It's a big party weekend and the options are endless — some scary, some merry, with plenty of tricks and treats for everyone. Here are our ten favorite events (none of which cost more than $10); for more fun, check the Westword calendar.
Dia de los Muertos
6 p.m. Friday, free admission
The Larimer Arts Association is hosting a Day of the Dead celebration in the alley behind Larimer Square. Kick off your wicked weekend by checking out spooky crafts, getting your face painted up sugar-style, grabbing a bite to eat and doing a little dancing to some live jams.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Green Center at Colorado School of Mines
6:30 p.m. Friday, $5
You already know the picture is a classic, so come dressed in your best gear for the costume contest. Purchase a prop bag for $2 to really get in the spirit of the show, and stick around for the "Time Warp" contest: "There's no crime in giving yourself over to pleasure."
The Allied Witches Presidential Election Convention
7:30 p.m. Friday, $10
The Allied Witches performances are an October staple at the Mercury. Get ready for an evening of political satire mixed with All Hallows Eve themes cooked up by cafe owner Marilyn Megenity. The show is a wildly popular tradition, and you're sure to fall under its spell.
Onry Ozzborn Concert and Short Film
9 p.m. Friday, $7-$10 donation
Chill out to heady rap from Onry Ozzborn. His newest album, DUO, received rave reviews; a short film accompanies it. Co-headlining will be Rob Sonic, along with Upgrade, Rafael Vigilantics with DJ Zone and Maulskul.
National Western Complex
10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, $10
We might be getting dressed up this weekend, but our costumes are nothing compared to what these horses are wearing while they and their riders perform battle reenactments, do tricks, tackle jumps and deal with flaming batons. Pay at the door, fun is in store.
The treats are in the trunk at Ridge at 38.
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Trunk or Treat on Ridge at 38
Ridge at 38, Wheat Ridge
4 p.m. Saturday, free
It seems to be a growing trend to let the trick-or-treaters go trunk to trunk instead of door to door, grabbing candy from volunteers who've decorated their cars. At Trunk or Treat, you'll also find a haunted house, carnival games and a costume parade. Talk about vroom service!
The best Dia de los Muertos party in town is at Pirate: Contemporary Art.
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Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Pirate: Contemporary Art
2 p.m. Saturday, free
Pirate has presented this party for the past thirty years, so you know it's good. The fun starts with a Makers Mart, then moves into party mode at 5 p.m. with Aztec dancers, piñatas, candlelight processions, live music, artistic altars and much more. Rejoice in the spirit of the departed.
Little Man hosts a super-silent Halloween party.
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Silent Disco Costume Ball
Little Man Ice Cream
6:30/8:30 p.m. Saturday, free
Put on your costumes and get ready to have a party all by yourself, with a crowd of others. At 6:30 p.m., you can grab headphones for the kiddos to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Ghostbusters. Around 8:30 p.m., the adults get to put on the headphones for a presentation of The Exorcist and a costumed silent disco. Keep the fun going by hopping on the free party bus up to Local 46, where the madness continues.
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Ratio Halloween Party: Return of the Ramoans
8 p.m. Saturday, free
It sounds like it's going to be a pretty standard bar Halloween party with a costume contest — but then they'll tap the keg of the hoppy brown lager, Darklands, and the Ramoans will take the stage. Killer covers by these ghouls from Queens along with special tappings and firkins make for a scary good time. Hell, yeah.
Propaganda! A Comedy Show Featuring Stephen Agyei
The Clocktower Cabaret
9 p.m. Sunday, free
Stephen Agyei definitely has the best smile in all of Denver — and his jokes aren't bad, either. He'll be joined by special guest Rion Evans; Joshua Skillman, Byron Graham and Caitie Hannan will help scare some laughs from the crowd on All Hallow's Eve.