Murder at the Drive-In at Edgewater Public Market
While traditional live theatre is still not an option in this Pandemic climate, the team at Audacious Theatre has devised a fun way to entertain you this Halloween. This new immersive event is called Murder at the Drive-In and tells the story of the Shining Light Drive-In, which has decided to host a series of the best horror movies of all time. Of course, things do not go as planned and chaos ensues. Audience members purchase tickets for $50 per car and remain in their car for the duration of the show, which lasts about one hour. The story unfolds over the radio, on the movie screen and with socially distanced, masked actors performing all around them. There is even an option to upgrade your ticket to be closer to the gore, which will paint your car in (washable) blood for your drive home. Playing Oct. 22 through 31 at the Edgewater Public Market, 5505 W. 20th Ave, Edgewater. www.audacioustheatre.com
Downtown Pumpkin Festival at Foundry Plaza in Loveland
In a normal year, Halloween bifurcates in two directions: debaucherous intimate adults-only parties and club nights, and wholesome family-oriented trick-or-treating. This year, both activities bring more COVID-related risk than is worth the reward. However, the good folks over in Loveland have worked hard to put together a family -friendly event in this year’s socially distanced Downtown Pumpkin Festival at Foundry Plaza, featuring pumpkin carving, a farmer’s market, local artists, music and arts and crafts vendors. You must pre-register at downtownloveland.org/pumpkinfestival — space is limited to ensure safer protocols, and bring your mask!
Vote at your local ballot drop-off
Every election matters, and every election has consequences. Perhaps the most dire of which resulted from the Presidential election of 2016 where the nation handed over 300 federal court justices and 2 (as of press time) SCOTUS seats to the minority ruling Republican party, with a third on the way. And both Clarence Thomas and Stephen Bryer are past retirement age for the seat, so two more are quite possible in the next four years. So it’s time to do your job. On Nov. 3, 2020, vote. Find your list of polling places and ballot drop-off locations at your local county’s website. These cover most of our distribution area: www.bouldercounty.org, www.denvergov.org, www.adamsvotes.com, www.larimer.org, www.weldgov.com. And remember, **Don’t screw this one up.
Right On! at the Museum of Boulder
The important Museum of Boulder public art installation is on display through November 4, and this is the perfect time to take a few minutes to check out this discussion-worthy work of art. The piece, titled Right On! by Angie Eng features a series of skin-toned plaques, each displaying dates of important civil rights cases from 1865 through 2020. In addition, this public art display is interactive — you can use your phone to scan QR codes on each plaque to read a one-sentence description of the significance of each date, and the plaques are for sale by the artist to help raise funds for civil justice and the arts, with 50% of the proceeds benefiting the ACLU and Creative Catalyzers. The installation is free and displayed outside the Museum of Boulder. 2205 Broadway, Boulder. 303.449.3464 www.museumofboulder.org
Day of the Dead at Longmont Museum
The annual Longmont Museum Day of the Dead celebration is still scheduled for this year, with shorter hours, social distancing, and masks required. However, you can still enjoy this popular annual exhibit with community altars and the artwork of Colorado artist Tony Ortega, who hopes to contribute to a better understanding of diversity through his work addressing the culture, history and experiences of Latino cultures. You’ll enjoy his paintings, illustrations, mixed media art and more, plus a newly commissioned mural in downtown Longmont. On display through Nov. 20. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors and veterans. www.LongmontColorado.gov.
French’s 5 | This month: Five Spooky Stats
1. $8.8 Billion: Total spending on the holiday in the U.S, in 2019
2. $86.27: Amount spent on the holiday per person in the U.S. in 2019
3. 2X: Children are twice as likely to be killed in traffic accidents on Halloween
4. 3,800: Number of Halloween related injuries every year
5. 1,818 lbs: the weight of the heaviest pumpkin on record