10 things to do for $10 (7 free!) this weekend, October 5-7

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October is finally here, and that means pumpkin beer, butternut squash soup and Halloween-themed events all month. But you won't have to fork over a ton of cash to get in on the fun. We've rounded up ten events this weekend that all cost less than $10, from people-watching at a zombie dash to seeing the classic Amityville Horror, to something even more terrifying: a presidential debate and waffles party. And get this: Seven of these events are free!

For a full calendar of events, visit the Westword calendar. Keep reading for our ten for $10.

See also:

- Photos: Awesome skateboard art on deck for Saturday's 5th annual Bordo Bello
- Win tickets to Haunted Mansion, 13th Door haunted house!
- Photos: The colorful people of the Denver DebateFest 2012

Dia de los Muertos Opening Party at Studio 12 Gallery (Friday, free)
Studio 12's Dia de los Muertos celebration kicks off today with an impeccably curated art show featuring work from artists like Brandon Maldonado, Fonda McDonough, Amber Lovelace and many more. Browse the art, look at the altars, get your face painted, and make your own sugar skull at this Day of the Dead party.

Presidential Waffling at MCA Denver (Friday, $5)
In case you missed Wednesday's presidential debate (or just want to relive the madness), the MCA's Black Sheep Fridays is showing clips tonight. And even better, the museum will be serving fresh waffles so that you can eat while you watch democracy in action. If you can't stomach more politics, the exhibits will also be open at the museum.

Works by Sandi Calistro opening at Sputnik (Friday, free)
You may have seen Sandi Calistro's work on the bodies of people around town. Calistro is a tattoo artist at Kaze Gallery, but she also creates striking, somewhat macabre paintings that usually focus on the female figure. They'll make for a great October show, which opens at Sputnik tonight with a free reception.

Masquerade Art Show at Lux DeVil (Friday, free)
There's always plenty of entertainment on the free First Friday Santa Fe Art Walk, and one of the most promising shows tonight is the Masquerade Art Show at Lux DeVil Salon, with art from Phil Harris. But don't stop there: Wander up and down Santa Fe, looking at both the people and the art in galleries along the way (don't miss the free cheese plates, either).

Jim Wills
Zombie Dash Urban Race at the Ginn Mill (Saturday, free to watch)
Though it's pricey to enter the actual race, you can watch this Zombie Dash for free -- and it's sure to have some great undead-sightings. Dress as a flesh-eating monster and watch as others stumble around this race that benefits Flobots.org.

Location Info


Studio 12 Gallery

209 Kalamath St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

1485 Delgany St., Denver, CO

Category: General


3 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

City Park

17th Ave. and York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Bug Theatre

3654 Navajo St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Horseshoe Craft and Flea Market

4345 W. 46th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Ginn Mill

2041 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Oktoberfest in Castle Rock at the Douglas County Fair and Events Center, free parking, free admission.

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