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DENVER’S HALLOWEEN SPELLS FUN FOR CANNABIS FANS FROM A TO ZOMBIE


October 20, 2016

If you’re tired of being who you are, Halloween is the perfect holiday for you.

The Halloween season always brings out people’s creative side. We make costumes for ourselves, our kids and pets; decorate our homes and office cubicles; and throw parties that feature scary music and unsettling foodlike Feet Loaf, Witches’ Fingers or Kitty Litter Cake.

Creative activities are often enhanced with cannabis, especially sativa-dominant strains -- another reason Halloween is the perfect holiday.

Denverites love to dress up all year long, but Halloween is when the locals strut their costumed stuff.

The Denver Zombie Crawl happens Oct. 22 at Skyline Park. The Crawl itself starts at 2 p.m., and is free, but related events go on all day for an extra fee, including the Organ Trail urban challenge, describe as part Amazing Race, Fear Factor and haunted house, starting at 9 a.m., and various after-parties from 6 p.m. onward. The event attracts not just the undead but zombie hunters, survivors and various magical creatures. Suit up and get your zombie on.

A whole downtown full of zombies may be too intense for small children. Instead, take the little ones to Boo at the Zoo at the Denver Zoo, with trick-or-treat stations and special activities for fairies, superheroes, pirates and princesses. It’s free with regular admission the weekends of Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Boo After Dark ($17 for adults, $12 for children) is a special evening event from 6:30-9 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs has its own Boo from 4-8:30 p.m. on seven nights: Oct. 21-23 and 28-31.

If you run out of time or ideas, ready-to-wear marijuana-themed adult Halloween costumes are appearing on the market, from Super Weed Man to “Anita Reefer, Head Nurse,” Blunt Master and Ganja Mon.

But if you’d rather harness your creativity and bust some stereotypes, here are a few ideas:

Throw a party and invite guests to dress as their favorite strain. Agent Orange, White Widow, Chemdawg, Blue Dream, Ghost Train Haze? Old Mother Sativa, Grape Stomper, Golden Goat? The possibilities are endless. Some guests may already have strain-ready costumes hanging in their closets and not even know it: Skywalker, Cinderella, Harlequin, Bruce Banner and Romulan.

For your party table, Cannabist recipe developer Laurie Wolf contributed this severed-hand centerpiece. If you’re serving edibles, whether they’re homemade or store-bought, make sure they’re clearly labeled as such, and keep them away from kids and pets.

Pot Brownie: Either a chocolate-brown vest or badge sash (Troop 420, of course), accessorized with a brown felt beanie and cookies for sale. Thinking up appropriate merit badges could be fun.

Agent 007: The name is Bong. James Bong. Just don’t drive your Aston Martin stoned.

Harry Pothead: Round glasses, a lightning-shaped scar and tie-dyed invisibility cloak. Accessorize with whatever you need to conjure your Patronus, and finish with a Firebolt quidditch broom.

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