Where to Celebrate Halloween in Denver
Forget tricks and treats because that’s kid stuff. Halloween is all grown up and ready to party. Denver is full of diversity so whether you want to shake your groove thang while wearing a cape or just hang out where being covered in red corn syrup is acceptable attire, there is a party for you. Here is where those over 21 can creep out for Halloween in Denver.
City Hall Event Center
October 31, 9 PM–2 AM
Head to City Hall Event Center on Broadway for one of the largest Halloween parties the city has ever seen with four giant halls and some 3,000 freaky people. Coloween is the biggest of Denver’s Halloween parties and hosted by FOX31 Everyday host Chris Parente. The event center will have four separate party rooms with live performance artists, dancers and DJs playing all kinds of music including this year’s featured performer, rapper Riff Raff. This year’s Coloween theme is VooDoo so expect a few zombies and witch doctors to be in attendance. There is also a costume contest with a $1000 cash prize. General Admission tickets are $29 and VIP tickets are $59 and include two drinks. Bottle service is also available, but guests must inquire with the event directly through the website. (1144 Broadway)
Denver Halloween Costume Ball
Sherman St. Event Center
October 31, 9 PM–2 AM
Nothing says Halloween like a haunted hall and that’s what guests will find at the 100-year-old Sherman Street Event Center. Join the fun with a $1000 Best of the Ball Halloween costume contest, a Michael Jackson Thriller Flash Mob, live entertainment and DJs. Tickets are $65 and include an open bar featuring beer, wine, martinis and margaritas. (1770 Sherman St.)
Halloween at Fado
Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, 9 PM
Get in on TWO spooky theme parties at Fado Irish Pub in LoDo. Friday, October 31, is the Marvel Bros & Disney Hoes party. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or heroine or Disney prince or princess. Then on Saturday, November 1, also known as Day of the Dead, come to the CarnEvil party. Both parties feature a DJ, drink specials and costume contests with cash prizes, all for just a $10 cover charge.
October 31, Doors open at 8 PM
Looking for a smaller, perhaps cheaper Halloween party? The Bluebird Theater is having a Halloween Hootenanny with Wesley Wayne. Come dressed to Halloween impress for a costume contest with two grand prize winners. The winners will each receive two passes to attend every concert at the Bluebird Theater for the next year. That is a sweet prize! Tickets are only $5 in advance, $10 day of the event and drinks are pay as you go. (3317 E. Colfax)
Halloween BOO-lesque Show
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
Shows Thursday, October 30, 8 PM and Friday, October 31, 8 PM and 11 PM
Enjoy some Halloween hilarity at Lannie’s on the 16th Street Mall with the Boo-lesque Show. This wild and crazy spook-tacular will feature zombies, vampires, witches and even The Blob! Hosted by Lannie’s own Naughty Pierre, you’ll be thrilled and chilled. General tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $35. Come in costume for fun prizes. (1601 Arapahoe St.)
Tech Center & Downtown
Friday, October 31, 10 PM
The Tavern Tech Center is having a Wicked Halloween starting at 10 PM with $3.50 Bud and Bud Lights and $4 shots of Jager, Rumchata and Fireball as well as raffle prizes, a photo booth and a costume contest with cash prize. No cover! The Tavern Downtown is having a Sinfully Wicked Halloween. Dance to DJ Denco and enjoy drink specials, raffle prizes and a costume contest. No cover for women while a $5 cover for men will start at 10 PM. (5336 DTC Blvd. and 1949 Market St.)
Centennial and Ballpark
Thursday, October 30, Friday, October 31, Saturday, November 1
Both locations of the ViewHouse are having THREE parties for Halloween. The Witches Brew is Thursday, October 30, and features Bacardi Bat Bite shots and the Bacardi Zombie cocktail. Catch spooky giveaways all night long too. Your witchiest attire is recommended. At the Centennial location, radio station Mix 100 will be giving away a trip to New York City to see Wicked. Then on Friday, awaken your Blood Thirst with ghoulish giveaways and a frightening photo booth. Enjoy dancing to a DJ and costume contest with a $1000 cash prize. Then on the Day of the Dead, November 1, there will be more giveaways, Bacardi drinks and a costume contest with the most possessed costume receiving a $1000 cash prize. (7101 S Clinton St. and 2015 Market St.)
The Shining Ball and Halloween Masquerade Ball
Stanley Hotel in Estes Park
October 25 and 31, 8 PM–1 AM
Wanna take your Halloween to the next level? Then head to the mountains of Estes Park for the scariest of horror novel locales, The Stanley Hotel. For those who don’t recall, The Stanley is the place that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. The hotel is upping the Halloween ante by having two parties this year. The immensely popular Shining Ball is Saturday, October 25. Tickets are $175 per person and $325 per couple. Then on Halloween there will be a new offering, the Halloween Masquerade Ball. Tickets to this party are $110 per person or $199 per couple (taxes and tips included) and three drink tickets are included in the price. Costumes required. (333 E Wonderview Ave.)
Denver Botanical Gardens
November, 1, 6:30 PM–10 PM
Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Denver Botanical Gardens. A new event for the Gardens, the Calavera Ball will have live entertainment, artist-created altars, face painting and music. There will also be a live and silent auction to benefit Denver Botanical Gardens and the Cole Arts and Science Academy. Special cultural food and adult beverages are included in the ticket price. Only 21 and over allowed and tickets are $60. VIP tickets have already sold out. Be sure to come in costume and Catrina or Catrin attire is encouraged. Viva la Meurte! (1007 York St.)
McNichols Event Center
November 1, 9 PM–2 AM
The 6th annual Paranormal Palace (previously called the Haunted Hotel) has moved to the McNichols Event Center on Colfax where guests will be entertained by a wide variety of performance artists, dancers, and DJs. Open bar included with ticket purchase. General Admission tickets are $79, while VIP tickets with access to top shelf liquors are $129. Proceeds from this event will go to the Civic Center Conservancy. (144 W. Colfax Ave.)
For those looking for more casual drop-in fun on Halloween either before or after trick or treating, check out these locations:
Enjoy a rooftop bash at Ignite Burgers & Bar from 6 to 10 PM on Halloween night with a DJ starting at 7 PM and a costume contest. First prize is a Tito's Vodka Les Paul Guitar. Tito's drink specials all night long. Bring the kids in costume for a complimentary shot of Fireball for the grown ups and treat bag for the kids.
The Punch Bowl Social on South Broadway will have a live DJ on Halloween and a Game of Thrones Costume Contest. Prizes for best couple, most creative and sexiest costume. Judging begins at 9 PM with winners announced at midnight.
For those trick or treating in Uptown, stop by Humboldt Farm, Fish & Wine and get more treats than tricks. Starting at 3 PM adults who bring in costumed kids get a free shot of Fireball and the kids get candy.
Over in the Highlands Lola's will have a costume contest starting 7 PM on Halloween with prizes for first, second and third place. Enjoy live music from Crazy Gorilla Drummer and The Rocky Mountain Oysters. Drink specials all night long.
DrinkDenver encourages everyone to be safe this Halloween. Don't drink and drive. Some events have hotel packages and/or discounts on Uber and taxi services. Don't forget RTD Light Rail. Check websites for details.
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