Ten Día de los Muertos events in Denver this weekend -- for adults and families!

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Though the holiday known as Day of the Dead -- Día de los Muertos -- sounds mournful, its festivities are rooted deep in a traditional celebration of life. After tonight, Halloween will be finished for the year and the merrymaking turns honoring the souls who have passed, with an array of commemorative altar displays, parades, art, food, dancing and music. Below are ten of the best Day of the Dead happenings around town, many of them free and family-friendly. For a full list of events happening across the city this weekend, be sure to check out our online calendar for more ideas -- and share anything we may have missed in the comments section below.

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Dia de los Muertos art show will make its mark at Good Omen Tattoo

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Courtesy of Amanda Erickson

Dia de los Muertos is a cause for celebration, a reason to gather with friends and family to remember the souls who have passed on. Mandie Erickson will make November 1 a day to remember by curating her first art show, which will have a grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. that day at Good Omen Tattoo, 2561 South Broadway.

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Five cult classic horror movies inspired by books -- and available now!

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Edith Scob in Eyes Without a Face
The entertainment industry, with its long-established allergy to new ideas, often mines the bestseller list for source material. Studios are more likely to greenlight a scary story after it has been officially vetted by the reading public. They're also less likely to interfere with a proven earner, which is why the most interesting and distinctive films are usually literary adaptations. In horror cinema, however, the filmmaker's vision of a story so often becomes definitive in the minds of viewers that it overshadows the books that inspired that vision in the first place (unless of course, those books were written by Stephen King).

With that in mind, the Westword Book Club has compiled a list of five cult classic horror movies that were inspired by novels and short stories, deliberately avoiding canonical works like Dracula and Frankenstein as well as blockbusters like The Exorcist and Rosemary's Baby in favor of slightly obscure titles that deserve more eyeballs. Then we Lars von Trier'ed ourselves into a corner by only selecting movies that are available to stream instantly, so readers can easily check out these great films before their Halloween spirit is buried beneath the snows of November. Read on, and enjoy your nightmares.

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Five of the goriest zombie movies of all time

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Where you find zombies, you will also find gore. Sure, there are zombie films that aren't particularly bloody, but they are the exception, not the rule. This is, after all, a genre where disembowelments are standard operating procedure. To stand out in this viscera-clotted field, a movie's got to be pretty grotesque, but plenty of filmmakers have risen to that challenge over the years, making some of the goriest films of all time. Films like Re-Animator (showing on Halloween in the VAC basement on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder) pushed the boundaries of good taste, knocked them over, then proceeded to stomp the boundaries' face into mush. For those who love that kind of gruesome mess, we've collated this list of some of zombiedom's most gorific films. Enjoy! (Caution: Clips are NSFW!)

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Miguel De La Torre on The Quest for the Historical Satan

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Dr. Miguel De La Torre
With Halloween on the horizon, the time was right to touch base with Miguel De La Torre, author of The Quest for the Historical Satan, to find out just how scared we should be this season. De La Torre is an ordained Southern Baptist preacher as well as a social ethics professor at the Iliff School of Theology. During our conversation, he discussed Satan in his many historical contexts, how Satan relates to superheroes and what dressing up as Satan this Halloween season might actually entail.

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Photos: Things got hairy at Saturday's Denver Gorilla Run

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Saturday's Denver Gorilla Run not only broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed in gorilla suits, but also featured an encyclopedic number of variations on the theme: There were pink gorillettes and samurai gorillas, Big Bang Theory nerdillas and some folks who plainly weren't gorillas at all. Ken Hamblin III caught all the hairy action for Westword, and we've collected his primate shots in a full slide show. But first, a sampler...

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"Slutty" costumes: Enough with the Halloween shaming of grown women

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This meme is my favorite, because the word "allow" insinuates that we don't get to choose how we dress during the rest of the year.
The Internet was made for judging. It sort of functions the same way that passing notes detailing a fellow eighth-grader's period mishap used to, except the shit-talking is done on the world's stage, and can be as vitriolic and hateful as the author chooses. (It can even be anonymous, in the case of comment trolls.)

Now, during Halloween season, those annoying Internet note-passers get to heckle women of all ages for what are considered "slutty" costumes. I'm never down with slut-shaming, and Halloween is no exception. So to the women of the world who want to wear what others deem "slutty," this one's for you.

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Denver Film Society gets spooky for Halloween week

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The Phantom Carriage
This past weekend was just a warm up for the real Halloween celebrations, and the Denver Film Society has a solid line-up of seasonal entertainment planned for the Sie FilmCenter. Don't worry -- none of these events will require you to be dressed as slutty Abraham Lincoln or to do multiple pumpkin-flavored shots. Not that you can't, mind you, but this trio of treats all work just as well when you're wearing street clothes, without swallowing anything more intoxicating than popcorn.

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Photos: The freaks and kinks came out to play at Boulder's Exotica Erotica Ball

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Zombies were solidly outnumbered over the weekend at the Exotica Erotica Ball, where green men and slinky cat-women canoodled with masked mystery ladies and scantily clad executioners. Photographer Brandon Marshall captured the sexy backlash bash in all its fishnetted majesty. Here are some of our favorite photos; you'll find these and more in the full (NSFW) slide show.

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Twenty top adult-friendly Halloween parties -- no kids allowed!

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Britt Chester
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.

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