Top 2013 Halloween Parties In Denver

October 10, 2013 6:00 AM

Jim Mayo took this photo showing John Hickenlooper at Harry’s Bar in the Magnolia Hotel on Oct. 29, 2010. (credit: Jim Mayo)

HalloweenHalloween fun at Harry’s Bar in the Magnolia Hotel, with Gov. John Hickenlooper (file photo credit: Jim Mayo)

It’s finally here. It’s that spooky time of year when the whole family gets to celebrate in costume and have some fun pretending to be someone else. Halloween is not just for kids, and there are lots of great parties all over Denver that prove it. Book a babysitter for the night, make some hotel reservations or hire a taxi and get ready to celebrate Halloween like you’ve never celebrated before. Break out the costumes and you could even come home with a huge cash prize. Here are a few of the best ways to celebrate Halloween in Denver this year.

Fifth Annual Paranormal Palace
Hyatt Regency DTC
7800 E.Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO 80237
(720) 936-2999

Date: Oct. 26, 2013

In what has quickly become the premier Halloween party of the year, the Paranormal Palace is sure to be a spooktacular way to celebrate Halloween. Event designer Kevin Larson goes all out every year, creating an entire production with performers, DJs, artists and more, all creating a full metaphysical experience throughout multiple ballrooms. There is a $2,000 costume contest and the event sells out every year, all for a good cause. The party benefits the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, a non-profit working to help women recover from violence and poverty in post-conflict regions.

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Crowne Plaza, DIA
15500 E. 40th Ave.
Denver, CO 80239
(575) 894-1293

Date: Oct. 26, 2013

The seventh annual Coloween Party is sure to be a fun event. A $1,000 cash prize for best costume is just part of the fun at this party. You’ll be treated to a complete hotel takeover with scary dancers, performers, a haunted house and massive sound and visual productions. There will even be a 13th Door Haunted Hallway from to help you stay in the Halloween spirit. Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, which sells out every year, so grab your tickets early to enjoy this happening party. You can also book a hotel room, VIP viewing deck, bottle service and more to make your Halloween even more special.

Halloween Boo-lesque Show
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 293-0075

Date: Oct. 25, 26 and 31, 2013

Ring in Halloween with the Clocktower Clockettes in this spooky burlesque tribute show. Party the night away with all the traditional Halloween treats with a burlesque twist. Catch zombies, witches, vampires and more in their skimpiest burlesque outfits. Plus, it’s not just burlesque as you’ll also enjoy jugglers, comedy and magicians, all hosted by Lannie’s own Naughty Pierre. There will be costume contests and prizes as well, making this one truly fun way to spend the Halloween night.

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The Shining “Masquerade” Ball
Stanley Hotel

333 Wonderview Ave.
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-4000

Want to make the most of a truly terrifying Halloween? Then book a weekend trip to one of the most haunted hotels in the country. Visit the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and see just why this location is featured on every haunted list and ghost-hunting television show. The Stanley is the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write “The Shining.” You can visit the hotel and see room 217 for yourself. Take a tour through the underground tunnel to learn about all the haunted locations in this iconic hotel. Make sure to book the Stanley’s Ghost and History Tour early and you’ll have a truly memorable Halloween.

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 865-3585

Date: Nov. 1, 2013

Not every celebration has to be terrifying. Check out the Denver Botanic Gardens’ celebration for Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This festival is more of a welcoming for souls and you’ll enjoy dancers, live entertainment, music and more. You’ll get to make the traditional sugar skulls and papel picado, enjoy face painting, a photo booth and just about every fun Dia De Los Muertos activity you can think of. Bring the whole family for this fun celebration and you’ll even learn a little bit about another culture and some truly fascinating traditions.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at