Mix up your traditional fall pumpkin picking expedition with this unique 2-mile race. Participants must haul their pumpkins through woods, over hay bales, and across creeks— all without smashing their hefty orange cargo. Partial proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado. Sat 8 am.-noon.
For 29 years, the Denver Zoo has been getting the animals into the Halloween spirit. Junior critter lovers can visit 25 trick-or-treat stations—stopping along the way to watch "creepy crawly animal demonstrations" the whole family will enjoy. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get ready for Denver to transform into a planet of the apes. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, participants will stampede through the heart of downtown Denver wearing full gorilla suits. The 5K fun run benefits the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, an international charity working to fight mountain gorilla extinction. Sat 11 a.m.
RedLine's resident artist exhibition draws inspiration from Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges as he lost his sight and shifted his artistic vision. More than 20 artists will display work reinterpreting conventional perception and emphasizing the non-visual senses. Opening reception Sat 7-10 p.m.; Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The town of Elizabeth's charming Main Street will be bustling with games, food, music, and pony rides. Families can also stroll, business to business, around town for some trick-or-treating that's sure to leave the children with a sugar high. Sat noon-3 p.m.
Don't miss the most fangtastic block party of the season. Colfax denziens are invited to roam the street, alongside zombies, witches, and vampires, and to check out the tricks and treats being served up by 35 local haunts. There'll be made-to-order candybars, a bouncy castle, and professional photographers onsite. Sat 1 p.m.-Sun 2 a.m.
A ghoulish take on local history narrates this guided tour of a famous local cemetery. You’ll meet historic figures brought back to life—including governor John Evans, Aunt Clara Brown, and the Countess Katrina Murat—along the way. Sat 1-4 p.m.
Show off your costume, sip on a little witch's party brew, and get your cackle on with comedian Bryan Kellen at this spooktacular soirée to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Sat 6-8:30 p.m.
Get ready for a frightfully fun night filled with monsters, zombies, and dueling pianos at LoDo's Howl at the Moon. Come dressed in your cookiest, most creative costume for a chance to win $2,000 cash. Sat 6 p.m.
Looking for last minute ways to add flair to this year’s Halloween costume? Grab a friend, a cocktail, and learn face-painting techniques at this pre-Halloween celebration. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Folk-rock troubadour John Common and his Blinding Flashes of Light combine a dash of accordion, a bit of cello, and a whole lot of acoustic joy with Common's gravely voice to create soulful, sincere songs that sound familiar, but never stale. It's not revolutionary. It's just good music. Sat 7:30 p.m.
There's something about a band that doesn't take itself—or its lyrics—too seriously. Enter Cincinnati-based indie-rockers Walk the Moon. With uber-catchy hooks, upbeat tunes, and a deeply energetic stage presence, the group's feel-good attitude is just the icing on top. Sat 8 p.m.
A hidden gem of singer-songwriter circles hits Denver, and she's bringing her family with her—figuratively speaking. The acclaimed NYC-based musician's most recent album, Reunion, draws inspiration from her immigrant grandmother and the rest of her social circle to sing tales of life, death, and other commonalities of the human experience. Sat 8 p.m.
This acclaimed a capella group exploded on YouTube, collecting more than 25 million views. For Under the Influence, its latest album, the 10-member, all-male ensemble covered tracks by anyone from Adele to Dolly Parton. Sat 8 p.m.
This Halloween extravaganza pulses into the wee hours with DJs, dancing, and circuslike performers in ornately decorated ballrooms. Plus, you’re partying for a good cause: The event aids the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. Sat 9 p.m.-2 a.m.