The time of Halloween is an especially special time for kids in Denver- whether it is Halloween parties, trips to haunted mansions or just some good old trick or treating with friends, Halloween is a time when young kids in Denver thoroughly enjoy themselves and take part in a lot of fun and horror-filled activities. If you are trying to plan a packed Halloween schedule for your kids and are looking for the best events to attend, the following list should meet your expectations nicely –
- Hilltop Halloween Parade – This interesting parade involves both young kids and adults dressed in their carefully picked Halloween costumes. Not only is it a fun way to meet with other young Halloween fanatics and have some fun time together, this parade also support a good cause- the donation of processed and canned food for the Denver Rescue Mission. Starting at Cranmer Park at 11 in the morning, the parade rounds off At Robinson Park by 1PM.
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- Denver Public Library Halloween Party – The kids love this one! A two-hour party where children from preschool age all the way through grade 5 are invited to come and enjoy wearing their choice costumes. Activities are plenty including Halloween themed art and craft making and trick or treating.
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Denver Public Library, Central Branch Library
From 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- Trick or Treat Street – The outdoor shopping center in Aspen Grove is host to this unique and enjoyable Halloween event. Halloween is never complete without trick or treating, and children can trick or treat for free in the area. The event also features a special screening of the Halloween favorite “ParaNorman” for the kids.
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Aspen Grove, Littleton
From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Safe Street – And old favorite for many families, Old South Gaylord Halloween Safe Street is a phenomenon to behold. The entire stretch of the road is closed to traffic on the occasion of Halloween, and kids can trick or treat there for free. A great place to go with friends and enjoy kids’ favorite Halloween activity.
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
South Gaylord St. between Mississippi and Tennessee
From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m
- Boo at the Zoo – This one has been a firm favorite for kids over many years. Boo at the Zoo at Denver Zoo is the perfect event for a little Halloween family outing. There are many exciting animals on display, dedicated trick or treat stations, interesting animal demonstrations and plenty of other activities.
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
South Gaylord St. between Mississippi and Tennessee
From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m
- Elitch Gardens – Come Halloween and the theme park is transformed to scream park at sunset. Filled with a maze of ghouls, ghosts and zombies, the park is a surefire hit with youngsters who want to get a kick out of pure fear. What better way to bring the festival than indulge in a Fright Fest and get to a Halloween mode!
Friday nights, Saturdays & Sundays | October 3 – November 2
Elitch Gardens Theme & Amusement Park, 2000 Elitch Cir.
Denver Halloween Costume Party
DOORS OPEN: 9pm.
OPEN BAR: 9pm-1:45am
Open Bar includes
Beer -Wine -Martinis -Margaritas -Smirnoff Vodka -Bombay Gin -Bacardi Rum -Jim Beam Bourbon and -Dewers Scotch.
BEST OF THE BALL COSTUME CONTEST: $1,000 grand prize winner. Contestants will be judged on creativity, presentation and originality. Contestants must register during check in at the Halloween Party.
MUSIC: Best of Top 40, Dance, Pop, Hip-Hop/Soul.
DRESS CODE: Be creative. Unfortunately Naked is not an option at our Denver Halloween parties.
SEATING: Scattered seating will be available.
CHECK IN: Must have a valid photo ID and ticket to check in.
AGE: This event is 21+.
COAT CHECK: $5 per item.
PARKING: Covered parking is available in the Wells Fargo parking garage directly across from Sherman St. Event Center.
ATM Machines: located at the Wells Fargo one block from venue:
- This event is open bar but please bring cash to tip bartenders.
- Security and Denver Police will be ensuring safety.
- NO Re-Entry will be permitted.
- A smoking area will be available outside.
- THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! TICKETS WLL NOT BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.
REFUNDS: There are NO refunds on tickets purchased for the Denver Halloween Costume Ball.
Please email, call or text for more information: Info@DenverHalloweenBall.com or 720.319.8441
Halloween is the time to meet friends, have fun, get a year’s worth of scares and indulge in exciting and interesting activities. Denver is well known for its lavish and extravagant Halloween celebrations, and the people of Denver have a reputation as Halloween enthusiasts who like to spend their Halloween participating in specific events or visiting specific locations.
The atmosphere of scare takes over the city of Denver during the time of Halloween, and the large-scale events are indeed of epic proportions. The recurring theme is that of horror, intricate costumes and festive trick or treating. If you are planning during the lead up to this year’s Halloween, here are four must-see places that you are recommended not to miss –
- The Denver Halloween Costume Ball – This event is a spectacle of the grandest proportions. Envisioned and executed by the reputed Dream Entertainment Group, the Denver Halloween Costume Ball takes place inside one of the most celebrated and historic buildings of Denver- the Sherman Street Event Center situated in downtown Denver. People flock to this event to enjoy the different kinds of Halloween themed entertainment on offer, rub shoulders with the hottest socialites of Denver, and to celebrate at the open bar, which actually remains open all night. The spooky location adds to the charm of the party, and the live DJ music and costume contests keep the spirits up through the night.
Call – 303-863-9999
- Dracula – Every Halloween enthusiast worth their salt has at some point of time or the other dressed up as the famous Count created by Bram Stoker. There is no better event on Halloween than Dracula, a popular and long-running play based on the Stoker classic. Performed by Colorado Ballet and with a chilling, eerie background score perfected by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this jaw-dropping horror fest comes with its own set of statutory warnings. Expect vampire seductresses, mental patients with scary quirks and the definitely the proverbial king of the undead, the intimidating Count himself.
Call – 303-837-8888
- Spider Mansion – Denver is home to some of the world’s scariest themed haunted houses, but nothing comes to the Spider Mansion. This intense haunt experience is not for the faint of heart as you are taken on a terrifying journey which tests the last dregs of your courage and stamina. Located on the Heritage Square, this haunted house was reportedly built on a nest of dangerous black widow spiders. Since then, every family that has ever come to live there has fallen prey to the venomous spiders, which now rule the roost in the mansion. Visit only if you have a stomach for vicious scares.
Call – 303-279-4646
- Corn Maze – How many times have you seen the bloody climaxes of horror movies being played out in the middle of dark, scary corn fields? Denver is home to quite a few of these mazes, and some of them promise a delicious horror experience. Notable among these is the Haunted Field of Screams which is the largest horror-themed corn maze in the area with over 35 acres of haunted cornfield. The tall corn stalks create an impression of foreboding doom, and your only guiding light is the sinister light of the moon. Scream Acres is another haunt that is fast gaining popularity for its interactive ghost haunt, replete with cutting edge special effects.
Halloween parties are the rage among people in Denver. Denver is considered one of the best places to be during Halloween season, and the parties are something of a spectacle. People flock to Halloween parties to show off their carefully selected and executed looks, specially planned for Halloween. The range of costumes on display at a typical Halloween party in Denver can be quite fascinating to behold. People actually start planning for Halloween parties months before in order to come up with interesting and eye-catching costumes that would turn heads and add to the Halloween ambience. If you have exhausted your Halloween costume ideas over the last few years and are wondering how to dress up for this year’s parties, here are a few ideas which you consider –
- Little Red Riding Hood – This cult classic children’s story has its own shades of fear and scares, and could very well supply the perfect Halloween party look for kids. The immediate association that kids and adults alike have with the look makes it a perfect foil for the Halloween ambience. The look is easy to accomplish- start off with a simple dress in white or grey. Accompany this with a shiny red cape, something which is easily available, and complete the look with a basket of goodies.
- Zombie – Zombies have been around for a long time, but with the new wave of zombie stories rising to popularity on television and movies, they have had a new lease of life as far as Halloween parties are concerned. You can get elaborate zombie costumes are most Halloween themed shops which have very life-like detailing and would definitely make you the center of attraction.
- Werewolf – As with vampires, werewolves also have been receiving quite a lot of attention recently. Look out for an authentic werewolf costume and use it to great effect to scare your friends at Halloween parties. These costumes sometimes also come with realistic werewolf sounds which you can trigger via switches.
- Your Favorite Killer – Serial killers suddenly become superstars during the time of Halloween, and you cannot pass up the chance to dress up like your favorite one and wow everyone at Halloween parties. Get your Freddy Krueger mask, a hat and a few steel talon attachments for your fingers for the Elm Street look, or pull out your old jacket, get a rusty steel blade and put on your Jason mask for the Friday the 13th
- Frankenstein’s Monster – Rustle up some bandages over a bloodied shirt, and apply some black paint for the dirty look, and you can very well be the star of the party as the Frankenstein monster.
- Witch – For female Halloween enthusiasts, a long, flowing black dress coupled with a flying broom and a wooden wand can be a great way to bewitch your friends at Halloween parties. Complete the look with loud makeup and practice some evil-sounding incantations to heighten the spectacle.
- Vampire – This look is hard to beat as it is sure to be one of the most popular and breathtaking costumes, ideal to spice up a Halloween party. The count is an old favorite among Halloween fanatics, and with some of the props available nowadays it is possible to make the look incredibly authentic and chillingly life-like. With the standard black cape, you can now put on a combination of fake vampire fangs, white face paint and fake blood to create a sinister effect from scratch.
DENVER — The skies will be clear for perfect viewing the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in Colorado on Thursday afternoon. But the biggest no-no is to look directly at the sun to see the eclipse.
The eclipse will begin at 3:18 p.m., reach its maximum about 4:35 p.m. and be over by 5:44 p.m. In the Denver metro area, about 55 percent of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon.
NASA’s advice is: “Don’t stare. Even at maximum eclipse, a sliver of sun peeking out from behind the moon can still cause pain and eye damage. Direct viewing should only be attempted with the aid of a safe solar filter.”
There are old tricks to view the eclipse indirectly, including punching a hole in cardboard and projecting the light through it onto a surface away from the sun.
Or let a tree do the work.
“Overlapping leaves create a myriad of natural little pinhole cameras, each one casting an image of the crescent-sun onto the ground beneath the canopy,” NASA says.
The Fiske Planetarium on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder will have eclipse viewing on Thursday afternoon. It also has several special solar filters that are available for $5.
The Denver Astronomical Society will be at the University of Denver’s Chamberlin Observatory from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Solar scopes will be set up next to the observatory and safe filets will be available.
Or, the best way to see the eclipse will be online, at EarthSky.org.
The next solar eclipse in North America will be in Aug. 21, 2017, and it will be more dramatic because it will be a rare total eclipse.
Halloween is an exciting even for people in Denver, so much so that there are Halloween themed shops, theme parks, haunted houses and party locations galore in the city dedicated solely to this one-of-its-kind festival. During Halloween, one really eye-catching aspect of the celebrations is always the costumes on display- ranging from the innocently suggestive to those that are graphic and immediately evil, the Halloween costumes that the people of Denver choose are undoubtedly the best in area. If you are trying to find great Halloween costumes to prepare for the impending festival of horrors, here are a few shops that are sure to be worth your time –
- Reinke Brother Inc. – For sweeping, grand and elegant theatrical costumes which fit really well into the Halloween scheme of things, try this time-tested establishment in Littleton. You have the option to buy outright or rent, and the range of their collection is really amazing, offering something for everyone. A well-stocked masks and makeup section adds to the appeal, and the shop is also the largest magic shop in Denver.
Address: 5663 S Prince St, Littleton, CO 80120, United States
Phone: +1 303-795-5006
Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Gott-A-Costume – A family-run establishment which has been servicing the needs of Halloween fanatics for many years, this shop sets up temporary stores at many locations during Halloween season to cater to its discerning clientele. The easygoing approach and friendly behavior of the staff is well-known among patrons, and their collection never fails to amaze.
Address: 15167 E Hampden Ave, Aurora, CO 80014, United States
Phone: +1 303-690-0662
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
- The Wizard’s Chest – Established in 1983, this shop has come a long way from being just a costume shop and is currently one of the most popular specialty stores in Denver. Drawing inspiration from Tolkien, the Middle Earth-themed costume shop is spread across two floors and is home to thousands of Denver residents during Halloween season.
Address: 230 Fillmore St, Denver, CO 80206, United States
Phone: +1 303-321-4304
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Disguises Costumes – Arguably the most popular costume shop in Denver during Halloween, this establishment specializes in performers’ items and rave and burlesque themed costumes. A large vintage costumes collection and wide ranges of choice across all ages are what makes this shop the people’s favorite.
Address: 9797 W Colfax Ave KK, Lakewood, CO 80215, United States
Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Theatrical Costumes Etc. – With three separate outlets in the city, this establishment has quickly won the hearts of the locals with its range, quality and service. Apart from a wide range of costume options, you also get to choose from a sizeable collection of accessories including hats, masks, theatrical makeup, wigs and much more. If you want to try something out for just a year, you have the option to substitute purchasing a costume by renting one from the easy rental store.
Address: 669 S Broadway St, Boulder, CO 80305, United States
Phone: +1 303-440-8515
Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Fun Services – Are you planning a funny, quirky look for Halloween this year? You will get exactly what you want and much more at Fun Services. With the focus firmly on party attire and outrageously quirky costumes, this shop is open every day, all the year round and services the Halloween costume needs of many in Denver. They are well known for their period and character costumes, and can offer you with other party-related services as well.
Address: 12345 Huron St, Westminster, CO 80234, United States
Phone: +1 303-427-7443
Hours: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- The Asylum – Highly rated and the recipient of multiple awards and media attention, The Asylum is the above of blood and gore. Themed as Gordon Cuttingham’s Hospital for the Mentally Insane, this haunted house features some of Denver’s most chilling horrors, including a deep sub-level that is infested with insects and is home to the tortured souls of the dead.
Address: 6100 E 39th Ave, Denver, CO 80207
Phone: +1 303-355-3327
Hours: 7:00–10:00 pm
- City of the Dead – Rated as arguably the best haunt experience in Denver, City of the Dead is a unique experience being the largest fully indoor haunt in Denver. The main premise of the haunt is a journey that takes roughly 20 minutes to complete, and takes you through the horrors and gory scenes of a real zombie city. There are scary surprises at every turn across more than 30 scenes which are uniquely themed and extremely graphic. The adjoining Carnival of Carnage is an added attraction.
Address: 7007 E 88th Ave, Henderson, CO 80640
Phone: +1 720-254-1627
- Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch – What can be more frightening than a slaughterhouse where humans are routinely slaughtered? A slaughterhouse which houses all of societies feared killers under one roof. That is exactly what Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch is, where popular killers like Freddy, Mike Myers and Jason have all been cursed to live for eternity. If you are brave enough, this haunt is perfect for a night full of terror.
Address: 3184 S Peoria St, Aurora CO 80014
Phone: +1 303-428-6833
- The Frightmare Compound – This well-known haunt is Denver’s oldest and longest running haunted house. Consisting of two separate haunted houses, there is a constant foreboding of an evil, supernatural presence here. A trip through these haunted grounds and the two houses will definitely be full of nasty surprises with the undead waiting to pounce at every corner.
Address: 10798 Yukon St, Westminster, CO 80021
Phone: +1 303-467-2273
Hours: 7:00–10:00 pm
- The 13th Floor – One of the most popular and decorated haunted houses anywhere in the world, the mean, scary façade of the 13th Floor sits on Brighton Blvd. From the moment you enter the house, you will sense an eerie presence as disembodied voices bring you up to speed with the legends and tales associated with the 13th This haunted house is perfect for a grown-ups night out, as it is considered too scary for children below 12. The 13th Floor has received recognition from USA Today as one of the 13 scariest and most memorable haunted houses in the entire US.
Address: 4120 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
Phone: +1 303-355-3327
Hours: 7:00–11:00 pm
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, visiting “haunted houses” and carving jack-o-lanterns. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as of Australia and New Zealand.
Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”).
The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture. Samhain was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops.
The festival would frequently involve bonfires. It is believed that the fires attracted insects to the area which attracted bats to the area. These are additional attributes of the history of Halloween.
Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.
Trick-or-treating, is an activity for children on or around Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as confectionery with the question, “Trick or treat?” The “trick” part of “trick or treat” is a threat to play a trick on the homeowner or his property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating is one of the main traditions of Halloween. It has become socially expected that if one lives in a neighborhood with children one should purchase treats in preparation for trick-or-treaters.
The history of Halloween has evolved. The activity is popular in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, and due to increased American cultural influence in recent years, imported through exposure to US television and other media, trick-or-treating has started to occur among children in many parts of Europe, and in the Saudi Aramco camps of Dhahran, Akaria compounds and Ras Tanura in Saudi Arabia. The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element. In continental Europe, where the commerce-driven importation of Halloween is seen with more skepticism, numerous destructive or illegal “tricks” and police warnings have further raised suspicion about this game and Halloween in general.
In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, the night designated for Trick-or-treating is often referred to as Beggars Night.
Part of the history of Halloween is Halloween costumes. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays goes back to the Middle Ages, and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of “souling,” when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling [whimpering, whining], like a beggar at Hallowmas.”
Yet there is no evidence that souling was ever practiced in America, and trick-or-treating may have developed in America independent of any Irish or British antecedent. There is little primary Halloween history documentation of masking or costuming on Halloween in Ireland, the UK, or America before 1900. The earliest known reference to ritual begging on Halloween in English speaking North America occurs in 1911, when a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario, near the border of upstate New York, reported that it was normal for the smaller children to go street guising (see below) on Halloween between 6 and 7 p.m., visiting shops and neighbors to be rewarded with nuts and candies for their rhymes and songs. Another isolated reference appears, place unknown, in 1915, with a third reference in Chicago in 1920. The thousands of Halloween postcards produced between the turn of the 20th century and the 1920s commonly show children but do not depict trick-or-treating. Ruth Edna Kelley, in her 1919 history of the holiday, The Book of Hallowe’en, makes no mention of such a custom in the chapter “Hallowe’en in America.” It does not seem to have become a widespread practice until the 1930s, with the earliest known uses in print of the term “trick or treat” appearing in 1934, and the first use in a national publication occurring in 1939. Thus, although a quarter million Scots-Irish immigrated to America between 1717 and 1770, the Irish Potato Famine brought almost a million immigrants in 1845-1849, and British and Irish immigration to America peaked in the 1880s, ritualized begging on Halloween was virtually unknown in America until generations later.
|Trick-or-treating spread from the western United States eastward, stalled by sugar rationing that began in April 1942 during World War II and did not end until June 1947.Early national attention to trick-or-treating was given in October 1947 issues of the children’s magazines Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities, and by Halloween episodes of the network radio programs The Baby Snooks Show in 1946 and The Jack Benny Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1948. The custom had become firmly established in popular culture by 1952, when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat, Ozzie and Harriet were besieged by trick-or-treaters on an episode of their television show, and UNICEF first conducted a national campaign for children to raise funds for the charity while trick-or-treating.|
Trick-or-treating on the prairie. Although some popular histories of Halloween have characterized trick-or-treating as an adult invention to re-channel Halloween activities away from vandalism, nothing in the historical record supports this theory. To the contrary, adults, as reported in newspapers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, typically saw it as a form of extortion, with reactions ranging from bemused indulgence to anger. Likewise, as portrayed on radio shows, children would have to explain what trick-or-treating was to puzzled adults, and not the other way around. Sometimes even the children protested: for Halloween 1948, members of the Madis