Looking for things to do in Denver this Halloween? Get ready for a spectacularly spooky October. Explore a seven-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. And roam the streets of downtown Denver with hundreds of zombies!
HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
WHEN: Friday & Saturday evenings in October
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Take an immersive night walk down an eerie trail, plus jack-o’-lantern sculptures, seasonal food and drinks, animal meet-and-greets, and more.
WHEN: Sept. 21–Oct. 28, 2018
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Get lost at this year's Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield's seven-acre Corn Maze, one of the most attended corn mazes in the country. Wind your way through acres of corn, 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. Tickets include one hayride, barrel train ride (for children 12 and under) and unlimited jumping on a giant pillow. 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 Festival to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern from the 10-acre pumpkin patch.
WHEN: Sept. 28–Oct. 28, 2018
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. 17–25, 2018
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 include live music, pumpkin carving, face painting, hands-on crafts, a costume contest and LED circus performers.
WHEN: Oct. 17–Nov. 4, 2018
WHERE: 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, 80601
Denver's newest Halloween attraction is an immersive, interactive extrava-gourd-za. Created within Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex using more than 3,000 hand-carved gourds, Pumpkin Nights includes eight different Pumpkin Lands, including Pumpkin Pirate Cove, Spider Alley, Monster Mash, Pumpkin Passage and more. While there you can sip on seasonal beverages, watch a movie screening of Pixar’s "Coco," visit the pumpkin patch, paint a pumpkin, and watch pumpkin artists as they carve giant pumpkins.
WHEN: Oct. 20, 2018
WHERE: Broadway from E. 5th Ave. to Alameda Ave.
Denver's funkiest street turns terrifying during the Broadway Halloween Parade. Hosted by the Broadway Merchants Association and City Council Lucky District 7, this family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. and will feature freaky floats, macabre music and more! Wear your costume and join in the fun.
WHEN: Oct. 24–25, 2018
WHERE: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" has become a Halloween classic. Don your costume and watch the full-length film as the Colorado Symphony plays along with Danny Elfman's spooky score.
WHEN: Oct. 25, 2018
WHERE: Denver Union Station
Union Station transforms into "Boonion Station" for this family-friendly Halloween celebration. Your little ones will love trick-or-treating at the shops in the station, participating in a costume parade through the Great Hall and a contest with prizes for best costume and best group/family costume. And don't worry — there are adult drink specials for you grown-up ghosts and goblins.
When: Oct. 26–28, 2018
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.
WHEN: Oct. 27, 2018
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. Visit all of Railroad Halloween Town's not-so-spooky stops to fill your treat bag and tickle your funny bones, including the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard.
When: Oct. 28, 2018
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Get in the spooky spirit as the Colorado Symphony performs music from the beloved Harry Potter™ movies and more. Costumes are encouraged!
WHEN: Oct. 20 and 21; Oct. 27 and 28, 2018
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 offers visitors a nighttime trick-or-treating experience. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children; kids 2 and under are free.
GHOULISHLY FUN HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
WHEN: Sept. 21–Oct. 31, 2018
WHERE:10451 McKay Road, Thornton, CO 80233
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: Oct. 6, 2018
WHERE: Downtown Denver
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. As you might imagine, during the procession, you'll see bodies missing heads, bodies carrying their heads, and bodies with holes in their heads.
WHEN: Oct. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, 2018
WHERE: Molly Brown House Museum
Take a literary journey of fright with renowned authors like Poe, Wells and Lovecraft. You'll hear soul-searing tales of unspeakable horror and madness — all inside the suitably spooky (and quite possibly haunted) Molly Brown House.
WHEN: OCT. 25–28, 2018
WHERE: The Clocktower Cabaret
Join the adorable Clocktower Clockettes at The Clocktower Cabaret as they pay a spooky burlesque tribute to all the thrills and chills of America's spookiest holiday, with 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, hosted by Naughty Pierre. It's old-fashioned fun with interactive comedy and costume-contest prizes.
WHEN: Oct. 26, 2018
WHERE: Terminal Bar
Descend into the depths of Terminal Bar for the annual Spooky Speakeasy, featuring a live DJ, themed cocktails and a costume contest with a grand prize that includes a $100 Denver Union Station gift card and a free night at The Crawford Hotel.
WHEN: Oct. 27, 2018
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
It's time to do the Time Warp at the 10th annual Paranormal Palace! With two full Rocky Horror Picture Show casts, three floors of haunted decor, more than 50 live performances, bands and DJs, food trucks and open bars all under one roof, this 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.
WHEN: TBA, 2018
WHERE: 3400 E. 52nd Ave.
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 thrills with a new location, intricate sets, highly selective casting and incredible special effects makeup that is sure to make reality and fiction blur into terror.
WHEN: TBA, 2018
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.
WHEN: TBA, 2018
WHERE: The Curtis Hotel
Coloween at The Curtis Hotel is one of the most anticipated Denver Halloween costume parties in Colorado. Party through a mind-bending labyrinth of haunted hallways and hair-raising entertainment, with three ballrooms featuring live music and DJs, sexy theatrical performers, and 28 bartenders serving open bar! Come ready to compete in the lavish costume contest hosted by a secret celebrity guest.