Things to do for Halloween in Denver 2017 include going to haunted houses, ghost tours, and family-friendly events. You can also dress up in your favorite costume and head to one of the best 21+ parties.
If you're looking for something less traditional, you can also see "Macbeth" or "Something Rotten" at the theater, attend a symphony performance, or cheer on one of our local sports teams.
There is something for everyone this holiday in the Mile High City. Read on for a list of all the fun Halloween events!
Halloween in Denver isn't just for kids! Adults like to dress up, eat Halloween treats, and dance, too — but some also like a few drinks to celebrate the holiday. At these parties for those 21 and older, you'll find plenty of drink specials and some parties even include open bars in the price of admission.
Find some frighteningly good fun at some of Denver's top nightclubs and historic venues. Many have costume contests, so dress up to get in the holiday spirit.
Halloween is a great time to visit Denver with the family. Many kids' events are at some of the city's top attractions, so you can combine Halloween fun with some sightseeing.
Kids' parties can be found at the Denver Botanic Gardens, zoo, aquarium, and many popular museums. Activities include hayrides, zombie hunts, parades, and trick or treating, of course. Many have costume contests, so don't forget to pack costumes.
The great thing is that events for Halloween in Denver occur all during October, so if you can't make it Halloween weekend, you can still find kids' activities during the rest of the month.
What's a scarier way to celebrate Halloween in Denver than to visit a haunted house? If you're the brave and daring sort, these best-designed haunted houses in Denver will truly frighten you.
The Asylum Haunted House: In this 15,000-square-foot hospital for the mentally insane, you'll hear the blood-curdling screams of past patients. You can check into this hospital, but will you check out? (2017 Dates TBD. Address: 6100 E. 39th Ave.)
13th Floor Haunted House: You'll run screaming from the 13th Floor after encountering slashers, werewolves, and undead mutants. (2017 Dates TBD. Address: 4020 Brighton Blvd.)
The Frightmare Compound: Known for being one of the country's best haunted houses, this dilapidated barn sits in condemned swamplands. If you want to experience genuine fear and panic, this is the place to go. (2017 Dates TBD. Address: 10798 Yukon St., Westminster, CO 80021)
Haunted Field of Screams: This location has three attractions where you can try to escape monsters, madmen, and the undead who roam the haunted cornfield and corn maze. You can also kill zombies in a paintball massacre on an abandoned farm. (2017 Dates TBD. Address: E. 104th Ave. & Riverdale Road, Thornton, CO 80233)
On these tours, ghost hunters will be on the lookout for restless spirits who haunt the Denver area. If you aren't afraid of ghosts and enjoy learning about history, these are the tours to book.
Days of the Dead: The Denver Botanic Gardens will feature alters to celebrate the Days of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). The invite the community to stop by to place offers on the alters including items special to the deceased including personal items, their favorite food, or other items that reflect their personality. (Open Oct. 9 - Nov. 5. Address: Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.)
Victorian Horrors: Hear horror stories by authors Poe, Wells, and Lovecraft in this live performance. (Most days between Oct. 13 - 28. Address: Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St.)
Brighton Cemetery Walk: You'll hear tales about past Brighton residents — including soldiers, pioneers, farmers, and city leaders — who made this cemetery their final resting place. (Date TBD for 2017. Address: Elmwood Cemetery, 14800 Old Brighton Road, Brighton, CO 80601)
Cemetery Crawl: Historians take you on a trip back to late 1800s Riverside where you'll hear about the city's pioneers who are buried here. (2017 TBD. Address: Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Blvd.)
Haunted Trail: The Woods of La Llorona: In this moonlight walk, you'll explore the woods haunted by La Llorona, a mother who lost her children. (2017 Date TBD. Address: South Platte Park and Carson Nature Center, 3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton, CO 80120)
In addition to the events mentioned earlier, here are a few additional things to do for Halloween in Denver. Whether you like music, theater, or zombie hunts, you're sure to find an event in the Denver area that matches your interests. See our top picks below.
Dates: Fridays - Sundays for five weekends from Sept. 29 - Oct. 29
Location: Elitch Gardens
Ghouls, goblins, and creepy creatures take over the theme park to scare you senseless.
Activities during the day include a screaming contest, costume contest, crafts, and trick or treating through KiddieLand.
Come 6 p.m., as darkness descends, the park becomes a fright fest with flesh-eating clowns, a haunted hotel, a séance, Jack the Ripper, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and a teacup ride that's not for sissies.
Date: Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St.
Cost: $10 and up
Andres Lopera conducts this family-friendly concert featuring music from popular children's movies. There will be pre-concert Halloween activities for kids as well as Colorado Symphony musicians dressed in costume. They also encourage you to dress up too!
Date: Oct. 7, noon - 6 p.m.
Location: Skyline Park, 1600 Arapahoe St.
Put on your death-warmed-over makeup and lurch to Skyline Park downtown for one of the nation's largest zombie crawls. This all-ages event features incredibly creative costumes, makeup artists, DJs, live performers, food vendors, and, of course, brains!
Date: Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Washington Park
Recruit your kids, dogs, and teammates for this costumed, glow-in-the-dark 5K run/walk. This benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs kicks off with a costume contest followed by the 100M Kids Spooky Sneak and 5K Scream Scram. After the races, stick around for Trick-or-Treat Street, food vendors, and more.
Date: TBD for 2017
Location: Byers-Evans House Museum
John Bardeen, a master pumpkin carver with 65 years of experience, shares the carving technique he invented along with some tips and tricks to create your pumpkin masterpiece. Patterns provided but bring your own pumpkin.
Date: TBD for 2017
Location: History Colorado Center
Author and historian Kevin Pharris shares scary stories about Halloween in Denver and the surrounding area. You'll hear about spirits that haunt Strangler's Row, the LoDo district, and more Denver locales.
You will find a variety of concerts on the schedule for the weekend before and the night of Halloween in Denver. Catch Bruno Mars or Halsey, PartyNextDoor & Charli XCX at the Pepsi Center. You can also see The Infamous Stringdusters at the Ogden, The Maine at the Summit Music Hall, or Alvvays at the Bluebird.
If you're a sports fan planning to be in town the weekend of Halloween in Denver, check out the Colorado Avalanche. They play the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center. The game starts at 7pm.
If you're a theater lover, you won't want to miss stage productions of "Something Rotten" and "Macbeth" this weekend at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
"Macbeth": Perfect for Halloween in Denver, this tragedy is one of Shakespeare's masterpieces. In this classic story, Macbeth knows exactly what he wants and will let nothing (and no one) stand in his way. It runs Sept. 15 - 29 and is on stage at the Space Theater. Recommended for those 14 and older.
"Something Rotten": In this hilarious comedy and award winning Broadway show, Something Rotten follows two brothers doing everything they can to make it on stage. Set in the 1590s, the one person that keeps getting in their way is Shakespeare. Because of his success on stage, they set out to write the very first musical. Runs from Oct. 17 - 29 and is at the Buell Theatre.