It’s Getting Spooky Out There!

October 14, 2021

The brisk autumn air, the dried leaves rustling in the wind—anyone can tell it’s creeping up on the Spooky Season in Denver and Aurora! Corn mazes, fall festivals, and the creepiest haunted houses are all ready to capture you this weekend!


For a lively presentation about the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, join this FREE online presentation from Active Minds. Van Gogh’s painting career spanned only 10 years, during which time he produced over 900 paintings but sold only one. This online discussion will cover the many challenges of his relatively short and troubled life as well as explore the mystery of his death and the lasting impact of his art.

Active Minds Online
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Thursday-Saturday, October 14-16

One of the most popular Halloween attractions in Denver, the Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House Museum provides atmospheric story-telling and a Victorian cabinet of curiosities. 

Listen to acclaimed local actors tell gothic horror tales including Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and Frankenstein, a fan favorite that will be presented in both Spanish and English. Denver’s authentic oddities dealers, The Learned Lemur and Atomic Folk Art, will present a creepy taxidermy display of spiny specimens and rattling bones! Advance ticket purchase is required. Advised for ages 12 and up, per parental discretion.

Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (Timed Entry Tickets)
Tickets: $18-$20
Phone: 303-832-4092, ext. 16

If you’re a monster fan, you will not want to miss out on this fun after-hours event at Distortions Monster World! The spectacularly spooky event takes you one step further into the world of creepy creations. Interact with vampires, dragons, werewolves and live characters at this family-friendly attraction.

Monster to Midnight includes a Monster Repellent sticker for those who do not wish to be spooked, interactive characters and entertainment throughout the attraction, and limited edition collectible merchandise for sale. Tickets are limited for the event, so be sure to reserve tickets for a ghoulishly good time.

Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St., Denver
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.  (Timed Entry Tickets)
Tickets: $27-$35 or Family 4-Pack for $99

Fans of the hit podcast Trash Tuesday will recognize Annie Lederman as one of the co-hosts, along with Khahlya Kuhn and Esther Povistky. When she isn’t hosting her own podcasts she is usually chatting with her best friends on theirs. She can regularly be heard on The Joe Rogan Experience, The Church with Joey Diaz, and WTF with Marc Maron, among many others.

Most recently, Lederman can be seen in Showtime’s hit documentary miniseries The Comedy Store. She’s also been on Comedy Central’s Lights Out with David Spade and This Is Not Happening, MTV’s Girl Code, E!’s Chelsea Lately, and TruTV’s Comedy Knockout, The Soup Investigates, and Adam Devine’s House Party.

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

Thursday-Sunday, October 14-17

By day, Anderson Farms is the ideal place to bring the little ones for a never-scary corn maze adventure, but when the sun goes down, a second maze opens for anyone who is looking for for a scarier experience! Colorado’s largest fall family entertainment destination includes a full day of fun for all ages with rides, a pumpkin cannon, wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, and more. After dark, Terror in the Corn is ranked as one of the top 34 haunted attractions in the country!

Anderson Farms, 6728 County Road 3-1/4, Erie
Thurs., 10:00 am-10:00 pm; Fri., 10:00 am-11:00 pm; Sat., 9:00 am-11:00 pm; Sun., 9:00 am-10:00 pm
Tickets: $15 – $33 — Phone: 303-828-5210

So you REALLY want to be scared? Then you have no choice but to get a ticket for the 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, with attractions like Frostbite,The Dollmaker, and Bad Blood. To add to your experience, The Shriekeasy is where patrons age 21+ can enjoy spooky libations before or after experiencing the haunted house.

13th Floor, 3400 E. 52nd Ave., Denver
Thurs., 7:00-10:00 p.m.; Fri., 7:00 p.m.-Midnight; Sat., 5:00 p.m.-Midnight; Sun., 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $19.99

Did you know there are Shakespeare plays no one has ever seen before? With the Improvised Shakespeare Company, a new play is created right before your eyes! This hilarious improvisation company invites audience members to make suggestions, and they will use their skills in the language and themes of William Shakespeare to create a new play in the style of the Bard. 

You never know what might be coming—a tragedy, comedy, or historical drama. While nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written, it’s sure to sound like an authentic Shakespeare play.

Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42 – $45

Friday-Saturday, October 15-16

Stock up on upcoming holiday gifts or treat yourself to some unique home finds! More than 60 crafters will be selling quilted blankets, knit & crochet items, fused glass, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, hats, scarves and more.

Heather Gardens Clubhouse, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-751-1811

Friday-Sunday, October 15-17

A rock-opera version of the chilling tale of Lizzie Borden, who “took an axe and gave her father forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her mother forty-one.” The peculiarly American legend is based on a true story from 1892 when a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. The new American musical, Lizzie, is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. Lizzie is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. An American mythology set to a blistering rock score.

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$30

One weekend only! The Cabaret Series at Aurora Fox kicks off the fall season with a high-energy, charismatic dueling piano show, Play Me a Memory! It’s a larger-than-life tribute to piano man Billy Joel and rocket man Elton John, performed by a pair of local musicians who happen to be brothers. Jack and Dan Barton are classically-trained pianists. But their hearts are all rock-n-roll!

Aurora Fox Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$40
Phone: 303-739-1970

The story of Giselle is a romantic tale of innocent love and betrayal. Philandering Count Albrecht courts a trusting peasant maid, Giselle. Although she has a weak character, Giselle loves to dance.

This romantic tragedy features live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and showcases the artistic athleticism of the Colorado Ballet dancers. Don’t miss the beauty and heartbreak of Giselle, live and in-person!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40 – $160

Just in time for Halloween, you can catch a live performance of the musical Young Frankenstein, based on Mel Brooks’ classic movie. Fred is the grandson of the infamous scientist Victor Frankenstein and wants nothing to do with his family’s notorious legend. But when he returns to his grandfather’s castle, he’s all too tempted to create a monster of his own.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, October 16

Mozart’s overture to his masterpiece The Magic Flute opens this weekend’s joyful program by the Colorado Symphony! Following this sublime and energetic romp, guest violin soloist Simone Porter brings her expressive style to Mendelssohn’s revered Violin Concerto.

This compelling Colorado Symphony concert concludes with the work of Brahms, who always felt the weight of Beethoven’s shadow looming over him. But with the long-awaited completion of his First Symphony, he achieved a work that simultaneously contains echoes of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and stands alone as a truly magnificent symphonic achievement.

Boettcher Concert Hall, DPAC, 1000 14th St., #15, Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $89

Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17

Enjoy a drive out into the Colorado countryside and experience a fall festival that includes two corn mazes, a petting zoo, antique tractor hayride, pumpkin patch, barrel cart rides, corn pits, playground, entertainment and concessions. Entrance fee is FREE for kids 4 and younger.

Mile High Farms, 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$14

Phone: 303-344-2676

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