KUSA – Hey, guess what? It's Halloween.
You probably already knew that, but if you didn't, it's probably something you can easily deduce from this week's edition of 9Events, which features everything from the Chatfield Corn Maze to a pumpkin smash to Fright Fest.
It's also Daylight Saving Time weekend, which is marked by a beer festival,and the extra opportunity to check out cool birds in the wetlands. Also happening? The chance to run a 5k in a gorilla suit (it's for a good cause, we swear!) and learn about Mexican culture. There's also hockey.
Have a safe Halloween!
Annual ColoWeen – Oct. 31 – City Hall Event Center http://bit.ly/ZY2nHD
If you plan on having a nice, wholesome low-key Halloween this year, then this is not the event for you. But if you want to party alongside 3,000 other costume-clad revelers in four separately-themed rooms that have scary décor, live musical acts, DJs and performers, then ColoWeen is totally your jam. The best costume gets a $1,000 cash-prize, be sure to check out more than 30 "sexy & scary" performers as you dance the night away. Tickets are $34 for general admission and $59 for the "VIP" experience.
Chatfield Corn Maze – Oct. 31- Nov. 1 – Denver Botanic Gardens - http://bit.ly/1vcYJSB
Don't worry: this is nothing like the classic 1984 film "Children of the Corn." This adorable maze (which is coincidentally shaped like a butterfly) features life-size animal cutouts for fun opportunities, as well as the opportunity for adventure without, well, danger. You can view the full design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Once you've gotten your maze fix (you can also call it a labyrinth, but only if you're a David Bowie fan), your ticket also gets you a hay ride and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. If you're willing to drop a little bit of extra cash, pony and train rides are also a possibility. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children (with $2 if you're a member).
Fright Fest – Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 – Elitch Gardenshttp://bit.ly/1wEOgDD
By day, Elitches is one of the most family-friendly places in the Mile High City. But during fall nights, it transforms into Fright Fest: Zombie Apocalypse. Starting at 6 p.m., zombies will lurk on every corner, ready to terrify you as you venture to places like the Flesh Factory, Terror Chamber, Freak Show and Séance (ahhhh!!!!). Also worth checking out? The Parade of Freaks Side Show, a dark vaudevillian extravaganza that "deals in real flesh and flood; in real pain and pleasure; in real fire and sharp objects (that's according to the Elitches website... since we can't make this stuff up)." As you usual, you can also ride all the rides, such as classics like the Boomerang and Minderaser.
Calavera Ball ¡Viva la Muerte! – Nov. 1 – Denver Botanic Gardens http://bit.ly/1yH0X0g
Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) is a 3,000 year old Mexican celebration where families come together to honor, remember and celebrate those who have department by handing out offerings like pan de muertos, skulls, candles, incense and yellow marigolds. You can learn more about this important cultural traditionat the Calavera Ball, which includes everything from a live art demonstration, face painting, live performances and music. And don't worry: food and drink is also included. General admission tickets are $60, and the festivities kick off at 5 p.m.
Pumpkin Smash – Nov. 1 – Idaho Springs http://bit.ly/1pWjlNd
With Halloween over, you might be thinking to yourself: hey, what the heck do I do with these pumpkins? That's where the Pumpkin Smash comes in. This free, family-friendly event gives you the opportunity to recycle pumpkins for composting and, while you're helping the environment, learn a little bit more about sustainability. Don't worry: the legendary, 22-foot "Smash Hammer" will also make an appearance this year, among many other games, contests and activities.
Fall Back Beer Festival – Nov. 1 – Estes Park http://bit.ly/1sBXDhq
There are lots of reasons to be thankful about Daylight Saving Time, from that extra hour of sleep to its ability to give us more daylight during the summer despite living in an industrialized society that generally follows a clock-based schedule (learn more about Daylight Saving Time here: http://bit.ly/136tUsg). Here's the biggest reason to be thankful: it gives you a beer festival. In Estes Park, no less. More than 100 beers will be poured by more than 30 Colorado breweries. In addition to enjoying beer, you can also learn things. This event features seminars from beer glass experts, food pairings from certified cicerones, homebrewing demonstrations and more. General admission (it comes with a tasting mug) is $30. Tasting is unlimited, so you can definitely get your money's worth.
Denver Gorilla Run – Nov. 2 – City Park http://bit.ly/1rSaRaP
Though gorillas are not indigenous to Colorado, 1,500 of them will nevertheless take to City Park Saturday. After all, running a 5k is cool and all, but as anyone who has done the Gorilla Run will tell you, doing it while clad in a majestic gorilla suit is even cooler. The course weaves the gorillas through City Park and into the Denver Zoo, where participants get to take part in the Silverback After Party and hang out at the zoo for the rest of the day. Proceeds support the Denver-based Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, and the gorilla suit (which you get with registration) is yours to keep until the end of time. Or you've worn it out because you wear it so much.
Walk the Wetlands – Nov. 2 – Chatfield State Park http://bit.ly/1wAPxup
It's Colorado, and that means that it's always great to be outside, regardless of the season. And what better way to enjoy the cooler air than by learning about the sweet birds in the Denver area? Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear sunscreen, as well as bring binoculars, fields guides, water and a snack. If you're feeling super fancy, you can download the Chatfield Bird List at the link above. Registration is not required, and donations to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver are appreciated.
Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche – Nov. 2 – Pepsi Center http://bit.ly/10xCZtl
If the (fairly recent) presence of the classic 90s film "The Mighty Ducks" on Netflix has you thinking about the hockey team of the same name, you have the chance to catch them in Denver on Saturday (and, more importantly, cheer on our beloved Colorado Avalanche!). As a bonus, Sunday is family night, meaning you can score four tickets, four meals and four Pepsis for $119 – a pretty good deal.
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