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Every Day Is Halloween: A Guide for Those Who Can't Let Go

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Well, that all depends on what you love about Halloween. Here, broken down by Halloween activity, are some helpful pointers to staying spooky in Denver all year long. Pick your favorite, and enjoy the year-round magic of scaring and being scary.

Decorating the house It sure is fun to live in a haunted house for one month a year, so what's stopping you from doing it all year-round? Not the law, that's for sure, or the cops would have long since come for the guy in my neighborhood who hasn't taken down his Christmas decorations in the four years I've lived here. If that guy can do it with the world's saddest inflatable Santa -- it's never been inflated in that same four-year span of time -- you can do it with your lifelike spiders and severed head porch decoration. It even serves a purpose, since a dwelling that always looks like a haunted house might scare away would-be troublemakers, saving you the trouble of yelling at those kids to stay off your lawn. Dressing up People joke about starting to plan next year's Halloween costume as soon as Halloween is over, but you know who isn't joking? Cosplayers. These costume-loving souls spend all year working on their costumes, recreating favorite figures from pop culture or even creating original characters in well-established milieus like Steampunk or space opera. If you live for those glorious few days a year when no one looks askance at you for wearing your Wonder Woman underoos in public, then it's high time you delved into Colorado's cosplay community, where no one will ever question your choice to do that exact thing, even if they do offer some constructive criticisms on how to make the get-up more authentic to the comics who spawned it.

Nearly every month here in Colorado we have a geek convention, from big ones like Denver Comic Con to smaller, more intimate or niche cons like the just-finished Running of the Leaves Con. Nearly all of them have official, sanctioned cosplay activities -- and even at the ones that don't, chances are you'll find a handful of folks in elaborate, handcrafted costumes. So grab your costume, head over and talk to the first costumed friend you run into: You'll be well on your way to a lifetime obsession that will cost you thousands of dollars and cause total strangers to judge you mercilessly.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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