Don't let that slutty John Boehner costume go to waste on some house party, where only a small group of people will see it. Grab your date, the slutty [insert random food here], and head out for a show.
There's a ton of stuff going on in Boulder and Denver, from a soundtrack cover party to plain ol' folk and, as ever, DeVotchKa. Or don't put on a slutty costume and just get rowdy. (Not that you can't act slutty anyway. No judgement.)
The Yawpers, Eldren and Dragondeer
The Soiled Dove, 7401 E. 1st Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214
9 p.m., $10
This is being billed as a "Halloween soundtrack party," because any smart Colorado band knows that covers are what sell shows on All Hallow's Eve. Soundtracks for each band is a nice twist, too. The Yawpers will take on the "Big Lebowski," Eldren's got "Forrest Gump" (which is cooler than it seems, if you think about it) and Dragondeer will tear up the "Blues Brothers." Bonus covers: The Yawpers are releasing their album Good Songs/Shitty Versions at the show.
Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, 303-789-9206
8 p.m., $29.50
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030
9 p.m., $29.50
DeVotchKa is a Colorado Halloween tradition, isn't it? Their theatrics are well known — the costumes and elaborate sets. Plus, the band tends to make people feel a lot of things, and like it. And don't you just want to go to the Gothic Theatre on Halloween? Well, if you can't, catch them on Friday in Boulder instead.
Matt Flaherty Band
Conor O'Neill's, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922
If you've been living in Boulder and haven't yet spent Halloween at Conor O'Neill's, you need to get on this. It's packed and it's rowdy and it really doesn't matter what band is playing. Good thing the Matt Flaherty Band will be there (they're kind of always there).
Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfaxe Ave., Denver,
8 p.m., $22-$25
Sure, most bands can party, but Deer Tick is known for taking it to a whole new level. Their brand of Americana-infused barroom rock is perfect for rowdy shout-alongs (see "The Bump" and "Let's All Go to the Bar"). If you're not into the whole wearing-a-costume thing and would rather this holiday be an excuse to get drunk in normal clothes (like the rest of 'em), this is the show for you.
Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St. Boulder, 303-
9 p.m, $18-$20
Folk music can be spooky in the right context, maybe. Or maybe you don't feel like spooky (or covers). If that's the case, here's your show. The Coloradoans have been charming the crap out of the Front Range and beyond for years, and they somehow still sound fresh. For a lovely Halloween, this is your best bet.
The Gamits and Uphollow perform Jawbreaker's Dear You
hi-dive, 7 S. Broadyway, Denver, 303-733-0230
8:30 p.m., $6
First of all, this is your next-cheapest option (after Conor's, which never lists cover but is usually less than $5). Second of all, emo-ish punk covers seem like solid Halloween material. The two bands will play through Jawbreaker's Dear You, and the opener will be a Misfits tribute.
Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
8 p.m., $15-$18
Teen Daze is from Canada, where they don't say "trick or treat," they say, "May I have some sweets, please, eh? If it's not too much trouble." Just kidding, lots of Canadians are rude. Anyway, Teen Daze rocks, in a spacey, ambient way. Maybe Halloween should be a hazy trip.
The Longest Day of the Year
West Flanders Brewery, 1125 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2739
10 p.m. Friday
OK, here's a bonus Friday Halloween party right in Boulder, because sometimes partying in Denver on a Thursday just doesn't work. We get it. The Longest Day of the Year gets it, too, and they get that whole covers-sell thing. The guys will play Pearl Jam's Ten in it's entirety. That's the good kind of '90s nostalgia. Plus, there's craft beer. Happy (day after) Halloween!