Halloween starts early in Denver -- about two weeks early, to judge by this year's slate of events -- and there's no better way to spend it than by getting good and scared at one of the city's many haunted houses. To get a better idea of all the work that goes into the scares, we sent videographer Bailey Geoghan to visit City of the Dead and meet the actors, makeup artists and set-construction staff who put it together every year.
Still looking for something to do tonight? Check out our list of Denver's best Halloween parties for adults below.
Halloween Boo-Lesque Show Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret Friday, October 31 $25 Join the Clocktower Clockettes as they pay a sexy and spooky tribute to all the Halloween greats -- zombies, witches, vampires and more. The dancers will be joined by aerialists, jugglers, magicians, all under the direction of host and comedian extraordinaire Naughty Pierre. Lannie's is offering Halloween-themed entertainment all month long; check the website for additional spooky shows and dates throughout October.
Cabal Halloween Hoedown Cabal Enterprises Friday, October 31 Free/Donations encouraged This Halloween throwdown takes it to the wild West; revelers are encouraged to dress as their favorite country/Western film or music star. Recently taking over the Concoctory Space on South Broadway, Cabal is all about capturing the true DIY spirit of music, art and community connection -- with a punk twinge. Music from The New Ben Franklins and spoken word from local poet Charly Fasano are guaranteed entertainment at this Halloween party with a twist, but expect many more surprises.
Denver Halloween Ball Sherman Street Event Complex Friday, October 31 $65 Set in the stunning Sherman Street Event Complex, the Denver Halloween Ball promises a spooky, sexy Halloween world. Live DJs will spin haunting jams all night and your ticket in the door also comes with free drinks. Dress up in your finest scary and sultry costume for a chance to win $1,000 in the "Best of the Ball" costume contest. Buy your tickets now -- this event is already close to sold-out.Bowlloween Costume Bash Lucky Strike Lanes Denver Friday, October 31 $15 to $150
Lucky Strike opens up its lanes to ghouls and goblins of all varieties for this bowling-themed spooky extravaganza. The lights will get low and the music will turn up as guests enjoy a dance party and Halloween drink specials and a chance to take home a $500 cash prize for best costume.
Nightmare on LoDo Street Halloween Pub Crawl Check in: Tilted Kilt Friday, October 31 $25 Throw on your best costume and some good walking shoes, because this party goes mobile. Starting at the Tilted Kilt and making its way around LoDo, the Halloween extravaganza will include drink tickets and drink specials and a chance to win $1,000 for the best, craziest costume.
As the longest-running weekly club night in Denver, Lipgloss is sure to make Halloween extra special. A guest DJ set by renowned Los Angeles musicians Cold Cave will set the dark mood;resident DJs Boyhollow and Tower will be on the decks. The party's annual sci-fi costume contest will give folks a chance to win some great prize packs and one lucky winner will walk away with a PBR snowboard. PBR cans are just $1 until they run out and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, as this intimate venue is bound to sell out.
ColoWeen City Hall Friday, October 31 $29 to $79 Quickly becoming a Colorado Halloween tradition, ColoWeen takes over City Hall this year for what promises to be a fun, scary and sexy adults-only bash. With four themed rooms featuring live DJs, serious light and sound set-ups and a costume contest worth a cool $1,000 cash prize, this rager will be off the hook. Coloween has sold out six years running, so getting tickets in advance is a must for ColoWeeners.
Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show Crossroads Theater at Five Points Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 $20 What's the Halloween holiday without a little Rocky Horror? This send-up is a live theatrical production with a twist, incorporating B-movie and science fiction elements to make a truly unique show. Costumes are encouraged for audience members, too.
Colorado Ballet Presents: Dracula Ellie Caulkins Opera House Friday, October 31, Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2 $25 to $155 The Colorado Ballet transforms the Ellie Caulkins into a spooky platform for a beautiful and haunting work based on Bram Stoker's Gothic horror classic. A combination of expert costume and set design and the spine-tingling dance pieces will bring the seductive vampires, mental patients and the count himself to life -- if only for the night.
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DevotchKa Halloween Celebration Boulder Theater Saturday, November 1 $32.50 Colorado musical hero DevotchKa present its annual Halloween show, which is sure to be a blast The band gets dressed up and dresses up the stage, too; the audience is encouraged to don ghoulish duds. And high above it all, DevotchKa will be joined by the Slavic Sisters aerial act.