Dia de Los Muertos -- Sugar skulls and Aztec dancers will be on hand for CHAC Norte gallery’s El Día de los Muertos 2012 – A Celebration of Life opening reception. FREE and family friendly, featuring face painting, piñata breaking, traditional Mexican refreshments and a procession, Fri., Oct. 19. 6-9PM. This coincides with the Santa Fe Art District's Third Friday on Friday, Oct. 19, featuring more than 20 of the galleries in the art district. Plenty of great restaurants, coffee shops, etc. 5-8:PM. Alameda Ave. to 12th Ave.; on both Santa Fe. Dr. and Kalamath St., Denver.
Artsy Happy Hour - Don't forget that Black Sheep Fridays offer the artsiest Happy Hour in Denver Friday Oct. 19 and every Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art.. Happy hour drink specials and $5 admission after 5PM, which includes admission to the galleries. Galleries stay open until 9PM.
Zombie Crawl--Brains! Denver's Zombie Crawl takes place Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 from 2-8PM. FREE! This year they're incorporating a "Zombie Counting Machine" (essentially a tent with special cameras to count each participant) as Denver attempts to set the World Zombie Crawl record!) Everyone will gather at Skyline Park before 4PM (come early if you want help with makeup!). The crowd then will begin the parade down 16th St. Mall. Get costume and makeup ideas here, at College Humor's website. This is a ton of fun and not to be missed
Dia de Los Muertos -- Decorate sugar skulls and hear a Día de los Muertos story at the annual Sugar Skull Workshop Family Art Saturday, Oct. 20, 2-4PM at the Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, 774 Santa Fe Dr. All ages welcome – kids, parents, guardians. $4.
Ghosts at the Gardens -- Today it’s Denver’s favorite urban oasis, but more than a hundred years ago, the land Denver Botanic Gardens sits on was the Mile High City’s first cemetery.Heck, they'res still digging up bodies at the Gardens. Learn more about the Gardens’ macabre history, and recount decades of the paranormal through eyewitness reports from past and present Gardens staff, in one of the city’s most haunted places. October 19, 20, 21, 26 and 28 tours include tour of gardens and the adjacent Waring House mansion, built in the early 1900s. Children 12 years old and older are welcomed (this tour is not recommended for children younger than 12). Tours will be held under any weather conditions, including rain or snow. Ticket sales are final, no refunds. $20 Adult Members, and children 12 years old and older. Non member fee is $25 Adults, and children 12 years old and older. Get your reservations now, this sells out quickly.
Capitol Hill Horror -- Meet on Sunday, October 21, at 1PM at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, 777 Pennsylvania St. for Halloween tales with Colorado historian Tom Noel and storytellers Edger Allen Poe (Dennis Gallagher), Mary Elitch (Debra Faulkner), Molly Brown (Charla Stilling), Mattie Silks (Patti Lundt), Mrs. Adolph Coors II (Kim Field), Mrs. Uerttea Croke (Amy Zimmer), Helen Bonfils (Susan Liehe), and other exhumed eccentrics. After these blood curdling horror stories, we dare you to join Dr. Colorado's walking tour into the autumnal gloom to hear tales of ghosts at the Governor's Mansion, the Croke-Patterson-Campbell Mansion, the Peabody Manse and other creepy places. Cost: $39 History Colorado members; $49 nonmembers. Information and reservations at History Colorado: 303-866-4686.
Phil Goodstein -- If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know we enjoy the ghost tours of Denver author and historian Phil Goodstein. His affordable walking tours of Denver cemeteries and haunted sites can be viewed here.