asylum Haunted House, 6100 E. 39th St., Denver
4:00-11:30 p.m.
Admission: $19.99-$39.99

costumesBrad Williams has become one of the funniest, most in-demand comedians working today, appearing on television shows including Legit, Deadbeat, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind of Mencia and< Pitboss. His one-hour comedy special, Fun Size, was the highest rated comedy special on Showtime in the year 2015. A year later, he followed it up with a second special called Daddy Issues. The New York Times said, “no one is doing it more hilariously than Brad Williams,” who can now be seen in the Netflix original movie, Mascots.

Brad’s show is high energy. Robin Williams called him “Prozac with a head.” Brad’s ability to make humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are winning over audiences and proving anyone can overcome their shortcomings.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $27
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29

Something Rotten! scored 10 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical and is full of belly laughs and family-friendly entertainment. The action takes place in the 1590s and tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play but they have to compete with that “rock star” Shakespeare who keeps getting all the applause. When a local fortune teller reveals that soon the theatre will feature singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s first MUSICAL! Something Rotten! is a smash hit with songs and content appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Buell Theatre, DCPA, 14th and Arapahoe, Denver
Thurs.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$115

Friday, October 27

What are Black Sheep Friday Extreme Glamour Shots? Simple. It’s glamour shots while doing shots. Shots, props, wigs, and makeup provided – come in costume or just use the museum’s! This season of Black Sheep Friday is going to be absolutely bananas. That’s right. B.A.N.A.N.A.S. You’re going to learn everything you never knew you always wanted to know. And do everything you never knew you always wanted to do. It’s malarkey at its finest. Drop by and participate. All events are first-come-first-served, and the museum capacity can be limited.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
Phone: 303-298-7554

Friday-Saturday, October 26-27

Friday and Saturday nights are a boatload of fun for teens and tweens and their friends ages 8 to 15 – whether it’s a drop-in, do-your-own thing event or a special theme for the evening. Register for Teen Nights and play ping-pong, foosball, pool, challenge friends to guitar hero or rock band, or play a variety of other board games. A five-participant pre-registered minimum attendance will be required for the events to take place.

Southlands Mall/Teen Center, 6205 S. Main Street, Aurora
Admission: $7 per participant
Register here

Friday-Sunday, October 20-22

Mile High Con is the largest science-fiction literary convention in the Rocky Mountain Region, run entirely by fans. with over 100 authors and speakers in panels and programs on everything related to sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Boasting the largest art show of its kind in the region, plus video, anime, masquerade, gaming, dealers, the Critter Crunch and Critter Floatilla (robotic combat and aquatic competitions), and more! Special guests include authors Eric Flint and Jane Lindskold, and artist Carrie Ann Baade. Toastmaster: author Jason Heller. Programming includes the Avistrum Academy of Sorcery, a Cosplay Contest plus a Literacy Auction and tickets may be purchased for a single day or the entire three-day event ($46).

Regency Tech Center-Denver, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver
Fri., 12:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sun., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $46 (Kids ages 5-12 $23)
Phone: 720-234-7829

It’s your last chance to catch the Elitch Gardens Fright by Night when the amusement park will transform its from fun rides by day into spooky Halloween-themed delights by night. Children ages 10 and under are encouraged to wear costumes during their visits by day for a final weekend of thrills at Colorado’s largest Halloween event. More guidelines are here, including specifics about extra charges.

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Fri., 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Sat., 12:00-10:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Admission: $24.99-$34.99

When Alex Moore, a struggling LA actor who takes on a side job working in the basement of superstar Barbra Streisand, it never occurs to him that the two might form a friendship. Barbra’s surprise visit to the basement results in conversation and camaraderie. Can it last? A smash hit comedy about the risks of fame, the price of friendship and trade-offs of an unexpectedly odd job.

John Hand Theatre, 7653 E 1st Pl, Denver
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $23-$25
Phone: 720-530-4596

Saturday, October 28

It’ll be a morning of fantasy fun for all the ghouls and boys (and girls!) on Main Street as costumed kids trick or treat at Southlands Mall retailers.

Southlands Mall, Main Stree, Aurora
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Come out and pound the pavement before you pound down the candy at the third annual Monster Mile! The mile race is making a comeback — come see how fast you can run 5,280 feet! For serious runners, the true test is not a 5K or a marathon, but a mile at your best pace. For those more interested in fun than run, come decked out in your finest Halloween costume and running shoes. Your costume could earn you a great prize (individual and group awards). Pets (especially those wearing costumes!) are welcome to participate in the Fun Run, as well.

Cheesman Park Pavillion, 1599 E. 8th Ave., Denver
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Entry Fee: $20-$25
Phone: 720-530-6853

Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29

costumesThe 33rd annual Boo at the Zoo offers trick or treat stations, creepy-crawly animal demonstrations and family-friendly entertainment including a ghostly magic show (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) and a spooktacular juggling show (12:00-2:00 p.m.), all under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of the Denver Zoo. For complete details, including restrictions for costumes,  click here.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13-$18
Phone: 720-337-1400

Put down your phone and pick up a hobby! Visit the region’s newest family hobby event for hands-on demonstrations, workshops and a monster marketplace of items for sale. Try your hand at racing cars, flying drones, running trains, building models, scrapbooking and making jewelry. Watch nitro fuel race cars and helicopters in action! Learn the basics to get started in any of these hobbies. Meet the manufacturers and shop with your local retailers. Learn, try and buy! The show features RC cars and trucks, planes, drones, trains, boats, slot cars, rockets, die-cast models, scale model kits, Legos, gaming, dolls/miniatures, beads and scrapbooking– a hobby for every family member- all in one location. Plus, you can register to win hourly door prizes, including a Rage RGR300 Ready to Run FPV Drone!

Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Sat., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $12 (adults)

This exclusive Halloween Costume Ball offers the best party value in the city of Denver, with a $1,000 Best of The Ball Halloween costume contest, live Halloween entertainment including go-go dancers and laser lights and a photo booth, and DJ’s spinning top 40 dance-party jams. Costumes will be judged on creativity, presentation and originality. Billed as “Denver’s Top Halloween Party for Adults” by CBS Denver, party-goers will join other fun-loving folks for extraordinary entertainment, a variety of cocktails, wine, beer and some of Colorado’s most clever and creative Halloween costumes.

Sheraton Denver Hotel, 1550 Court Pl., Denver
Fri. 9:00 p.m.-Sat., 2:00 a.m.
Tickets: $35-$40

Sunday, October 29

costumesThis Halloween, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum will be transformed into a fun, spooky hangar filled with games, costumes, sci-fi characters and more. Kids of all ages are invited to come in costumes to trick-or-treat in a warm, safe environment. New in 2017, purchase a VIP ticket to eat lunch with some of today’s most popular superheroes! A $20 ticket gets you early admission to Hauntings at the Hangar, lunch from A Spice of Life Catering and photo opportunity with your child’s favorite superheroes. Only 40 seats are available and all children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Kids and parents can trick-or-treat, take pictures with Star Wars characters and some of today’s most popular superheroes, play carnival games (Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Mini-Putt), jump in the bouncy house, play on the Jumbo slide, pedal planes, make a memory in the photo booth, watch “Toy Story of Terror”Ann Lincoln.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$20
Phone: 303-360-5360 x105

Costumes and Candy in Southshore

Tiny trick or treaters will be out in force in Southshore, getting acquainted with neighbors and looking for candy! But the treats don’t end there — drop by and tour the beautiful new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes, and the latest designs from Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.