Boo! Denver Fall & Halloween Guide

It feels like fall today – the leaves are falling all over town and I love the change of season! Halloween is coming up and with that comes lots of events in the Mile High city for you and your loved ones to enjoy!  Below is a list from the website. Happy Friday and Happy Fall!

Colorado’s Coolest Corn Maze Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 14-Oct. 28 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. The winding pathways will have a fruits-and-vegetables-theme this fall, designed to pay tribute to Denver Botanic Gardens’ Community Supporting Agriculture (CSA) program. 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 McDonald’s Mini-Maze designed just for them. Hayrides, and horse 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, hotdogs and kettle corn. And don’t forget to come out during Pumpkin Fest (Oct. 12-14) to pick the perfect jack-o-lantern from the Gardens’ 10-acre patch.  Check out another great corn maze in the Denver area.

Halloween Science  Oct. 28  Denver Museum of Nature & Science  Stir your witch’s cauldron this Halloween to create “magical” chemical changes. Create fog, conjure up potions that change color, and eat some of your creations. Beware! You are sure to be amazed in this magical class.  Check out more great events at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, including the must-see A Day In Pompeii.   Bug A Boo  Oct. 27-28  Butterfly Pavilion Come meet the Butterfly Pavilion’s creepiest crawliest friends while your kids scream around this safe, educational trick or treat street. This event, including games, costumes and candy, will have you bug out, just in time for Halloween.

Trick or Treat Train October 27-28 Colorado Railroad Museum 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden   Ride the rails back in time through Railroad Halloween Town. 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. Or warm your hands around the Hobo Campfire and sit a spell for kid-friendly storytelling.

Trick or Treat Street October 26-28, 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Children’s Museum of Denver   It’s the sweetest time of year so don your favorite costume and head to the Children’s Museum for a trick-or-treating adventure bursting with fun! Parade from one Treat House to the next collecting goodies, craft classic Halloween creatures, brave your chances at the Monster Carnival and stroll through Pumpkin Hill. Activities included with Museum admission.  Check out more events at the Children’s Museum of Denver.

Boo At The Zoo October 27-28 Denver Zoo The 28th annual Boo At The Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of the Denver Zoo. Activities free with zoo admission.   Don’t Miss: Join Denver Zoo’s nocturnal creatures during Boo After Dark, Friday, Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.  Check out more fun events at the Denver Zoo!

Elitch Gardens: Fright Fest Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, October 5-28  Elitch Gardens Theme & Amusement Park   Once the sun goes down, Elitch Gardens Theme & Amusement Park is transformed from a theme park to a scream park as haunted houses come alive and ghost, ghouls and zombies take over. Free with regular admission, this popular event is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit!  Check out some fun haunted houses in Denver!

Mile High Horror Film Festival  Oct. 5-7  Denver FilmCenter/Colfax Horror at high altitude! The Mile High Horror Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the art and entertainment of independent horror films from around the world. This festival is three days of fun, parties, panels, events, and, most importantly, chilling independent horror films.     Elitch Gardens’ 14th Annual Fright Fest Pet Parade  Oct. 13  Elitch Gardens Theme & Amusement Park Get those costumes ready and tails wagging for Elitch Gardens’ 13th Annual Fright Fest Pet Parade! Denver’s furry friends will strike a pose from noon – 2 pm on Saturday, October 8 competing in costumes for great prizes in the categories of “Funniest,” “Most Original” and “Best Pet-Owner Combination.” All types of domestic pets in costume are welcome. Local celebrities will help judge the event and rumor has it they’re total softies when it comes to cute pets in irresistible costumes. Pugs dressed as ladybugs? Enough said.

Victorian Horrors: Tales from the Sea at The Molly Brown House Museum  Oct. 19-20 & Oct. 26-27  Molly Brown House Museum   A nautical take on the museum’s most popular event, 2012 Victorian Horrors will feature dramatic readings from Victorian authors’ tales of terror and loss on the sea. Brought to life by costumed actors, these tales will evoke chills of terror and the smell of the sea.  Discover the Molly Brown House Museum’s Heroine of the Titanic exhibit.

Scream Scram 5K Oct. 19 Washington Park (S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave., Denver) Halloween is all about candy, but it can also be about staying fit, thanks to the annual Scream Scram 5K Run/Walk. Put on your costume and your sneakers and hit the pavement. At the finish, hang out at Trick or Treat Street for yummy food, award presentations and prize drawings for best costumes and top finishers.

Denver Zombie Crawl  Oct. 20  Downtown Denver Afternoon of the Living Dead? On Saturday October 20, at 2 p.m., Denver will be holding the largest Zombie gathering in history at Skyline Park. Put on your best zombie makeup and outfit and join the fun. This is an ALL AGES and FREE event. Everyone is welcome. The organizers do however ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies.  Discover the Organ Trail: A Haunted Urban Adventure

Capitol Hill Horror Stories with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel Oct. 21 Grant Humphreys Mansion (777 Pennsylvania Street, Denver)  Pay your respects to some of Colorado’s liveliest deceased characters and while dinning with the disinterred on Halloween refreshments and hear their terrifying tales in this haunted mansion. Storytellers include Dr. Colorado (Tom Noel), storytellers Edger Allen Poe (Dennis Gallagher), Mary Elitch (Debra Faulkner), Molly Brown (Charla Stilling), Mattie Silks (Patti Lundt), Mrs. Adolph Coors II (Kim Field), Mrs. Uerttea Croke (Amy Zimmer), Helen Bonfils (Susan Liehe), and other exhumed eccentrics. Sign up now for this History Colorado fundraiser which fills fast. Libations and light delights are included.

Denver Botanic Gardens: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration  Oct. 27  Denver Botanic Gardens (York St.) Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a festival of “welcome” for the souls of the dead. This celebration will feature live entertainment, artists and dancers. Attendees will enjoy a “Sugar Skull” making area, an area where they can create “Papel Picado”, and more. Complimentary face painting stations and a complimentary photo booth will also be on hand.  Discover more great fall events at the Denver Botanic Gardens.   Halloween Full Tea Oct. 27 (11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.) Molly Brown House Museum   Halloween was a favorite Victorian holiday. Come explore traditional decorations, enjoy special tea treats and show off your spookiest or wackiest costume. Best costumes win prizes! This tea includes a tour of the Museum and the entire event lasts approximately an hour and a half.  Find more fall events at the Molly Brown House Museum.

A Halloween BOO-lesque Show!  Oct. 26 (8 p.m.), 27 (8 p.m. & 11 p.m.) and Oct. 31 (8 p.m.)  Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret  Join the adorable Clocktower Clockettes 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! Aerial feats, jugglers, magicians, comedy and camp by your favorite “naughty” host, Lannie’s very own, Naughty Pierre. Old fashioned fun with interactive comedy and costume contest prizes.   Cemetery Crawl  Oct. 27, 1 p.m.  Meet in the Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 12801 W. 44th Ave.   Join Dr. Colorado and a host of ghosts as they guide you through Colorado’s second largest Necropolis. You will meet underground celebrities exhumed for this creepy, once-in-a-lifetime occasion, such as Horace (Dennis Gallagher) and Baby Doe Tabor (Charla Fleming), Mrs. William Gilpin (Debra Faulkner), and J.K. Mullen (John Stewart) and get a peak at the most elaborate private mausoleum in the Rockies. Free grave to grave transit provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado. Free grave to grave transit provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado.

Linger Looking to plan a truly unique Halloween date night? Book a table at Linger, one of Denver’s newest restaurants, located in the hip lower Highlands neighborhood. The restaurant is housed in a somewhat spooky building — a former mortuary! Don’t worry, the more gruesome aspects have been fully removed. In their place is a fun, retro-cool atmosphere — and great food from acclaimed chef Justin Cucci. The owners have displayed just the right amount of blak humor in the decor. Check out the happy hour menus printed on oversized morgue toe tags, or the apothecary jars used to serve water in.

Brown Palace Hotel & Spa   The grand dame of Denver’s hotels, the Brown Palace is rumored to host a number of spirits in its historic rooms and hallways. The hotel’s historian leads wide-eyed guests on tours through some of The Brown’s more hair-raising hauntings, telling tales of mysterious sightings and disturbances from its 117 year past. These themed tours are offered to the public on select days in October. Reservations are required. On Oct. 28, the Brown’s Ellyngton’s Restaurant undergoes a spooktacular transformation for the Monster Brunch, with costumed wait staff and Halloween themed food. Reservations are required.

A Spooky Day Trip  – Stanley Hotel See why the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park inspired Stephen King to write The Shining! King stayed at this historic hotel in the mid-70s, and ended up writing one of the great horror masterpieces of all time. “When we arrived, they were just getting ready to close for the season, and we found ourselves the only guests in the place — with all those long, empty corridors,” he recalled. “By the time I went to bed that night, I had the whole book in my mind.” On the Stanley’s Ghost & History Tour, experience it for yourself. See room #217, where the creation of The Shining began, hear stories of ghost sightings in the hotel’s most haunted rooms, and take a tour through the underground tunnel!

What events or traditions do you do this time of year? Leave a comment below and share; I’d love to hear them! Information from

-Kelly Rose Tierney


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