Friday the 13th doesn’t come around often. While it occurs at least once every year, some years have multiple Friday the 13th dates. In 2023, there are two — January and October. If you miss celebrating October’s Friday the 13th, you’ll have to wait almost a year for the next one in September of 2024. Read on to learn what Mile High Cheapskates may want to do on Friday the 13th. Some are creepy, others are just fun. Then, keep reading for a list of everything on our calendar that day.
See a Spooky Movie
It’s Movie Night at The Courtyard in Louisville which will screen “Ghostbusters”. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for those with reserved seats. Things get going at 7:30 p.m. Concession stands will be available with food, beverages, candy and more! General admission: $12. Get tickets here. 836 Main St., Louisville.
Sam’s No. 3 in Aurora screens “Hocus Pocus” in the parking lot at 6 p.m. Free popcorn and door prizes during intermission. Details here. Admission is $5, but if you buy food or drink at Sam’s you can see the film for free.
Little Man Ice Cream hosts Freaky Friday Fright Night Flicks starting at 6:30 p.m. On the 13th the featured film is Monsters Inc. Entry is free. 2620 16th St., Denver.
Odde’s Music Grill will show EVERY Friday the 13th movie movie all weekend starting Friday at 6 p.m. More info on their Facebook page. 9975 Wadsworth Pkwy., Westminster.
Harkins Theatres will screen the family-friendly Coraline (6 p.m.) and Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (9 p.m.) as part of October Fright Nights. Tickets are $7 for either film. There are two Harkins locations: one in Arvada and one in Denver at Northfield.
Walk Among Hundreds Of Spiders
Butterfly Pavilion transforms into a captivating spider wonderland with the limited-time exhibition Spiders Around the World from October 1 to 31, 2023. Discover more than 20 different tarantula species from across the globe.
Encounter hundreds of stunning Orb Weavers spinning intricate webs in an enormous 80-foot enclosure that now fills one-third of the Wings of the Tropics butterfly conservatory. Walk among the spiders and their webs, for a thrilling and barrier-free experience. Or meet baby tarantulas!
The Pavilion is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit included with a general admission ticket. Adults $14.95, seniors $12.95, kids $9.95. Buy timed-entry tickets here. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster.
Enjoy A Sweet Treat
Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen doughnuts for 13¢ (with the purchase of another dozen at regular price) on Friday the 13th.
King Soopers’ launches it annual Halloween candy sale (get an extra 33% off) on October 13. It runs through the 15th.
Hang with a Black Cat
No guarantees that a supposed “bad luck” black cat will be hanging around, but for those in the market for some feline company, check out either Denver Cat Company (3929 Tennyson St., Denver, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Teddy Cat Cafe (39 E. Florida Ave., Denver) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Purrfect Pause Cat Cafe (5290 Arapahoe Ave., Ste E, Boulder) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All of these cafes prefer you reserve in advance but will take walk-ins, space permitting.
Get a Tattoo
On Friday the 13th, many tattoo shops offer special deals on pre-drawn “flash” tattoos.
Stevie and Hayley will be at Horrid Spirits from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. offering pre-drawn designs for a discount (cash only). Flash sheets will be posted the day before on Instagram. Find details on this Eventbrite page. 1974 S. Acoma St., Denver.
Clean Slate Tattoo & Body Art Studio will be offering Friday the 13th deals. Follow their Facebook page for announcements. 6620 S. Broadway, Centennial, 80121.
Inked Up! opens its doors at 9 a.m. to accommodate the crowds of folks wanting a tattoo. Tattoos start at $31 (also $66 and $99 available). Check their Facebook page for more details. 6091 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood.
Avalanche Harley-Davidson hosts artists from Two Tats from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a Tattoo Marathon. Info here. 18425 W. Colfax Ave., Golden.
Claw and Talon Tattoo in Boulder offers flash specials. They start tattooing at noon, but show up at 11 a.m. to get on the list. More info here. 1695 Folsom St., Boulder.
Follow your favorite tattoo shop on Facebook or Instagram for more announcements.
Jumpstart Halloween at BOOlevard One Fall Fest
Take the family to a free spooktacular Fall Festival at the Exchange at Boulevard One Shopping Center in the Lowry neighborhood. From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and enjoy festive activities. Trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin painting, face painting, raffle giveaways, fall-themed photo station, games, prizes and more.
Tenants include Target, Heyday Skincare, Girl Scouts Dreamlab, Torchy’s Tacos, Crisp and Green, MOD Pizza, I Scream Gelato – Lowry, Logan House Coffee, Blue Sky Nails and Lash- Lowry, YogaSix, Sushi Ronin, SCL Health Medical Group, Mountain View Pain Center , Denver Arthritis Clinic, Clark’s Market Lowry, Kiddie Academy-Lowry and Denver Beer Company.
The Center has underground parking. 63 N. Quebec, Denver.
Enter a Costume Contest
Head to Left hand Brewing Company for its Spooky Friday the 13th Costume Contest. Enjoy a perfect potion of craft beer, live music, and spooktacular costumes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Unleash your inner monster or embrace your favorite horror icon and come dressed to impress. Prizes for the creepiest, most imaginative ensembles. Get more info on their Facebook page. 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont.
Take a Ghost Tour on Capitol Hill
Denver Walking Tours offers two-hour tours on Friday the 13th. Learn about Denver ghosts, ghouls and apparitions as guides share the mystery and history of Denver’s Capitol Hill. This is the only Denver ghost tour that visits the haunted Cheesman Park and the two sites that inspired two classic Hollywood thrillers. Pricing starts at $29 a person and reservations are a MUST. Additional Ghost Tour info here.
Try a Pop-Up Variety Sideshow
Feeling lucky? Walk under a ladder, across the path of a black cat, and come on down to Boulder’s DV8 Distillery for a Blue Dime Cabaret Friday the 13th extravaganza. This quirky, zany variety show is fresh every time with burlesque, drag, comedy, aerial, and shenanigans. Stay for the after-party, where you can dance the night away with the Dime Pieces. Tickets are $15 and include FREE admission to the “Flyday the 13th Retro Horror Night” dance party after. 2480 49th St. #E, Boulder.
Walk Through Illuminated Pumpkins
Take a walking tour at Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns. The attraction set up at Hudson Gardens will delight adults and children alike as you stroll through the magnificent glow of 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins and larger-than-life pumpkin displays. Tons more info here. Tickets start at $19.99 for timed entry. 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton.
Visit a Haunted House
Haunted houses rise from the dead every fall to frighten those brave enough to enter. In and around the Denver area there are six amazing haunts including 13th Floor, Frightmare Compound, Scream Acres, Haunted Field of Screams, Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion and Terror in the Corn. All are open on Friday the 13th. Check out our Haunted House list and map for details.
Celebrate at Horrid Spirits
Discounted flash tattoos, piercings, hair tinsel and tooth gems, not to mention FREE beer from Ratio Beerworks will be offered from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Find more details here. 1974 S. Acoma St., Denver.