October is finally here, and that means pumpkin beer, butternut squash soup and Halloween-themed events all month. But you won't have to fork over a ton of cash to get in on the fun. We've rounded up ten events this weekend that all cost less than $10, from people-watching at a zombie dash to seeing the classic Amityville Horror, to something even more terrifying: a presidential debate and waffles party. And get this: Seven of these events are free!
For a full calendar of events, visit the Westword calendar. Keep reading for our ten for $10. See also: - Photos: Awesome skateboard art on deck for Saturday's 5th annual Bordo Bello - Win tickets to Haunted Mansion, 13th Door haunted house! - Photos: The colorful people of the Denver DebateFest 2012
Dia de los Muertos Opening Party at Studio 12 Gallery (Friday, free) Studio 12's Dia de los Muertos celebration kicks off today with an impeccably curated art show featuring work from artists like Brandon Maldonado, Fonda McDonough, Amber Lovelace and many more. Browse the art, look at the altars, get your face painted, and make your own sugar skull at this Day of the Dead party.
Presidential Waffling at MCA Denver (Friday, $5) In case you missed Wednesday's presidential debate (or just want to relive the madness), the MCA's Black Sheep Fridays is showing clips tonight. And even better, the museum will be serving fresh waffles so that you can eat while you watch democracy in action. If you can't stomach more politics, the exhibits will also be open at the museum.
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Works by Sandi Calistro opening at Sputnik (Friday, free) You may have seen Sandi Calistro's work on the bodies of people around town. Calistro is a tattoo artist at Kaze Gallery, but she also creates striking, somewhat macabre paintings that usually focus on the female figure. They'll make for a great October show, which opens at Sputnik tonight with a free reception.
Masquerade Art Show at Lux DeVil (Friday, free) There's always plenty of entertainment on the free First Friday Santa Fe Art Walk, and one of the most promising shows tonight is the Masquerade Art Show at Lux DeVil Salon, with art from Phil Harris. But don't stop there: Wander up and down Santa Fe, looking at both the people and the art in galleries along the way (don't miss the free cheese plates, either).
Zombie Dash Urban Race at the Ginn Mill (Saturday, free to watch) Though it's pricey to enter the actual race, you can watch this Zombie Dash for free -- and it's sure to have some great undead-sightings. Dress as a flesh-eating monster and watch as others stumble around this race that benefits Flobots.org. Chipotle Cultivate Festival at City Park (Saturday, free) Chipotle's Cultivate festival is one of the best places to go this weekend if you've got no cash -- or even if you do. This new event will entertain you with music from bands like Best Coast and Okkervil River, all while educating you about humane farming and sustainability, with demonstrations by chefs and local artisans. Doing good never tasted so good! And the first 1,000 people through the gates get tickets for free food at any of the Chipotle food stations.Nightmare on Navajo Street at the Bug Theater (Friday-Saturday, $7)
'Tis the season for horror, and the Bug is celebrating that with an October series that features a band as well as a scary flick every weekend this month. On Friday Total Ghost will provide the tunes before a screening of the 1979Amityville Horror
; on Saturday the pairing is an acoustic set from Heads Without Dogs and the original 1959The House on Haunted Hill
. Be prepared to rock out and scream.
Fall Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market at 46th & Tennyson (Saturday, free) There should be lots of fantastic finds at the Horseshoe Market, which brings together local artists, crafters and vintage collectors. Browse through tables full of interesting things you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else -- and support local art and commerce at the same time.Poetry Slam featuring Megan Falley at the Mercury Cafe (Sunday, $5 donation)
Every Sunday, slam poets gather at the Merc for a lively poetry slam, and this night promises to be extra special, because author Megan Falley will be in the house. The touring author wroteAfter the Witch Hunt
, a collection of poems that came out this year on Write Bloody Press. Take advantage of this unique chance to see Falley as well as the other talented poets who regularly grace the spoken-word stage.
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Gourmet Food Truck Festival & Tailgate Party at 46th & Tennyson (Sunday, free) If you're looking for a place to watch the Broncos game this Sunday in a space that's not your living room (or the stadium), the Gourmet Food Truck Festival is throwing a big, three-stage bash complete with local food, local beer and local music. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy all of that, but the game will also be on -- so you can cheer while you enjoy snacks from some of Denver's finest food trucks, instead of a giant bag of Doritos and a Mountain Dew.