Twenty top adult-friendly Halloween parties -- no kids allowed!
Halloween isn't a holiday limited to a single evening of celebrations. There are ghoulish parties all week, many of which include costume contests with serious cash prizes. Whether you're into zombies or burlesque (or both -- there are two parties for that alone) or you just want to dance and get spooky, there's an event for you.
In the list below, we've compiled the top twenty adult-friendly Halloween happenings between now and November 1. The celebrations we're highlighting are definitely adult-friendly; check the Westword online calendar for complete listings of haunted tours, family-friendly Halloween gatherings, zombies-only parties and more. And if you think we've missed a good party, share the information in the comments section below.
The Annual Lipgloss Sci-Fi Halloween Party and Day of the Dead Halloween Party, Beauty Bar, October 25 & November 1, $5
Touted as the longest-running indie dance party in the U.S., Lipgloss gets the floor jumping each and every Friday night. But the shindig goes all out for Halloween, first with a sci-fi themed gathering putting Han Solos and sexy aliens in the spotlight on October 25. Then on November 1, Lipgloss will throw a Day of the Dead night to remember with an MIA listening party as well as dancing, face-painting and, of course, costumes. Hosted by founding DJ Boyhollow, both nights will serve up some sweet concert ticket giveaways, choice music from great DJs, live visuals and plenty of photo ops. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended, as Beauty Bar fills up fast.
Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, October 25, 26 & 31, $25-$35
The lovely Clocktower Clockettes of Lannie's get spooky and sexy during a night of Halloween fun with Boo-Lesque, a tribute to zombies, vampires, witches and black cats. It's hosted by Clocktower staple and funnyman Naughty Pierre, and audience members are encouraged to come out in costume for a chance at some great prizes.
Halloween Costume Party with Zion I, DJ Cavem and more
Vinyl, October 26, $15-$25
Vinyl is a dance destination with several levels of dance floors, chill-out spots and plenty of bar space where you can get your drink on. This Saturday, enjoy a costume party while getting down to the sounds of Zion I, DJ Cavem Moetavation, Fdotlawless, Lytes Edison and more inside this multiplex of dance.
Hyatt Regency Tech Center, October 26, $39 and upKevin Larson is known for his unique brand of colossal, exotic and often theatrical soirées, and his Paranormal Palace bash is one of the largest Halloween events in the city, with multiple ballrooms, several DJs playing a diverse array of musical styles and live performers at a very adult-friendly gala. There's also a $2,000 grand prize costume contest, and a percentage of proceeds goes to the Women's Global Empowerment Fund.
Rot Congress IV
Skylark Lounge, October 26, $5
Local record label Hot Congress rolls over in its grave and becomes Rot Congress for an annual evening of spooky fun. Bands take on gory monikers -- The Kissing Party becomes The Missing Party, Colfax Speed Queen transforms into Colfax Scream Queen and so on -- and they take over the Skylark for the holiday-themed show. Musicians and audience members are encouraged to dress up for a chance to win cash prizes.
Nightmare on Curtis
The Curtis - A Double Tree Hotel, October 26, Starting at $236
Paying homage to horror classics like The Shining and The Ring, Nightmare on Curtis lets you rent special rooms on the 13th floor for a night of unexpected visitors and spooky surprises. Freddy Krueger is known to roam the halls and rooms are decorated with a little fright in mind. Still, it's all in good fun -- and we know you'll survive the night because a Halloween stay here includes breakfast for two the following morning at the Corner Office's Disco Brunch.
Crowne Plaza DIA, October 26, $34-$69
A hotel-sized Halloween blowout, Coloween is now in its sixth year. Thousands of square feet of dance floor are illuminated with festival-style lighting and set up with a sound system supporting Colorado's best Top 40 and EDM DJs. Throw in a few scary dancers and a $1,000 costume contest, and this is one big bash. The giant party has sold out each year, so be sure to grab tickets in advance.