Thursday, October 12, 8 to 11 p.m.
The Deer Pile
While standup comedy at the Deer Pile has floundered a bit since seltzer replaced PBR at the concessions table, improv has thrived at the Cap Hill DIY stalwart. The Good Stuff, a monthly variety show spotlighting extemporaneous sketches, occurs on the second Thursday of every month, and organizers have pulled out all the stops for the October showcase. The Halloween-inspired shenanigans include an improvised horror story from Johnny Ray, a smattering of scenes riffing on Ken Burns documentaries and The Story of You (fittingly rebranded as The Story of BOO for the spooky season), followed by a short from the Death Prov tournament. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes, and audience favorites will win fabulous prizes. Visit the Good Stuff Facebook event page to learn more.
Friday, October 13, noon to 4 p.m.
Four Mile Historic Park
Although any day is a good day to amble through Colorado's formative years at Four Mile Historic Park, doing so is even better with free admission. From noon to 4 p.m. on every second Saturday until December 8, visitors can explore the twelve acre grounds, mingle with farm animals and grab a seat for the Hay Bales and Tall Tales storytelling show, a particular hit with kids. Built in 1859 on the banks of Cherry Creek, the Four Mile House is Denver's oldest standing structure that now houses a museum that brings history to life. Cap it all off with free samples from the summer kitchen. Visit Four Mile Historic Park's homepage to learn more.
Friday, October 13, 6 to 7 p.m.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
$5 to $7
Whether it's a recent slate of horror movies, such as the Annabelle series, or merely their frightfully unblinking eyes, many people find dolls, and clown dolls in particular, unbearably creepy. Find out why these lifeless trinkets seem so terrifying at A Journey to the Uncanny Valley, a wide-ranging discussion and exhibition fittingly scheduled for Friday, October 13, arguably the spookiest Friday of the year. Check out some of the spine-tinglingest figurines in the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys' vast collection while learning more about why certain psyches recoil from the ostensibly kid-friendly objects. Go to the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys' Eventbrite page to buy tickets, $5 to $7, and learn more.
Friday, October 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Chicano Humanities and Arts Council
While official celebrations don't begin until October 31, Denver is positively bursting with opportunities to get into the Day of the Dead spirit all month long. Among the most festive is El Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life, which is coming up on Friday, October 13, at the Chicano Arts and Humanities Council. The ceremonies begin with a lively presentation by Aztec dancers followed by a procession around the neighborhood to honor lost loved ones. Guests can also get their faces painted and make their own sugar skulls. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Facebook events page or call 303-571-0440.
Friday Night Weird: Blood Feast
Friday, October 13, 8:45 p.m.
Boedecker Theater, Boulder
$6 to $11
While horror has been a cinematic staple since before talkies, shifting social mores and anxieties have influenced what audiences find scary in myriad ways over the years. Follow the genre's evolution from German expressionism to slashers and splatterfests at Friday Night Weird's "The Changing Face of Fear" film series, which runs all month at Boulder's Boedecker Theater. The programmers have reserved a particularly gruesome spectacle for Friday, October 13, with Blood Feast, a formative effort from famed goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis. Widely regarded as a vital predecessor to the slasher genre, Blood Feast is still as capable of turning stomachs and feeding nightmares today as it was when it was released in 1963. The screening series continues on Friday, October 20, with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre before concluding on October 27 with a screening of Nightmare on Elm Street. Visit the Dairy Center box office page to buy tickets, $6-$11, and find out more.