31 fun events in Denver for Halloween week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Halloween fun is in full swing! Don’t miss the Great Pumpkin Haul, Trick or Treat at the Firehouse, Munchkin Masquerade and Family Fall Festival. See our event calendar for full listings.
5th Annual Kids Halloween Parade & Party at Denver Union Station
Oct 25, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Head to Denver Union Station this October for two favorite downtown Halloween events: the 5th annual Kids Halloween Parade & Party on Thursday, Oct. 25th and the Terminal Bar Spooky Speakeasy on Friday, Oct. 26th.
All of Denver’s little superheroes & princesses are invited to take part in the BOOnion Station Kids Halloween Parade & Party on Thursday, Oct. 25th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This FREE community celebration will feature trick-or-treating in the merchant shops, mini-train rides, balloon artists, face painting and more.
Trick or Treat Street at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Oct 26 – 28
For three days, the Children’s Museum will host a spooktacular wonderland of fun, full of straw bales, pumpkins and delicious fall treats. Families can march from one Treat House to the next and collect goodies, create Halloween crafts, meet special characters, play carnival games and much more! Learn more.
Piff the Magic Dragon at Comedy Works
Oct 26 – 28
Think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks, with the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua (Mr Piffles), that’s Piff the Magic Dragon! With over 40 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to fans all over the world. He stole the show on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and became the breakout star of season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. *All Ages Family Shows on Saturday & Sunday 3:00pm.
Free night at Clyfford Still Museum
Oct 26, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In appreciation of the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), and in the spirit of community engagement, the Clyfford Still Museum offers free admission on select days throughout the year.
Oct 26 – 27
An eerie nighttime experience designed for families with children 8 and over that brings Halloween story and lore to life. Enchanted Hollows features Woodland Hollow, an immersive night walk, Jack-o-lantern sculptures and spooky décor; seasonal foods, beer, wine and cocktails; animal meet-and greets and demonstrations; and trick or treat candy stations.
Boo at the Zoo at Denver Zoo
Oct 27 – 28
The 34rd annual Boo At The Zoo, presented by Your Hometown Toyota Stores, offers creepy crawly animal demonstrations, trick-or-treat stations and exciting, family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo. Boo at the Zoo is included in the price of regular Zoo admission, or covered under membership, as applicable.
Caffeine and Chrome
Oct 27, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cruise in to Gateway Classic Cars every last Saturday of the month for Cars & Coffee.
LEGO Building Workshop at History Colorado Center
Oct 27, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO® set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation. On October 27th, we’ll build the LEGO Creator Vampire and Bat Kit. The kit features a Vampire with plus a small pet bat with movable wings. The set will take about 30 minutes to build and is best for ages 7-12.
The Great Pumpkin Haul
Oct 27, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
The Great Pumpkin Haul is about a 2-mile jaunt through woods and open fields, over creeks and hay bales, all throughout the scenic Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. There is a catch though: you will be covering those two miles carrying your very own personal pumpkin! That’s right. Before the “Haul” you will have a chance to go pick out your very own pumpkin from the Garden’s Pumpkin patch (the pumpkin is included with event entry, up to a basketball size). We will weigh it and mark it and you will be ready to go!
Broncos Trick-or-treat at Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Oct 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stop by the Broncos Stadium at Mile High for a day of Trick-or-Treat fun! 3 SESSIONS: Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM Session 2: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Session 3: 1:15 PM – 3:00 PM Participants will have an opportunity to trick-or-treat throughout the rooms of the stadium. Photograph opportunities with Miles the Mascot and Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.
Trick or Treat Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum
Oct 27 – 28
It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum! The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.
Hauntings at the Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Oct 27, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This Halloween, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will be transformed into a fun, spooky hangar filled with games, costumes, sci-fi characters, and more!
Historical Craft Society: Pumpkin Carving at History Colorado Center
Oct 27, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Be ready to light up your jack-o-lantern on Halloween with master pumpkin carver John Bardeen! John is a passionate crafter who’s been carving for 65 years. You’ll learn the carving technique invented by his family as you use tools created for their Denver-based company, Grampa Bardeen’s. You bring the pumpkin and the desire to learn from a master carver, and we provide the rest.
Trick or Treat at the Firehouse at Denver Firefighters Museum
Oct 27, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Kid-friendly activities throughout the Denver Firefighters Museum, including trick or treat stations, Halloween-themed crafts, and a fun, engaging scavenger hunt. Also, meet author Cindy Brick and check out her new book “Ghosts and Legends of Colorado’s Front Range.” She will be doing readings throughout the night and signing her book. It will be for sale in the gift shop.
Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Oct 28, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The Colorado Rapids take on FC Dallas. Come and be a part of the action!
Halloween Spooktacular! at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Oct 28, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from Harry Potter™ films and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a goulish-good time for every little monster and their mummy.
A Night at the Theatre: An American Teen Story
Oct 28, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
The Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado in conjunction with S.T.R.I.V.E. brings light to local teen’s stories with: A Night at the Theater – The Story of an American Teen. On October 28th 2018, at the historic Cleo Parker Robinson Theater, the curtain will rise and light will be shed on the challenges real teens face in a play written by, produced by, and starring teens. In addition, our young actors and actresses will share the stage with a special celebrity guest!
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances
Oct 29, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra and performers. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment.
Wonderful RiNo at History Colorado Center
Oct 29, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
It’s natural for neighborhoods to change over time. Once-prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this phenomenon as well as River North, known today as “RiNo.” Once residential, then industrial, then peopled by artists and empty spaces, today this trendy spot close to downtown has energy bursting from its seams, with epic changes still in store. Join us as we explore RiNo by foot and by bus, learning what was, what’s been lost, and what’s coming up for the rhinoceros next door.
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center
Oct 29, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the New Orleans Pelicans!
Munchkin Masquerade at Pearl Street Mall
Oct 31, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Each Halloween Downtown Boulder is invaded by tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, super heroes & animals of every size for trick-or-treating at local businesses along Pearl Street and throughout Downtown Boulder.
Family Fall Festival at Calvary Chapel Cherry Creek
Oct 31, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us at Calvary Chapel Cherry Creek for our annual Family Fall Festival! You will enjoy tons of carnival-style games and bounce houses, face painting and other entertainment, food, Legends Coffee, Leon’s Popcorn, and of COURSE enough candy to fill a horse trough (seriously — you will want to bring a bucket or a bag to fill!), all in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Last Stop at the Highlands Ranch Mansion
Oct 31, 7:00– 10:00 pm
End your Halloween night at the Highlands Ranch Mansion and Historic Park. Free outdoor-only event for all ages. Enjoy music on the veranda, a trick-or-treat stop for kids, adult beverages at the cash bar, and the unique ambiance of Historic Park. This is a free, rain-or-shine outdoor event, and no reservations are required. If you’d prefer to see the inside of the Mansion, check out our website calendar and visit during one of our many open hours days in October.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Haunted Field of Screams
Sept 21 – Oct 31
On Friday, September 21, the Haunted Field of Screams (HFOS) opens as an all-new scream park for the 2018 season. Built into a 40-acre corn field, HFOS will deliver a daunting indoor/outdoor haunt experience only 15 minutes from downtown Denver at 10451 McKay Road, Thornton, CO. Backing the famously haunted Riverdale Road, the scream park offers four contrasting interactive haunt experiences that prey on individual’s innermost fears: Dead Man’s Maze, Zombie Paintball Massacre, CarnEvil and Condemned.
Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens Chatfield
Sept 21 – Oct 28
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the corn mini-maze.
In an effort to reduce waste, printed maps will not be available at the mazes.
Maize in the City
Sept 28– Oct 31
Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event featuring convenient, fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Get lost in your own backyard as you navigate your way through the 20-acre corn maze or mini maze. Find your perfect pumpkin in our easy-pick field. Locally grown by the Maize in the City farmer, choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds. Launch ears of corn 50+ feet across the field with our all-new corn launchers; have your little ones ride through the field on the barrel train; take a turn on our obstacle bouncer. All new this year, bounce above the corn stalks on our pumpkin bounce pillow – the largest in the state! Visit and feed animals in our petting zoo. Swim through our free corn kernel box as the all-new corn kernel waterfall pours over or have your kiddos take a turn conquering the free playground area. Experience hours of family fun just 15 minutes outside of downtown Denver.
Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Sept 28 – Oct 28
In October, Elitch Gardens transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night, plus all your favorite Theme Park rides. Don’t miss out on five weekends of scary fun at Colorado’s largest Halloween event!
BUGTOBER at the Butterfly Pavilion
Overwhelming pain, paralysis and death in a matter of minutes – real peril lurks with the fangs, barbs and stingers of the spineless. Move over sharks – these animals and plants give danger a whole new meaning! Safely see these toxic terrors at Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion during BUGTOBER, a Halloween-themed event where their most intimidating invertebrates take center stage.
July 20 – January 6, 2019
Love brainteasers? Enter “Mindbender Mansion,” a quirky place full of puzzles, brainteasers and interactive challenges that put minds of all ages to the test. This unique, high-energy experience opened at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on July 20.
Denver Art Museum
There are several family-friendly exhibits at the DAM including Stampede: Animals in Art on view at the museum through May 19, 2019. A Walk in the Woods is still on view, which coincides with Stampede, and includes animal-themed artmaking activities and after their summer break, Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives, are back. Children have been really loving the gallery games and book in the exhibition Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Their Learning & Engagment department created a children’s book specially to be used while visiting this exhibition with children, and don’t miss Past the Tangled Present. Go to https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.
Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping history.