Halloween roars into town this weekend, and there will be no shortage of fake blood, face paint and freaky food on the October 31 menu. So don't get all dressed up with no place to go: There's an event for everyone, from mild to wild, from family-friendly to family-fearing. Here's a taste of what's happening on Halloween, divided between light and dark
1) Old Major
Pig out 'til your eyes glaze over during the Glazed and Confused doughnut popup at Old Major on Halloween. The two eateries have joined forces to get your Halloween started off right: with a little sugar. The popup will feature classic doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed as well as some new ones, and Old Major chef Justin Brunson will be whipping up devilishly decadent fusions of pork and doughnuts. The feast begins at 9:30 a.m. on October 31 and is served on a first-come-first-served basis, so get there early. In addition to the popup food, Old Major will be serving its regular brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call the Major at 720-420-0622 for more information.
2) Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge
Baur’s Restaurant and Listening Lounge will be starting the celebrations early with a Halloween brunch from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All kids will receive a free pumpkin to carve and the pumpkins will be entered into a contest for a chance to win a $100 Baur’s gift certificate, prizes, candy and more. Kids ten and under eat free with the purchase of an adult meal, which grownups can pair with Halloween drink specials. Then, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the restaurant will devolve into a dead sexy dance party with DJ Son of Dog providing the beats. Guests can dance the night away while enjoying a Halloween buffet, spooky drink specials and a costume contest with a $100 grand prize. For more information, call Baur's at 303-615-4000 or visit baursrestaurant.com.
3) Lark Burger
All Larkburger locations are celebrating Halloween all day with Little Lark's Day Out: Kids eat free if they're wearing costumes.
4) Gone Cupcaking
As part of a national tour in fifty cities, the Town Center at Aurora and Park Meadows Mall will participate in the Gone Cupcaking: Halloween Cupcake Decorating Roadshow, and attempt a Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous cupcake-decorating class in history. There will be five decorating sessions — at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. — with each session lasting about an hour and including cupcakes, icing, decorating tips and toppings. Tickets for the cupcake class are $49; get tickets and details at gonecupcaking.com.
5) South Broadway
Head down to South Broadway from 2 to 5 p.m. on October 31 for a taste of Trick or Treat Street. Many of the businesses in Denver's Antique Row will be offering treats for the kids — and a dozen restaurants and bars, including Adelita's, Former Future Brewing, Dive Inn, Marie Empanada and more, will be handing out free treats for adults too. Just look for the pumpkin in the window that signifies participating locations.
6) Halloween Craft Brew Ball
Wonderland Brewing Company and the Colorado Beer Trail are teaming up this Halloween on the inaugural Halloween Craft Brew Ball at Wonderland on October 31. The family-friendly event will feature a miniature golf course, pumpkin bowling, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, live music, trick-or-treating for the kids and beer trick-or-treating for adults. From 2 to 6 p.m. adults can dabble in forty craft beers and ciders for $25 a ticket in advance, or $30 the day of the event. There is also a VIP option, which includes some swag and an extra hour of tasting, for $65. Entry to the event without a tasting package is $5 for adults and free for those under 21. Grab your tickets and learn more here.
7) Bluebird District
The ninth annual Boo and Brew will have Colfax crawling with creeps today. More than 35 businesses in the Bluebird District will be handing out treats from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Kids will be able to get in on the action from 1 to 4 p.m., when there will also be face-painting, haunted houses, pumpkin-decorating, live kid-friendly music, a bouncy castle and, of course, trick-or-treating. Later, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the boos will switch to booze and brews as the adult portion of the block party conjures up live music, tours of Park House Tavern's haunted basement, a bar crawl, a Star Wars themed party, and more. Nine Bluebird bars will be participating in the festivities. The event is free to attend, but be sure to have some money for food and drinks. Track down all the details at boonbrew.com.
8) Avanti Food & Beverage
From 3 to 10 p.m. Avanti Food & Beverage will be serving up special Halloween deals. There will be a complimentary photo booth, happy-hour prices all day, and trick-or-treating for the kids from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
9) The Post Brewing Company
The Post Brewing Company is throwing a Pumpkin Party from 4 to 9 p.m. today. The brewery will be pouring happy-hour pints and the best-dressed ladies and gents will win some sweet prizes like Post six-packs, growlers and other swag. Voting begins at 8 p.m. Call the Post at 303-593-2066 for reservations and more info.
10) Lala's Wine Bar + Pizzeria
Lala's will be creeping around Capitol Hill again this year during the restaurant's Halloween Dinner and Ghost Tour. Just $35 gets you a three-course meal followed by a Haunted Capitol Hill tour, guided by Banjo Billy's. Feeling bravee? Save a seat by calling Lala's at 303-861-9463.
11) The Taverns
The Tavern Downtown will be celebrating Halloween with a costume contest, drink specials all night, music by DJ Denco and mor; after 10 p.m., there will be $4 Jager, Rumchata and Fireball until close. Down south at The Tavern Tech Center, guests can shake it to beats by DJ Blurre and quench their thirst with $4 Jager, Rumchata and Fireball until close; there will also be a costume contest with a two-night stay for two in Vail during Snow
Daze with VIP concert passes and lift tickets, as the grand prize. For those looking for more of a Howl-o-ween, The Tavern Uptown invites you to bring your devilish dogs to the restaurants' Howl-O-Ween dog-costume contest which will run from today through October 31. Have a Tavern team member take your photo with your dressed-up dog, and you'll be entered to win a pet-friendly prize for your pup and a $50 gift card for yourself.
Try and keep your cool during Tamayo's "Scare us on the Terrace" party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on October 31. A $52.80 ticket will get you bottomless Coors Light and Tecate beer, house red and white wine, house margaritas, blood orange mimosas, a tasty taco bar, chips and salsa, assorted quesadillas, a DJ, lots of dancing and a costume contest with an Arta Tequila helicopter ride for the grand=prize winner. There will also be happy hour pricing on other food and drink options. For tickets, click here.
13) The West End Tavern
The West End in Boulder is throwing a zombie-themed shindig for Boulderites hungry for brains and booze on October 31. The party will feature live tunes from Ninkasi Dawn of the Red, food and drink specials, and hordes of zombies. For more information. call the West End at 303-444-3535.
14) Interstate Kitchen & Bar
Interstate's seventh annual Haunted Highway Halloween Party will have you boogieing with the boogieman starting at 10 p.m. October 31. You can pay a $5 cover for the party and a cash bar, or you can get down with an all-you-can-drink ticket for $20, which includes wells, drafts and house wines. For more information, contact Interstate at 720-479-8829.
15) La Biblioteca
Enter the realm of the dead at La Biblioteca's Graveyard Party starting at 9 p.m. October 31. A $42 ticket will get you a night of dancing with a live DJ and bottomless Coors Light, New Belgium pump kick, house red and white wine, house margaritas, blood orange mimosas, chicken empanadas, chips and salsa, Angry Zengo sushi rolls, veggie potstickers and edamame. For tickets and more information, click here.
16) Ace Eat Serve
Ace will be blasting off to outer space on Halloween. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. ghouls and boys can partake in music from DJ Jack Burton, food specials from the kitchen, drink specials at the bar, and Cosmic Pong with black lights, strobes, lasers and fog. For details and reservations. call Ace at 303-800-7705 or visit the event's Facebook page.
17) Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
For those looking for a quieter evening, Del Frisco's may be just the treat. On Halloween, the restaurant is offering a pre-fix menu for $39.99 a person. Reservations are recommended; make yours by calling 303-796-0100.
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The Viewhouse in the Ballpark neighborhood will be holding a whole Halloweekend of festivities, and on Halloween the bar will be home to a sexy House of Horrors. The event will feature a costume contest, three dance floors spread throughout the bar, beats by DJ Squirt, a costume contest with a $1,000 grand prize, and more. You can make reservations by calling 720-306-9132. Visit viewhouse.com for more information on the weekend of horrors.
19) Punch Bowl Social
Channel your inner actor for Punch Bowl Social's dead celebrity-themed party. The evening will feature a DJ, dancing and specials starting at 9 p.m., as well as a costume contest at 11 p.m. Prizes for Best PBS Themed Costume (dead celebs), Best Costume Overall, Best Female Costume and Best Couple/Group Costume will be awarded. There will also be a complimentary photo booth, because you know you're not going to remember most of the night anyway, and a special Apple Bottom Punch shareable cocktail. Get all the details at punchbowlsocial.com.
Patrons who dress up and eat out at Zengo on Halloween have a chance to win a ride in the ARTA Tequila Helicopter. As part of the restaurant's Halloween costume contest, guests who snap a picture while dining in Zengo and then upload it on instagram, including @zengorsr and #ZengoHalloween!, will be entered to win the prize. For complete rules, visit: bit.ly/zengohalloween.
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