The leaves are changing and the wind is picking up. It’s still about 72 degrees outside and sunny, but fall has come to Denver. Thousands of zombies, chicks who can rock vodka sweaters with abandon while sporting costumes/underwear through LoDo in the occasionally below thirty degrees of Halloween weekend, and some of the best haunts for scares, food, and drinks are just a few of things that make Denver a hot spot to celebrate Halloween. Check out what Denver has to offer at these Hallow-tastic spots.
El Diablo Restaurant at 101 S. Broadway has the best decorations for the season. Whether you’re popping in to celebrate Day of the Dead or grabbing some delicious margaritas to get up enough courage to run around in your costume, El Diablo brings out the little devil in all of us.
Nothing says fall like a good cider, and fortunately we have some great cider made right in the heart of Denver by Colorado Cider Company. In addition to Glider Cider and Glider Cider Dry, they’re working on some new blends this year including Hops and Lemongrass. You’ll more than likely have to set up a visit to try these new varieties as the Glider is just hitting the market. You can find their distribution locations on their website.
For good old fashioned Halloween fun, stop in to these Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes, and pumpkin patches. I recommend hitting the Haunted Houses during the week for cheaper ticket prices and shorter lines. If you get there on a Friday or Saturday, go early or pre-party with some liquid courage to keep you and your creeps entertained. Remember these spots are also family friendly, so have fun, but keep in mind you may have a tiny audience while entertaining your dark side.
Rackhouse Pub is turning two and are throwing a ghoulish, screaming Halloween Bash. It’s an Avery Tap Takeover, and if you’ve ever seen Rackhouse’s gorgeous array of taps, you know they’ve got the stones. And in the name of Dave Chappelle, it’s a celebration, bitches.
A couple of the best spots to stir up a little trouble are Star Bar and the Horseshoe Lounge. Star Bar’s unofficial slogan, “It’s about to get weird”, means your night will be interesting to say the least. They have special tappings from Shorts, Black Fox, Dogfish Head, and Avery. Friday’s tapping includes Stone/Bruery/Elysian’s collaboration La Citrueille Celeste de Citracade, Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton & Punkin, and Ska’s Toasters 30th Anniversary. And they’re breaking out Rumpkin and Immitus from Avery. There will be live music on Friday, 10/28, from Johnny & the Nukes with 10,00 Volt Ghost.
On Saturday, 10/29, from Mid Life Crisis. Also, if you come in early and get a chance to chat with Dina or Justin, ask them to make you a special Halloween cocktail. Their custom cocktails will help you bring out those little devil horns.
The Horseshoe Lounge will have special drinks, drink specials, a spooky décor, and costume competitions. The undead will be taking over the Horseshoe on the 28th for Zombie Night. Heads up though, these bartenders are serious about their Tullamore Dew. So be prepared to have your blood warmed up!
For nights in or when you’re recovering from you nefarious activities on Sunday afternoon, check out this recipe for spiced apple cider. I recommend Leopold’s Apple Whiskey, Bulleit Rye Whiskey, or your favorite spiced rum. Bombers or sixers of pumpkin and fall beers are another must have for a Halloween Party, pumpkin carving, or while your prepping your costume. Check out the selection at Logan Liquor’s, they have some of my favorites: The Bruery Autumn Maple, Frog’s Hallow Double Pumpkin Ale, and Shipyard Pumpkin Ale (arriving October 28th). Argonaut, Total Beverage, Joy Wine & Spirits, and the rest of the good ones also have a kicking collection of fall brews.
Have a safe, and hopefully slightly sinfully delicious Halloween this year Denver! What are your plans?