SCENE & HEARD: Get your fall on around the Aurora-region

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Boo who? Halloween decorations off the chart at the Aurora home of Greg and Colleen Bolton and Brandie, age 9. SENTINEL FILE PHOTO

Boo! Scene & Heard brings you the best fall events around Aurora and beyond for the fall season. Whether it’s spooky experiences, cozy entertainment or festive treats, you’ll find it here.

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Family Day with United Airlines and Wings Over the Rockies

Oct. 9 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230. Visit wingsmuseum.org/events/family-day-with-united-airlines for more information.

It’s pretty well known that Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is packed wall to wall in the old airplane hangar turned museum with a bevy of exciting exhibits that is sky high. Lucky for you, they’ve got an event planned for this weekend that is the perfect excuse to pay a visit. 

United Airline employees, including pilots and technicians, will be available to answer questions about their careers as well as interactive activities and experiences. 

The event is included with the price of museum admission.

Banned Booze Ball at Dry Dock Brewing South Dock

Oct. 15, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO 80014. Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/dry-dock-brewing-co17th-anniversary-tickets-396189341987 for tickets and more information.

Feeling dapper, are we? Well it just so happens that it’s costume season, and you can certainly get along dressing as someone drenched in class from what some would consider a “simpler time.” Dry Dock is turning 17 and to celebrate they are hosting a Banned Booze Ball. And believe it when I say there is a host of pretty original entertainment, from a pop-up tattoo parlor on-site to a cigar trailer. You and your partner can take swing dance lessons then cut a rug to some live classic American jazz and gypsy jazz tunes. Or if you happen to be rolling solo, find yourself a swell gal or fella and see if y’all have a peachy keen time. Then obviously get yourselves matching tattoos.  

And as mentioned, Dry Dock wants to see you in your best “Prohibition/Speakeasy” attire.General Admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $80, with VIP getting you early entry and a complimentary t-shirt.

Stanley Marketplace Fall Festival 

Oct. 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2501 Dallas St. Aurora, CO 80010 

Yes, summer was fun, especially with the folks at Stanley Marketplace in north Aurora. But fall is looking like a bale of excitement. From all the cozy beers you’re sure to find at Cheluna Brewing Co. to cooking classes at Create that will help you master dining-in during the cold months, you’ll want to make the trek to 2501 Dallas St.

On Oct. 16, make sure to stop by for the free fall festival, which will feature all sorts of vendors. Snacks, costume contests, and, yes, pumpkin picking. Find more info at www.stanleymarketplace.com 

Aurora Symphony’s Fall Masterworks 

Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Cherokee Trail High School, 25901 E. Arapahoe Road Aurora, CO 80016. $20, more details at www.aurorasymphony.org

What does fall sound like? The “sweatha weatha” skit from Saturday Night Live featuring Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph comes to mind, but if your ears are on the search for something a little less jarring than two moms from the Bronx, you may want to try the Aurora Symphony. The group is presenting its fall masterworks on Oct. 15 and 16 at Cherokee Trail High School. Conductor Kyle Reply is leading the symphony in its season opener. The program repertoire includes four works, under the theme “American Voices.” Do yourself a favor and search out the setlist before heading to the show on Oct. 15 or 16. “The Oak”, a symphonic poem from Florence Price, is eery and quiet, kind of like if you took a long walk through the park on a dreary evening and then turned in for an old film noir flick only to find it mirrored your entire day. 

Four Nights of Halloween Parties at Meow Wolf Convergence Station

Oct. 26, 28 and 29 with varying start times 1338 1st St. Denver, CO 80204. Visit tickets.meowwolf.com/events/denver/ for more information including times and ticketing information. 

What’s Halloween without a wicked line-up of parties? Sometimes though, the hype doesn’t match the party. Seemingly more often than not, really. Well it looks like Convergence Station has lined up a few parties for you to make sure that this Halloween party goers don’t meet the fate of Charlie Brown and get a figurative rock of a dance party. 

Not only have they lined up parties for us metro area living folks, but they’ll also have a bevy of “Halloween Delights’ lined up throughout Convergence Station. 

And of course, all guests are encouraged to costume up for the events. 

Ticket prices for the parties vary but entry into Convergence Station starts at $45 for ages 14 and up, $40 for children aged 3-14, seniors 65+ and military personnel.

Corn Maze at Chatfield Gardens

Sept. 16 – Oct. 30 Fri-Sun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd.

Littleton, CO 80128. Visit www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/corn-maze for more information.

A favorite Autumnal pastime has returned to Chatfield Farms. Yep, the corn maze is back! This year’s maze spans seven acres and takes an estimated one hour to complete. The theme is described as a “dino-mite exploration of a prehistoric time” so… ya know, not to spoil anything but it might be in that descriptor. There’s more than just the maze at Chatfield if you pop in on the weekends. There’s a mini-maze for the youth, escape room, for an additional fee, barrel train rides for the kiddos (included with the purchase of mini-maze tickets). Food vendors will be on site and picnic tables available on a first come first served basis.

Tickets run $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and over, $11 for children between 3-11 and children under 2 get free entry.

Spiders Around the World at the Butterfly Pavilions

Oct. 7 – Oct. 31 during the regular hours of 9 a.m. to 5  p.m. 6252 W. 104th Ave.

Westminster, Colorado 80020 Visit www.butterflies.org for more information.

Pumpkin Spice is running rampant so that must mean it’s “Spooky Season” as well. The Butterfly Pavilion is going full speed ahead with bringing some literal creepy crawlies to the pavilion during the last three weeks of October. Featuring spiders from 20 different countries including the painfully appropriate Skeleton and Pumpkin Patch Tarantulas. There’s even some interactive options where you can walk among the Orb Weavers, with Malaysian variants that can be as large as an adult hand.  If you aren’t petrified by the thought of being surrounded by spiders, be sure to get out to the Butterfly Pavilion and inundate yourself in the bevy of arachnids. Entry is included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Harvest Hoot at that Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus

Oct. 28-30 during normal hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr, Denver, CO 80211. Visit mychildrensmuseum.org for more information.

For three days the Children’s Museum of Denver at the Marisco Campus will be transforming the museum into what they’re describing as a “Spook-tacular Wonderland of Fun.” And in looking at the list of funtivities, they’re pretty right on in that description. 

The festival includes a variety of themed activities for the kiddos, including tasty treats from The Teaching Kitchen, Monster Carnival Games, a crafting area, Spooky Science performance, meet and greets with live creatures, Campfire storytimes and rides on the Boo-Choo train. 

Entry is free for members, $17 for non members ages 2-59 and $15 for those 60 and older.

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