Looking for things to do in Denver for Halloween? Get ready for a spectacularly spooky October. Explore an eight-acre corn maze. Hear tales of Victorian horror. Take the kids trick or treating at the Denver Zoo or the Children's Museum of Denver. Roam the streets of Downtown Denver with hundreds of zombies!
HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
COLORADO'S COOLEST CORN MAZE
WHEN: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-Oct. 30, 2016
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Get lost at this year's Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield's eight-acre Corn Maze, one of the most attended corn mazes in the country. Wind your way through acres of corn in search of Farmer Green's lost animals, view the design from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges that overlook the giant Corn Maze, and watch the delight as younger children find their way through a special free mini-maze designed just for them. Hayrides, a giant jump pillow and pony rides will be available for an additional cost. An array of food vendors will offer some of your favorite fall foods, including freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs and kettle corn. And don't forget to come out during Pumpkin Fest to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern from the gardens' 10-acre patch.
BOO AT THE ZOO
WHEN: Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, 2016
WHERE: Denver Zoo
The annual Boo at the Zoo offers more than 20 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of Denver Zoo's beautiful fall foliage. Activities are free with zoo admission. Boo After Dark on Oct. 28 and 29 offers visitors a nighttime trick-or-treating experience. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children; 2 and under are free.
TRICK OR TREAT STREET
When: Oct. 28-30 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Where: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
For three days, the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus will host costumed kids and adults for a spooktacular wonderland of fun! Families can march from one Treat House to the next and collect goodies, create Halloween crafts, play carnival games and much more. It's the ultimate safe Halloween adventure, bursting with excitement for everyone. Event day pricing applies, see the museum's website for details.
TRICK OR TREAT TRAIN
WHEN: Oct. 29, 2016
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum
Ride the rails back in time through Railroad Halloween Town at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Catch a ride behind the historic locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume. The Trick or Treat Train departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visit all the Town's special stops to fill your treat bag and tickle your funny bones. Visit the "not so spooky" haunted railcar or the Olde Railroaders silly graveyard. Get a picture of your costume as you pause for a photo in the Pumpkin Patch.
GHOULISHLY FUN HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
THE 13TH FLOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
WHEN: Sept. 17-Nov. 12, 2016
WHERE: 4120 Brighton Blvd.
Hailed by Fangoria Magazine as "the #1 scariest haunted attraction in the U.S.," the 13th Floor Haunted House takes guests through a frightening tour of horror. Brave souls will learn just why the 13th floor is so often omitted from building plans — if they make it through to tell the tale. The scare begins in September and promises new thrills with intricate sets, highly selective casting and incredible special effects makeup that is sure to make reality and fiction blur into terror.
HAUNTED FIELD OF SCREAMS
WHEN: Sept. 23-Oct. 30, 2016
WHERE: 10270 Riverdale Road
The Haunted Field of Screams is Denver's largest haunted attraction, with over 35 acres of frighting cornfield and three unique attractions. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, the Haunted Field of Screams provides the most unique and bone-chilling experience in the area. Take your scare to the max and check out all three haunts: Haunted Field of Screams, Dead Man's Night Maze and Zombie Paintball Massacre.
WHEN: Sept. 23-Oct. 31, 2016
WHERE: 6100 E. 39th Ave.
The Asylum haunted house is Denver's top-rated haunted attraction. Back again for another year of thrills, this 1800s-era themed "hospital for the mentally insane" has been taken over by the patients and prisoners. Tapping into some of our greatest fears, the haunted experience is a head-tripin which tortured souls scream inside the once orderly insane asylum.
ELITCH GARDENS: FRIGHT FEST
WHEN: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Sept. 30-Oct. 30, 2016
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Once the sun goes down, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is transformed from a theme park to a scream park. During the day, little ones squeal in glee over the free candy on the Trick or Treat Trail. At night, haunted creatures lurk around every corner. Free with regular admission, this popular event is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit!
WHEN: Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 2016
WHERE: Molly Brown House Museum
Take a literary journey of fright with such authors as Poe, Wells and Lovecraft. You'll hear tales of unspeakable horror and madness — all inside the suitably spooky and quite possibly haunted Molly Brown House.
GLOW AT THE GARDENS
WHEN: Oct. 19-20 and 26-27 | 6-9:30 p.m. (last entrance 9 p.m.)
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens lights up the night with luminaria-lined pathways that wind through the gardens and reveal elaborate pumpkin displays. Indoor activities make this a great option for inclement weather and inclue live music, ghost talks and hands-on crafts.
DENVER ZOMBIE CRAWL
WHEN: Oct. 22, 2016
WHERE: 16th Street Mall
Did we mention Denverites love zombies? Each fall, thousands of the undead and blood-splattered crazies gather at Skyline Park and drag themselves down along the 16th Street Mall for the Denver Zombie Crawl. It all starts at 11 a.m. with the Organ Trail, a 5K run/walk/crawl in which zombie teams work to solve clues to find locations and move to checkpoints in an exercise in creativity. That's followed by a parade of undead at 2 p.m. As you might imagine, during the procession, you'll see bodies missing heads, bodies carrying their heads, and bodies with holes in their heads.
A HALLOWEEN BOO-LESQUE SHOW
WHEN: Oct. 28-29, 2016
WHERE: Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret
Join the adorable Clocktower Clockettes at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret as they pay a spooky burlesque tribute to all the thrills and chills of America's spookiest holiday! You'll see zombies, vampires, witches, black cats and even The Blob... scenes so frightening they'll scare The Clockettes right out of their shirts. The event typically sells out and features aerial feats, jugglers, magicians, comedy and camp by Lannie's very own ho9st Naughty Pierre. It's old-fashioned fun with interactive comedy and costume-contest prizes.
WHEN: Oct. 29, 2016
WHERE: The Curtis Hotel
Coloween is one of the most anticipated Denver Halloween costume parties in Colorado, and last year it expanded to two parties: a hotel takeover at The Curtis Hotel downtown and a special club performance and DJ set at City Hall Event Center. Each year features a lavish costume contest and an enthusaistic crowd.
8TH PARANORMAL PALACE
WHEN: Oct. 29 & 30, 2016
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
Imagine 25-foot skulls, 20-foot spiders, a mausoleum, haunted house, performers, bands and DJ's all under one roof. The 8th Paranormal Palace is a Halloween party like no other at the McNichols Civic Center Building. There will also be a costume contest with $2,000 in prizes. Ticket prices vary.
DENVER HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL
WHEN: Oct. 31, 2016
WHERE: Sherman St. Event Center, 1770 Sherman St.
An unlimited open bar all night, $1,000 ‘Best of The Ball' Halloween costume contest, live Halloween entertainment and great DJs. What more could you want for Halloween? The Denver Halloween Costume Ball will take place inside of the Grand Ballroom of the historic Sherman St. Event Center and feature some of the most creative Halloween costumes in Denver.