Give your little Superman or Cinderella some daytime fun. During this three-day event, they'll collect sweets from various "Treat Houses," ride a mini-train, explore a Monster Carnival, and make Halloween crafts. Fri-Sun 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
For Memory, life's little moments all add up to a collage of scenes and objects. Colorado native William Lee-Ashley employs creative techniques to explore the theme of memory through a three-part display—"Estate Sale," "Mountains," and "Writings." Try to piece together people's lives from the seemingly meaningless items in his dioramas, discover the connection between childhood and nature through mixed-media paintings, and see how graffiti becomes a public notebook in a series of photographs.
See the Downtown Aquarium's inhabitants before stepping outside for the Halloween party, where a mini-train will ferry young ones along outdoor pathways. Let the kids showoff their holiday persona during the costume contest. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
The next generation of artistic talent on the Front Range prepares to move to a new level. This exhibit will highlight a variety of unrelated paintings, photographs, and spatial art from 14 new Metro State fine arts graduates, but this doesn't mark the end for them. These artists have plenty of game left to play. Friday's opening reception also features local food trucks and musicians. Opening reception, Fri 6-9 p.m.; Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Vistas of the West are the cornerstone of Don Stinson's paintings. He adds touches of modern industry, such as wind turbines and cell phone towers, to produce art that explores the contrast between 21st-century living and simpler times. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Experience the "farm dinner" buzz. Seated inside Chatfield Botanic Garden's classic red barn—enjoy a multicourse menu prepared by Chef Michael Long, formerly of Opus Restaurant, and mingle with participating local farmers. We've got our eye on the tender beef shank—served with herbed Fruition ricotta and market pumpkin risotto.
Is there a better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to spend the night in a 121-year-old hotel—with a haunted past? The Brown Palace Hotel's Haunted Happy Hour package includes a one-night stay, a reception with hors d'oeuvres and handcrafted cocktails, and a presentation and guided tour from hotel historian Debra Faulkner to some of the accommodation's most "spirited" spots. Fri 6:30 p.m.
Exploring the idea that humans are greater than their physical beings through the art of dance, this choreography showcase from Evolving Doors Dance combines movement with lighting and images. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Don’t forget to bring tissues. Presented by student performers at the University of Colorado, this famous opera tells the heartbreaking love story of a hatmaker and a poet in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
In this exciting collaboration with Hispanic dance company Fiesta Colorado, the Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble will perform the world premier of "Tara," a spiritual work by coreographer Kun-Yang Lin. Fiesta Colorado will present excerpts from "Sombra y Sol" and "Frida" and the two companies will come together for a special performance at the end. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.
Meet the gigantic flying fox of Malaysia and other rare bats at this up-close encounter. Rob Mies, director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, will show off his flying friends and discuss the importance of bat conservation. Adults only. Fri 8 p.m.
Leave your inhibitions at home, but don't forget your mask. Costumes are required for this annual risqué masquerade ball. Boulder Burlesque, a fantasy costume contest, DJs, and pole dancers captivate an adults-only crowd during a night of pure sin. Fri-Sat 9 p.m.-2 a.m.