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6 Free Things to Do This October Around Colorado

What do you get when you combine the spooky season with an election year? A whole lot of museum dates, scavenger hunts, educational opportunities, and more—all free of charge.

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Virtual Date Nights | October 1, 29
If you’re looking for something different to do on your next night in, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has you covered. During the museum’s date nights, you can screen films about science, nature, and intergalactic intelligence, and listen and learn from enlightening virtual chats with the museum’s experts. Date Nights are on select Thursdays from 8–9 p.m. Tickets are required to view the films.

Courtesy of History Colorado

Free Weekends at History Colorado | Through November 1
It’s almost Election Day, and what better way to prepare than by visiting History Colorado. Take a tour (guided or not) through the museum’s expansive This Is What Democracy Looks Like exhibits, which feature artifacts and works from local artists. Bonus: Every Saturday this month from 10–11 a.m., bring the kids along for “Talking to Kids About Democracy,” a stimulating discussion on why voting is important hosted by the museum’s experts. Free on Saturdays and Sundays until Election Day; reservations must be made in advance. 1200 N. Broadway

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt | October 5–31
Want to get away from Denver and explore a nearby city? Pull up this map and head north to Loveland to hunt for the 25 artistic scarecrows—designed by local artists and business—that are hidden across the city. To make it even more interesting, participants who submit pictures with all the scarecrows to the city’s social media contest will be entered for a chance to win a year’s worth of Chick-fil-A. Pick up a map at the Loveland Visitors Center, 5400 Stone Creek Cir., Loveland

Kayla, ©Rania Matar / Courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center

A Yellow Rose Project | October 9–November 21
This year marks the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote. Besides casting your ballot, celebrate this landmark moment in history by joining the Colorado Photographic Arts Center for a timely exhibition of photographs by 105 women from across the U.S. Join the CPAC on October 10 from 4–6:30 p.m. for the show’s opening reception (registration required for timed entry) or join the artists and Jillian Allison, director of Center for Colorado Women’s History, for a virtual town hall about the 19th Amendment at 7 p.m. (registration required).  1070 Bannock St. 

(SPECIAL REPORT: How Colorado Women Won the Right to Vote)

March.Sing.Vote! |October 16
Sing along with the Denver Women’s Chorus from the safety of your home to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment in this online choral concert. The event will feature an original composition centered around the voices of women suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, Lucretia Mott, and more as a call to protect the right to vote. Tune in to their Facebook page at 7 p.m. 

Centerra Halloween Hullabaloo Drive-In | October 30–31
If you want to take a break from seeking out scarecrows around Loveland, head over to The Marketplace at Centerra for their annual Halloween Hullabaloo. This year’s event will be drive-in style (courtesy of COVID-19) and will feature films like Hotel Transylvania and The Addams Family. Bring your pets, costumes, and chairs but don’t forget to register. 5704 McWhinney Blvd., Loveland

Bonus: Be a tourist in your own city by visiting these iconic Denver museums on their admission-free days:
MCA Denver | Saturdays and Sundays
Museo de las Americas | October 2
Colorado Railroad Museum | October 8
Four Mile Historic Park | October 9
Longmont Museum  | October 10
Denver Museum of Nature and Science | October 11
Clyfford Still Museum | October 13

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