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Día de los Muertos and Halloween

By Emma Lynch

For your guide for this year’s biggest Halloween and Día de los Muertos events, look no further. We’ve got the happenings on the most frightful and traditional celebrations around the city.

Elitch Gardens has been hosting a fright fest on weekends all month long. Catering to families by day and haunted thrill seekers by night, the park is home to activities like a trick-or-treat trail, costume contests, monster-less movies and haunted houses and ghouls for the older crowd. Check it out at

Su Teatro is hosting an afterlife party on Friday, Nov. 5 along with children’s events on the 6th. Call
303-296-0219 for details. CHAC proves itself as one of the biggest leaders in Día de los Muertos celebrations each year. In 2010, their celebration of life continues through Saturday, Nov. 13 with a skull silent auction, traditional dancers, artwork and altars by local artists, merchandise and much more. For info please visit Tribe Sidysaan celebrates Día de los Muertos at Belly Hallow III at the Atlas Theater in Greeley on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Lakewood Cultural Center will host a pre-Halloween bash with their Freaky Friday event on Friday, Oct. 29. Grab your costume and play games, make treats and dare to enter the haunted maze from 6-8 p.m. For details please call 303-987-5446.

The Longmont Museum and Cultural Center will celebrate Día de los Muertos for the 10th year in a row. As the largest celebration of the holiday in the state, the museum brings in 4,000 attendees. Their family celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Guests are encouraged to wear skeleton apparel, eat traditional food, enjoy live entertainment and much more. Call 303-776-6050.

Boo at the Zoo takes place at the Denver Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31. Bring your costumed kids for trick or treats from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also don’t forget a corn maze this year at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Try your hand at navigating an 8-acre maze of fun. For history buffs, don’t miss Colorado Haunted History Tours in Morrison until Halloween day. Gather up the kiddos for a trip to the Children’s Museum of Denver for candy or a monster themed carnival. Like many malls this season, Aspen Grove in Littleton, will host a trick-or-treat street from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 where children will be welcome to parade around and collect candy in their costumes.

Olinger Crown Hill hosts its second annual day of the dead cultural celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30 at their Cemetery and Arboretum Pavilion of Reflection in Wheat Ridge. This free community event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. where visitors will be graced with Aztec dance by Grupo Folklorico Sabor Latino, a mariachi band, a sugar skull workshop and altar exhibition. This traditional and true to the holiday celebration honors those who have passed away in a celebration of life. For information please call
303-233-4611 or visit

Studio 12 Gallery will be holding its 2nd Annual Day of the Dead show through Friday, Nov. 5. On Santa Fe’s First Friday, join Studio 12 and Chicano artist Carlos Fresquez as he shares his knowledge about the history, art, community and celebration of Día de los Muertos. Stay late for a sugar skull workshop. Call 303-629-8744.

If you are in the mood for a show this Halloween, catch the magical “Cavalia” at the Pepsi Center, the dreadful “Dracula” at DCPA, “Something Wicked this Way Comes” at the Aurora Fox Theatre or “The Rocky Horror Show” by 73rd Avenue Theatre Company.

For extra scary events and the best Halloween parties in Denver this year see La Voz Arts & Entertainment and the ¿Que Pasa? section.





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