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Scare up some Halloween fun with pumpkins, mazes, haunted houses and more

Fright Fest

Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. There are family-friendly activities during the day, but after dark, it becomes a scream park of haunted houses, ghouls and zombies. At 1 p.m. Oct. 16 is the Pet Parade Costume Contest benefiting the Denver Dumb Friends League. 2000 Elitch Circle, 303- 595-4FUN. $40.99 adults, children 48 inches and under, $27.99. Bring a new or gently used children’s Halloween costume through Oct. 24 and receive discounted admission of $24.99.

Ghostly Walking Tours of Denver

Local author Phil Goodstein will conduct walking tours of various ghostly sites in Denver: Oct. 22: Ghost Walk, 7-9 p.m. Meet in front of the statue of the Indian on the east side of the Capitol on Grant Street between East 14th and East Colfax avenues. $15. Oct. 23: Ghosts of Cheesman Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet at the gazebo along the East 12th Avenue loop of the park near South Gilpin Street. Park just east of the bus stop. $10. Oct. 29, 30 and 31: Ghost Walk, 7-9 p.m. Meet in front of the statue of the Indian on the east side of the Capitol. $15.303-333-1095 or

14th annual Scarecrow Days

In Old Colorado City historic district Oct. 1-31. Take your picture with the scarecrows along Colorado Avenue; Oct. 9, kids “Decorate a Scarecrow” competition; Oct. 15 and 23, “Kid in the Kabin” ghost stories in the cabin at Bancroft Park on Colorado Avenue; Oct. 31, the annual costume contest from 2-4:30 p.m. at Old Town Plaza, 25th and West Colorado Avenue. 719-475-0955

Dinner and Ghost Investigation

The historic Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park is the place for dinner, an overnight stay and ghostly investigations. Learn about this historic lodge and be paired with investigators from The Haunted Dimensions team and visit the lodge’s many hot spots of paranormal activity. Today and Saturday, and Oct. 8 and 9 are available for dinner and an overnight stay for $100. 600 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park. 719-233-4773 or 970-586-4416.

Pawtoberfest 5K Run/Walk

At 9 a.m. Oct. 9 in America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs followed by a party at Nosh with food, entertainment and dog contests. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. 5K Run-Walk at 126 Cimino Drive; party at 121 S. Tejon St. 303-660-7529 for more information.

Fear of All Fears Haunted House

MorbidNights presents a Haunted House through Oct. 31 at the Outlets at Loveland. The haunted house is open Wednesday-Thursdays 7-11 p.m. and Friday-Saturdays 6-11 p.m. $15 for 8,000 square feet of terror. 5661 McWhinney Blvd., 970-663-1916 or for more information.

13th Floor Haunted House

Seventy-five actors dressed to scare on the 13th Floor with a high-gore attraction with a “hillbilly horror” theme included at Bloodshed. $20 for both 13th Floor and Bloodshed, through Oct. 31. (VIP fast pass with no lines, $30), Sunday-Thursday 7-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to midnight. 4120 Brighton Blvd., C2. Ideal for ages 13 and up,

The Asylum

Set in Gordon Cottinghan’s Hospital for the Mentally Insane, modeled after insane asylums of the 1800s. Oct. 1-31. Sunday-Thursday 7-10 p.m. and Friday- Saturday 7 p.m.-midnight. $15 (VIP fast pass with no lines, $25) Boondocks Fun Center, 120th Avenue and Interstate 25, 11425 Community Center Drive, Northglenn. Ideal for ages 10 and up,

Terror in the Corn

Anderson Farms brings back a haunted hayride and ghost town Friday-Oct. 31. Thursday-Sunday, except Oct. 7 beginning at 7 p.m. Also a pumpkin patch and corn maze. 6728 County Road 3 1/4 in Erie,

Trick or Treat OFF the Street

The Wildlife Experience is hosting a Halloween event for kids of all ages to enjoy crafts, ghost stories and a haunted graveyard, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 30-31. 10035 S. Peoria St., Parker. Included in regular admission to the Wildlife Experience: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 children 3-13. Members get in free beginning at 9 a.m. 720-488-3300 or

Paranormal Party

For adults only, Oct. 22-23. Cocktails followed by “Things That Go Bump in the Night” presentation, then ghost hunting at the Highlands Ranch Mansion. 9900 Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch. Advance tickets $25 for members, $30 for guests. 303-471-8859 or

Haunted House Hunt

Ghost hunt through never-before-seen areas of the Lumber Baron Inn, weekends through November. Enjoy an auction of antiques and listen to ghost stories. 2555 W. 37th Ave. Catered dinner, entertainment, tax and gratuity included for $37 per person. Cash bar. 303-477-8205 for reservations.

2nd annual Haunted Halloween

Thousands expected for this adults-only event with music, Body Art Zodiac Opera, video DJs, aerial performers, costume contest, and trick-or-treating at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 30. 4900 S. Syracuse St. General admission $35, VIP $59. For tickets:

Halloween with Horses

At the Colorado Horse Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 16, with Radio Disney noon-2 p.m., horse entertainment, food vendors, pumpkin patch, face painting, petting zoo, crafters, Westernaires, Stable of Terror and the horse costume contest. 7522 S. Pinery Drive, Parker. $14 per person, children under 2 admitted free. Bring a can of food for $1 off. 303- 841-5550 or

Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Haunted Mines

Kids ages 6-12 answer mining trivia questions at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry and build a miner’s skeleton. Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1-30. Haunted Mines takes over in the evenings with spooky tunnels, the Hellavator and more. Fridays-Sundays, Oct. 1-21 and every day Oct. 22-31 at 7 p.m. 225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs. $8 adults, $7 military/AAA. $6 seniors and students, $4 children 3-12, free under 3 and museum members. 719-488-0880 or

Halloween Party and Book Drive

Teresa Funke & Co. host an Old-Fashioned Halloween Party and Book Drive, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Rio Agave Room. Proceeds will be used to purchase Do Your Part School Kits for schools and teachers. World War II-era costumes encouraged. 143 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins. $20 adults, $10 children 17 and under, $50 for families. Reservations at 970-223-4484, or at the door.


Honor our Armed Forces

Hosted by the Fritzler family in conjunction with maze designer Brett Herbst, who created the maze in the shape of the Department of Defense logo. Open now through Oct. 31.

October hours: 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Haunting will begin today. Maze is 7 miles south of Greeley or 22 miles north of Brighton on the west side of U.S. 85. Daytime admission $10 for adults, maze only, $13 for combo ticket; ages 5-10, $10, 4 and under $5 for combo tickets. Nighttime/haunted admission is $16 for the maze only, $20 for a combo ticket, ages 5-10, $15, and 5 and under $10. A combo ticket allows access to all the courtyard activities. 970- 737-2129 or for reservations.

Erie Corn Maze

Fall Fest 2010 has 7 1/2 miles of trail through designs of a bear, a bald eagle and a moose. There are also pumpkin patch hayrides, farm animals, a barrel train, small hay-bale maze for youngsters, face painting, pedal karts, gem mining, food and more. Open daily through Oct. 31 at 6728 County Road 3 1/4 in Erie. for directions, times and prices.

Maze of Mayhem

Haunted Corn Maze open through Oct. 31, dusk-10 p.m. U.S. 85 and East 144th Avenue, $14 adults, $11 military, $9 children. Combination tickets to both mazes are $20 adults, $18 for military and $16 for children. [email protected].

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Future Farmers of America members cut this corn maze in Byers at May Farms, 64001 U.S. 36, Saturday through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-dusk. There’s a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, barnyard activities, pumpkin cannon and more. Weekend prices: 12 and up, $12; 5-11, $10; under 4 free; seniors and military, $7. Weekday prices: 12 and up, $7; 5-11, $5; 4 and under free. or 303-822-5800 for more details.

Harvest Festival at Berry Patch Farms

Oct. 9, 16 and 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Designed for youngsters — nothing scary or ghoulish. $6 adults, children 2 and under free, family of four, $20), includes crafts, hay rides, straw maze, games, piñatas, mural coloring, music and silhouettes. Face painting, pumpkins and food items extra. 13785 Potomac St., Brighton. 303-659-5050, [email protected],

Crazed Corn Field Maze Colorado Pumpkin Patch

Through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesdays-Sundays; open weather permitting, call to check for closures. A 20-acre corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins, corn kernel play box and playground. 104th Avenue and Riverdale Road, Thornton. 303-913-5947 [email protected],

Haunted Field of Screams (Nighttime attraction)

Not recommended for children. Open weather permitting; check for closures. Prices subject to change, check website. From Interstate 25 take 104th Avenue east 3 1/2 miles to Riverdale Road, 1 mile past Colorado Boulevard. From U.S. 85 take 104th Ave. west 2 miles to Riverdale Road, first light after U.S. 85. 303-913-5947., [email protected]

Hill’s Harvest

3225 E. 124th Ave., Thornton, no admission fee, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31. U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, free hay rides. Eastlake Reservoir No. 3 Nature Preserve and Trail adjacent to farm. Roasted green chiles, fresh vegetables and fruit, preserves, pickled products. 303-451-5637, [email protected],

Palombo Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

11500 Havana St., Henderson, through Oct. 31, U.S. 85 and East 112th Avenue, 1 block east to Havana Street and 3 blocks north to market. 303-287-0134, [email protected],

Carpenter’s Helpers Pumpkins

3601 W. Belleview Ave. (St. James Presbyterian Church), Littleton. Oct. 10-Oct. 31. Monday-Friday, 12 p.m.-6 or dusk. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or dusk. Coalition of Presbyterian Churches raising money to build a metro Habitat for Humanity house. 303-794-6851

Chimney Rock Farm & Market

Now-Oct. 31. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wagon rides with the pumpkin patch. Located on U.S. 160, 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs, on south side of road; southeast corner of Archuleta County Road 175 and U.S. 160. 500 County Road 175, 970-731-6278, [email protected]

Cottonwood Farm

75th Street and Arapahoe Road,

Boulder. Now-Oct. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fall Festival, pumpkin patch, cornfield maze, straw-bale maze, farm animals, farm-equipment display, steam tractor, Indian corn, corn stalks, straw bales. East of Boulder, 4 miles on Arapahoe Road, south on 75th Street to entrance. 720-890-4766,

Munson Farms

7355 Valmont Road, Boulder. Now-Oct. 31. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. U-pick pumpkins, hayrides. U.S. 36 to Pearl Street (in Boulder), east on Pearl to Valmont, east to 75th and Valmont. 303-442-5330.

Ollin Farms U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

8627 N. 95th St., Longmont, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pumpkin pie tasting and music. 1/4 mile south of 119.

Rock Creek Farm

2005 S. 112th St., Broomfield. Now-Nov. 1. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., open selected evenings, check website. Corn maze, Halloween activities, small children’s hay maze and farm-animal petting zoo. U-pick: pumpkins and pie pumpkins, squash, cornstalk bundles, gourds, Indian corn, straw, caramel apples, baked goods, handcrafted gifts. School groups welcome. No general admission fee. Weather permitting. 1 mile north of Broomfield on U.S. 287. 303-465-9565, [email protected],

Four Mile Historic Park

715 S. Forest St. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pumpkins, scarecrows, music and much more. Free (charge for pumpkins and some activities). Horse-drawn rides and food available. 720-885-0800, [email protected],

Flat Acres Farm Amazing Maze and Pumpkin Patch

11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker. Today-Nov. 7. Thursday, 2 p.m.-dark, Friday, 12 p.m.-dark, Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-dark, Oct. 21-24, Full Moon Madness, open until Midnight. $10. Snake tunnel, amazing maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides with Clydesdales, picture cut-outs, animal hay farm, petting zoo, cornstalks and hay bales. All ages. 303-805-1038

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton.

Corn maze: $10 for adults, 6 children 4-12. Weekends, Now-Oct. 31. Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m. Pumpkin Festival:$6 adults, $4 children 4-12 (child in costume free), Oct. 9 and 10 9 a.m.-5 p.m. From C-470 exit Wadsworth, go south t Deer Creek Canyon Road and turn right. Entrance to the park is 1/4 mile on the left. 303-973-3705,

The Great Pumpkin Patch

Corner of West Alameda Avenue and Garrison Street. Oct. 13- 31. Daily, 10 a.m.-dusk. Pumpkins to benefit “Habitat for Humanity”.

Johnstown Straw Maze

3418 SE 25 Frontage Road,

Johnstown. Now-Oct. 30, Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m.-12 p.m., Saturday, 3 p.m.-12 p.m. The Straw Maze is a maze similar to a corn maze, but it’s built out of straw bales. 970-612-8089, [email protected],

Osborn Farm Pumpkin Patch

1230 S. Boise Ave., Loveland. Today- through the season (weather permitting), 10 a.m-6 p.m. Pumpkin patch with plenty of wheelbarrows to take out to retrieve them. Free admission, however there is a charge for the pumpkins. Season opener is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4 with hayrides, food, music, antiques, and a petting zoo. 970-669-4407, [email protected],

Lower Valley Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

23 and L Road, Grand Junction. Oct. 1-Oct. 31. See website for updated information regarding time. Lower Valley Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze on 5 1/2 five and a halfacres, 5 acres of pumpkins, a pumpkin cannon and more. 970-270-7060, [email protected],

Mazzotti’s Pumpkin Patch

24120 WCR 8, Hudson Oct. 1-31, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Weekdays are reserved for school field trips and are by appointment only. U-pick pumpkin patch, corn maze, and more. 303-536-4089 or 303-710-2410,

Miller Farms & Corn Maze

9040 Colorado 66, Platteville. Now-April – mid-November. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Harvest produce, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, mazes, hayrides. Oct.ober 10 -31: haunted corn maze. Reservations please. Group rates available. I-25 to Exit 243, east 5 miles on Colorado 66. 970-785-6133,

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.