“To Kill A Mockingbird” — 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 2 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 1, at the John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver.
This is one of those stories that just doesn’t get old, and just so happens to serve as a perfect high school English class refresher. So, two birds with a rock, or something. If you haven’t read “Go Set A Watchman” yet, don’t miss this John Hand-branded chance to brush up. Bernie Cardell directs. Visit www.thisisspotlight.com for ticket information.
13th Door Haunted House 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., daily through Nov. 1, 3186 S. Parker Rd. Visit 13door.com for more information
Sure, plenty of terrifying events and utterances come out of city hall each week, but the temple on East Alameda Parkway isn’t the only Aurora locale where residents can scare themselves to half to death. Each year around Halloween, a consortium of notorious Hollywood killers, half-dead creatures and downright sinister souls start hanging out at an abandoned strip mall in central Aurora. Why not join in on the fun and fright? This spooky scene is the nightly routine at the Slaughterhouse Gulch and 13th Door haunted houses off of South Parker Road in Aurora. Nearly 100 amateur zombies, goblins and just about every other wretch in the gamut of Halloween personages revel in inducing eye-popping screams and frightened shrieks. Diapers are encouraged — seriously.
Explore Beauty and History at Fairmount Cemetery Anytime between Mon.-Fri. between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 430 South Quebec St., Denver, fairmount-cemetery.com or 303-399-0692
It will certainly take more than one visit to this historic gem that borders Denver and Aurora to see Fairmount’s 280 acres of trees, monuments, gardens and historical structures. What better way to spend a brisk fall day than admiring the Ivy Chapel, built in 1890, that reflects 13th Ecclesiastical Gothic architecture? Or how about touring the Fairmount Mausoleum, home to the largest private collection of stained glass in the city of Denver and one of the largest in the state? Or maybe tour the carefully crafted graves and mausoleums that hold the movers and shakers that made the metro area what it is today? Yeah, we’re coming up pretty dry with answers, too.
Hell House at Potter’s Church 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31, with an additional child-friendly version on 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Oct. 31. The Potter’s House of Denver, 9495 E. Florida Ave., Denver. Admission is $1. Call 303-283-7426 for more information.
What is terrifying, nearly free and always, always, always tastes of regret and peppermint schnapps? If you guessed all of the terrible decisions you always, always, always make on Halloween night, you are correct, you ghoul. Instead of falling down the same old rabbit hole of shame this year, the folks at Potter’s House Church of Denver are offering up a more wholesome, family-friendly alternative. No schnapps here. A la “scared straight,” Hell House walks participants through the dangers of bad decisions as well as the dangers of, well, basically leaving any given house in the 21st century. Set the groundwork for a somewhat ethical winter with the folks at Potter’s House, and maybe the family, this weekend and remind yourself how you could maybe, probably, possibly be a little bit better. It’s (sadly) the right thing to do.
Mac Miller and Action Bronson at Red Rocks Doors at 5:30 p.m. opening acts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, tickets start at $45
How can it be that Red Rocks has never had a Halloween show before 2015? It’s a mystery for the ages, but there’s no mystery in terms of knowing that fans of foodie-rapper Bronson and the rest of the bill — including Flatbush Zombies, Domo Genesis and Tory Lanez — will need to be ready for any kind of weather for the show. So the more layers you can manage on your Halloween costume, the better.
The 39 Steps
7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 & 31 or 2 p.m. Nov. 1, Center Stage, 27608 Firewood Dr., Evergreen.
Halloween horror with the twist of Mr. Bean. The beloved show, based on the book by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock, comes to Evergreen with a dash of Monty Python farce and more than a few layers of macabre courtesy of the Master of Suspense. Scott Ogle directs. Adult tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 303-674-4934 or visiting evergreenplayers.org.