We're closing in on Halloween, which means we're going to start seeing the weekends filling up with plenty of ghoulish activities to keep you entertained. Sure, it's still a week off, but that doesn't mean you can't start celebrating early. We're all adults here after all, and if we want to get our screams on a bit early, it's our right to do just that. This weekend we have a horror film festival, a 5K to watch, a wrestling, ahem, Karnival and more.
Mile High Horror Film Festival at Starz FilmCenter (Friday-Saturday, $9)
While a pass for the whole weekend will run you $30, you'll still be able to get into some of the events at Mile High Horror Film Festival for less than 10 bucks. You'll be happy you did too -- there's a great collection of indie-horror flicks running all weekend and a good chance you won't be able to see these anywhere else.
Scream Scram Halloween Run/Walk at Washington Park (Friday, Free to watch) It's well over $10 to enter the race, but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty to see for spectators. With a group of people dressed up in Halloween costumes vying for the first place prize of a round-trip plane ticket, we're pretty sure voyeurs will have no shortage of entertainment -- competition always brings out the best in people, right?
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VeloSwap at National Western Complex (Saturday, $8) VeloSwap is Christmas for road-jockeys. It's the only time throughout the year a bunch of gear-head cyclists can get together and buy new parts and bikes for incredible deals. It's always a good time too, and we can say we've come across some epic deals ourselves over the years. Whether you're looking for a new Dura-Ace derailleur or some specialized French threading, you're likely to find it all. Fresh City Life: Vlad the Impaler's Fair and Expo at Novo Coffee (Saturday, Free) To be honest, they had us at "Impaler," but for those not so easily swayed by death-metal sounding words, Vlad the Impaler's Fair and Expo is a crafting fair, where attendees can sample four different crafts at different sites at Novo Coffee. It's all themed around Halloween, albeit only slightly in some instances. Danceotron at the hi-dive (Saturday, $5) It's been something like four months since we've had our Danceotron fix in Denver, but thankfully, DJ Sara T and company are bringing one of Denver's best dance parties back. If all you want to do is dance without the bullshit, the showboating or the club atmosphere, tonight's you night to shine. RockStarz featuring Dream Project at Hard Rock Café (Saturday, $10 in advance) You'll need to get your tickets in advance if you want to keep in under $10, but with an event featuring an elite group of dancers and cheerleaders -- like, real ones, from the Nuggets, Lakers and more -- you probably won't be disappointed. Oh, it's all for breast cancer awareness too, with the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We're pretty sure breasts will definitely be on people's minds.
Medal of Honor Rag at Su Teatro (Sunday, $10) While the end of October is usually concentrated on Halloween, that doesn't mean you can't take in something a bit more serious, at least for an afternoon. Medal of Honor Rag should fulfill that need. Telling the story of a black Vietnam vet, the play touches on key themes that still play major parts in the lives of vets returning from wars today.
Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations at BPL Canyon Theater (Sunday, Free) Well then, that's one hell of an event title eh? You probably get the gist of this one just by reading that, but in case your history is a little fuzzy, this will be a forty-minute monologue explaining and helping people understand exactly what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is. If that doesn't sound like a fun way to spend your Sunday afternoon, consider this: There will be cake.
Primo's Hardcore Wrestling Karnival at Casselman's Bar & Venue (Sunday, $7-10) How does Juggalo-friendly wrestling sound for your Sunday evening? How about you consider this quote about the event, from the man promoting it: "There's going to be blood, guaranteed. We encourage people to bring the whole family." There you have it, Juggalos, blood, wrestling, family. It all makes perfect sense. Goth Alternative Industrial/Service Industry Night at The Church (Sunday, Free-$10) If you're a service industry worker, you can get in free to the Church tonight -- but even if you're not, what screams Halloween more than a Goth and Industrial night? Nothing, that's what. Now get your black leather boots and black eyeliner and get your groove on.