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Fall Calendar 2013: Denver Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes and Haunted Houses

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Elitch Gardens Fright Fest

Oct. 5-27: “Family by Day, Fright by Night” is the theme. Not-so-scary activities are offered during the day on weekends including the Trick or Treat Trail. At 5 p.m. each Friday through Sunday the park is terrorized by Zombies with three new haunted attractions: Flesh Factory, Terror Chamber, and Seance. Tickets vary. 2000 Elitch Circle,

October Fun at Park Meadows

Oct. 5, 12, 19: Children’s activities include decorating pumpkins, arts and crafts, games and more, 2-4 p.m. 8401 Park Meadows Center Drive, Lone Tree, 303-792-5384,

2013 Historical Pueblo Ghost Walk

Oct. 5: A historical ghost walk through the Historic Union Avenue District. Walking tours leave every 15 minutes 5:30-8:30 p.m. starting at El Pueblo History Museum. $8, free children age 5 and under. 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo,

Arapahoe County Fall Festival

Oct. 19: Pumpkin patch, hay rides, historic demonstrations, pioneer crafts and games, a petting farm, food trucks and horse-drawn trolley rides, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Historic 17 Mile House, 8181 S. Parker Road, Centennial,

Pumpkin Festival at Tagawa Gardens

Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27: Each weekend will feature WOWBubbles, balloon art, face painting, airbrush tattoos, pumpkin decorating, obstacle course and refreshments, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 7711 S Parker Road, Centennial, 303-690-4722,

FestiFall at Hudson Gardens

Oct. 26: Harvest-themed activities include pumpkins, owl demonstrations by Wild Wings Education, hay bale maze, meet the beekeeper, craft stations, story telling, music by DJ Da Boogieman and local food trucks, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, $3 for ages four and up. Pumpkin purchases (sale is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or while supplies last) range in price $5-$30. 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-797-8565,

FallFest in Original Aurora

Oct. 19: The 18th annual fest includes a bike parade, junk jam where you can “pound out a tune,” pumpkin bowling, face painting, masking tape masterpieces, storytelling, a barnyard petting zoo and more, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, 303-739-7930,

WOW! Children’s Museum’s Halloween Party

Oct. 27: Dress up in a costume for tricks, treats, pumpkin painting, crafts and an “ooey gooey” science demonstration, 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets vary. 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424,

South Suburban’s Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 18: Entertainment for children up to age 11 includes a haunted house, little spook house, trick or treat street, carnival games and more, 5:30-8 p.m. $6, $4 through Oct. 16. Concessions will be available. Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial, 303-347-5999,

Robby Ferrufino Memorial Halloween Bash

Oct. 26: The 13th annual all-adult party features six DJ’s playing top 40 with dance mashups, house, and techno, VIP open bar, costume contest with prizes, beer and wine, and three video walls. Tickets vary. Mile High Station 2027 Old West Colfax Ave.,

Trick or Treat Street at Children’s Museum of Denver.

Oct. 25-27: The Children’s Museum of Denver is bringing in pumpkins, hay bales and heaps of spooktacular fun to make the Museum a playful Halloween wonderland for children and adults alike. For three days, fairies, goblins, superheroes and all sorts of adorable costumed characters can play carnival games on the plaza, create Halloween crafts, parade from one Treat House to the next and much more. Events are included with general admission. 2121 Children’s Museum Drive,

Hauntings at the Hangar

Oct. 27: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will be transformed into a Haunted Hangar, noon-4 p.m. “Creatures” from outer space and activities for kids included. Tickets vary, free for members. Lowry Air Force Base Hangar No. 1 near Alameda Avenue and Quebec Street, 303-360-5360 ext. 105,

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 25-27: Boo After Dark includes more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, animal demonstrations and family entertainment, 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 25. $15 adults, $10 children. The 29th annual Boo At The Zoo during the day offers similar activities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Included with admission. 2300 Steele St.,720-337-1400,

Trick or Treat Train

Oct. 26-27: “Rides, Candy & Costumes” is the theme of the two-day celebration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Catch a ride in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume. The train departs every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visit all the towns special stops to fill treat bags and see the “not so spooky” haunted railcar, the silly graveyard and the pumpkin patch. $15 adults, $5 children, $10 seniors over 60, $30 families, free for members. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden, 303-279-4591,

Space & Science Fiction Halloween Ball

Oct. 26: The second annual Halloween Ball offers DJ dance music, sci-fi films, appetizers, two free drinks, a cash bar, costume contest with prizes and a silent auction to benefit Space Foundation initiatives, 7-11 p.m. $30, $25 in advance. Must be 21 and over. Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs, 719-576-8000,


Oct. 26: The seventh annual costume party includes music, food, VIP areas, decor, props and more. 4-8 p.m. Fast check-in, 8 p.m. regular check-in, doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets vary. Must be 21 and over. Crowne Plaza Convention Center, 1450 Glenarm Place,

Victorian Fetish Ball

Oct. 19: The 14th annual party with more than 60 entertainers, 7-9 p.m. pre-party, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. main event with all three clubs open, 2-4 a.m. after party at Diamond After Dark. Tickets vary, table reservations are $99. Diamond Cabaret, 1222 Glenarm Place,

Paranormal Palace

Oct. 26: The fifth annual Haunted Hotel is a benefit for the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJs, multiple ballrooms and performers included. $39 general admission, $89 VIP, $99 table reservation for four people. Hyatt Regency DTC, 7800 E. Tufts Ave.,


Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Through Oct. 27: The 10-acre corn maze is open 4-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. View the design of the maze from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Hayrides and pony rides will be available for an additional cost. Food vendors will also be in attendance. Tickets vary. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton,

Anderson Farms Corn Maze

Through Nov. 2: A giant corn maze with a new game, The Farm Scene Investigation. The corn maze is 30 acres, with more than nine miles of trails. Times and tickets vary, entrance to the maze is included in a Fall Festival admission ticket. 6728 County Road 3-1/4, Erie, 303-828-5210,

Fritzler Corn Maze

Through Nov. 3: Solve a corn maze with two levels. Games and courtyard activities like the ATV mini rollercoaster barrel train or the super pumpkin cannon are also included. After dark the maze becomes “Scream Acres.” 20861 CR 33, LaSalle, 970-737-2129,


13th Floor and Asylum Haunted Houses

Through Nov. 2: The 13th Floor and the Asylum return with nearly 100 actors bring the haunting realm to life. Hours and admission vary. 13th Floor is located at 4120Brighton Blvd.; The Asylum is located at 6100 E. 39th Ave.,

Colorado Fear Fest

Through Oct. 31: Arvada’s first dual-haunt and Halloween festival. Activities includes two interactive haunts, the Grisly Lodge and Dark Mines, local food vendors, entertainment and artistry. Dates. times and tickets vary. The Grisly Lodge and the Dark Mine in Olde Town Arvada, 303-842-5273,

MorbidNights presents “Mute Manor”

Through Oct. 31: A haunted attraction with new themes each night. A portion of the proceeds benefit the American Red Cross to support flood victims. 7-11:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. 2050 Greeley Mall, Greeley,



Oct. 12: Dogs will put their best paw forward at the fourth annual dog costume contest that includes, games for all ages, prizes, food and a silent auction benefitting International Hearing Dog, Inc., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Contest entries are $10, $15 for multiple. International Hearing Dog, Inc., 5901 E. 89th Ave., Henderson, 303-287-3277,

“Howling Good Time” Gala

Oct. 10: The third annual Friends of Douglas County K-9 gala includes a cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions, 6 p.m. Comedian Chris Voth serves as emcee. Event proceeds benefit the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. Cielo at Castle Pines, 485 W. Happy Canyon Road, Castle Rock,

By Nicole Nejad and Vickie Heath

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