The Costume-Based Guide to This Year's Halloween Concerts in Denver

Halloween changes as you get older. It starts off with the excitement of candy, which fades into the excitement to get dressed up to get drunk. Once you're old enough to do that outside someone's basement, but before you're old enough to be dressing up kids of your own, Halloween is a paradise of live music.

But which of the many, many holiday shows is right for you? Follow this guide based on your costume choice to see which one is suited for your suited-self.

See also: Concert Calendar: October 31.

Zombie or Vampire As The Blood Runs Black, Marquis Theater, $13/$15

As the Blood Runs Black is death core band from LA with a name to fit its music. Just like vampires who rely on humans to survive, or zombies who stick together to convert non-zombies, dark doesn't mean alone. Rings of Saturn, Upon This Dawning, Elitist, Those Who Fear are all hardcore bands who are joining the line-up.

Pirate/ Witch Widespread Panic, 1ST Bank Center, $55.75/$61

Witches and pirates can't help who they are, but it doesn't make them bad people. They get a bad name for cursing spells and stealing gold but they also have a fun side: making potions and singing loudly while drinking rum. Widespread Panic is just the same. They had a reputation of denying their fans of their music for years, but are ready to part as of their comeback in 2013. Just make sure you can dance on that peg leg!

Riff Raff Riff Raff, City Hall, $29-$79 Riff Raff is such an easy dude to dress up as: badly-braided head, sharpie tattoos, a fake grill and an open shirt. So, if you're dressing like him, why not be in the presence of the man himself? Maybe he'll pick the best impersonator to go on stage with him.
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Mary Willson started contributing to Westword as an intern in the summer of 2014, focusing on the electronic music scene in Colorado.
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