There are a lot of zombie events in Denver this month, but the lineup on Saturday, October 19, takes the cake. If there's a single day to celebrate your love of the living dead, this is the one. From morning to late at night, there's something undead happening pretty much all the time. To help you get the most out of tomorrow, we've worked out an itinerary that will keep you covered in gore and feeding on the living 24/7, making for a perfect zombie day.
Getting up in time to make the 9 a.m. start of the Organ Trail adventure race is likely to leave you feeling like death warmed over, but that should only help you get in character. It's too late to preregister, so if you didn't already take care of that, just show up at Skyline Park with your zombie pals as a team and hope for the best. You'll get some clues, solve some zombie-themed challenges, and run around town causing onlookers to wonder why the hell your head is bleeding like that and how you're still alive with all your guts hanging out. Fun!
Once the race is over and you grabbed a bite to eat -- maybe some brains, for authenticity's sake? -- head back to Skyline for the start of the Zombie Crawl. Things kick off proper at 2 p.m. (get there at noon if you need some help with your makeup). The Widow's Bane plays at 3 p.m., the obligatory "Thriller" dance happens at 3:55 p.m., then it's off to terrorize the mall starting at 4 p.m. Keep going until you're dead tired, or until someone shoots you in the head. There's a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. in Skyline Park, too.
Speaking of being dead and looking great, the Denver Pavilions are getting into the spirit of the day with its own zombie fashion show, called Drop Dead Gorgeous. Competition is open and it's free to enter, so if you've always thought you were the undead freak with the best style, this is your chance to prove it and win some prizes in the process. Or just watch zombies in fancy dresses walk around. Whatever. You can register anytime between 3 and 6 p.m., then be there at 6:30 for the show itself.
All that walking, whether up the mall or along the catwalk, has to have tired you out. It's time to sit down at the Bug Theatre's performance of Night of the Living Dead. George A. Romero's zombie masterpiece has been adapted to the stage with a clever use of film projections, plus an added injection of humor (not just the best medicine, but also a decent reanimating agent). The show starts at 8 p.m., and you'll get a discounted admission if you're dressed as a zombie, which you will be, because duh.
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After all that racing, walking, fashion showing and theater watching, you're going to need a drink or five. There are two zombie afterparties awaiting your undead approval. The Meadowlark is busting out the tuxedos and corsages for a Zombie Prom, where the ghoulish DJs will spin all your favorite high-school tunes while you slow dance with a reanimated corpse. If your memories of prom would prefer to stay dead, skip that one and head to Casselman's for Stay Alive, an EDM/dubstep-focused party that skips the nostalgia in favor of a more current, up-tempo soundtrack -- just the thing for you fast zombies out there. Can't decide? There's a combo ticket available so you can bounce back and forth between both until you're ready to lay back down and be dead again.