Just call us your Halloween event planners, or like, Halloween administrative assistant, or something, cause we’ve got all your plans lined out for this year’s festivities. Just see below for proof.
Dr. Skyler’s House of HorrorsWhut, whut! Who doesn’t like a good ol’ fashioned haunted house on a college campus? Have you never seen a scary movie?! College campuses and Greek houses are prime pickings for psycho killers, monsters, and murder-y creatures of all sorts. And, not only will you get your fill of scares at Dr. Skyler’s House of Horrors, your hard-earned, and harder-spent money will ALSO go to a great cause, because the proceeds will benefit Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center and the continuation of the haunted house. Just keep your eyes out for the dudes with the chainsaws. Nothing good comes from that.
Information: Fort Lewis College’s Annual Haunted House, October 24-25, 6-10 p.m., $5 for community members, free for students, Student Union Ballroom, 1000 Rim Drive.
Nightmare on Elk StreetGetting scared silly is never NOT fun, but it’s especially fun when it’s getting scared silly to benefit local causes, which is precisely what Nightmare on Elk Street is. Each year, the Nightmare on Elk Street “house” looks terrifyingly different, and this year is no exception, so head on over and you’ll be walking into…well, no one knows. You’ll have to find out fo’ yourself.
Information: Nightmare on Elk Street, October 27-31, 6-10 p.m., $7, Durango Colorado Elks Lodge, 901 E. Second Ave.
Dr. Q’s AsylumDr. Q’s doesn’t want to be responsible for your kids’ nightmares – this place is NOT kid friendly – but they do want to be responsible for YOUR haunted dreams. This haunted house, held at Sunray Casino in Farmington, is the stuff Hannibal Lecter’s nightmares are made of, yet there’s a bright side to this madhouse. The asylum’s proceeds will go to supporting San Juan County Special Olympics, which is a pretty darn cool thing to do, especially for a buncha psychotic doctors and patients who live to scare you.
Information: Dr. Q’s Asylum at Sunray’s Haunted Stables, Friday, October 26-27 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, October 30-31 from 7-10 p.m., $5-$10, Sunray Park and Casino, 39 Road 5568, Farmington, NM.
Cemetery TourCemetery tours! There is nothing scarier than a creepy ass old cemetery, which is…you know, the point of this tour. You’ll be lookin’ for ghosts of Halloween past while on foot, armed with only a flashlight and some historical knowledge to get you through. Just remember to hold your breath in the cemetery so you don’t breathe in any rogue spirits. That’s a thing, you know.
Information: Ghost Walk Durango’s Cemetery Tour, October 27 & 31, 7:30 p.m., $50, age limit 14 and up, Ghost Walk Durango, 201 E. 12th, ghostwalkdurango.com.
Halloween Beyond the BookcaseJust behind the bookcase (and barber) sits a pretty darn cool Halloween party at Bookcase and Barber. There will be music by MTN Menace, costumes, contests, and creepy, killer cocktails and appetizers, just for YOU. And you. And you. And everyone else, til the count gets to 60, cause that’s all they’re lettin’ in to this jam. Soooo, get your tix early or be stuck outside with all the basic ass zombies. Your call.
Information: Halloween Beyond the Bookcase, October 31, 8 p.m. to midnight, $50, 601 E. Second Ave.
Halloween with DJ Bad GoatWant to have a chilly, boozy Halloween WITHOUT some ax murderer chasing you through the hallway of a haunted house? SAME. And, if that’s the case, maybe you should stop by 11th Street Station for a Halloween dance party with DJ Bad Goat instead. There will be drink specials, dorks in costumes (us included), and the only scary thing at the bar will be your dance moves.
Information: Halloween with DJ Bad Goat, October 31, 7-10 p.m., 11th Street Station, 1101 Main Ave.
Rocky Horror Picture ShowOhhh, Rocky! Brad and Janet (dammit, Janet, we love you) had no idea what they were walking into when their tire went flat in the STRANGEST part of Texas to have ever existed. The story of their foray into the world of Dr. Frank N. Furter, a self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” is one of the most beloved cult classics to have ever graced the screen, and you can be part of that craziness this Halloween at Henry Strater Theatre, because they’re throwing a Rocky Horror party just for you. Costumes are encouraged and so are props for you virgins.
Information: Rocky Horror Show, October 26 at 8 p.m., October 27 at 7 and 10 p.m., October 28 at 8 p.m., and October 31 at 8 p.m., $25, 699 Main Ave., henrystratertheatre.com/events
Festival de los MuertosAll right, so this TECHNICALLY isn’t a Halloween event, cause Dia de los Muertos, which we hope you’re aware of, isn’t about Halloween. It’s Day of the Dead, which is…a time to celebrate the dead. Pretty obvious. But what isn’t obvious is that it’s not morbid or morose; it’s a time when bright colors, beautiful flowers, AND skeleton remains are celebrated. Remembering the dead is muy importante in most of Latin America, and you can join in on the cultural celebration of life and death in Durango this year, because there’s a Festival de los Muertos right in your own backyard, and it will feature local ballet folklorico, Hispanic and Latino musicians, traditional artists and food vendors, and tons of activities. We’re beyond in.
Information: Festival de los Muertos, November 1, 4-10 p.m., $5, Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave., durangoarts.org/festival-de-los-muertos