DMMB’s Guide to 2015 Haunted Halloween Happenings In and Around Denver

Halloween Haunted HappeningsAre you ready for some Halloween fun? Check out our list of haunted houses and happenings, for all ages, in and around the Denver Metro area.

We’ve categorized these based on “Fear Factor” — please consider this before taking littles to any event that they might be too young for!

Fear Factor – Not Scary

Boo at the Bridge
Royal Gorge Bridge
4218 County Road 3A
Cañon City, CO 81212
719-275-7507
October 24; 4-8:30pm
Tickets: $10 online, $12 at the gate, $5 off for season pass holders

This event will offer hay rides, trick or treating, a ghost train, night flights, carnival games, music, and surprises.  All ages are welcome.

Boo at the Zoo
Denver Zoo
October 24-25 and October 31-November 1; 9am-5pm
Tickets: $17 adults, $12 children, 2 and under FREE
Purchase your tickets online before October 23rd and receive $5 off ticket office pricing.

This event offers trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations, and exciting family-friendly entertainment.  All activities are included with admission or with membership (does not apply for Boo After Dark).

Boo After Dark
Denver Zoo
October 30-31; 6:30-9pm
Tickets: $17 adults, $12 children, 2 and under FREE
Purchase your tickets online before October 23rd and receive $5 off ticket office pricing.

Same event as Boo at the Zoo (see above), but in the evening.  Note that Boo After Dark requires ticket purchase by everyone – including members.

Boo and Brew on Colfax Avenue
Along Colfax Avenue (between York & Colorado Blvd)
October 31; 1pm-2am
FREE

Kids can roam the streets from 1-4pm to gather treats from area restaurants and retailers.  Highlights include: made to order candy bars, a bouncy castle, haunted houses, and face painting.  Start your trick or treating tour at 3121 E. Colfax, then visit all of the decorated establishments along Colfax Avenue (between York & Colorado Blvd).  From 9pm-2pm, festivities will also take place for “big kids” and adults.

Bug-a-Boo
Butterfly Pavilion
October 17-18, 9am-5pm
Tickets: Adults $11, Seniors $9, kids (2-12) $6, and kids under the age of 2 are FREE

This event will offer indoor trick-or-treating and not so creepy, crawly activities. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume parade, cockroach races, face painting and, kids crafts all day.

Corn Maze at Rock Creek Farms
Open now through November 2nd, 9am – 6:30pm daily through Halloween with extended hours Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm
Tickets: $9 for ages 12 and up, $6 for ages 4-11, and kids 3 and under are FREE

Find your way through nearly 9 miles of amazing Halloween themed mazes.  Per the website, it is not scary or haunted.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Hauntings at the Hangar
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
October 31, 10am-4pm
Tickets: $11 for adults 13 and older, $9 for seniors (65+), as well as active military and veterans, $6 for children 4-12, members and children 3 and under are free.  Box lunches are available for purchase for $7.57.

All ages are invited to spend a spooky Saturday in the 1930’s hangar. Walk through Trick or Treat Street and stop over at the popcorn bar for some goodies.  There will be inflatable slides, a bounce house, carnival games, open cockpits, face painting, magic shows, an obstacle course, and more! Come in your Halloween costume and participate in the Halloween Parade.

Trick or Treat Street at the Denver Children’s Museum
Denver Children’s Museum
October 23-25, 9am-7pm
Activities are included with museum admission ($8-$10).

The website notes that this is “a trick or treating adventure bursting with fun” for small children. Scary costumes are discouraged.

Trick or Treat Street at Antique Row
October 31, 2-4pm

Come for a fun afternoon of trick-or-treating along South Broadway’s Antique Row. Kids get to visit dozens of merchants along the 1100 through 1800 blocks of South Broadway, collecting treats and showing off their costumes.

Trick or Treat Train
Colorado Railroad Museum
October 31, 10am-4pm
Tickets: $5 for children (2-15), $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (over 60), and museum members and children under 2 are free.

Take a ride on the Trick or Treat Train!  Conductors and engineers will be in full costume, and the Trick or Treat Train will depart every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm.  Treats will be available at the Town’s special stops, and there will be a “not so spooky” haunted rail car and a silly graveyard.

Union Station Halloween Party and Parade
October 29; 4-7pm

Denver’s Union Station will offer trick-or-treating at merchant shops, a costume parade from the Plaza through the Great Hall and a contest with prizes for best costume and best group/family costume. The website states, “There might be a scare here and there, along with great adult drink specials and fun!”

Halloween Kids Fest
Downtown Aquarium
October 30 – 10am-2pm, October 31 – 10am-3pm
Tickets: $12.99 for children (3-11), $18.99 for adults (12-64), $17.99 for seniors (over 65+), and children 2 and under are free.  Children get 1/2 off the price of admission when they wear a costume.

Activities include a “Not So Haunted” train ride, Monster Mural coloring, Mad Science Experiments (Saturday only), Pumpkin Patch Painting and more!

Englewood Halloween Carnival
Englewood Recreation Center
1155 West Oxford Avenue
Saturday, October 24 – 5pm 8:30pm
Admission is free. Tickets for the carnival are $.25

Bouncy castle, carnival games, costume contests, and treats make up this fun and safe Halloween activity!

 

Fear Factor – A Little Scary / Scary

Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms
Open now through October 31, Fridays – 4pm-9pm, Saturdays – 10am-9pm, Sundays 10am-5pm
Tickets: $10-$13 for non-members, $8-$12 for members.

The 8-acre corn maze can be explored in daylight or by dark with glow sticks (called the Blackout Maze – this will not be haunted).

Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
Open now through November 1, Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-9pm
Tickets: 1 Haunted House: $10, 2 Haunted Houses: $15
A variety of discounted haunted attraction packages are available online.

Advertised as “Family by Day and Fright by Night.”  Fright by Night attractions are not recommended for children under 12.  Note, there is also a “Guest Costume Policy” that includes not allowing masks or costumes that cover the face on children over 10 years of age.  Be sure to read the entire policy, if you plan to attend this event.

Ghosts in the Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street)
Event will take place on October 17, 24, 29, and 30 from 6pm-8pm or 8:30-10:30pm.
Tickets:  $27 ($23 for members).

Did you know that the land Denver Botanic Gardens sits on was the Mile High City’s first cemetery?  Past and present Gardens’ staff will “tell the true story of the Gardens’ macabre history, and recount decades of the paranormal through eyewitness reports in one of the city’s most haunted places.”  This tour is not recommended for children younger than 12 and part of the tour is not wheelchair accessible. No camcorders are permitted.

 

Fear Factor: Very Scary!

13th Door Haunted House (not to be confused with the 13th Floor)
Open now through November 1, Sundays-Thursdays – 7pm-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays – 7pm-12am
Tickets start at $25. Combo ticket deals available with the Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch.

According to the website, this haunted house was voted in the top 13 haunted houses in America.  “The 13th Door delivers on its promise to keep you on your toes.”

13th Floor Haunted House (not to be confused with the 13th Door)
4120 Brighton Blvd.
Denver, CO 80216
303-355-3327
Open now through November 14, with varying hours and pricing – tickets start at $25.99.
Calendar of hours and pricing available online.

13th Floor touts itself as Denver’s “Largest Haunted House Event.”  Once you enter the haunted house, you will get on an elevator that will take you “down to the 13th floor.”  The website has a warning that this event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

The Asylum Haunted House  / Primitive Fear, Patient Alpha
Open now through November 4, with varying hours and pricing – tickets start at $25.99.
Calendar of hours and pricing available online.

The Asylum is managed by the same group that runs the 13th Floor, but is in a different location, three and a half miles away.  (A combo event ticket is available for the two haunted houses, that can be redeemed on two separate days.)  The website has a warning that this event may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

City of the Dead Haunted House (located at the Mile High Flea Market)
7007 E 88th Avenue
Henderson, CO 80640
(720) 692-4059
Open now through October 31.
Prices vary, but tickets start at $23. Multiple attractions are available at this location, with combo ticket prices available. Calendar of hours available online.

The City of the Dead claims to be the longest, largest, and most intense haunted house in Denver (just over 30,000 square feet).  Per the website, it is a “very ‘in your face’ haunt with constant and relentless zombies coming after you,” with some dark, gory, frightening, scary, gross, and extreme graphic scenes.

Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch (next door to 13th Door)
Open now through November 1.  Sundays-Thursdays – 7pm-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays – 7pm-12am
Tickets start at $25.  Combo ticket deals available with the 13th Door Haunted House.

Per the website, this haunted house was voted by Rocky Mountain News readers as “Denver’s Scariest Haunted House.”

The Dead Zone Scream Park
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Open now through November 1, Friday and Saturday – 7pm-11pm, Thursday (October 22nd and 29th only) – 7pm-10pm
Tickets start at $25

Tickets for the “Dead Zone” include the following attractions: the Corn Stalkers Haunted Maze, Blackout Maze, fireside ghost stories and Reapers Ranch, a haunted house. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Haunted Field of Screams
Open now through October 31, Thursday & Sunday, Sundown-10pm; Friday & Saturday, Sundown-12am.
Ticket prices and package options available on the website.

Advertised as the “Largest Haunted Attraction in Colorado.” This location offers three attractions: the Haunted Field of Screams (a visual interactive haunt located in the corn field on a designated pathway), the Dead Man’s night maze (the original haunted corn maze), and Zombie Paintball Massacre (playing paintball with zombies)As noted on the website, this attraction is not recommended for children, because of the scare factor and atmosphere.

Did we leave something out?  Let us know in the comments below, as well as any feedback about the attractions.  Have a Happy and Fun Halloween!

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2 Responses to DMMB’s Guide to 2015 Haunted Halloween Happenings In and Around Denver

  1. Jackie M
    Jackie M October 16, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Oh my – what a great post! I’ll need to bookmark these for when my guy is a little older.

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