This Saturday is one of Denver's newer traditions that's gaining speed. In its eighth year, the 2013 Zombie Crawl in Denver is attempting again to surpass a world record in gathering the most undead in history at Skyline Park, on Arapahoe Street from 15th-18th streets, Denver.

Tens of thousands of people (I'm talking like 20,000-plus) of all ages slink, crawl, drag body parts, bleed and run all over the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. The all-ages event is free, just show up in your zombie gear — but, be a charitable bloody bastard and bring a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Organizers ask that all zombies register for the event at eyeheartbrains.com so they can get an accurate count for Guinness World Records.

The festivities start at 2 p.m. with live musical performances ("Thriller," obviously), but if you head down at noon, you can get free makeup help in the park. The bloody group of braaains will head down the mall at 4 p.m. The costume contest wraps the night back at the park at 5:30, then there are afterparties at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut St., Denver, and Meadowlark, 2701 Larimer St., Denver.

Tip: Buy the $5 "Killer Deals" wristband for discounts (including a free beer and Red Bull, drink specials and free admission) at dozens of restaurants and bars through Sunday, available ant ARC Thrift stores or online: eyeheartbrains.com.


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Afterparties

Casselman's is hosting its Stay Alive party for zombies after the crawl. The venue will feature music from Basscrooks, Lotus Drops, Muppet Punk, DJ Kriminal and Clicks and Licks.

I don't know who any of those bands are, but you're such a great Googler, so good luck with that.

There will also be zombie films, dancers, aerialists, fire spinners, live tattooing, art, a fog machine and food trucks.

My guess on the clientele: Slutty zombies, a slew of 18 year olds and raver zombies on Molly.

Info: 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; 18+; $10-15

MeadowLark is hosting its Zombie Prom at the intimate, underground bar — that also has a great outdoor space with a music stage.

There's not much info, but I'm sure there will be life tunes, dance tunes and plenty of blood.

My guess on the clientele: Hipster zombies, lots of beards and trendy spectacles and trendy zombies on weed and blow.

Info: 8 p.m,.; $10;

Zombie fashion show

If you don't feel like hiking up to the northern parts of Larimer and Walnut Streets, then head to the Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St., Denver, after the crawl for the Drop Dead Gorgeous Zombie Fashion Showat 6:30 p.m.

This runway-style fashion show will feature bloody walkers strutting the stage in style to zombie music, lights, fog and more.

Three local judges will rate the competition and will award prizes from $100-500 gift certificates, plus a Hot Topic prize and movie prize for best "Carrie" zombie.

Info: Registration between 3-6 p.m.; facebook.com/events/404237633014661/?fref=ts; free

Non-zombies

I know. It's like a real infestation. Help us, Godzilla. Or Ray Bradbury. Or something.

For those who want to forego the bloody bodies, the Hyatt Regency Tech Center, 7800 East Tufts Ave., Denver, is hosting MileHiCon 45 from Friday through Sunday.

This science fiction convention brings old and new fans together with a big focus on literary works, but will also pull out all the stops like art, vendors, a costume contest and gaming rooms.

There will be more than 80 authors (including bestselling-author Seanan McGuire) at the convention as well as artists, speakers, actions, panel discussions, cosplay and more.

Info: Friday at 2 p.m.-Sunday; milehicon.com.$18-46

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