I've encountered plenty of spirits at the Oxford Hotel, but always of the alcoholic variety. More sensitive souls, including the folks at Ghost Hunter magazine, swear that the 115-year-old building is the most haunted structure in Denver. "It's where all the spooks and specters hang out," says Kevin Pharris of Denver History Tours.
And you can hang out with those ghosts, as well as fellow fright fans, at tonight's A Haunted Evening at the Oxford. From 8 to 10:30 p.m., you'll tour scary sights of LoDo no, not cruising frat boys, but Hop Alley, where Chinese immigrants were murdered more than a century ago, and Union Station and then return for a full investigation of all the creepy corners of the Oxford, including the attic and the basement bathrooms. The festivities officially end with a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," but you can buy a special overnight package from the Oxford call 303-628-5400 and ask for room 320, known as "the murder room" if you dare.
The Haunted Evenings started Friday night and run through tomorrow; the tour costs $25, and reservations are advised. Get your spot by calling 720-234-7929. A good time is guaranteed for all, but Pharris makes no promise that you'll see a spook. "I'm open to the idea, but I guess I'm supernaturally deaf," he admits. "I haven't felt a thing there."
Oct. 27-31, 8-11 p.m.