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Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under This Weekend

Westminster's Butterfly Pavilion hosts creepy-crawly arachnid encounters every day until Wednesday, October 31.
Westminster's Butterfly Pavilion hosts creepy-crawly arachnid encounters every day until Wednesday, October 31. Courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion

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Midnight Madness: Halloween
October 12 to 13, midnight
Landmark Esquire
$9.50

Frequently remade and rebooted — yet never equaled — the original Halloween left indelibly bloody fingerprints on its many imitators, kicking off the golden age of the teen slasher movie. One of the highest-grossing independent films of all time when it premiered in 1978, John Carpenter's streamlined thriller favors blood-pumping suspense over blood-shedding gore. It's grounded by a star-making turn from Jamie Lee Curtis, whose "Scream Queen" moniker doesn't do justice to the nuances of her performance here. Furthermore, Halloween's spine-tingling earworm of a score, also composed by the multi-talented Carpenter, rivals Bernard Herrmann's work on Psycho in its ability to inspire enduring terror. Skip the unnecessary sequel hitting theaters later this month and slake your bloodlust at a pair of Midnight Madness screenings of the OG Halloween instead. Buy tickets, $9.50, and find out more on Landmark Esquire's box-office page.


Study Workshop: Pumpkin Carving With Grampa Bardeen
Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hotel Teatro
$5 to $15

Learn how to sculpt a Jack-O-Lantern guaranteed to inspire terror (or envy) in your neighbors under the guidance of expert gourd-gouger Grampa Bardeen at Hotel Teatro's Pumpkin Carving Workshop. Nibble on noshes from the boutique hotel's on-site eatery, The Nickel, while brushing up on seasonal skills at a pair of seminars on Saturday, October 13. Bring the kiddos along to Bardeen's family-friendly workshop, which starts at 10 a.m. and concludes at noon, or hire a sitter and indulge in cocktail-infused carving at the adult-oriented class, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Buy tickets, $5 to $15, and learn more on the Hotel Teatro events calendar.

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CM Rice Photography
New Era Wrestling Presents: Fight Fest
Saturday, October 13, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Mile High Comics
$8.75 to $10

Further proof that Colorado's pro-wrestling scene is every bit as brawny as the gladiators it invites into the ring, New Era's Fight Fest is off the ropes and ready to rumble. Returning to Mile High Comics, still the world's largest comic-book store, New Era Wrestling's ringside champions serve up another round of tightly choreographed combat tailor-made for the company's bloodthirsty fans. Can't make it this month? Catch reprise bouts at Mile High Comics on November 3 and December 1. Click over to New Era Wrestling's Eventbrite page to buy tickets, $8.75 to $10, and learn more.

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Courtesy of HitchCocktails Denver
HitchCocktails: Improvised Thriller and Drinking Game
Saturday, October 13, 6 to 7 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
$10

Replete with icy blondes, mistaken identities and acrophobic set pieces, the cinematic oeuvre of Alfred Hitchcock is rife with parodic potential. HitchCocktails, an Improvised Thriller and Drinking Game, mines the favored tropes of the master of suspense for comedic riches in an intriguing blend of live performance and drinking game. Admission is $10 — cash only — at the door; find out more on Syntax Physic Opera's Facebook events page.


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Jay Shaffer
Music in the Galleries: Amelie Quartet
Sunday, October 14, 1 to 3 p.m.
Clyfford Still Museum
$4 to $10

Argentinean and Parisian rhythms fill the otherwise tranquil home of Clyfford Still's abstract-expressionist masterpieces when the Amelie Quartet headlines Music in the Galleries, one of the museum's most fruitful efforts at cross-cultural pollination. Comprising accordionist Dave Willey, violinist Maggie Sallee, bassist Gonzalo Tepee and guitarist Kevin Garry, the Amelie Quartet presents an afternoon of contemplative music perfectly suited to its auspicious environs. Admission to the Clyfford Still Museum is $4 to $10, but there's no additional charge for the performance itself. Visit the museum's events calendar to buy tickets and find out more.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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