KUSA – The forecast is conducive to some outdoor events this weekend. You can get out there and enjoy all the fall colors, hayrides and pumpkin patches you may have missed out on last weekend.
Festival of Scarecrows – Oct. 10 – Arvada - http://bit.ly/1MXPst7
Autumn immediately brings to mind images of pumpkins and scarecrows. Olde Town Arvada will celebrate these fall favorites and many more at the Festival of Scarecrows. This free, family-friendly event has a scarecrow contest, a giant pumpkin contest, a decorated pumpkin contest, hayrides, a corn maze, vendors, music and karaoke. Stop by to buy a pumpkin and see the many baked goods a pumpkin can be besides pie. There’s limited parking in Olde Town but plenty of parking in the Vineyard and Vance lots down the hill. A free shuttle will be available.
Pumpkin Pie Days – Oct. 10 and 11 – Longmont - http://bit.ly/1KYHAqF
These days, fall is a time for pumpkin-flavored experiments galore. But nothing really beats your classic pumpkin pie. From 1899 to 1914, Longmont celebrated this seasonal staple with a community festival. Thousands would pour in for horse races in Roosevelt Park, a parade, a grand ball, balloon races and, of course, free pumpkin pie and other food provided by local businesses and housewives. The St. Vrain Historical Society commemorates this historical celebration with an event of their own – the Pumpkin Pie Days Antique and Collectibles Show. More than 80 vendors will display and sell a wide variety of antiques and collectibles at the Boulder County Fairgrounds. There will also be pumpkin pies, reminiscent of those served at the early Pumpkin Pie Days. Admission is $5, and kids under 12 get in free.
Haunted Brew Fest – Oct. 10 – Colorado Springs - http://bit.ly/1OjCBmK
Located right next to Ghouls Gulch Haunted House, the second annual Haunted Brew Fest will feature paranormal investigators, ghouls, goblins and zombies – not to mention plenty of beer. Everyone 21 and older is welcome to come and sample beers from 50 breweries around the region. Attendees are invited to come in costume to get a chance to win a $50 cash prize for either best male or best female costume. The All Girl Paranormal Society of Colorado Springs, featured on “My Ghost Story Caught on Camera,” and set to appear on “Paranormal Encounters” in the near feature, will be at the event to explain their work and show photos and video of their most recent investigation. General admission tickets are $35 through Friday and $40 at the door if they aren’t sold out on Saturday.
Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 9 to 11 – Littleton- http://bit.ly/1uRzXej
Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins on this list so far. But what do you expect? It’s October. So have some more pumpkins. This three-day event at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is great for the entire family. You can pick up your pumpkin and drop it off at the free pumpkin daycare to enjoy the rest of the festival. There are pumpkin-carving demonstrations, hay, pony, and barrel train rides, a mini maze, a jumping pillow, face painting and live music. You can also stop by the corn maze right next door for an additional fee. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids between 3 and 15. Pumpkin prices vary by size.
Spooktacular October Classic Horror Movie Nights - Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 – Manitou Springs- http://bit.ly/1Mduq6S
October isn’t complete without watching your favorite horror movie classics. If you live near Manitou Springs, there’s a way you can do that for free (and legally, too). Starting this Friday, and on every Friday after that through the rest of October, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will present Halloween movie classics for their Spooktacular October. This Friday, they’ll be showing “Nosferatu.” Classics like “House on Haunted Hill,” “First Space Ship on Venus” and “Horrors of Spider Island” will be shown on other Fridays. For those who don’t like scary movies, don’t worry. These classics are deliciously cheesy. Two of those movies, for example, have had the honor of being riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and RiffTrax has featured “House on Haunted Hill” in one of their live shows. And if old, cheesy horror movies aren’t really your thing, Gerry Murphy, tour guide to the Pikes Peak Region who plays the role of John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne, will tell Colorado ghost stories at the center on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Harvest Week Luau – Oct. 9 – Denver - http://bit.ly/1QXPSQM
The GrowHaus will be hosting an autumn luau this weekend, bringing their Harvest Week celebration to a close. Feel free to gather your family and friends to enjoy traditional luau dishes, cocktails and an after-dinner party. Rackhouse Pub, Appaloosa Grill, Masterpiece Deli, Inga’s Alpine Lounge, Lucky Pie, Glazed and Confused and the Corner Office are among the participating restaurants. This Footloose and Farm Fresh has a 1970s theme, complete with food with groovy names and a boogie nights dance party. General admission tickets are $50.
Robots Rising – Oct. 10 – Longmont - http://bit.ly/1KYQggF
The second Saturday of each month will get you free admission to the Longmont Museum’s newest hands-on exhibit, “Robots Rising.” So that means it’s your chance to see some of the cool things the exhibition has to offer free of charge, like a six-foot-tall animatronic robot, a robotic arm, a sensor conductor room and a robot that translates color into sound. You can figure out how robots work, see robots in pop culture, talk to a robot head in English or Spanish and even drive a rover robot through a simulated disaster scene.
10-minute Play Festival – Oct. 9 and 10 – Durango - http://bit.ly/1jN8UiB
This fast-paced evening of theater features winners and finalists of the Durango Art Center’s 10-Minute Play Contest – a grab-bag of comedy and drama. It’s the culminating event in the center’s 10-Minute Play Celebration, one of Durango’s favorite theatre events. Tickets can be purchased on the Durango Arts Center’s website for $12.
When Worlds Collide – Oct. 9, 10 and 11 – Fort Collins- http://bit.ly/1MdvBTJ
It’s the Word’s Faire’s first voyage, an experiment of sorts in combining all of your standard fandoms into one big festival at Alperose Ranch. Nobody will be out of place when they enter this event, where adventurers will find renaissance, cosplay, science fiction and magic enthusiasts all in one place. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Harmony Angels Foundation, a nonprofit in Brighton that supports various programs to enhance the lives of needy children, elderly people and veterans in the community. The event is $12 for those 13 and up, $8 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and under. You can buy tickets from the event's website.
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