Thru Oct 29/ Elitch Gardens transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night. Fright Fest: Alive! Halloween festivities invade the park throughout the day each weekend, (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Little ghosts and goblins can enjoy Free Candy on the Trick or Treat Trail and partake in Halloween themed interactive challenges. Fright by Night takes over and blood-curdling shrieks, shrills and chills will take place. Info: elitchgardens.com/fright-fest or call 303-595-4386.
Oct 21-22 & Oct 28-29 / The Butterfly Pavilion, will host their annual Bug a Boo event on Oct 21 & 22, 9am-5pm, and on October 28 & 29, 9am-5pm. This favorite Halloween celebration features indoor trick-or-treating, a costume parade, invertebrate exploration, and fun family entertainment. Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave., Westminster, CO 80020, butterflies.org, 303-578-3973.
Longmont Museum & Cultural Center
Oct 14 –Nov 4 / The Longmont Museum’s signature event celebrates the largest Día de los Muertos celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 6,000 people to the exhibit, family celebration, and related programming. The exhibition – Oct 14- Nov 7 – will be in the Swan Atrium, and will showcase traditional gigantes, giant puppets made by local artists. Altars for the dead, created by members of the community, will also be a central part of the exhibit. Free family celebration on Nov 4, 11am-3pm, with fun and live entertainment including music and dancing, sugar skull decorating, traditional food, community altars, paper flower making, face painting, Día de los Muertos icon Lady Catrina and more! Come dressed in your finest “calaca” (skeleton) apparel! On October 14th, 21st and 28th, 1pm and 2:30pm, join a free tour of the Day of the Dead exhibition with bilingual tour guide Laura Zavala. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, CO, 303-651-8374. For complete listing of events: longmontmuseum.org
Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov 4 / The Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street will host their annual Día de los Muertos Festival, from Noon-8pm. The Gardens celebrates this fun and colorful tradition with activities, crafts and exhibits for all ages. Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged. Free Gardens and event admission. Noon-8 p.m, Craft trucks; Noon-10pm, Community altar project; Noon-4pm, Face painting, tickets $15 (last ticket sold at 3:30pm); Noon-4pm: Children’s craft activities include Calaveras decorating, Posada print making; Noon & 3:30pm, Bilingual storytime with Jorge Avila; 1pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, Lucha Libre featuring live wrestling featuring local luchadores; Noon – 1:45pm, Calavera Costume Contest registration; 2pm, Calavera Costume Contest #1; 5pm, Candle lighting ceremony and moment of remembrance in a moment of silence to honor those who have left us; 5:10pm, Mariachi’s; 5:30pm, Aztec Grupo Huitzilopochtli; 5:30 & 6:30pm, Calavera Writing Workshop; 5-7pm, Sugar Skull Workshop with Chef Sosa – Calaveras in the form of sugar skulls, candies and masks are decorated in a cheerful manner with vibrant colors and glittery objects (while supplies last); 5–6:35pm, Calavera Costume Contest Registration; 7pm, Calavera Costume Contest #2.Volunteer Opportunities firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-865-3565. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver CO 80206, 720-865-3500, Botanicgardens.org.