Behind the Scenes of a Denver Haunted House, Plus More Ways to Spend Your Halloween

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Halloween starts early in Denver -- about two weeks early, to judge by this year's slate of events -- and there's no better way to spend it than by getting good and scared at one of the city's many haunted houses. To get a better idea of all the work that goes into the scares, we sent videographer Bailey Geoghan to visit City of the Dead and meet the actors, makeup artists and set-construction staff who put it together every year.

Still looking for something to do tonight? Check out our list of Denver's best Halloween parties for adults below.

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Five Best Horror Franchises to Marathon-Watch This Halloween

Follow Jason Voorhees through 12 "Friday the 13th" movies in an epic Halloween movie marathon.

Horror films take place in an alternate universe where logic disappears. The villain comes back to life, the car doesn't start and those damn kids always go into the dark basement alone. Instead of spending your Halloween partying with people in Ebola patient costumes, choose a classic horror movie franchise and binge watch every chapter. Compare and contrast different elements, count the number of deaths and finally be the definitive voice on which A Nightmare on Elm Street is the best. Here are the top five horror film franchise to binge-watch this Halloween weekend.

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Eight Great Local Shops For Last-Minute Halloween Costumes and Accessories

Scott Lentz for Westword.
Halloween is just around the corner, and while many a party-goer has spent months carefully crafting the perfect costume, the rest of us are still scrounging for ideas. But when that dream look finally hits, where do you go to get the best wigs, capes, feather boas and play knives before October 31? Here's a list of the best locally-owned spots around town to find everything you need for a spooky, sexy, gory or goofy get-up. (And don't forget to check out Westword's lists of the best adults-only parties and family-friendly gatherings happening throughout this Halloween week where you can wear said costume!)

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Photos: A Zombie Apocalypse Descends on Exdo for the Roll Skate Party

Zombies -- and other random costumed skaters -- took to the rink Friday at the Exdo Event Center for a Halloween edition of the monthly Roll skate-dancing party. Photographer Scott Lenz dared to shoot these Zombie Apocalypse photos; keep reading for a sneak peek at the slide show.

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Photos: Ghouls and Goblins at the Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs

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In Denver, we've got the Zombie Crawl, but in Manitou Springs, the Emma Crawford Coffin Races have been a time-honored Halloween-season tradition for nearly twenty years. Over the weekend, fifty costumed teams took to the streets of Manitou, pushing hand-built caskets on wheels and causing a general ruckus. Brandon Marshall caught all the best ghouls and boos in pictures; read on for a sampler.

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Five Foreign-Language Films That Will Scare You in Five Different Languages

"Audition" features one of the most sinister villains with one of the most delicate appearances.
Nightmares tap into our subconscious and scare us based on our feelings, which is why fear knows no language barriers. So, while the world's cultures are blaringly different, our terrors are universal. The world of foreign horror cinema is also extensive and terrifying, and a plethora of American scary movies have actually been remakes of international flicks, including The Ring, The Grudge and Let the Right One In. And the usual consensus is that the original is scarier.

Go beyond our national borders and check out what frightens the rest of the world. Here are the top five scariest foreign films.

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Twenty of the Best Kid-Friendly Halloween Celebrations

Children's Museum of Denver.
Join the Children's Museum of Denver this weekend for its popular annual Trick or Treat Street.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated by all ages, but being a kid this time of year is something special. And from costume contests to magical worlds that only appear during the spooky season, the city is packed with places where hardcore candy seekers can get their sugar fix, little ones will find fun and games and older kids might discover more haunting experiences. Check the Westword calendar for a full listing of events throughout October, and keep reading for the best kid-friendly parties and events that everyone from toddlers to teens can enjoy.

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On Trend: Zombie Style Slays the Streets

All photos by Mauricio O. Rocha
Scares and style collided on October 18, when the annual Zombie Crawl filled the 16th Street Mall with zombies, blood and surprisingly good fashion. During the event, we spotted two local make-up artists who went all out with their looks for the day; keep reading to find out more on how they came up with their costumes.

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Photos: The Best of the Undead at Zombie Crawl 2014

It was that time of year again on Saturday, when thousands of zombies crawled out of their tombs for Denver's annual Zombie Crawl on the 16th Street Mall. Photographer Aaron Thackeray braved a downtown stroll among the walking dead to bring back these images. Keep reading for a peek at the creepshow -- if you dare.

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Five Halloween Movies to Watch with Your Kids

Hocus Pocus has all the elements that make the perfect Halloween movie.

For kids, there's nothing better than Halloween. You get to fulfill your wildest fantasies, explore your darkest fears and get a bag of free candy. It's a time before adulthood beats the magic and wonder out of you, a time when you can still believe there's something more out there. These five movies capture that wonder -- and make you jump -- and, even as an adult, they may be able to help you forget your cynicism for a while.

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