The Bewitching Weekend Before Halloween!

October 25, 2018

Denver and Aurora are packed with Halloween happenings every day from now through Halloween! The much-anticipated Andrew Lloyd Weber sequel to The Phantom of the Opera makes its Denver premiere for one weekend only, and a slew of haunted experiences await you around every corner!  


For an artsy take on Halloween, come and delight in the massive pumpkin sculptures at Denver Botanic Gardens! Local pumpkin artists have created works of art that are bigger than life and light up the night! The elegant and intricate detail of the carvings add to the monstrous shadows that come from the flickering light. It’s a beautiful, spooky spectacle! 

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$18
Phone: 720-865-3500

Thursday-Saturday, October 25-27

Ghost stories told by the ghosts who wrote them—that’s what Victorian Horrors is all about! As you make your way through a darkened, historic mansion, the ghosts of Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), Edgar Allan Poe and four other Gothic writers tell their bone-chilling stories as they walk with you!

This is immersive theatre at its most macabre! Advance registration is required.

Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Thursday-Sunday, October 25-28

Just in time for Halloween, and for one weekend only, the spectacular sequel to The Phantom of the Opera makes its Denver premiere! The dazzling new production will take you on a rollercoaster ride of obsessions, mystery and romance. The greatest love story ever told also has one of the most beautiful, poetic, and sometimes melancholic musical scores. You won’t want to miss the continuation of the magic of the Phantom!

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St.., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$115
Phone: 303-571-4401

Friday, October 26

Lovable monsters and a loyal kid—it doesn’t get any better than this! Treat your kids to a special Halloween screening of Monsters Inc. at this Kids Night Out, sponsored by the Southshore’s YMCA! 

When you bring the kids to the YMCA’s Lakehouse, they will enjoy dinner, the movie screening, and crafts—which gives you a chance to enjoy a parents’ night out of your own! They’ll have lots of fun with other kids up to age 12 and you can relax, knowing they are safe and well cared for! Children must be potty-trained in order to attend, and registration for the event is required.

The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-$17
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday-Saturday, October 26-27

The animals know it’s Halloween and are working on their scariest animal sounds! After-dark at the zoo is a spooky experience, with jack-o-lanterns creating an eerie glow as you walk through Woodland Hollow. Come in costume and join the festivities, including seasonal refreshments, beer, wine and cocktails! Everything comes to life in the shadowy hollows of the Denver Zoo at Halloween!

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20
Phone: 720-337-1400

Even better than the movie itself, it’s a real-life symphonic rock opera, with vocalists joining the Colorado Symphony in the roles of Rocky Horror characters Magenta, Columbia, Frank-N-Furter, Riff Raff, and Brad and Janet! They will guide you in singing and dancing along to all the songs of the cult classic film, including the Time Warp!

This is the ultimate way to celebrate the music of the iconic sci fi-comedy-horror satire, The Rocky Horror Picture Show! While the movie is NOT shown, the evening does have fantastic, frisky re-enactors that’ll have you shouting, “Hot patootie, bless my soul! I really love that rock n’ roll!”

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, October 26-28

Any horror film fan knows—scary things happen after dark in amusement parks! And Elitch’s Fright by Night is no exception! This family-friendly park by day turns into a nerve-rattling experience when darkness takes over, with haunted creatures waiting around every corner and blood-curdling screams filling the night sky! 

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
Fri., 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.; Sat., 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$70

Saturday, October 27

Get the kids and pets dressed in their costumes for a morning of fun on the Trick or Treat Trail at Southlands! Kids can take part in the live entertainment and games, enter a pumpkin-painting contest, and cheer on their pets in the pet costume contest! If you’re feeling brave, come back in the evening for the Haunted House!

Southlands Lifestyle Center, 6155 S. Main St., Suite 260, Aurora
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Trick or Treat); 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Haunted House)
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5406

The entire family will enjoy the Halloween festivities at the Wings Over the Rockies Hangar! Kids can come in costume for fun and safe Trick-or-Treating, and if parents dress up too, the family will be entered in the Family Costume Contest! Movie cars, including the Bat-mobile and Wonder Woman car, will be on hand, and check out the dance performance by the Cherry Creek Dance Company. Other activities include a bounce house, green screen adventures, real ghost stories, Star Wars characters and droids, crafts and games, and more! 

Wings Over the Rockies, 7711 East Academy Blvd., Denver
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$15
Phone: 303-360-5360

Get ready for the most fun you can have in one evening—the Denver Halloween Costume Ball! This is the top-rated Halloween event for adults in Denver, and features a costume contest with a $1,000 prize!

Entertainment includes a live band, DJ Spyda Tek from the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, go-go dancers, and a complementary photo booth. Dance and party the night away—incognito!

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Pl., Denver
9:00 – 11:59 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55
Phone: 720-371-4184

Saturday-Sunday, October 27-28

If you are looking for one event this weekend that doesn’t have anything to do with Halloween—you’ve found it! The Aurora Symphony Orchestra celebrates the always fresh and delightful music of American composer George Gershwin with a concert featuring three of his most beloved works. The program includes the wonderful Piano Concerto in F, featuring pianist Wesley Leffingwell, as well as selections from his celebrated opera Porgy and Bess. 

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$20</b
Phone: 303-873-6622

Monday, October 29

Not as well-known as The Rocky Horror Picture Show but just as outrageously wacky, Killer Wigs from Outer Space is a hair-raising rock opera. Set in 1985, it’s the story of a downtrodden carnival worker named Orville who is attacked by a brain-eating parasite from outer space. Orville is transformed by the alien into a superhero rock star with fabulous hair who ultimately saves the world from an evil genius. 

B.Y.O.W. (Bring Your Own Wig) for the “Wig Out” dance party after the show! All proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-739-1970

Monday-Wednesday, October 29-31

It wouldn’t be Halloween without your favorite Halloween characters roasting each other! This wickedly funny evening of stand-up comedy features the best Denver comedians in the roles of monsters, ghosts and ghouls who verbally slaughter each other on stage for your Halloween amusement.

Come see Dracula tell the Wolf Man what he can do with his unwanted hair or watch as the Mummy gets unraveled by the Witch’s snarky comments. Whatever you do, beware! You may just die laughing. Monday’s show is for audiences 21 and over; Wednesday’s show is for 18 and over.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Mon./Wed., 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14
Phone: 303-595-3637

HALLOWEEN, Wednesday, October 31

The fun, easy, and safe way to Trick or Treat is to TRUNK or Treat! Bring the entire family for an evening of fun in the parking lot. There will be trunk loads of candy for the kids, as well as apple cider, games, popcorn, a bounce house, hot dogs and more. The event is FREE, but consider bringing a gently used or new coat to donate to the Coats for Colorado drive.

Generations Church, 2246 Irving St., Denver
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 720-722-2245

Make a special trip to see this Halloween “Art Haunt,” a spectacular theatrical display that was listed as one of Denver’s Best Halloween Haunts for 2018 by Every year, the house is a community favorite with its other-worldly decorations and fully-immersive experience—and it’s FREE!
3930 S. Yampa St., Aurora
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Halloween Happenings Near Southshore!

Watch out for the trick-or-treaters as you drive by to explore Life at the Lake in the amazing master-planned community of Southshore. Do stop by the sales offices and ask about quick move in homes, and don’t leave without exploring the beautiful model homes brought to you by Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes or Century Communities. These ranch and two-story designs are priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.