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24 Best Denver Halloween Parties, 2010

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Halloween weekend is just a few days away, and Denver is overflowing with ghostly activities. We know it's a daunting to keep track of all the events, so we've compiled a handy list of two-dozen ways for you to get your Halloween on. Whether you're interested in dance parties, rock shows or noisy haunted houses, we've got you covered this weekend. And if we happened to leave out an event you're stoked about, feel free to hype it below. The more the merrier.

Friday, October 29

DIY or Die Fest Where: Astroland (4410/4415 North Broadway, Boulder, 8 p.m.) Bands: Conjugal Visits, the Omens, Lust-Cats of the Gutters, Black Acid Devil, School Knights, Thee Goochi Boiz, Gangcharger and more Who should go: Anyone who is interested in a big-ass DIY party is going to find a lot to enjoy here. You're probably not going to find the slutty girl costumes like you would over by the frat-houses, but we're pretty sure you'll have blast if you're interested in a good party.

SoCo Halloween Club Crawl (10th and Lincoln/Broadway, 9 p.m.) Where:The Church, City Hall, Bar Standard, Vinyl Bands: Tons of DJs Who should go: If you love the atmosphere of 10th and Broadway on the weekend, you'll adore it on Halloween weekend. All the clubs have special events going on but the theme is simple: dance, dance, dance.

Women's Halloween Where: Tracks (3500 Walnut, 9 p.m.) Bands: DJ Shannon, DJ Markie Who should go: Woman for one, and probably anyone looking to win some cold hard cash for their costume, as there will be a $250 prize for the best.

DeVotchKa Where: Boulder Theater (2032 14th Street, 8 p.m. $39.50) Bands: DeVotchKa, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake Who should go: The only thing we really need to do here is list the two bands playing and seeing as how we've already done that, we're pretty certain you've already ordered tickets or moved on to the next one on the list.

Hot Congress Halloween Show Where: Skylark Lounge (140 S. Broadway, 9 p.m.) Bands: Lil, Slugger, Bury My Bones, Girls Walk By, Fingers of the Sun, Kissing Party, The Don'ts and Be Carefuls, Hindershot Who should go: Anyone who often finds themselves at the Skylark on a normal weekend will likely find plenty to enjoy for Halloween.

Halloween Pajama Party Where: Cervantes (2637 Welton, 7 p.m. $10) Bands: Bop Skizzum, Break Through Beautiful and Petals of Spain Who should go: Well, if you're a fan of pajama parties, you'll have plenty to love here. If nothing else, you'll finally have an excuse to drink booze in your pajamas and not have it be exceptionally creepy.

Haunted Halloween Where: Casselman's (2620 Walnut, 8 p.m. $8) Bands: Hypnautic, King Tef, 8th Element, Mista Poedic, Johnnu Rocketz, No 1 Left Standing, Julox, Gemer Life, DA Dubb, Lyrix Who should go: This will be on of the most bumping spots north of downtown on Friday, so if you're looking to show off you're fancy new costume and get down to some hip-hop, you should have plenty to rejoice for here.

Saturday, October 30

Halloween Getdown Where: Space (148 Lipan, 7:30 p.m. Free) Bands: Le Divorce, The Kissing Party, 200 Million Years, Sun Red Who should go: Straight up rock 'n' roll fans and fans of booze should have plenty to celebrate. Just make sure you don't slack off all day and make your costume at the last minute -- just because it's rock 'n' roll doesn't mean you can be lazy.

Voodoo Ball 2010 Where: Meadowlark (2701 Larimer, 9 p.m.) Bands: Gauntlet Hair, Woodsman, Hideous Men, Flashlights, Modern Witch, Hollagramz, St. Elias, Cory Brown, C.DB.SN, Peter Noir Who should go: Anyone looking to party with some of Denver's best dancey-noisey bands will want to be at the Voodoo Ball. If you hate fun or aren't interested in a good time, you might want to stay away.

Transcontinental/Inter-Dimensional Hauntedest House Where: Rhinoceropolis (3553 Brighton, 8 p.m.) Bands: Dugout Canoe, Page 27, No Funeral, Vampire Pussy, Syndrome of a Down Who should go: Anyone who has been to the noise-haunted house that usually happens around First and Kalamath will want to hit up this lovingly crafted split effort. We also get rewarded with a short return of everyone's favorite multi-instrumental whacko Dugout Canoe. Noise music and a haunted house, count us in.

Halloween Honky Tonk Where: D Note (7519 Grandview Avenue, 7 p.m.) Bands: Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams, Bonnie and the Clydes, Martin Gilmore Who should go: The name doesn't really leave much to the imagination here, it's, ahem, a honky-tonk, on Halloween.

The Annual Witches Ball Where: Mercury Cafe (2199 Mercury Cafe, 8 p.m. $15) Bands: Gora Gora Orchestra Who should go: It's a witches ball, so if that sounds like your cup of tea you'll probably be super into it. It's all happening around a costume contest, a traditional Samhain ritual and some dancing. We've got a feeling this one's not for everyone.

Hallow Freak'n Ween Where: 1STBANK Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, 8 p.m. $25-$55) Bands: Markus Schulz, John O'Callaghan, Richard Vission, Icey, Dragon, Trajikk Who should go: This is probably Denver's biggest dance party for the holiday weekend, with four stages and a boatload of DJ's. So as long as you've got a designated driver or a bus schedule, anyone looking to dance their ass off should make it up to Broomfield.

Mike Marchant's Outer-Space Party Unit Where: Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer, 9 p.m.) Bands: Paean, Faceman, Mike Marchant's Outer-Space Party Unit, Elf Power Who should go: If the words lo-fi and indie-pop together make you cream your panties, then you'll want to make your way down to the Larimer Lounge on Saturday. Simply put, it might not be the spookiest thing you do this Halloween, but it'll probably be the most soothing.

Third Annual Halloween Party Where: 3014 (3014 E. Colfax, 9 p.m.) Bands: DJ Joey B and DJason Who should go: This particular party is not only Halloweeny, it's also themed with a Space Odyssey motif, so if your costume is space-aged, you'll want to hit up 3014. If not, you'll probably just look more like a goof than usual.

The Sexy Halloween Affair Where: Sutra (1109 Lincoln Street, 9 p.m. $15-$100) Bands: DJ Psycho, 4Play, Hypnautic, King Tef, Johnny Rocketz, Black Pegasus Who should go: If you don't make it to the party at Casselman's on Friday, you'll catch some of the acts at Sutra on Saturday. Regardless this part of town is going to be blowing up on Halloween, so if you find yourself down there you might want to pop in to check out the happenings.

Amnesia Sexy Masquerade Party Where: 5 Degrees (1475 Lawrence Street, 9 p.m.) Bands: DJ Manos Who should go: Well, let's take a close look at this event title and break it down a bit. Amnesia: that probably means you get wasted and forget what you did last night. Sexy: Well, that's simple, it's slutty costumes. Masquerade: Oh, we get it now, it's a Halloween thing.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra do Psycho Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex (14th and Curtis, 7 p.m. ) Who should go: Soundtrack dorks around the state will unite together to form some type of soundtrack-dork-super-human as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra makes "that sound" from Psycho. Oh, and they'll be performing the rest of the soundtrack too.

Sunday, October 31 (Halloween night)

Dethride Where: 3 Kings Tavern (60 South Broadway, 9:30 p.m. $6) Bands: Trees, Wolvhammer, Corpsetimer, Barren Lands Who should go: This one is simple, metal fans. Um, do we need to say anything else?

End of Days Where: Sutra (1109 Lincoln St, 9 p.m.) Bands: itchy-O, Cursed Chimera, Blackcell, Mudwolf Who should go: Anyone who plans on going to Rhinoceropolis on Saturday will probably find a lot to love at Sutra Sunday too. It's sure to be utter chaos.

Zombie Dance Party with Magic Cyclops Where: hi-dive (7 South Broadway, 9 p.m. $5) Bands: Magic Cyclops Who should go: Magic Cyclops came out of retirement just to entertain you tonight, so if you appreciate his sacrifice you'll likely appreciate his inevitable whacky antics tonight. It is, uh, sure to be incredible on some level.

The Glitch Mob and Beats Antique Where: Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson, 8 p.m.) Bands: The Glitch Mob, Beats Antique Who should go: Fans of genre-blending will find a lot to enjoy here, you'll hear hip-hop, downtempo, reggae, jazz and more. It's sure to be a hell of a night, even if it's not as Halloween-y as everything else here.

Z-Trip Where: Ogden Theatre (935 East Colfax, 9 p.m. $23.50) Bands: Z-Trip, The Hood Internet, Goldenchyld Who should go: Shit, if all you're interested in doing on Halloween is shaking you ass, you're not going to find a much better opportunity than with Z-Trip and company. Besides, you'll need a little exercise after eating an entire bag of Reese's Peanut Butter cups since you turned off your porch light at 6:30.

Ween Where: 1STBANK Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, 8 p.m., $38.50-$45) Bands: Ween Who should go: Dorks, nerds and losers who are big fans of Ween will certainly find a lot to enjoy here. The rest of the world's population might want to steer clear though.

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