1. Birthday Festivities
It’s Mozart’s 250th birthday this year, and to celebrate the Denver Center Theatre Company is giving us a gift with a brand-new tradition: an opening-night feast with the cast. The 27th season opener is Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, inspired by the life of one of the most eminent composers in music history. The production chronicles the jealous malice of Mozart’s rather mediocre competitor, Antonio Salieri, as he shuns God in his zeal to ruin Mozart’s career. Be there for the Rock Me Amadeus celebration (expected to draw around 650 theater-goers), including preshow cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and postshow dinner with the Amadeus cast.
Rock Me Amadeus: Oct. 5, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
2. Dinner at the...Mortuary
There’s something just that much creepier about a murder-mystery dinner when it occurs at a mansion that housed dead people for 70 years. That’s why the opening of the Adams Mystery Playhouse in Highland is so perfect—and just in time for Halloween. Built in 1890, the former mortuary will host interactive comedy mysteries customized to your particular group (scripts may include names, jobs, or slogans from individuals or companies in attendance) for a hilarious whodunit dinner experience. If all goes well (read: if the ghosts are happy), the mansion will open its doors by the end of the month. Do you dare to be scared?
Murder Mystery Dinner: October Grand Opening, Adams Mystery Playhouse
3. Giddy-Up Ghouls
You can get pumpkins anywhere, trick-or-treat in your neighborhood, and ooh-and-ahh at costumes all week. But it’s unlikely you’ll see a horse in a dragon suit anywhere in Colorado except for the Horse Park in Parker this Halloween. An entire parade of horses sporting outrageous Halloween costumes will steal the show at this spook-fest, even after you scream your way through haunted stables and trick-or-treat in a barn. Pumpkin patches, pony rides, and petting zoos will entertain the kids when the sugar starts to wear off, as will the dazzling performance of Colorado’s own Westernaires.
Halloween With Horses: Oct. 21, Colorado Horse Park
4. Go Fly A Kite
Not only is the One Sky One World kite festival an excuse for fresh air and childhood fun, it’s also a showing of support and respect for diversity. The kite is an ancient symbol of unity between people and the Earth (a kite cannot fly without the cooperation of both), and this daylong event on World Kite Day takes place in cities across the globe to promote harmony between man and the environment. Bring your pet for the Pet Parade, visit the Sustainable Living Village or Harvest Market, learn how to make a kite, or simply bring your own from home to fly it in the “universal sky.”
One Sky One World Kite Fly and Festival: Oct. 8, Sloan’s Lake Park/Lake Middle School
5. A Capitol Affair
If you find yourself humming to the tune of “What a Difference DeLay Makes” or “How do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?” on a regular basis, you probably know that the Capitol Steps—those notorious congressional-staffers-turned-comedians—are performing in Denver for one night only this month. (If you don’t know these songs, get yourself a copy of the I’m So Indicted album, pronto.) The Steps are a bunch of former Washington, D.C., insiders who found that impersonating our nation’s elected officials was a much more fulfilling career. We couldn’t agree more.
Capitol Steps: Oct. 7, Paramount Theatre