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Best Bets for October 26

Escape the usual trick-or-treat routine or costume-kegger weekend by hitting up some alternative amusement in the spirit of spook. Below, a few choice monster moments for kids and adults alike this Halloween.

Denver Gorilla Run – Run, walk, jog, skateboard, unicycle, or skip to conquer this 5.6K route through Denver. (We highly recommend gorilla-style: on all fours.) There are no rules to this charity run, save one: Everyone wears a full gorilla suit, provided upon entry. Proceeds support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Bonus: You keep the gorilla garb. Sat 11 a.m. Start and finish at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, 1634 18th St. $45–$75/kids, $75–$150/adults. For more information or to register, visit
Scream Scram 5K and 100-meter Spooky Sneak – Race in costume to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Fri 5/6 p.m. Washington Park (southeast corner). $15/kids, $23–$27/adults. For more information or to register, visit

The Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion – Startling special effects and Disney-caliber animatronics make this haunted mansion anything but a joy ride. Come only if you can handle the tricks and treats of seasoned professionals. Through Tuesday, times vary. 5663 S. Prince St., Littleton. $12. For more information, call 303-795-5006 or visit
Frightmare Lot – Back-to-back scares will have you bumping into mine shaft walls, tripping on fences and headed for an escape from this outdoor, open-space ghoul fest. Through Tuesday, times vary. 108th Ave. and Old Wadsworth Blvd., Westminster. $13.50–$20. For more information, call 303-439-7391 or visit

“Howl”oween – Bring your pup to this wine and cheese (and candy) party at the Omni Interlocken and make sure he/she is dressed to impress. The pooch with the best costume wins a weekend at the Omni Interlocken Resort, complete with dinner plus your choice of golf or spa packages. All proceeds will be donated to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. Sun 4–6 p.m. Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Clubhouse, 800 Eldorado Blvd. $25/couple, $15/individual. For more information, visit
Wags To Whiskers Animal Wellness Fair – Make sure Rufus is as happy and healthy as possible with a low-cost wellness exam and blood profile at this pet extravaganza by the Colorado Humane Society. Then treat him to some Halloween fun at the pet costume competition and Pets & Persons Look-Alike Contest. Trick-or-treat for pet goodies at more than 80 exhibitors, watch the adoption parade for furry-friend potentials, and snag an autograph from a Broncos cheerleader to boot. Sat 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. Free (donations appreciated). For more information, visit

Cabaret Diosa’s Willy Juanka and the Cha Cha Factory – Colorado’s favorite mambo act makes their last hurrah (exiting the biz after 11 years) a dazzling Halloween show with chainsaw jugglers, 20-foot dancing skeletons, rapping munchkins, and more. Talented? Twisted? You make the call. Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St. Thu–Fri 9 p.m. $30. For more information, call 303-786-7030 or visit
Mustache4cash Halloween Bash – For a month, Mustache4cash participants have been collecting pledges by growing mustaches to raise money for the Byrne Foundation, a scholarship/mentor program for at-risk Denver youth. Celebrate their success (and the return of the razor) at this finale bash featuring the Mustachelor Auction, the ‘Stachie Awards, a costume contest, door prizes, and more. Sat 7:30 p.m. $15–25 (21+). BlueBird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. For more information or tickets, visit

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Best Bets for October 26

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

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

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

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 or contact the Luna Hotel 1612 Wazee St., Denver 303-572-3300 or

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 or by calling 720-898-5920.