This weekend is all about one thing: Halloween. While there are a couple things you can do without stretching your costume muscles, nearly all of the events happening are related to Halloween in some way. If you don't like the holiday, you best hit up the video store and stock up on full seasons of your favorite show, because you're not going to want to leave the house. Halloween Diorama Workshop at Denver Museum of Miniature, Dolls and Toy (Friday, $5)
First things first, you need to make sure the kids are happy this holiday, and there is no better way to do it then to get them working on a Halloween Diorama. They'll not only be learning valuable skills involving repurposing old materials, but they'll also have a chance to make a kickass little box full of Halloween goodness.
Spook Family Friday Night at Tattered Cover Colfax (Friday, free)
After making the kids tired with a little diorama workshopping, what better place to hit up than the Tattered Cover for some scary story telling? By the time you get them home, they'll be conked out so they won't notice you banging away on that Daft Punk Halloween costume you've been working on all month.
Blurred Vision at Plus Gallery (Friday, free)
When artist Bill Amundson left last year, he left behind a pretty big hole in Denver's heart, but this show, which includes a whole new set of his work, is sure to blow the minds of those who are both familiar and new to his art. Just take a look at the small picture on the right and you'll know exactly what we're talking about.
Black Halloween at the Meadowlark (Friday, $5)
DJs Peter Black, CacheFlowe, Narky Stares, Chevez Y Chavez and Tonyo! will be kicking out jams all night long to keep you dancing. It is, of course, a Halloween Ball, so you'd best show up in costume if you don't want to look like a fool.
Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery (Saturday, free)
Dia de los Muertos is all about celebrations, so even though it will be going down in a cemetery, don't be fooled, sugar-skull paintings, dancing, mariachi, art, food and plenty of other fantastic events will be going down this year. Murder on Broadway at 3 Kings Tavern (Saturday, $5)
If you're the type who'd rather perform a Halloween activity then simply watch it, you best head over to 3 Kings for Murder on Broadway this afternoon. As an alternate reality game/murder mystery, you'll be tasked with finding the (fake) killer of a (fake) cereal box celebrity. You can team up with friends or grill witnesses by yourself, but the first to solve the mystery correctly takes home a bunch of prizes.
Dog-o-ween at Petco (Saturday, free)
So, you're one of those people that likes to dress up their dog in stupid costumes, eh? That's okay, because today's one of the only days you'll not have to feel too weird about doing it, because you can enter your canine in a costume contest and win prizes. Alternately, if you're bored on a Saturday afternoon, this is going to be a great place to setup tailgating style and watch the weird-parade.
Halloweird II at Bananalope Coffee (Sunday, $5)
Halloweird is all about weird films -- we're not talking "weird" in a '90s Xtreme kind of way, even though the title might suggest that a little -- we're talking weird in the "G.I. Joe rape scene" kind of way. Which is to say, this is going to be grotesque, odd, off-the-wall and absurdly funny if you've got the right type of humor pallet.
The Exorcist at Muenzinger Auditorium (Sunday, $6)
Halloween isn't complete without a viewing of The Exorcist, and the Muenzinger Auditorium in Boulder has willfully obliged to show the horrifying film on the big screen. If you haven't seen it, prepare to have the pants scared right off your legs.
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Atomic Pablo at Mercury Café (Sunday, $9)
We could probably throw a rock at a map and hit about 30 different dance parties going on tonight, but the Mercury Cafe's mix of swing dancing and a costume contest is sure to be a step outside the box from the sexy-kitten grinding on a Frankenstein you'll find in most clubs.