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October theater: Local shows getting in on the Halloween spirit

Barbara and Johnny at the cemetery in Night of the Living Dead at The Bug.
Barbara and Johnny at the cemetery in Night of the Living Dead at The Bug.
The Bug Theatre

Just as December brings out all the Christmas Carols, Nutcrackers and other Santa-themed goodies, October brings a different kind of holiday performance. In fact, a lot of local theatre companies are pulling out all the tricks to get you scared this October. From an annual Halloween tradition in Denver to some new shows sure to get the hair on the back of your neck standing up straight, there is a lot to choose from. As you start planning out your weekend festivities all month long, make sure to add one or two of these great shows in with your rotation of haunted houses and horror movie nights.

Night of the Living Dead
The Bug Theatre
3654 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 477-5977

Price: Tickets range from $17 - $20
Playing through October 26

For the fifth year the Bug stage is overrun with zombies as a live version of the classic Romero zombie flick comes to life. It’s the beloved tale of the seven people trapped in a farmhouse as the hoards of undead attack from the outside. Portions of the show are told through film clips, while the rest takes place live on stage. It is a fascinating blend of live theatre and film, and this staged adaptation has become an annual tradition with zombie-lovers all over Colorado. Show up dressed as a zombie and you can save some dough too. (Disclaimer: the author of this article works for The Bug Theatre and is involved in this production.)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
The Aurora Fox
9900 East Colfax Avenue
Aurora, CO 80010
(303) 739-1970

Price: $26 for adults/$22 for students and seniors/$13 for children under 12
Playing through November 3

The Aurora Fox gets into the Halloween spirit with this retelling of Washington Irving’s beloved ghost story. It is the story of the romantic rivalry between a school teacher and a local tough guy, all leading up to the famous, terrifying midnight ride. This new version is adapted by Christopher Cook and is directed by Aurora Fox Artistic Director Charles D. Packard. Plus, the Aurora Fox is taming down the matinee performances to make it a bit more suitable for younger children, while the evening performances are still pretty scary.

Byers-Evans House
1310 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 620-4933

Price: $18
Playing October 18 through November 16

Evermore is the story of Rufus Griswold, the executor of Edgar Allan Poe’s estate, as he compiles Poe’s work for publication following his death. It is a retelling of many of Poe’s poems and stories that brings to life the vivid world of the famous author. The show is performed in the historic Byers-Evans House, allowing the audience to get completely lost in the stories being told. The house itself is just as much a part of the play as the characters and script.

Zompocalypse Later
Backstage Theatre
121 South Ridge Street
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-0199

Price: Tickets are $18 plus a $2 surcharge
Playing October 23 through November 2

This original show is written and directed by Christopher Willard, the Artistic Director at Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. It is the story of two guys that throw an opening day party, just as the zombie apocalypse hits. Their party as well as another, gets overrun by zombies and they must fight to fend off the undead for as long as they can. This production includes a “splatter zone,” meaning the first 2 rows are gonna get messy. Consider a drive up to Breckenridge to check this one out.

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