Scare or Be Scared This Weekend!

October 12, 2017

Do you scare easily? Or eagerly? Either way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to be scared this weekend at haunted houses, frightening zoos, a zombie lock-in (with zombies?!) and a scary-story open mic night. Scare up your courage, charge your cell phone and dare to be frightened!

Thursday-Saturday, October 12-14

Natasha Leggero is an accomplished actress, writer, and stand-up comedian who stars opposite Andrew Dice Clay as his girlfriend Carmen on DICE. Leggero created, wrote, produced and stars in the Comedy Central sitcom, Another Period, currently in its third season. She was lauded as the standout roaster on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber and has also recently appeared in an episode for NBC’s  hit show Modern Family.

On the big screen, Leggero starred in two comedy films including Neighbors alongside Seth Rogen, and Let’s Be Cops opposite Damon Wayans, Jr. She also had a role in the 2009 romantic comedy He’s Just Not That into You.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30
Phone: 303-595-3637

scareThis highly-visual, unconventional staging of Macbeth is an all-male production that sets Shakespeare’s plot and language in a ritualized world featuring stylized violence, minimal costuming, some sexual content and pulsating music. It also contains theatrical fog/haze, strobe lighting effects, sudden loud noises and e-cigarettes. This ambitious reinvention of the Shakespearean classic reminds us that no matter the motivation, the man who chooses to kill will ultimately suffer unavoidable consequences. Sunday’s performance will be followed by a discussion with the cast.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts/Space Theatre, 14th Ave. and Arapahoe, Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30+

Thursday-Wednesday, October 12-18

Ready for the scare of your life in the heart of Mile High Denver? Friday, the 13th is National Haunted House Day and The 13th Floor is one of Denver’s top-rated haunted houses – now 50 percent larger than last year. Everything here is bigger and better (a scare-fest of huge proportions!), a dream world of terror that would scare even the bravest thrill-seekers. Explore a seemingly abandoned manor that is home to evil residents who were awakened by a local psychic and visit the eerie town of Coalfell where strange reports of evil clowns proliferate. The spine-tingling scares start the moment you park your car and last through the night! A Fast Pass can be added to any ticket for an additional $10; a Skip the Line can be added for an additional $20.

13th Floor Haunted House, 3400 E. 52nd Ave., Denver
4:00-11:59 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$34
Phone: 303-355-3327

Friday, Oct 13

Step on up to the order window and eat something extraordinary at the Food Truck Rodeo! The line-up includes an assortment of comfort food and world cuisine: Maine Street BBQ – New England Cuisine and BBQ (MENU); The Real Deal – Fresh Fruit Smoothies and Latin Cuisine (MENU); Wheels on Fire – Wood-Fired Pizza (MENU); Pikine Grill – West African Cuisine (MENU); Roll It Up Sushi – Sushi and Asian Cuisine (MENU); Arepas House – Venezuelan Sandwiches (MENU); and Repicci’s – Italian Ice and Gelato (MENU).

Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Learn to play La Lotería, a traditional game of chance enjoyed throughout Mexico that most resembles Bingo with pictures. Come join the fun and practice your Spanish.

Aprende a jugar La Lotería, un juego de azar tradicional jugado en todo México que más se parece a BINGO con fotos. Venga a unirse a la diversión.

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Enter the magical world of Harry Potter through Hogwarts-themed yoga poses and general wizardry. All skill levels are welcome to participate. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. Wands optional. For kids, teens and adults! Space is limited.

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Popular country singer Billy Currington stops in Denver on his latest U.S. tour, Stay Up Till the Sun, to perform with Cale Dodds. He’ll tell you himself, he’s come a long way from his early days in Nashville, working construction. Some of his most memorable number one hits include People Are Crazy, Good Directions, We Are Tonight and Must be Doing Something Right.

Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$45
Phone: 303-832-1874

Can you survive a night in a zombie Apocalypse? Come to our teens-only lock-in event and find out! Teens (grades six through 12) must turn in a permission form. Register here and prepare to be scared!

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

The Whisky X, an interactive experience that includes whisky tastings, signature dishes from some of the city’s most acclaimed chefs. Most notably, a live concert by the alternative country/Southern rock band the Drive-By Truckers, makes its Denver debut at the event this weekend. Some of Denver’s most beloved chefs, including Paul C. Reilly (beast + bottle, Coperta); Jennifer Jasinksi (Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome); Elise Wiggins (Cativella); and Max MacKissock (Señor Bear), will serve signature dishes for VIP ticket-holders. Eight local food trucks will be on-site selling food throughout the event for general admission ticket-holders. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
7:30-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75-$125
Phone: (303) 360-5360

Friday-Sunday, October 13-15

During the month of October, Elitch Gardens transforms from garden variety fun rides into thrilling and chilling Halloween-themed amusements. It’s Family by Day and Fright by Night! Don’t miss out on a weekend of fun and scares at Colorado’s largest Halloween event, where costumes are encouraged for children 10 and under. More guidelines are here, including specifics about extra charges. Fright by Night haunted attractions are recommended for ages 12 and older.

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

scareBack by popular demand, the Colorado Ballet will scare you with its open to the 2017-2018 season with the crowd-favorite, Dracula, based on Bram Stoker’s gothic horror story. The ballet features mesmerizing choreography by Michael Pink, music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and plenty of spine-tingling excitement. Stock up on garlic and let yourself be scared by a stage full of seductive vampires, frightening mental patients and the king of the undead himself, Count Dracula! Please note: this ballet could scare children younger than age 12. Hurry, tickets are going fast!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$90
Phone: 720-865-4220

Saturday, October 14

scareChoctoberfest is the city’s extreme chocolate event featuring all things chocolate. Whether your favorite is dark, pure, sweet, milky, gooey, waxy, smooth, with nuts, infused with tea, slathered on cakes, infused into wine/beer/liquor, baked into brownies or artfully rolled into rich, melty truffles – there’s a fix for you at the Choctoberfest. There will be chocolate pudding-eating contests, aerial chocolate apple bobbing contests, a costume contest, the popular chocolate happy hour where you’ll learn which chocolates are best paired with wine and beer, cooking demos and entertainment for everybody.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$50

Kids of all ages can climb aboard select Wings Over the Rockies aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of the instruments and controls. They can set their imagination free to soar through the billowing clouds and navigate the wide expanse of sky in these historic aircraft.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Admission: $6-$12.50
Phone: (303) 360-5360

It’s a way to combine that heart-palpitating game of chance with an opportunity to spend quality time with your family! All ages are welcome to show up and play bingo for fun and prizes!

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

Thursday-Sunday, October 12-15

scareYou’re invited to leave your inhibitions (and Prohibitions) behind for a decadent 360-degree party on stage, circa the Roaring Twenties. Indulge your inner flapper as you mingle with an unruly mix of vaudevillians, playboys, divas, and ingénues in a Manhattan apartment lost in time. Debauchery turns disastrous as wild guests becomes unhinged and their solo songs reveal the drama bubbling underneath the surface. Whether you’re a wallflower or a jitterbug, you’ll think this jazzy and gin-soaked musical is the bee’s knees! Audience members must be ages 21 and over.

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2601 Dallas St., Aurora
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45

Tuesday, October 17

Whether you’re a quilter, fashion designer, interior designer, seamstress, costumer or cosplayer – newbie to expert, professionally-trained, or self-taught — you’re all welcome! Just bring your own sewing machine and supplies and RSVP here.

Colorado Fabrics, 4042 S. Parker Rd., Aurora
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Need help with your Halloween costume? Come to this special edition of Sewing Lab for help, support, and direction! Expert seamstresses will help you read the pattern, construct it, or give moral support in this special two-day program. Register now!

Hoffman PC Center, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1572

Can you tell a scary story? Do you give people the shivers? Please register here and plan on bringing your favorite short story or original piece to read aloud to this scare-fest! All stories must be 15 minutes or less in length.

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6630

How’s your stand-up material? This is the night closet comedians perform in hopes of launching a new career at this open-mic event: New Talent Night.

This weekly showcase of Denver’s best up-and-coming performers features a hilarious mix of professionals working on new material, amateurs developing their chops, and first-timers being thrown in the deep-end. You never know who you might see before they break into the big time!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Phone: 303-595-3637

Scare Up a Visit to Southshore!

One of the perks of living lakeside in the master-planned community of Southshore is getting to watch the seasons change in an environment you can’t help but love! Tour the beautiful new Delaney model fromRichmond AmericanHomes, 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.