Looking for things to do in Denver for 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. 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. 15–Oct. 29, 2017
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 (Oct. 13–15, 2017) to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern from the 10-acre pumpkin patch.
BOO AT THE ZOO
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.
TRICK OR TREAT STREET
When: Oct. 27-29, 2017
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. 28–29, 2017
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.
GHOULISHLY FUN HALLOWEEN EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
THE 13TH FLOOR HAUNTED HOUSE
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
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.
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. 29–Oct. 29, 2017
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. 13–14, 20–21, 27–28, 2017
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.
GLOW AT THE GARDENS
WHEN: Oct. 18–19 and 25–26, 2017
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, face painting, hands-on crafts and LED circus performers.
DENVER ZOMBIE CRAWL
WHEN: Oct. 7, 2017
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.
HALLOWEEN BOO-LESQUE & COMEDY SHOW
WHEN: Oct. 26–29, 2017
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. 28, 2017
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.
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
Imagine 25-foot skulls, 20-foot spiders, a mausoleum, haunted house, performers, bands and DJs all under one roof. The 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
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.