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Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts, oh my! Halloween is just around the corner, folks. Here, a sampling of some of Denver’s most freakish and fun Halloween events.

Run for the hills…

Scream Scram — Oct 28
Show off your Halloween costume at this 6th annual 5K walk/run around Washington Park and 100M Spooky Sneak for kids. Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the race raised $10,000 last year. Participants receive a tee shirt, food, candy, and opportunity to win prizes. Fri at 6 p.m. Washington Park. Pre-race fees: $23 (adults), $15 (children and seniors). Race-day fees: $27 (adults), $19 (children and seniors). To register call 303-694-2030 or visit www.active.com.

Pumpkin Dash — Oct 29
Feel less guilty about scarfing that entire bag of mini Snickers by burning some calories at the Pumpkin Dash—a 5K run & kid’s 1K to benefit the Denver Children’s Home and the University of Denver’s Sports, Arts, Volunteerism, and Education (S.A.V.E.) program. Immediately following the race, families are encouraged to attend free Halloween festivities in the Ritchie Center, including swimming, climbing, games, and trick-or-treating. Sat at 10 a.m. University of Denver. Pre-race fees: 5K $20, 1K $10; Race Day: 5K $25, 1K $12. The Halloween Festival will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. Register online at www.active.com.

Party like you’re in disguise…

Exotica Erotica Ball: Reve Risque — Oct. 28
Dreams, fairytales (and fantasies?) come alive at the annual Exotica Erotica Ball, where the less clothes you wear, the better. The theme this year: Reve Risqué. Performance art, interactive art installations, live music, and people watching (to be sure). But don’t worry: no cameras allowed. Fri 9 p.m. Boulder Theatre, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. General admission $64, day of $75, BMOCA member price $51. To purchase tickets call Boulder Theatre box office or visit www.boulderthreatre.com.

Heaven and Hell Halloween Party — Oct. 29
Angles and devils alike are invited to celebrate Halloween at the Heaven and Hell party in the Luna Hotel. Join St. Peter in his parlor in the Flow Lounge or celebrate your naughty side with Lucifer at the Nova Restaurant. Angelic or devilish attire encouraged. Sat 8 p.m.- 5 a.m. General admission advance tickets $25.00 at door $30.00. VIP tickets and hotel room reservations also available. Purchase tickets at www.PlayCoEd.com or contact the Luna Hotel 1612 Wazee St., Denver 303-572-3300 or www.thelunahotel.com.

Or give the treat that keeps on giving…

Hairless for Hospice — Oct. 31
Physicians and administrators at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center shave it all off to raise money for a new hospice center. No, you don’t have to go bald yourself, but your pledges and donations will be happily accepted in exchange for shaven locks. Mon 12 p.m. Exempla Medical Center Lobby, 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. Donations can be made at www.LMCCF.org or by calling 720-898-5920.

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