Get Your Costume On: 13 Denver-Area Halloween Festivities to Scare Up Some Fun

Colorado's Elusive Ingredient will perform their "Rocky Horror Picture Show" shadowcast at two Denver-area theaters this October. Photo courtesy of Boulder Theater

Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient will perform its “Rocky Horror Picture Show” shadowcast at two Denver-area theaters this October. Photo courtesy of Boulder Theater

Whether it’s the caramel apples, the costumes, the haunted houses or the candy corn, everyone loves something about Halloween. But with so many spooky—and sweet—traditions to celebrate, how could you ever choose which to participate in on October 31? Luckily, the Denver area is full of Halloween happenings to enjoy all month long. Check out these Halloween activities for some spooky fall fun this October.

For the Adults

1. 13th Floor and Asylum Haunted House
4120 Brighton Blvd., C2 and 6100 E. 39th Ave.
Through November 1

If your goal this Halloween is to be scared out of your wits, look no further than the 13th Floor and Asylum haunted houses. Explore the ruins of a long-gone mental hospital at Asylum, or discover why most buildings skip from floor 12 to 14 at the 13th Floor. These haunted attractions are known as some of the best in Denver, and the layout and design of each house changes each year, so even if you’ve been before, you’re sure to be scared again.

2. Victorian Horrors XXII at the Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St.
October 16, 17, 23 and 24

Hosted at the historic Molly Brown House Museum, this Halloween happening features the horror stories of the past acted out by costumed actors. Opt for a literary Halloween this year and take a trip back in time with Gothic authors like Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells, Mary Shelley and more.

3. Adult Pumpkin Carving
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 S. York St.
October 17

Become a carving artist at this adults-only pumpkin carving event. You’ll learn how to make your pumpkin into a masterpiece from expert pumpkin carver Barry Brown, who’s showcased his skills on “Today,” “The Tonight Show,” the “David Letterman Show,” “Good Morning America” and more. And don’t forget to BYOB—refreshments are encouraged, but not provided.

4. Rocky Horror Picture Show
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. in Boulder and Landmark Esquire Theater, 590 Downing St. in Denver
October 25 (Boulder), October 31 (Denver)

This spooky, sexy cult classic never gets old, and now you can experience it as it was during its heyday. Colorado’s Elusive Ingredient, a troupe dedicated specifically to performing “Rocky Horror,” performs a full shadowcast with the film, complete with full costumes, dancing and more. Brush up on your “Time Warp” moves and see it at two locations this month.

5. Zombie Bicycle Cruise
Golden Farmers Market Lot, 10th and Illinois in Golden
October 27

Get your fake blood ready—a parade of zombies is preparing to make its way through Golden. Take a relaxing ride through the Golden bike paths while showing off your best zombie get-up. At the end of the cruise, you’re invited to enjoy food, drink and music from local Colorado vendors.

6. Colorado Symphony at the Movies: “Psycho”
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., No. 15
October 30

Looking for a sophisticated but spooky night out this Halloween? The iconic score from Alfred Hitchcock’s award-winning film “Psycho” couldn’t be more fitting. Now you can hear the music played live by the Colorado Symphony while also enjoying the classic film.

7. Halloween James Bond Dinner
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 191 Inverness Dr. W. in Englewood
October 31

Don your best suit or sexiest dress and become a spy for the night at Fleming’s Halloween James Bond Dinner. This evening of espionage includes a cocktail hour complete with hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated four-course dinner. Plus, there are photo booths, photo props and a costume contest, so make sure your ensemble would rival 007 himself.

For the Whole Family

8. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Corn Maze
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. in Littleton
Through November 1

This family-friendly corn maze has lots of fun in store for your October outing. Take the kids through the mini-maze or, if they’re brave, make your way through the (not haunted) blackout maze by the light of a glowstick. Outside the maze enjoy pony rides, a jumping pillow, face painting, hamster balls and food vendors.

9. Glow at the Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 S. York St.
October 14, 21 and 28

For this magical night of Halloween fun, the Denver Botanic Gardens will be transformed into a glowing pumpkin patch full of intricate jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkin displays. The evening also features story time with The Story Seeker, free face and tattoo painting, a scavenger hunt, live music and more. There’s even a full cash bar for the parents. Each date has its own theme, so be sure to pick your favorite.

The Glow at the Gardens event at the Denver Botanic Gardens features  face painting, scavenger hunts and more. Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

The Glow at the Gardens event at the Denver Botanic Gardens features face painting, scavenger hunts and more. Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens

10. Trick or Treat Street
Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive
October 23-25

Dust off your best costume and head to the Children’s Museum of Denver for a day of Halloween fun. Take the kids trick-or-treating at the museum’s special Treat Houses, and then head over to the Monster Carnival for some fun Halloween games and arts and crafts.

11.  Boo at the Zoo
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.
October 24, 25 and 31, November 1

While you may not find any werewolves, ghosts or banshees at the Denver Zoo, there are dozens of other friendly creatures to visit this Halloween season. Each Boo at the Zoo event features trick-or-treating, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and live entertainment.

12. Highland Haunt
32nd Ave. in Denver from Clay to Zuni St.
October 31

The eighth annual Highland Haunt is slated to be bigger than ever, with horse-drawn hayrides, carnival games, mechanical bulls, a petting zoo and more. The festivities wouldn’t be complete without live music, a costume contest and professional photo opportunities, so make sure to take advantage of all the Haunt has to offer. This year’s proceeds from donations and raffle ticket sales will benefit the Bienvenidos Food Bank of Northwest Denver.

13. Trick or Treat Train
Colorado Railroad Museum, 17155 W. 44th Ave. in Golden
October 31

All aboard! Catch a ride on a vintage passenger car headed to the Railroad Halloween Town. There, you’ll find trick or treat stops, a “not-so-spooky” haunted railcar and the Olde Railroaders silly graveyard. Stop by the pumpkin patch for more fun and photos.

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