A ghoul’s guide to Halloween 2021

Oct 15, 2021 | Features, Local Business | 0 comments

//Ms. Mayhem’s 2021 Halloween guide. Illustration by Madison Lauterbach | mlauterbach@gmail.com

Here at Ms. Mayhem, Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. Yes, it’s not just a one-day holiday for us. We celebrate the spooky season the whole month of October with horror films, apple cider drinks and ghoulish delights. And what better way to celebrate than by continuing to support local queer, BIPOC and women-owned businesses while getting in our thrills. 

If you’re still looking for last-minute additions for your costume or need some ideas to get you started, check out Gott-A-Costume, now owned by Tanner Gott but founded by his mother. If you’re looking for something a little more alternative, check out FashioNation, owned by Pam and Paul Italiano. Coco Coquette has all things wigs, headpieces and spooky earrings. And for the final touches to transform into the monster of your dreams, head to Makeup Mania for Hollywood-grade effects.

For those final decoration details, head to Horrid Magazine’s shop for witchy wonders and The Bee Hugger Farm for that perfect pumpkin.

Below are some upcoming Halloween events in the Denver metro area to get you in a spooky mood before all the ghouls and goblins return to their haunts.


October 16

NECRODANCE Queer Halloween Social– Mercury Cafe is welcoming the spooky queens, undead daddies and frightful folks of Denver for a Halloween dance party. Tunes will be provided by Dj Buddy Bravo with a performance by Lisa Frank SixSixSix. 


October 22

BOOLICIOUSLY BLACK Halloween Party– Denver Black Queer Collective Presents is hosting this private event for POC queer folks at Fort Greene Bar. Performances include C.L. Fondal, Mykal Mills and Cuephoria.  

HalloQueen Double Feature: Witch Haus & Party Monsters– VYBE Denver is hosting a double feature Halloween drag show, billed as a “culmination of everything you’d like-and-want a Halloween Party to be.” 


October 23

Witch Paddle #2 2021– Join a gaggle of witches and wizards to broom paddle around Chatfield Reservoir. Participants are invited to bring SUPs, kayaks, canoes and floaties along with all wizardry gear and attire.

4th Annual Broadway Halloween Parade– The fourth annual Halloween Broadway Parade the Broadway Merchants Association and City Council Lucky District 7 will stretch from The Wizard’s Chest on 5th all the way to Alameda along Broadway. Spooky floats, bands and marchers in costume will make an appearance.


October 28

BOOlesque 2021– The Clocktower Cabaret is back with its annual Halloween burlesque show running from Oct. 28-31. This year performers are putting on a different show each night, each of which is sure to leave you with goosebumps.


October 29

Drag Nation: Creepshow– Drag Nation returns with its annual Halloween show at Tracks this year featuring queens The Boulet Brothers, Roxxxy Andrews and Melissa Befierce. International Dance Crew will also be making an appearance. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast– Produced by Venus Victrola, a non-binary queer entertainer, this cult classic shadowcast show of RHPS features an intersectional, all queer cast. 


October 30

Halloween Flower Power Party and Five Points Halloween Scavenger Hunt– These two events hosted by Urban Sanctuary will help relax before a night of frights. The Flower Power Party invites guests to dress up for yoga and snacks. The scavenger hunt will send participants on a spooky search around the Five Points neighborhood with a prize basket awaiting the winner. 

Latina Dia De Los Muertos– The first annual event hosted by Latina Funerals and Cremations will celebrate Día de los Muertos with a mass by Fr. Enrique Alvarado followed by mariachi, folklore dancers and trunk or treat in the parking lot. 

Halloween Trap and Paint Party– Red Line Art Gallery is hosting a canvas paint party with DJ Squizzy Taylor. Art supplies, canvas, catered food and complimentary wine or mimosas included in ticket price.



If you have more recommendations for events or Halloween-centric shops, please email us at staff@msmayhem.com.


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2021 Denver holiday shopping guide!

2021 Denver holiday shopping guide!

Another year has come and gone. Holiday shopping season is upon us once again, whether our wallets like it or not.

Throughout the year we profiled so many amazing small businesses and artists in Denver that all deserve equal attention. Our 2021 shopping guide is a little smaller than last year, but you’ll see some familiar names like Awakening Boutique, Gasoline and Us and CC Oddities by Cera. We’ve also added some new names to the list selling incredible products. As always, we’ve highlighted Denver-based companies that are woman, LGBTQ+ or BIPOC-owned.

We all feel a little guilty picking something up for ourselves when we’re supposed to be shopping for others during the holiday season, don’t we? But with the companies we highlighted below, it’ll be a challenge not to get yourself a little gift as well. Some of these shops are also offering our subscribers a discount, so make sure you sign up for our email newsletter!

Happy shopping!

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