October cultural events in Colorado that’ll send a shiver down your spine

Halloween celebrations begin early in Colorado. Our ghoulish cultural picks will keep you spooked throughout the month of October.

Photo: Bug Theatre 'Night of the Living Dead'
The Bug Theatre's co-presentation with Paper Cat Films, "Night of the Living Dead," combines filmed segments and live performance.

The Bug Theatre, Denver
Oct. 10 to Nov. 1

Co-presented by Denver’s The Bug Theatre and Paper Cat Films, this theatrical presentation of director George Romero’s 1968 zombie flick “Night of the Living Dead” combines film with live performance. Director Kris Hipps has added a new opener and some additional twists and turns to the event, now in its sixth year. The producers encourage audience members to come dressed in their best zombie garb.

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra presents Hitchcock’s “Blackmail”
Rialto Theater, Loveland
Oct. 31

This ensemble, specializing in providing live musical accompaniments to silent movies, provides the soundtrack for Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent film, “Blackmail.” In the 1920s thriller, a woman kills a man as an act of self-defense. Her boyfriend, a Scotland Yard detective, is assigned to the case and quickly learns of his girlfriend’s involvement. But the plot thickens when a stranger blackmails the couple.

Photo: Fire performer
“BloodLux Bash”

Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs
Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. to midnight

Fire breathers, glowing cocktails and aerialists are on display at the Fine Arts Center’s second-annual Halloween bash in Colorado Springs. Incorporating themes from the center’s production of “Dracula” and its upcoming light-installation exhibition “Continuance,” the “BloodLux Bash” encourages Coloradans to come decked out as their favorite classic monster or in a costume that glows for dancing, dining and live performances.

Seicento Baroque Ensemble presents "Dies Irae: Halloween Goes Baroque”
Oct. 31 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1 at First United Methodist Church, Boulder, 7:30 p.m.

This Boulder-based baroque choral ensemble presents an evening of music inspired by All Hallow’s Eve. Backed by period instruments, the chorus will perform selections from great Baroque era masters such as Henry Purcell and Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert also features “Dies Irae," a contemporary work by French organist Michel Richard de Lalande.

Photo: Colorado Ballet 'Dracula'
Colorado Ballet presents "Dracula"

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver
Oct. 31 to Nov. 2

Bram Stoker’s blood-soaked tale of the Prince of Darkness comes to life through dance on the Ellie Caulkins Opera House stage. Colorado Ballet’s production features choreography by Milwaukee Ballet artistic director Michael Pink, music by English composer Philip Feeney and, of course, plenty of blood.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Masters of Crime”
Theatre Company of Lafayette
The Mary Miller Theatre, Lafayette
Oct. 31 to Nov. 22

The famed fictitious detective Sherlock Holmes returns for the fourth installment in playwright C.P. Stancich’s series of original Sherlockian productions. This time, Holmes entrusts the help of young private eyes to help him unravel a mystery.

Halloween party at the SherBOOno!
Sherbino Historic Theater, Ridgway
Oct. 31, 9 p.m. to Nov. 1, 1 a.m.

Ridgway’s historic Sherbino Theater is transformed into a dance hall for ghouls and goblins on the night of Halloween as the venue hosts its holiday bash at the “SherBOOno.” The spooky soiree features dancing, a costume contest and a photo booth.

Photo: Frequent Flyers vampire showFrequent Flyers Aerial Dance presents “Theatre of the Vampires”
Macky Auditorium, Boulder
Oct. 31, 8 p.m.

An American journalist travels to Paris for an assignment and meets the intriguing emcee of a vampire theater company in this PG-13 performance. The recipient of two “Best of Boulder” awards, the production blends aerial dance, spectacle, dramatics and music ranging from original compositions by Colorado composer Jesse Manno to the likes of the Rolling Stones and White Stripes frontman, Jack White.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema ‘haunted’ October lineup
Littleton Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton
Now to Oct. 31

The Littleton brancg of this electic movie theater chain presents horror flicks, a spooky cinematic series and special themed events all month. Among the highlights is a Vampire Brunch with films featuring some of the silver screen's most-famous blood suckers coupled with bloody Mary cocktails.

Photo: Highland Haunt
7th-Annual Highland Haunt

32nd Avenue from Clay to Zuni streets, Denver
Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

32nd Avenue in Denver’s northwest neighborhood, the Highlands, temporarily shuts down to make way for a full day of Halloween festivities. From a costume contest and food trucks to piñata stations and live performances, the festival features an array of family-friendly activities.

“Victorian Horrors XXI”
Molly Brown House Museum, Denver
Oct. 17, 18, 24 & 25

Victorian authors return from the grave for this theatrical event at the Molly Brown House Museum in Denver. For two weekends, the spirits of literary greats such as Edgar Allen Poe haunt philanthropist and socialite Margaret Brown’s Denver mansion and share their gothic tales with visitors.