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Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Hit up the most magical shop in Denver.

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Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Hit up the most magical shop in Denver.

Editor’s note: Each week in Staff Favorites, we offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems).

It’s the same scenario every year: a last-minute costume party invite, followed by the most depressing closet raid.

Some people’s wardrobes are filled with costume-worthy pieces — I’m looking at you, renaissance fest types — but my closet of basics just doesn’t cut it, and I usually find myself throwing together something deeply lame at the last possible minute.

Not this year. This year, I went to The Wizard’s Chest.

From the moment you step inside this 16,000-square-foot magic castle at 451 Broadway, it’s hard not to feel the Halloween spirit.

Photo By AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post

An interior view of the Wizard’s Chest on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

Giant dragons and wizards loom over the entrance, which opens up into a wonderland filled with treasure chests and witches’ cauldrons, fairy wings and wigs in every color imaginable. Originally opened in 1983, the family-owned store has nearly 40 years of magic under its belt. The interior design — filled with murals and ornate castle-like details — is modeled after “the fantastic world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth,” according to The Wizard’s Chest’s website.

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Auburn fires offensive coordinator Mike Bobo after losing skid

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coach Bryan Harsin has fired offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo after one season.

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Aurora teen killed in shooting with former police officer identified

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Police shoot man in Eaton during exchange of gunfire

The teenage boy killed by gunfire during an exchange with a former local police officer has been identified by his family.

Peyton Blitstein, 17, was shot during a Nov. 24 incident outside of an Aurora home.

The Aurora Police Department sent officers to the 4900 block of South Addison Way around 10:30 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving. The area is close to the intersection of South Gun Club Road and East Belleview Avenue.

Police said that the teen was killed following an exchange of gunfire with a 36-year-old man, a former Greenwood Village police officer. The officer was identified by Denver7 as Adam Holen, an officer since 2016 until a recent resignation at the beginning of November.

Holen was also shot but is expected to survive, police said.

In a doorbell camera video obtained by Denver7, the two parties argue over alleged careless driving through the neighborhood before shots were fired

An edited version of that video can be viewed below. The video may be disturbing to some.

A group of teens were going back and forth between parked cars during the confrontation. After shots were fired, Holen appears to briefly leave the scene as two people attempt to aid Blitstein.

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Mostly cloudy Tuesday with high temperatures in the 50s

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MONROE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that a 16-point deer harvested in Monroe County is an antlered doe. Finding a female deer with antlers is possibly rarer than one in 5,000.

Director of Conservation for the Quality Deer Management Association tells the Clarion Ledger that this can happen when the female deer have a hormonal imbalance. Too much testosterone can cause the doe to grow antlers.

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