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Ghosts, Comedians, Magic Lanterns and Mazes!

POSTED October 20, 2022

If you’re looking for something special to do this weekend and next, check out this assortment of Halloween things to see, hear and do — from ghost tours and hoe downs, to costume events, magical Jack O’ Lantern displays, corn mazes, and concerts, plus comedy and dramatic performances! 

TODAY/TONIGHT: Thursday, October 20

Join the local museum folk for a walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock featuring tales of ghostly and tragic events in Castle Rock’s history. Among the scary tales are stories of the Cantril School, the Old Stone Church, the B&B Café, Hangman’s Gulch and more. The tours run through October at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are required and the tour begins and ends at the Castle Rock Museum. Please dress for the weather, and while the tour is free, donations are encouraged. Please email or call the Museum to make your reservation.

Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
7:00 p.m.
FREE – Donations Encouraged
Phone: 303-814-3164

Thursday-Saturday, October 20-22

Maria Bamford is revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness. She starred in the surreal, semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, about a comedian who suffers a nervous breakdown. Maria is the star of three unconventional hour-long stand-up specials: Weakness is the BrandOld Baby and Maria Bamford, the special, special, special! Maria was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials and starred alongside Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis and Brian Posehn in the Comedy Central series The Comedians of Comedy and Netflix’s Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. She also created and starred in the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show, in which she plays all the characters.

Maria is often recognized for her prolific voiceover work, including characters on Big MouthBoJack HorsemanSummer Camp IslandAdventure TimeTalking Tom and FriendsBob’s BurgersLegend of KorraPuss in BootsCatDogand PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl.

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 720-274-6800

Thursday-Sunday, October 20-23

Presented and produced by The Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns will delight adults and children alike under a magnificent glow of 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins and larger-than-life pumpkin displays. A magical carnival, a nautical sea-scape, pirate ship, dinosaurs, and dragons will illuminate the grounds of Hudson Gardens in a soft, inviting glow where you’ll find magic around every corner.

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
7:00 p.m.
Admission Info: 720-802-0006; 

Friday, October 21

Get into the spooky season with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini”, selections from Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” Bernard Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho, and other eerie music bound to make you shriek with delight! Featuring International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival winner Patrick Orr. Arapahoe Philharmonic will present The Haunting Concert Hall as an innovative outreach to engage, enrich and inspire concert-goers with the arts.

Dress your best to compete in the Halloween costume contest at intermission!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$37
Phone: 720-509-1000

The wildly popular online series of specials that offer clean “Comedy for Everyone” is expanding to live shows featuring comedians who’ve become Dry Bar fan favorites. Since its launch just last year, Dry Bar comedy specials have generated over ONE BILLION views on social media and generated millions of fans. Featured comedians include Dry Bar favorites Seth Tippetts, Sam Adams, Spence Roper, and Alex Velutto.

These same professional comedians have also performed on many late-night shows including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Netflix Comedy, TBS’s Conan, Comedy Central, and more.

Parker Arts Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $34-$49
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Saturday, October 21-22

Remember when rock was young? Showman Michael Cavanaugh fronts the Philharmonic for a look back at the cadre of hits including Tiny Dancer, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Candle in the Wind. Michael Cavanaugh is the new voice of the American Rock & Roll Songbook and a charismatic performer and musician made famous for his piano/lead vocals in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out.

Handpicked by Billy Joel to star in Movin’ Out, Cavanaugh evokes a style rivaling the Piano Man. He appeared in the show for three years with over 1,200 performances and received multiple accolades. The show culminated in 2003 with both Grammy and Tony award nominations. Michael began playing at age seven when his parents bought their first piano. Encouraged by family and friends, and inspired by his hero Billy Joel, Michael formed his first band at age 10 and began playing local functions, fine-tuning the craft that would become his chosen career.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $33-$89
Phone: 719-575-9632

Friday-Sunday, October 21-23

Have you been to Chatfield Farms in the fall? It’s THE place to be for kids and adults who want to wind their way through seven acres of corn! The maze can be viewed from a 15-foot-tall bridge. This year’s maze promises a dino-mite exploration of prehistoric epochs. Here is a map of Corn Maze. In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at Corn Maze. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze and don’t miss the Escape Rooms! Available for an additional fee* during Corn Maze hours, you can step into a pirate ship filled with exciting props, clues and locks used to solve your way out while trying to beat the clock. 

Once your family has conquered the Corn Maze, explore Deer Creek Discovery, Patrick Dougherty’s immersive sculpture One Fell Swoop, the wildlife observation area and a barnyard full of feathered and furry friends. You’ll find food vendors on site selling fall favorites like funnel cakes, corndogs, freshly squeezed lemonade, kettle corn and roasted nuts. (NOTE: Halloween costumes not permitted on the premises).

Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $11-$15
Info: 720-865-3500

Saturday, October 22

It’s Halloween and time for fall fun with the entire family. Join us to celebrate all things not-so-spooky at Spooktacular. Family friendly costumes are encouraged, but not required. From 1:00-2:00 p.m. there’ll be sensory-friendly activities, and from 2:00-3:00 p.m. youth with last names starting with letters A-L will be invited to participate, and finally from 3:00-4:00 p.m. kids with last names starting with letters M-Z will have a turn. Activities include games, prizes, food, and of course, candy. This free event is held outdoors, so please dress warmly.

Philip S. Miller Park, 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy, Castle Rock
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Join neighbors and friends at the Outlets as they celebrate unique outdoor retail brands with live activations/demonstrations such as a snow globe photo booth, rock climbing wall, time trials, mock campsites PLUS a local beer garden, live music, s’mores, rock climbing wall, yoga in the courtyard and more. 

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

“Remarkable dynamics at work.” —The Musical Box

California Guitar Trio celebrates their 30th Anniversary! With their astounding performances and unparalleled musical diversity, the California Guitar Trio is Paul Richards from Los Angeles, Bert Lams from Belgium, and Tom Griesgraber from San Diego. Together, their technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the wide range of instrumental music the group renders…from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arranged interpretations of music from Queen and the Beatles, to Bach and Beethoven, and surf music from the Ventures.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$40
Phone: 720-509-1000

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Foundation is hosting a family friendly fall Ghost Town Hoedown, complete with games for adults and kids, trunk or treating, silent auction items and a delicious Italian buffet from Flying Horse Catering. This is too much fun to miss so get your tickets now and enjoy music by Shining Light and more.

James R. Sullivan Event Center, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $1-$40
Info: 303-660-7400

Sunday, October 23

Jerry Herman was a legendary songsmith and master of the show tune. From Hello, Dolly! and Mame to Mack and Mabel and La Cage aux Folles, Herman lit up Broadway for decades with toe-tapping, soul-stirring musical moments.

Now, he’s shared his legacy with a new generation. Starring a cast of New York’s top Broadway concert vocalists, Jerry Herman: The Broadway Legacy Concert celebrates the songs and the stories of one of the giants of musical theater.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$60
Phone: 720-509-1000

John Mulaney is an Emmy award-winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello on Broadway alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his third hour-long stand-up special a Netflix Original titled THE COMEBACK KID which the AV Club called the “best hour of his career.”

That career began in New York’s East Village and Mulaney has since toured around the world. In 2008, he began writing Saturday Night Live episodes and appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent. He’s written for IFC’s Documentary Now and for Netflix’s Big Mouth on which he voices the character Andrew. He has also starred on Broadway in the runaway hit written and performed with Nick Kroll in Oh, Hello on Broadway. The duo has since released a Netflix special fo the same name. 

Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$200+

For a half century Bill Gaither, the multiple Grammy and Dove award winner has been a musical trailblazer. Gaither’s reputation as a performer, songwriter and mentor for newly discovered artists is known world-wide. His beloved series of Homecoming CDs and DVDs continues to top the sales charts and attract an ever-increasing audience. “Now more than ever, people need encouragement,” the Gospel Music Hall of Famer and Songwriter of the Century states. Taking the stage in 2022 with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band of Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Reggie Smith, will be popular female vocalist, Ladye Love Smith and talented male vocalist, Gene McDonald, as well as Gaither’s four-piece musical entourage, comprised of Kevin Williams, Matthew Holt, Greg Ritchie, and Kevin Moore.

Pikes Peak Center for Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$80
Phone: 719-575-9632

NEXT WEEK: Thursday, October 27

You are cordially invited to an evening with Edgar Allan Poe, whose ghost has annually graced the Cherokee Ranch and Castle. Why you might ask? These many years it’s been in celebration of the great-great grandfather of Tweet Kimball who took Poe in after he was orphaned by the death of his mother. Wear your most extravagant masque, and know you’re in good hands as award-winning Colorado actor Seth Palmer Harris gives voice to Poe’s ghost, providing an opportunity to speak with the legendary author and literary critic. Poe will also be reading his celebrated short story, The Masque of the Red Death, a somber and appropriate yarn for the occasion.

Actor Seth Palmer Harris has been crafting theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages for many years, from immersive Shakespeare to murder mysteries. This evening with Poe will be wholly appropriate for all audiences and a unique opportunity to interact with the renowned pillar of American literature. Create an account on the Castle website or call the box office.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Dessert Bar; 7:30 p.m. Performance
Cost: $52.25 Reservations Are Required
CALL: 303-688-5555

Friday, October 28

This is a small event for children and families, where booth and participants dress up to enjoy the Halloween holiday!

Festival Park, 300 Second St., Castle Rock
12:00-3:00 p.m.

October brings us back to the “old world.” We will be tasting six “old world” wines from Europe. Our focus will be wines from France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and we are extremely excited to share these amazing wines with our guests. October is beautiful time to see the castle and enjoy an entertaining, educational event and a nice glass of wine. 

Charcuterie appetizers will accompany your tasting as will the opportunity to admire the castle’s centuries-old art and antiques. A cash bar will be available to purchase additional glasses of wine, and/or your favorite bottle to take home. Create an account on the Castle website or call the box office.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia 
6:30-7:30 p.m. Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Dessert Bar; 7:30 p.m. Performance
Cost: $58.75 (Reservations Are Required)
CALL: 303-688-5555

Friday-Sunday October 28-30

They’re your everyday, normal family who love each other as every family does. But tonight, things are about to get weird…

THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Parker Arts Schoolhouse, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: From $29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Saturday, October 29

Each month, we team up with an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company to discover the rich bird habitats of Hudson Gardens. You’ll leave with insights into local wildlife, birding techniques, identification tips, and much more! Whether you are new to birding or an experienced birder, there is always something exciting to see through your binoculars!

This walk will be held outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Participants will meet in front of the Welcome Center by 8:00 a.m. Bring snacks, water, and a pair of binoculars. Register early – the class size is limited to 12 participants.

Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
8:00 a.m.
Admission: $12
Info: 303-797-8565

From the Castle Rock PD: The Castle Rock Police Department is partnering with the DEA for its National Prescription Drug Take Back event. The officers will be collecting expired or unused medications for you, free of charge. Please note, the PD is unable to accept needles – including EpiPens.

Castle Rock Police Department, 100 Perry St., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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