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Denver Events

Find Denver-area activities for kids in our event calendar!  

New feature: You may now add your own family-friendly event to our calendar below for free! Please no fundraisers, camps, or ongoing events (longer than a week).  Only two listings per organization per month. Events must be geared to families or will not be approved. 

Oct
18
Sun
Bug-A-Boo @ Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion announced today the return of Bug-A-Boo, it’s safe, indoor trick-or-treating event, from Oct. 18 through Oct. 31. Halloween revelers can put on a costume and enjoy a trick-or-treating experience that is educational and fun, while adhering to state and local safety guidance. Hours for trick or treating will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the last entry at 4 p.m.) daily from Oct. 18 through Oct. 29. On Oct. 30 and 31, Butterfly Pavilion will extend its hours and be open until 8:20 p.m. (with the last entry at 7:00 p.m.).

“As a non-profit organization, Butterfly Pavilion prides itself on being a resource for the community,” said Russ Pecoraro, Butterfly Pavilion’s Vice President of Marketing. “A lot of families are looking for some sense of normalcy and something fun and safe to do. We think Bug-A-Boo is the perfect event for family fun this Halloween.”

From a safety standpoint, Butterfly Pavilion has used its expertise in exhibit design to create a safe, physically-distanced trick-or-treating experience where kids can trick or treat traditionally, as well as providing goodie bag stations. Only 20 guests are allowed into the building every 20 minutes, reducing crowds and providing plenty of space to move around. Because of the limitations on guest capacity, reservations are required and can be made at https://butterflies.org/event/bug-a-boo/. Guests are required to wear appropriate face coverings or masks with costumes to visit Butterfly Pavilion. Halloween and costume masks are not considered adequate protection.

Bug-A-Boo allows kids to explore Butterfly Pavilion, whose many creepy-crawlies make it the perfect backdrop for trick or treating. Butterfly Pavilion will also transform Colorado Backyard into a spooky Halloween adventure. Because it is indoors, Bug-A-Boo is ideal for toddlers having their first trick-or-treating experience because they’re not subjected to the weather, and they don’t have to walk too far.

Bug-A-Boo is included with General Admission and free for current Butterfly Pavilion members. Tickets for Bug-A-Boo will go on sale October 9th and will only be available while supplies last. With limited availability, be sure to purchases tickets online ahead of time at https://butterflies.org/event/bug-a-boo/.

Oct
19
Mon
Glow at the Gardens @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 9:45 pm

Reimagined for 2020, enjoy an eerie evening of luminous displays and live performers at Glow at the Gardens™.

 

Wander a one-way path through a spooky, illuminated landscape as the Gardens dresses up for Halloween. Musicians, dancers and performing artists bring spirits and specters to life, and scores of jack-o’-lanterns light up the night with grins and grimaces fit for the season.

 

Bring your face mask and a macabre mood for this enchanted autumnal experience. Seasonal treats and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the Hive Garden Bistro.

 

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance; tickets are limited in each 30-minute time slot.

 

Tickets go on sale in early October.
Member presale: Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.
General public: Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.

Oct
23
Fri
Magic Rob @ Anderson Farms
Oct 23 @ 10:30 am – Oct 25 @ 3:30 pm
Spooky the Ghost and Magic Rob will be appearing at Anderson Farms October 3, 4, 16, 23, 24, & 25.
Tickets for the Anderson Farms Fall Festival must be bought in advance, and dates are selling out fast.
Get your tickets here before they’re gone!
Tickets available at www.AndersonFarms.com
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Holiday Art Market @ Highlands Garden Center
Oct 23 @ 2:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm

An outdoor village of arts and crafts much like a traditional European Christmas market, free entertainment, plus food and beverage trucks. 

Hours: Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Trick-o-Trials: A Halloween Obstacle Course @ Apex Movement Denver
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 25 @ 10:00 pm

Join us at Apex Movement Denver for Trick-o-Trials: A Halloween Obstacle Course! Full of surprise Halloween themed circus performances by the Circus Foundry Cast!

This event is a perfect alternative to traditional trick-o-treating! Come enjoy a family-friendly, Covid-19 safe, brand new Halloween experience! Trick-o-Treat your way through 7 unique obstacles each guarded by one your favorite Halloween Monsters! See if you can successfully cross the death rocks or make it through our ghostly cemetery without being noticed! Confront your future when you meet our fortune teller and experience the magic of our warlock! There will be surprises around every corner! After accomplishing the course enjoy our Covid-19 safe trunk-o-treat! Full experience is 65 minutes!

Activities and Attire:

The obstacle course will require participants to crawl, climb, jump, slide, and hang! If you do not want to do an obstacle you can observe your group and still enjoy the trick-o-treating and 7 circus-style Halloween-themed performances! We encourage everyone to wear their Halloween Costume, however, please be aware of the activities you will be doing and dress appropriately.

COVID-19 SAFETY:

Social distancing will be strictly enforced the entire time! The course keeps groups 20+ feet apart at all times. Masks, social distancing, sanitization, and all Covid-19 guidelines will be maintained for the entire event! Temperature checks and waivers will be provided upon arrival and required before entering the course.

Tickets include:

– Access to the Halloween Obstacle Course (7 unique challenges)

– 7 Circus Style Halloween Performances

– Trick-o-Treating

Email circusfoundry@gmail.com with any questions or concerns about the event!

Oct
24
Sat
Downtown Pumpkin Festival @ Foundry Plaza
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

>Downtown Pumpkin Festival: Head to the Foundry Plaza in Downtown Loveland from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 24 for the inaugural Pumpkin Festival. Purchase your pumpkin from a local farmers market onsite, then meet up with a local artist to decorate your pumpkin in a creative fashion.  All vendors, attendance, decorating stations and time slots will be socially distanced for guest safety, but please wear a mask while participating. Pumpkin decorations included with the cost of pumpkins-  be sure to sign up in advance online only.

Loveland Zombie Festival @ Downtown Loveland
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Loveland Zombie Festival: Head downtown Oct. 24 as the streets are invaded once again for the Downtown Loveland zombie crawl. Dress up, bar hop and celebrate spooky season. Free.

DU Pioneers vs. Air Force Academy Falcons @ Magness Arena
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

University of Denver Pioneers Men’s Hockey team takes on the Air Force Academy Falcons at Magness Arena.

Oct
25
Sun
Halloween on the Promenade @ Promenade Shops
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Halloween on the Promenade: Sunday Oct. 25. Head to the Promenade Shops for COVID-friendly Halloween pop-up experience around the shopping center. The event will include spaced-out trick-or-treating options, booths and more.

Oct
28
Wed
Día de los Muertos Celebration @ Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm

Celebrate Day of the Dead with online activities, onsite altar showcase, Virtual Mercado, related events and programs. The Gardens’ annual celebration of the holiday includes both onsite and offsite/virtual offerings.

At the Gardens’ York Street location, view the altar showcase, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2. The showcase offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the rich history and long-standing traditions of this beautiful celebration. 

Since we all can’t gather in person on the actual day, we invite you to join us in a virtual celebration of Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos.

This traditional Mexican “Day of the Dead” celebration offers at-home fun for the whole family. Download coloring pages, learn how to make sugar skulls and shop our virtual mercado.

NEW: Short Film Competition

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with our first-ever short film competition.

Oct
29
Thu
Boonion Station: Trick-or-Treat @ Denver Union Station
Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bring your little ghosts & goblins to enjoy a trick-or-treat parade through Denver Union Station, balloon & face-paint artists, live entertainment, and so much more! Prizes will be given for best individual costume and best group/family costume. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Dia de Los Muertos Rock Art: Sugar Skulls, Marigolds and Monarchs @ Longmont Museum
Oct 29 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Paint colorful rocks while you learn about the history and significance of the calavera (skull), cempasuchil (marigold), and monarca (monarch butterfly) in Day of the Dead celebrations. Place your finished rocks on your family altar to honor your departed loved ones on November 1.