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Victorian horrors, giant spiders, a witch festival and more to do in Denver this week

Eight legs, one pavilion

Friday. The jewel of a Westminster zoo, focused on invertebrates Butterfly pavilion, reopens its appropriate seasons Spider Pavilion Friday October 15. The Spider Lodge Joins the Bug-A-Boo Indoor Trick-or-Treating (October 22-23) for Kids and Evening Spooky Tours (October 22-23 and 29-30) as part of the lineup Halloween this month.

Still, the Spider Lodge is the “kickback,” staff members said, which is not surprising given that one of the year-round Butterfly Lodge’s biggest attractions is the cute butterfly. hairy legs Rosie the Tarantula. From this weekend through October 31, visitors can enter the exotic enclosure full of spiders weaving orbs, inside the Wings of the Tropics exhibit. No reservation is required and access is included in general admission. 9 am-5pm at 6252 W. 104th Ave. in Westminster. Timed tickets for the GA are $ 9 to $ 13. – Jean Wenzel

To fear. Very scared.

Until October 31. With hay walks and flourishing corn mazes, die-hard Halloween fans began to flock to the haunted houses. As the Denver Post’s Tiney Ricciardi wrote in her roundup, “If you’re looking for a spooky experience without having to walk through a mountain ghost town this fall, spooky fears await” in Denver (see her full list on / 3mXKcyn).

Victorian Horrors, a ghost story-driven scare in historic Capitol Hill Molly Brown House Museum, features actors reading classic horror tales such as “Frankenstein” and “The Fall of House Usher”. New this year, two sign language presentations, Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22, for the hearing impaired. Several times until October 30 – tickets go fast.

Moon Temple Mystery School will present the very first Witch Fest at Elitch Gardens this month. It’s part of the theme park’s Fright Fest, which is already underway. (Provided by Elitch Gardens)

Also raising the hairs this month: it’s bigger Feast of fear is already underway, but you only have a few days to prepare Elitch Gardens’ first Witches party. Unlike most Halloween witch performances, this event honors their various pagan spiritual roots with live rituals, tarot readings, and magic displays. “Each participant will have the opportunity to honor their ancestors by participating in rituals honoring their lineage”, the organizers of Temple of the Moon Mystery School wrote. Meanwhile, vendors, readers, and priestesses from across the United States will be there to welcome visitors. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 23 at – Jean Wenzel

Polish your sweet tooth – with beer

Saturday. Dawn Dry Dock Brewing Co. celebrates its sweet 16th birthday this weekend, with an emphasis on ‘sweet’. In addition to a stellar range of specialty beers, the brewery will serve desserts to accompany them, such as German pastries to accompany German lagers and peanut butter cookies to accompany porters and stouts.