By Amy Allen
All Hallows’ Eve approaches, and
in its honor boys and girls from tykes to teens – and adults with inner
child still alive and well – will don their costume finery and assume alternate
persona from ethereal angels, brides and princesses, to zombies, ghouls and
other creatures most hideous.
Photo by Karen Hoglund PhotographyThe month of October is filled with mirth-making for all.
Pick out your Halloween pumpkin early, as Four
Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., hosts a Pumpkin Harvest Festival,
Sat.-Sun., Oct. 6-7, 10a.m.-4p.m.
Find the perfect pumpkin in the patch,
create your very own scarecrow, listen and dance to old-time music, play
historic games or craft a handmade treasure. Expect a plentitude of food, and
visit the mountain men and Native American encampment, take a horse-drawn ride
and tour Four Mile House, Denver’s oldest standing structure, as the Booth
family prepares for the harvest on the banks of Cherry Creek.
to the Pumpkin Harvest Festival is free, with minimal charges for
pumpkins and some activities. Call 720-865-0800 or visit fourmilepark.org for info.
There’s simply no better way to mark
Halloween than with a scary story, and Edgar Allan Poe is the original master
of the genre. The Byers-Evans House Theatre Company brings his classic tales
spookily to life as they present An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe at the
Byers-Evans House, 1310 Bannock St., Fri.-Sun., Oct. 12-Nov. 10, with an Industry
Night showing on Mon., Oct. 22, and a special Halloween night performance
This popular run features some of Poe’s most
iconic works, including The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, The
Tell-Tale Heart, and many others. With the historic home as a perfect
backdrop for Poe’s musings, An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe will
assuredly embody the Halloween spirit. Tickets cost $16, and may be reserved by
For a smaller, people-sized celebration
of the season, the Montessori School of Washington Park, 320 S. Sherman St.,
welcomes you to their annual Harvest Festival & Fall Open House,
Sat., Oct. 13, 10a.m.-1p.m. While parents of preschoolers are encouraged to
tour the school and learn about its programs (don’t miss a look-see at MSWP’s
new Toddler Community, geared for kids 12-36 months old), the focus here is on
fun for the family.
Mark the changing season with a hunt through
the pumpkin patch, face painting, an inflatable bounce house, games, crafts and
something tempting to eat.
Info: 303-722-7708 or visit mswp.org.
Scared witless to travel north of 6th Ave.?
Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will give you good reason for your trepidation when he
hosts Capitol Hill Horror Stories, Sun., Oct. 21, 1-4p.m., at the historic and haunted Grant-Humphreys
Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania St.
You’ll hear ghoulish stories from Mary Elitch, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Byers, J.J. and the
“Unsinkable” Margaret Brown, Alferd Packer, Mattie
Silks, Mrs. Adolph Coors II and other presumably exhumed eccentrics. You will
also take a walking tour to hear tales of ghosts at the Governor’s Mansion,
Sayre’s Alhambra, the Croke-Patterson-Campbell
Mansion and the Peabody Manse.
Admission for the three-hour event is $49
for the public, $39 for members of History Colorado. Reservations are required.
Call 303-866-4686 to register.
To put yet more fright in your night,
head to the Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., for images of
spirits long past, when Victorian Horrors: Tales from the Sea is
performed Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-20 & 26-27. Performances begin every 15
minutes from 6-9p.m.
event will feature dramatic readings from Victorian authors’ tales of terror
and loss on the sea, brought to life by costumed actors. Admission is $15 for
members, seniors and children and $18 for non-members.
To celebrate the season in high style, join
Molly and her attentive staff for an All Hallows’ Eve Full Tea, Sat.,
Oct. 27, with seatings at 11a.m. and 1p.m.
Halloween was a favorite Victorian holiday
celebrated with elaborate décor and exuberant games. Enjoy traditional
decorations, special tea and treats and show off your spookiest or wackiest
costume. The best costumes win prizes. Cost is $20 and includes a tour of the
For reservations for Victorian Terrors
or the All Hallows’ Eve Full Tea, call 303-832-4092 or visit mollybrown.org.
With cooler weather becoming the norm
(finally!), what better time to stretch your legs than a fall afternoon in
Washington Park. The Scream Scram 5K Run/Walk returns for its 13th
running on Fri., Oct. 19, benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro
Prior to the race, at 5:15p.m., show off your costume on the “Orange Carpet” for a shot
at fantastic prizes in the ever-popular costume contest. The 100-meter kids
Spooky Sneak kicks off the racing at 6p.m., with the main event taking place
Pre-register for Scream Scram at runningguru.com; click on “Events.” Info:
303-892-9200 or visit bgcmd.org/events/scream-scram.
Locals may know that the land on which
the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1107 York St. now flourish was once part of the
City Cemetery. How appropriate, then, that DBG would celebrate Día de los Muertos
– The Day of the Dead – on Sat., Oct. 27, 4-8p.m.
los Muertos, a Mexican celebration, is a day to
celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have
departed. On this day in Mexico the streets near the cemeteries are filled with
decorations and parades. It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit
their families on Oct. 31 and leave on Nov. 2.
The event will begin with a procession
through the Gardens from the Cheesman Gate at 4p.m.
– costumes and face painting are encouraged but not required; live
entertainment will spice things up from 5-8p.m. Admission to this special event
is $12 for adults, $10 for DBG adult members, $8 for kids 3-12, and $6 for
Pick up a Halloween pumpkin on the cheap,
and help out a neighbor in need, when Trinity Fellowship Church and the
Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Mary host a Pumpkin Gift and Exchange on
Sat., Oct. 27, 10a.m.-1p.m. The event will take place at 126 W. 2nd Ave. in
the Baker neighborhood.
Trinity pastor Evan Hock explained his
church will give away 50-75 pumpkins once again, but this year are requesting
that in exchange, you bring “an article of clothing, or maybe a dollar,” to
ease the burden on St. Clare’s Outreach to the homeless during the cold weather
Info: 303-205-8591 or stclaresministries.wordpress.com.
Trick or treat with the wildlife this
year, as the Denver Zoo invites families to Boo At The Zoo, Fri.-Sun,
Oct. 26-28. The 28th annual festivities kick off on Friday night with a
special edition of Boo After Dark, 6:30-9p.m., including more than 25
trick-or-treat stations and creepy crawly animal demonstrations.
The fun continues Sat & Sun.,
9a.m.-5p.m. when Boo At The Zoo returns for its traditional daytime run
with more tricks, treats and zoo high jinks, set
against a backdrop of the Zoo’s vivid fall foliage.
Admission to the Friday night Boo After
Dark is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-12. Member adults pay $10, with
child members paying $5. Advance purchase is required, and sells out quickly.
Admission to the weekend Boo At The Zoo is included in the regular zoo
fee. For information, call 303-376-4800 or visit denverzoo.org.
The Lowry neighborhood will hold a Halloween
Celebration in the Town Center district, on Sat., Oct. 27, 3-6p.m. –
their biggest event of the year. The Town Center will be closed to car
traffic to allow safe passage for high-spirited trick-or-treaters; nearly every
business will open their doors with treats for the tricksters. Train rides and
pumpkin painting will keep the good times rolling. Also planned: a School
Expo with reps from Lowry and nearby schools, with info about preschool-grade
5 school choices.
Info, visit thelowrytowncenter.com.
The first of South Denver’s two largest
Halloween celebrations takes place Sun., Oct. 28, as South Pearl Street hosts
their annual Halloween Fest in the 1500 block of S. Pearl St. from 9a.m.-1p.m.
Costumed celebrants will gather up holiday
treats and join in old-fashioned games – think apple-bobbing
and the like. Children wishing to enter in the Kids Costume Contest judging
should meet at the north end of the 1500 block at noon, where they will parade
to Cameron Church, 1600 S. Pearl St. Judges will award prizes for best
Homemade, Halloween Theme, Person, Thing and Animal.
Halloween Fest is a wonderful
opportunity to celebrate autumn with your neighbors in the comfortable environs
of one of Denver’s most historic shopping districts. Information: Nicole Jarman, 303-242-1032.
So as to not collide with the big night
itself, South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. (at the south edge of
Washington Park), welcomes little ones from birth to age 6 to the 6th annual Trick
or Treat Street, in the school gymnasium, Tues., Oct. 30, 5-7p.m.
Expect a variety of age-appropriate games and plenty of treats; be sure to
bring a sizeable goodie bag to handle the loot! Admission is $3 per child (all
attendees must be accompanied by an adult) and doors close at 6:45p.m. For
information, call 720-423-6000.
The merchants of Old South Gaylord Street
(the 1000 block south) will once again close down the street and open their
doors for the 29th annual Halloween Safe Street celebration, Wed., Oct.
Trick or treaters
are sure to find their fill of holiday goodies, while Pets on Parade
will again provide great entertainment as dogs and cats (and their owners)
strut their stuff proudly. The festivities will include a costume contest and
ghoulish monster dancing. Popular food trucks and vendors will sell toothsome
treats and dinner on the go, and several of the local merchants will have great
sales going on.
Pets on Parade will kick things off
at 4p.m., followed by a pet costume contest at 4:30p.m. in
front of Lil’ Angel Pet Boutique, 1014 S. Gaylord St. Prizes will be given to
the top pet for Most Original, Most Outrageous, Best Dressed, Scariest and
Photography will be on-hand as experienced event paw-parazzi,
snapping candid shots of each participant. Participants for the pet parade are
encouraged to pre-register by calling 303-777-0224 or in person at Lil’ Angel.
Pre-registration donations are $15 per pet, or $18 on event day. Proceeds will
go to the New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue to help with their work aiding abused,
abandoned, and homeless animals.
The kids costume contest will award prizes
for the Prettiest costume, the Scariest, the Most
Unusual, and Best Group costumes. Judges, in consultation with the merchants,
will hand out prizes at 6p.m.
Through the generosity of the South Gaylord
merchants, trick-or-treating, the kids costume contest and monster dancing
continue to be free of charge and open to children of all ages.
Info: visit southgaylordstreet.com.
A bit farther southwest, more frolics await
at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd., where the
annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Festival will hold forth for another
The Pumpkin Festival is slated for
Fri.-Sun., Oct. 12-14 (Fri., 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9a.m.-5p.m.).
Various fall-themed activities will be available: arts and crafts; a wealth of pumpkin-themed activities and monster hand
building. Kids can enjoy free amusement rides, explore the pumpkin patch and
have their faces painted.
You may want to bring a wagon to the 10-acre
pumpkin patch. Prices vary by size averaging $8.
Admission to the Pumpkin Festival is
$7 for adults, $6 for adult DBG members, $5 for kids 3-12, and $4 for member
children. Add a Corn Maze ticket for $6 per adult or child.
Every Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 28, the
intrepid of any age can challenge the 8-acre Corn Maze. This year’s
design has a fruits-and-vegetables theme, designed to pay tribute to DBG’s
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
children find a path through the special, free McDonald’s Mini-Maze designed
just for them. Hayrides and pony rides will be available for an additional
cost. Admission to the Corn Maze is $10 for adults; $8 for adult DBG
members, students and seniors; $6 for kids 3-12; and $4 for member children.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at King Soopers.
On Fri.-Sun., Oct. 12-14, 9a.m.-5p.m. you will need to purchase a ticket to thePumpkin Festival in order to attend the Corn Maze.
For those looking for an extra fright,
Chatfield is introducing a new feature this year, the Haunted Maze.
Every Fri.-Sat. in October, from dark until 11p.m. you’ll be able to
venture through a 2-acre heart-pounding, haunted maze featuring terrifying live
actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters. This attraction is for
teenagers and adults only. Admission is $15. There will be no costumes allowed
in the Haunted Maze.
For info about any DBG activity, call 720-865-3585
or visit botanicgardens.org.