Finally, the days are cooler, the leaves are changing, and so are the coffee flavors at Starbucks. Life is good. But if all that’s not enough for you, here are other ways to enjoy the month, including Halloween fun that goes beyond answering the door with a bowl of Skittles. So get out there and revel in one of the months Colorado (and Stepping Stone) does best.
Movie and a Martini: The Silence of the Lambs-Oct. 16, 5:30pm-10pm
You’re just never too old to scare yourself silly. Get into the Halloween spirit with the timelessly creepy movie, The Silence of the Lambs, at CU South Denver/The Wildlife Experience. Starring Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins, it’s only the third movie to win five major academy awards, including Best Picture. Ticket prices include two drinks, hors d’oeuvres, popcorn, trivia, prizes, access to the museum exhibits, and the feature presentation. Must be age 21+. Prices $28, $18 for designated drivers. Learn more.
Denver Zombie Crawl 2015-Oct. 17, starts at 9am
Zombies on a screen just can’t compare with those in the flesh—or perhaps, remnants of flesh. Just in time for Halloween, the “largest zombie gathering in history” will get your heart racing one way or another as zombie hordes run, walk, or crawl around downtown Denver solving clues and reaching checkpoints along the Organ (yes, Organ) Trail for cash prizes. Part Amazing Race, Fear Factor, and haunted house, the event also includes music, games, a parade, and after parties. Free and open to all ages, but do bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Please register so organizers can get an accurate count and set the world record. Held at Skyline Park. Learn more.
Stepping Stone Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch-Oct. 24, 10am-1pm
Find your perfect pumpkin without even leaving Stepping Stone! Residents, join your neighbors in the Lantern House parking lot for Stepping Stone’s Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch. Bring the kids to enjoy the sights and snap a photo or two. Each family in attendance can select a favorite pumpkin (one per family, while supplies last) to enjoy back at home. Warm up with lattes and hot cocoa served by The Espresso Affair from their copper cart.
Trick or Treat Train-Oct. 31, 10am-4pm
Not only is the Colorado Railroad Museum a safe place to take the kids trick-or-treating, it’s a wonderful spot to while away a morning or afternoon. Catch a ride behind a historic locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by costumed conductors. At special stops you can fill your treat bags, visit a not-so-spooky haunted railcar, the Olde Railroaders “graveyard,” and a pumpkin patch for a cute photo op. Museum members and children under two are free, $5 for ages 2-15, $15 for adult, and $10 for seniors over 60. Learn more.