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33 Free & Cheap Things To Do in Denver This Weekend

DenverSkylineIf you’re looking for frugal fun this weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Mile High On The Cheap is the answer for Coloradans who want to live large for less. And our community has it all “on the cheap” — entertainment, concerts, festivals, movies, workshops, tours, sporting events and more. Let us do the work for you! To keep up with the latest deals, discounts and FREE events in the Denver/Boulder area, sign-up for our daily e-newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. (If you know of any upcoming weekend events, send them to info@milehighonthecheap.com.) Here are our top picks for FREE and cheap things to do this weekend: Click here to read more…

Halloween Happenings On The Cheap

Mile High Cheapskates love this time of the year. The ghouls, ghosts, zombies and witches flying about the beautiful Colorado skies. Denver, Boulder and all points in between Castle Rock on the south and Fort Collins on the north offer an abundance of Halloween activities for kids and adults. However, you don’t have to wait until October 31 for all the fun. In addition to the activities we’ve published here (FREE to the best of our knowledge, unless indicated otherwise), visit our Fall Fun & Halloween Fright page for ongoing haunted houses and other Halloween-iana through Friday night, October 31. Click here to read more…

Free Movie Preview Pass: ‘Before I Go To Sleep’

Movies, movie, filmEver since a vicious attack nearly claimed her life, Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman) has suffered from anterograde amnesia and is unable to form new memories in the new film, Before I Go To Sleep. Every morning, she becomes reacquainted with her husband, Ben (Colin Firth), and the other constants in her life. In accordance with her doctor’s (Mark Strong) instructions, Christine keeps a video diary. As Christine starts to uncover terrifying truths about her past, she begins to question everything — and everyone — around her. MHOTC readers can attend a FREE preview of the film on Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. at the UA Denver Pavilions. To get your pass, go here, then type in the RSVP code MHOTCKZNA Passes for popular films go quickly. And there are a limited number available to our readers. Remember, even with a pass, seating is not guaranteed, so get there early. For more information on how movie previews work, check out our Movie Previews Guide.

Broncos Win Means Foods Deals For Fans

Broncos DenverWere you worried about a Thursday night game, so quickly after Sunday’s? Nah, us neither. The Broncos kept up their winning streak defeating the San Diego Chargers (35 to 21) yesterday. This victory and some great game plays set off several food deals today, Friday, October 24 and next Tuesday: The morning after a win, grab a FREE small cup of coffee at participating Conoco Gas Stations between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. The day after a Broncos win, King Soopers gives out a FREE raised or cake donut to celebrate. The offer requires your SooperCard. With five touchdowns (we only needed three), hungry fans can chew on a regular Arby’s roast beef sandwich for just $1 Also today, Papa John’s offers fans 50% off an online order of all regular price menu items with promo code BRONCOS. And today, those with a McDonald’s Broncos key tag (you can now get a digital one downloaded to your smartphone) can buy a $1 Sausage McMuffin with Egg or Big Mac. Tuesday, October 28 brings more deals. Because the Broncos scored more than 28 points, a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts at Krispy Kreme are just $2.80 (reg. $7.99) from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Limit 10 dozen doughnuts per person. Thanks to the Broncos’ two sacks, participating Red Robin locations offer a BOGO deal for a Red’s Tavern Double burger on Tuesday, October 28. When you buy any burger, entrée or entrée salad and two beverages, get a Red Tavern Double Burger with “bottomless” steak fries for FREE. Looking for other Broncos food freebies and deals? Here’s this season’s round-up.

Get $3 “BOO-rito” at Chipotle on Halloween Night

On Halloween, October 31, show up in costume and Chipotle will “treat” you to one of its notoriously large “booritos,” bowls, salads or order of tacos for only $3. Proceeds benefit the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which supports family farmers and ranchers who are developing sustainable practices and also programs that teach younger generations about creating a more sustainable food supply. The bargain burrito is available from 5 p.m. to closing, so you still have plenty of time to go trick-or-treating or get to a party. We imagine there are going to be lots of ghosts and goblins converging there on Halloween night to fill their bellies. Boo!

Safeway $5 Friday: What’s On Sale?

Today, Friday, October 24, Safeway is offering many items for $5 each or less. This week’s best bargains include: Planters peanuts for $1.67 (16-oz.), P.F. Chang’s or Birds Eye Voila! meal (22- to 42-oz.), Nabisco toasted chips for $1.67 (4.5- to 8.1-oz.), pumpkin cake (8-inch), General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios for $1.67 (12.25-oz.), Oscar Mayer Lunchables basic for $1 (2.25- to 4.4-oz.), wild-caught Alaskan cod fillets (per pound), Lucerne cheese for $2.50 (8-oz.), Safeway SELECT pasta sauce or salsa for $1.67 (15- to 24-oz.), Breyers varieties ice cream for $2.50 (1.5-qt.), O Organics salad blend (16-oz.), Nature Valley chewy granola bars for $1.67 (6.7- to 7.44-oz.), Safeway Home laundry detergent (100-oz.), Charmin bath tissue (12-double roll), Thomas’ English muffins for $2.50 (12- to 13-oz.), Tootsie Child’s Play candy (3.5-lb.), Candy Carnival candy (44-oz.), rose bouquet (8-stem), Snapple tea (6-pack, 16-oz. bottles), Bounty Basic paper towels (8-roll), Betty Crocker fruit shapes for $1.67 (4.5- to 8-oz.) and Jif peanut butter (40-oz.) The savings require a Safeway Club Card. For a complete listing of the $5 sale items, review its weekly specials site or pick up a circular in the store. MHOTC Tip: Use manufacturer’s coupons on top of sale prices for maximum savings. Plus, when you find a good deal on one of your household staples, stock up. You’ll save money down the road.

Free Flu Shot at Trick-or-Treat for Health

TrickOrTreatBagRemember the days as a kid when getting a shot was so scary? Well, not anymore, especially when it’s a free flu shot. Join HealthONE’s Saddle Rock ER for Trick or Treat for Health on Saturday, October 25 — a safe, fun event the whole family can enjoy for FREE. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be Halloween activities for the young and health demonstrations for the young-at-heart. (Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Adults can, too!) Planned activities include a photo booth with Denver Nuggets Mascot Rocky, FREE flu shots (18 years and older only, while supplies last), low-cost vaccines, Ask-A-Pharmacist, golf & tennis swing analysis, car seat safety checks, fire truck, ambulance & police car on display, AirLife helicopter, snacks, trick-or-treating for kids, giant ropes course & slide and face painting. 22500 E. Dry Creek Rd., Aurora.

Albertsons’ Quarter Sale…Ka-Ching!

Grocery CartGrab your change jar and head to Albertsons for some amazing deals! Through Tuesday, October 28, the grocery store is offering lots of items for a quarter or two. Now’s a good time to stock up on your family’s favorites. Remember, the deals are even better, if you use manufacturer’s coupons on top of the sale prices.

The following items are 25¢ each: Maruchan Instant Lunch noodle cup (2.25-oz.), Essential Everyday string cheese or cheddar stick (.833- to 1-oz.), Shoppers Value burrito (4-oz.), Shoppers Value tomato sauce (8-oz.), Essential Everyday seasoning mix (1.25- to 1.5-oz.) and Essential Everyday gravy mix (.75- to 1-oz.)

The following items are 50¢ each: Maruchan ramen noodle soup (3-oz., 3 for 50¢), Russell Stover caramel or marshmallow pumpkin (1- to 1.2-oz.), Essential Everyday broth (14.5-oz.), Essential Everyday macaroni & cheese (5.5- to 7.25-oz.), Fancy Feast cat food (3-oz.), Shoppers Value aluminum foil (25-sq. ft.), Essential Everyday corn, green beans, peas or mixed vegetables (11- to 15.25-oz.), Essential Everday tomatoes (10- to 15-oz.) and Glaceau vitamwater* (20-oz.) or smartwater* (23.7-oz.) *Must buy 15 bottles (mix & match) to get for 50¢ each.

The following items are 75¢ each: Bar S meat franks (12-oz.), Essential Everyday sour cream (8-oz.), Essential Everyday pasta (12- to 16-oz.), Arrowhead sparkling water (1-liter), Cascade Ice flavored water (17.2-oz.), Banquet pot pie (7-oz.), Michelina’s frozen entrée (4.65- to 9-oz.), Blue Bonnet margarine (1-lb.), Nabisco Go-Pak (2.25- to 3.5-oz.), Comet powdered cleaner (21-oz.), Spic & Span cleaner (22-oz.), Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin (1.2-oz.), Essential Everyday bath tissue (1-roll), Essential Everyday facial tissue (66- to 100-ct.), Essential Everyday Awesome Strength paper towel (1-roll), Propel Fitness water (24-oz.) and Snapple Tea (16-oz.) Buy 5 Special (on the following items): Wolf Brand chili with beans (15-oz.), Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies (10-oz.), Hunt’s Manwich (15- to 15.5-oz.), Rosarita refried beans (15- to 16-oz.) and Hunt’s ketchup (24-oz.) — must buy 5 (mix & match) to get for 75¢ each, otherwise each item is $1.

The following items are $1 each: Albertsons large eggs (1 dozen, limit 2.)

Spooky Savings: 25% Off Denver Ghost Tours

ghostDenver Ghost Tours is the city’s one and only “original” tour of Capitol Hill’s haunted mansions. Led by seasoned paranormal investigators, you will not only visit and hear the history of these magnificent mansions, but also learn about and see the actual photographic evidence collected inside each. See what creepiness develops by bringing your camera (a.k.a. your smartphone) to snap pictures. We hear many participants often capture their own one-of-a-kind evidence. (We took the tour a few weeks ago and we still have the chills!) New this year, they’re offering three different ghastly options to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up — choose from Capitol Hills Ghost Tour, Quality Hill Ghost Tour or Cheeseman Park Ghost Tour. (Did you know Cheeseman Park use to be a cemetery?) Tours take place nightly. Space is limited this time of year, so make your reservations now. (By the way, tours run all year long, not just during the Halloween season.) MHOTC readers can scare up a fun, memorable evening and save 25% on tickets by using discount code 1031 – making tickets $15 for adults (reg. $20) and $11.25 for children (12 and under) & seniors (65+) (reg. $15.) The discount code expires October 31. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-880-6232. Boo!

Castle Rock Orchestra Turns Into Superheroes

The Castle Rock Orchestra presents Superheroes and Comicons on Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Castle Rock. The performance includes music from John Williams and tuns from favorites such as Superman, Spiderman, Batman and the video game, Halo. Wearing a costume is welcome. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family. The church is located at 1200 South St., Castle Rock.

Make Halloween Treats at Whole Foods Cap Hill

chef hatCan’t believe you can make a “healthy” caramel apple? Take a Healthy Halloween Treats cooking class at Whole Foods Market – Capitol Hill on Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Heather, the store’s Healthy Eating Specialist, will share this recipe plus some of her other favorite sweet treats. The workshop is FREE and held in the Cafe. You can RSVP at the Customer Service Desk or by emailing heather.braaten@wholefoods.com. 900 E. 11th Ave., Denver.

Paulino Gardens 40% Off Spring Flowering Bulbs

garden flowersSo the calendar may say late-October, but to us it still feels like summer. Paulino Gardens has a huge selection of spring blooming bulbs in stock and is selling them at 40% off on Friday to Sunday, October 24 to 26. Take advantage of the upcoming warm weekend and plant some bulbs in your garden. Come spring, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful color. If you only have an indoor garden, never fear, the garden center is including amaryllis and paperwhites in the sale. Open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6300 Broadway, Denver, 303-429-8062. Thanks Michelle!

Coin-Saving Fun at Denver Coin Expo

The Denver Coin Exposition attracts not just coin collectors (who call themselves numismatists), but also collectors, sellers and traders of paper currency, jewelry, medals, tokens and supplies, all displayed at more than 150 tables. Coin grading services are also available. The show takes place Friday to Sunday, October 24 to 26. Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 (or $8 for a 3-day pass); under 7 years, FREE. Plus, the first 250 people through the doors on Friday & Saturday receive a FREE limited edition Colorado Sand Dunes quarter. Remember that there is no state sales tax on coins or bullion. Parking is $5, unless you can find something free in the surrounding area. National Western Expo Hall, 4655 Humboldt St. (use North Lobby entrance), Denver. For more information, call 719-275-0585.

GoLite ‘Scratch-and-Dent’ Sale in Lakewood

GoLite-logoGoLite is holding a scratch-and-dent sale with 50% of more the original direct-to-customer prices for all items only at its Lakewood store through Sunday, October 26. Lightweight outdoor and travel wear, packs, sleeping bags, tents, shelters and accessories are all on sale. Colorado Mills Mall. 14500 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, 303-278-2548.

Boulder Goes to the Dogs at Howl-O-Ween

dog_brownDog guardians (which is Boulder-speak for dog owners) and their furry friends can join a spooky “Howl-O-Ween” hike on Saturday, October 25 for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. along a path punctuated by stations with dog treats, toys and other dog-friendly goodies. FREE activities and educational opportunities at different stations along the route include agility games, dog crafts and other “spooktacular” fun. Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks encourages guardians to dress up their dogs in fun and silly costumes for the event. Cherryvale Trailhead, 66 S. Cherryvale Rd., Boulder. For more information, call 720-564-2177.

Gaylord Days Oktoberfest

Beer Brew PubSouth Gaylord Street merchants have a new fall event planned this year. Gaylord Days Oktoberfest welcomes revelers on Saturday, October 25 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the 1000 block between Tennessee and Mississippi. This family-friendly event features Prost Brewing German-styled beer, authentic German bratwurst, hot pretzels and live music. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to enjoy the oom-pa-pa, as well.