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    Dorothy Gay Howard, known as Jane Doe for several years, is played by Alexis Bell. Howard was murdered before she was 20, and her identity wasn't known until recently. Historic Boulder will host its Halloween event "Meet the Spirits" at Columbia Cemetery on Sunday.

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    "Coneheads" Ann Carson and Steve Kerchner hand out candy on Halloween in Prospect last year.

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    Former Boulder resident Myrtle Danford, portrayed by Casey Rosenberg in 2014's "Meet the Spirits," died at age 7 from diphtheria. Historic Boulder hosts its theatrical Halloween event at Columbia Cemetery on Sunday.

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    Madison Manning, dressed as Beetlejuice, waits with the Silver Creek High School Marching Band for the annual Halloween Parade and Trick or Treat Street event in 2016 in Longmont.



EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been corrected to reflect the days of two events. The Dickens Horror Film Festival was incorrectly listed for Oct. 27. The correct date is 11 a.m. Saturday. Longmont Halloween Parade was incorrectly listed for Thursday. The annual parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Leading up to Halloween, the Front Range is hosting a multitude of events sure to coax out that inner witch or warlock.

Lovers of this creepy October holiday can take in a full day of horror movies at Dickens Opera House in Longmont or venture up Mount Sanitas in the dark, dressed as Pennywise from “It.”

Those who long to connect with former Boulderites from beyond the grave can do so with “Meet the Spirits.” This event, coming to Columbia Cemetery on Sunday, takes guests on a journey back in time as local actors pay homage to dearly departed Boulder residents in this interactive theatrical experience. Pharmacist-turned-notable landscape photographer Eben G. Fine will be among the souls strolling through the historic Columbia Cemetery this weekend — a Boulder icon who dates back to 1870.

Here’s a guide to Halloween events on the Front Range:


“The Toxic Avenger” The Longmont Theatre Company brings to the stage New Jersey’s only super hero, based on the 1984 cult film classic, in a wild musical comedy featuring an unlikely hero, a lovely leading lady and a corrupt mayor. It’s a toxic love story with an environmental twist; 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 26-27 and 11 p.m. Oct. 27, The Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., Longmont; $25; 303-772-5200,

Murder Mystery Dinner Unique event centered on a four-course dinner and an “interactive murder mystery experience” curated by The Denver Murder Mystery Co. 7:30 p.m. Friday, The MacGregor Ballroom at The Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park; $159;


Dickens Horror Film Fest: Choose from a variety of psychological thrillers, chillers and slasher flicks. The ultimate fest for those who love a complex or campy scary movie, this event is just the thing to get you in the Halloween spirit. Actor Robert Rais from 2008’s “Day of the Dead” will be on hand for a frightful Q&A. There’s even a costume contest and cocktail hour. Booze and boos, that’s a win-win. 11 a.m. Saturday, Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont; $45;

The Shining Ball Major party with immersive theater characters from “The Shining” features a silent disco, a 1920s-themed jazz bar and a performance by the Gasoline Lollipops. 8 p.m. Saturday, The Pavillion Amphitheater at The Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park; starts at $149;


Meet the Spirits: Learn about distinguished Boulder residents of yesteryear with reenactments in Boulder’s oldest cemetery. There will also be psychics, local historians on hand to answer questions, a children’s scavenger hunt, live music and vintage hearses. Noon- 5p.m. Sunday, Columbia Cemetery, Entrances at 9th and Pleasant streets and 9th and College Avenue, Boulder; $5-$20 (all fourth graders receive free entry in support of Colorado history studies);


Halloween Spooktacular: Come observe a laser music Halloween show and learn about some very freaky moons that currently exist in our solar system. Classic tunes from “Ghostbusters” and “Beetlejuice” will be paired with laser images of ghosts, goblins and maybe even a pack of dancing skeletons. 9 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 and 4:30p.m. Oct. 28, Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Dr., Boulder; $7-$10;

Friday, Oct. 26

Halloween Carnival: Come participate in this community-wide, family-friendly event. Lots of indoor activities will be a brewin’. Costumes encouraged. Best for children ages 3-8. 3-5p.m. Oct. 26, South Boulder Rec Center, 1360 Gillaspie Dr., Boulder; $5 per child;

Deviant Divas Halloween Block Party: Experience a night of food, libations, music and the fierceness of female superstars from a variety of eras. Come dressed as Madonna, Aretha or Cher. There will be a costume contest, too. 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. Oct 26, Deviant Spirits Distillery, 2480 49th St., Suite E, Boulder; $10-$15;

Saturday, Oct. 27

38th annual Halloween Parade: Watch gleefully as ghosts, pirates and superheroes flood downtown Longmont. Trick-or-treating at Main Street shops and businesses to follow. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont; free;

Halloween At Luvin Arms: This family-friendly event allows visitors to interact with a variety of sanctuary animals. Carve a pumpkin, gather around the fire for some ghost stories and hop aboard a tractor for a ride you won’t soon forget. There will also be trick-or-treating. 4-7 p.m. Oct 27; Luvin Arms Sanctuary, 3470 County Rd. 7, Erie; free;

Monstah Mash: Don your best costume and sip on the re-released Green Monstah Strong Ale — a brew that boasts smooth notes of caramel and a warm finish — that’s even better than a Twix. Food will be provided by The Big Dawg BBQ Food Truck. 5 p.m-midnight Oct. 27, Asher Brewing Co., 4699 Nautilus Ct. Ste. 104, Boulder; free;

Gunbarrel ’80s Halloween Bash: Dance all night to tracks spun by the colorful DJ Rockstar Aaron. Capture memories in a retro photo booth and show off gaming skills in the arcade. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 27, Gunbarrel Brewing Company, 7088 Winchester Circle Boulder; free;

Annual Halloween Bash 2018: Enjoy a spooky spectacular evening with games, raffles, costume contests, D.J.s, dancing, four bars serving up specialty drinks and snacks. 8-11:59 p.m. Oct. 27, Por Wine House, 836 ½ Main St., Louisville; $10;!/order

Halloween Masquerade Party Costume party featuring spirited decorations and drinks and dancing to the Who’s Bad? Michael Jackson tribute band. 8 p.m. Oct. 27, The Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park; $119;

Sunday, Oct. 28

Monster Dash Festival and Run: Get a workout before consuming all those Kit-Kats and Starbursts. There’s a 5K for the entire family and a 10K for those looking to really get their sprint on. Activities to follow the race. 3p.m. Oct. 28, Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr., Louisville; $10-$30;

Bonnie & the Clydes Present: A Rocky Horror Halloween Hoedown: If you’ve never been to the historic landmark, Gold Hill Inn, October is a great time to check out the picturesque place that’s a bit like stepping back in time. Join Bonnie and Taylor Simms, who will be taking on the legendary roles of Janet and Brad, for this night of frightfully good fun. 9 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28, Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Gold Hill; $10;

Monday, Oct. 29

Rocky Horror Picture Show: Join the cast of Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient as they do the Time Warp again with this interactive installment of the ’70s cult classic. The Lounge at Boulder Theater is now open during events, so you can grab a beverage and tapas. 7:30p.m Oct 29, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; $5;

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Halloween Hike: Venture up Mount Sanitas in costume for a spooky 3.2-mile hike presented by Always Choose Adventures. BYOB, or head to a brewery post-jaunt. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30, Mount Sanitas Trailhead, Sunshine Canyon Dr., Boulder; free; reservation required;

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Munchkin Masquerade: Each Halloween the Pearl Street Mall is inundated with mini-zombies, ghosts, fairies and witches. Trick-or-treating can be done at a variety of local businesses. 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Downtown Boulder, 1942 Broadway, Boulder; free;

Halloween Hootenanny with SIN Music: Enjoy a night of spooky tunes, while munching on kale chips and sipping artfully crafted cocktails. 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Next Door, 1035 Pearl St., Boulder; free;

Friday, Nov. 2

All Souls Vampires and Masquerade Ball: Want to keep the Halloween spirit going after the 31st? Come dressed as your favorite ancestor, vampire or undead creation of your very own. Performances by Frequent Flyers Aerial Dancers, photo ops with coffins and a hearse, an electronic set by DJ Buddah Bomb and cocktails are just a few of the offerings of this eerie evening. 7:30p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov 2-3, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $35-$40;

Haunted houses, creepy walks, ghost tours

The Empty Grave: Check out this creeptastic haunted house and face your fears. With nightmarish theatrics, these pros always take things to another level of scary. Various dates and times, The Village at the Peaks Shopping Center, 1250 S. Hover Road, Longmont; $16-$40;

Haunted Field of Screams: Brave enough to tackle Colorado’s largest and most intense scream park? Get chased by lunatics in straight jackets and perfect your aim with a zombie paintball massacre. Various dates and times, 10451 McKay Road, Thornton; $39.99;

Scream Acres at Fritzler Farm Park Dusk-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 (daytime Fritzler Farm Park attractions open 6-10 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays), 20861 County Road 33, LaSalle; $22.95-$35.95 (includes admission to daytime Fritzler Farm Park activities).

Terror in the Corn: Visit one of the top-rated attractions by The Haunted Attraction Association. Experience a haunted hayride and stroll through a ghost town — if you dare. Various dates and times, Anderson Farms, 6728 County Rd. 3 1/4, Erie; $27-$40;

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