8 Actually Fun Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

From Tiki Halloween to Zombie Prom.

There are plenty of reasons to get in costume this weekend, from a tiki Halloween party to zombie prom to a drag queen Bingo brunch. Or, put your pooch in a costume and hit up a dog parade in Park Hill. No costume for neither you nor your dog? No worries, all you need is a jersey to watch the Broncos, Avs, and Nuggets, all of who are in town this weekend, or maybe a rain poncho if you get in on the world’s longest cider pour up in Lafayette. Here are the happenings in and around Denver this weekend.

Saturday, October 30th, 8 pm - midnight
Union Station
What do you get when you combine an iconic teenage dance with the undead? Zombie prom, of course, and it’s taking over Union Station Saturday night. The 1980s-themed prom night-meets-zombie playground will feature music, drinks, and stiff, jerk-y movements (the zombies; not your dancing).
Cost: From $35

Acreage
Acreage

Friday, October 29, 5 pm
Lafayette
What are you doing Friday night? Why, you’re standing below a 100-foot extended firetruck ladder holding a pint glass and trying to capture as much cider as possible as it’s poured down from said ladder, that’s what you’re doing. Stem Ciders at Acreage is attempting the world’s longest cider pour from that ladder, and whoever gets the most juice in their cup wins free cider for a year.
Cost: Free entry

Saturday, October 30, 7 pm - midnight
Civic Center Park
Billed as the largest costume contest in the US, Paranormal Palace at the McNichols Event Center is no mere costume party, it’s a full-on Halloween gala. There will be ghosts floating on the dance floor, art installations, three immersion floors, 50-plus performers, and, we imagine, more fake blood than you’ve seen all season long.
Cost: From $75

Dairy Block
Dairy Block

Sunday, October 31, 11 am - 1 pm
Dairy Block
Come in costume—you don’t want to disappoint Denver queens Shirley Delta Blow and LaLa Shearz, who are sure to be all decked out—for drag queen bingo brunch in the Dairy Block alley. Grab some food and drink at Denver Milk Market and dominate your witchy rivals to win prizes.
Cost: Free entry

Saturday, October 30, 1 - 3 pm
Park Hill
The shops at Oneida Park are doing their part to make the world a better place by hosting a costume pet parade, where we can absolutely die over pugs dressed as hot dogs. Besides the adorable pet parade, there will be a trick-or-treat street for kids, cauldrons of witches’ brews for grown-ups, and Dirt n’ Worms sundaes at DANG soft serve for all.
Cost: Free entry

Adrift Tiki Bar
Adrift

Sunday, October 31, 7 pm - midnight
Broadway
Two words: tiki Halloween. Drink a Zombie with a side of zombies at Adrift Tiki Bar’s Halloween party. They’ll have a DJ, karaoke, spooky drink specials, gift bags, and costume party.
Cost: From $20

Saturday, October 30, 6 - 9 pm
Santa Fe
Honor life and those who passed at Denver Art Society’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. Enjoy Azteca ceremonial dancers, live music, mask painting, a costume contest, the chance to help create a Dia de los Muertos altar, and art from more than 100 local artists.
Cost: Free entry

Friday, October 29, 8 pm, Saturday, October 30, 7 pm, Sunday, October 31, 2:25 pm
Downtown
For those who love October because it’s the only time of the year when we get all four major sports, then this is an especially banner weekend. We’ve got the Nuggets challenging the Dallas Mavericks Friday night, the Avs facing off against the Minnesota Wild Saturday night, and then the Broncos playing Washington Football Team Sunday afternoon.
Cost: Varies

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Allyson Reedy is a Thrillist contributor.