Things to do for Halloween in Denver 2019 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 "A Doll's House" or "The Improvised Shakespeare Co." 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!
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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? (Most dates between 9/20 - 11/2. Address: 6100 E. 39th Ave.)
13th Floor Haunted House: You'll run screaming from the 13th Floor after encountering slashers, werewolves, and undead mutants. (Most days between 9/13 - 11/9. 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. (Dates are still 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. (Most Thursday - Sunday nights from 9/27 - 11/2. Address: E. 104th Ave. & Riverdale Road, Thornton, CO 80233)
You will find two popular pub crawls this Halloween in Denver.
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.
Victorian Horrors: Hear horror stories by authors Poe, Wells, and Lovecraft in this live performance. (Dates: 10/17, 10/18, 10/19, 10/24, 10/25, & 10/26 from 6pm to 9pm. Address: Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St.)
Cemetery Tour: Historians take you on a trip back to late 1800s Riverside where you'll hear about the city's pioneers who are buried here. This nighttime tour is offered by flashlight only, so don't forget yours! (9/27, 9/28, 10/11, 10/12, 10/18, 10/19, 10/25 & 10/26 -- some nights offer more than one tour). Address: Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Blvd.
History Colorado’s 31st Annual Cemetery Crawl: Learn all about those that are buried here on this annual day time cemetery crawl. It runs from 1pm to 4:30pm at the Riverside Cemetery.
Haunted Hay Rides: Head to Stockton's Plum Creek Stables for a 30 minute hay ride down a haunted trail. You will hear stories along the way. They recommend those under 5 do the ride during the day, so they don't get too frightened. After the ride, you can enjoy some food and kids activities. (10/25 & 10/26 - several rides per day) . Address: 7479 W Titan Rd, Littleton, CO 80125). Visit this page for ticketing details.
Haunted Mine Adventure: Tour the Lebanon silver mine at night as you hear stories that will make your spine crawl. (Dates: 10/11, 10/12, 10/18, 10/19, 10/25 & 10/26). Location: 646 Loop Drive, Georgetown, CO. Visit the HistoryColorado.org site for details.
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 9/23 - 11/2
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 seance, Jack the Ripper, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and a teacup ride that's not for sissies.
Date: 11/3, 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: 10/5, 11am - 5pm
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!
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.
You will find a variety of concerts on the schedule for the weekend before and the night of Halloween in Denver. Catch the Supernatural Festival at the National Western Events Center (10/26), Welcome to the West Coast at Magness Arena (10/26) or The Midnight Hour at Globe Hall (10/30). Other concerts include Itchy-O-Hallowmass at The Summit Music Hall and Ween at The Mission Ballroom.
These are some of the top picks for Halloween Night.
If you're a sports fan planning to be in town the weekend of Halloween in Denver, check out the Colorado Avalanche. They play several games the weekend before and the week of Halloween in Denver at the Pepsi Center. Click the links below for details.
If you're a theater lover, you won't want to miss stage productions of "A Doll's House" and "The Improvised Shakespeare Co." this weekend at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
"A Doll's House": A Doll's House is the story of Nora, who walks away from what seems to be a picture perfect life. Her fear is that they will find out the truth about her deceipt, which could ruin everything she has built. It runs 9/6 - 11/24 and is on stage at the Ricketson Theater. Recommended for those 16 and older.
"The Improvised Shakespeare Co.": Help decide what your evening's experience is all about. These fun shows are not rehearsed or written in advance. In fact, the actors decide which audience suggestion will be the focus for that night's performance. Runs from 10/15 - 3/22 and is at the Garner Galleria Theatre.