October is here and with it comes the ghouls and goblins we know and love to fear.
Whether you would rather stay inside and pass out candy for the kids or you have had your costume picked out since June, the spooky season is upon us and it is time to get ready.
There are plenty of ways to get your adrenaline pumping this October, with exciting Halloween events across the Front Range. Visit a haunted house and try to make it through without screaming, try your hand at zombie life at a crawl, enjoy a day of horror flicks and discussions or participate in any of the other spooks the season has to offer.
With a scary amount of options for spooky entertainment, start here to help plan which events to haunt.
Creepy Walk in the Woods: Savage Woods, west of Loveland, is open again at the bidding of its horrible creatures. The land was cursed years ago and is now home to the Creepy Walk, a truly non-traditional haunted excursion that is not for children or the faint of heart; 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, 1750 Savage Road, Loveland; $20; creepywalk.com
City of the Dead & Asylum: From the twisted minds that host Denver’s haunted house The 13th Floor comes the City of the Dead, a forgotten place where only the dead survive, and the Asylum where the patients are the least you need to worry about (but you should probably still worry); 7 p.m-midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7-10:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7007 East 88th Ave., Henderson; Prices vary; cityofthedeadhaunt.com
Halloween Movie Nights screens ‘Hocus Pocus’: Before Sarah Jessica Parker was sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw, she was a broom-riding Sanderson sister. Gather with friends and family to take in this masterpiece of a film at the stage at Town Center Drive; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 14697 Delaware St., Suite 850, Westminster; free; facebook.com/events/the-orchard-town-center/halloween-movie-nights-hocus-pocus.
Terror in the Corn: Visit one of the top-rated attractions by The Haunted Attraction Association. Experience a haunted hayride and stroll through a ghost town — if you dare; Various dates and times, Anderson Farms, 6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie; $27-$40; terrorinthecorn.com
Fear of the Dark Haunted House: This prison break-themed haunted house, courtesy of Chippers Lanes, endeavors to improve upon the traditional haunted house.It offers little in terms of instructions to guests other than to survive; 9 p.m.-midnight today and Oct. 25; 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday and Oct. 25; 5-9 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 27, 217 West Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins; $20; chipperslanes.com/locations/haunted-house/
Harrington’s HAAunted House of Horrors: Billed as Loveland’s best haunted house, this fundraiser supports Harrington Arts Alliance while providing a genuinely scary event; 6-11 p.m. today, Saturday and Oct. 25-26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26 is kids day, 6-9 p.m. Oct 27, 6-10 p.m. Oct 31, 575 N. Denver Ave., Loveland; $12-$15; lovelandhauntedhouse.com
Hogwarts Halloween: Kids ages 5-14 are invited to try their hands at magic as they make potions, cast spells and enjoy all the festive wizardry that “Hogwarts” of Northsize Aztlan Community Center has to offer; 6-9 p.m. today and Saturday, 112 East Willow Street, Fort Collins; $15; fcgov.com/recreation/hogwarts-halloween
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ with Shadow Cast: Watch as the Rocky Horror Denver cast performs alongside a special screening of cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’ll make you want to do the time warp again; 7:30-10:30 p.m., Gunbarrel Brewing Company, 7088 Winchester Circle, Boulder; free, registered tickets are required; eventbrite.com/e/free-rocky-horror-picture-show-w-shadow-cast-tickets-75242467245.
Banjo Billy’s Ghost Tour: Hop aboard the legendary Banjo Billy Bus to visit locations throughout Boulder that are said to be haunted. From Hotel Boulderado to the bus itself, learn about the frightful locales and landmarks found within Boulder’s “bubble.” Boulder tours start on Pine Street between Broadway and 13th Street, on the north side of the Hotel Boulderado; 6 and 8 p.m. various days through October; $20-$27; banjobilly.com/ghost-tours.
Jack Lantern’s Corn Maze of Carnage: While the corn maze is a fun family event during the day, when the moon comes out the maze turns haunted, where visitors had better find the exit before the creatures find them. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult; 6-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31, 2318 South County Road 5, Fort Collins; $20; nococornmaze.com
Scream Acres: LaSalle’s Fritzler Farm Park turns from a light-hearted corn maze and farm to a haunted agricultural nightmare when the sun goes down. Features include Ashes of Creation, Silver Screams, Nightime Paintball and the Haunted Corn Maze; 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 20861 CR 33, LaSalle; $19.95-$32.95; fritzlerfarmpark.com/scream-acres
Trail of Terror Bus Tour: Learn the haunted history of Fort Collins while visiting the places they roam still today. The Trail of Terror tour takes visitors underground and through the streets of the city to learn more about those who haunt these hallowed grounds; 4:30 p.m. various dates at The Forge Public House, 255 Old Firehouse Alley, Fort Collins; $15; themagicbustours.com/haunted-history-after-dark/
Haunted House at Boulder High: Support Boulder High Theater Students as they transform an ordinary campus into a den of sheer horror. Proceeds benefit a worthy cause; 7-10 p.m. (other dates: Oct. 20, 26, 27, 31), Boulder High School, 1604 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; $7-$12; boulderhightheater.org/haunted.
Ghosted: A Paranormal Mystery: This hiking play exploring three ghostly cases, presented by Open Air Arts, is great for the whole family. Led along Chautauqua’s Mesa Trail, hikers will be able to participate in this spooky production; 3 p.m. (other dates: Oct 20, 26, 27,) Chautauqua Picnic Shelter, 900 Baseline Rd., Boulder; $15-$20; artsintheopen.org.
A Fair in the Air: Aerial dance troupe Frequent Flyers host its annual fundraiser, complete with mini-performances, cocktails, appetizers, carnival games, a silent auction and mystery balloons filled with prize items. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite airborne creature; 5-8 p.m., Frequent Flyers Dance Studio, 3022 E. Sterling Circle, Suite 150, Boulder; $25-$50; fairintheair.brownpapertickets.com.
A Little Fright Music: Enjoy this evening mashup of music and spoken word. The Colorado Chamber Players Quartet (Paul Primus, John Fadial, Barbara Hamilton, Beth Vanderborgh) and Emily Levin (Principal Harp, Dallas Symphony) will perform “The Masque of the Red Death,” by Edgar Allan Poe, as read by Mare Trevathan. John Jurcheck will perform the hilarious “Honeysuckle Cottage,” by P.G. Wodehouse, plus there will be several musical interludes and solos by the Quartet and Emily Levin; 7:30 p.m., Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave. Boulder; $15-$28; storiesonstage.org/2019-20-season.html.
HollowBlaze!: Get back to your pagan roots with this event that promises primal drum circles, fire dancing, a potluck and more. Costumes are encouraged. Bring a chair and flashlights; 4 p.m.-4 a.m., The Vali Soul Sanctuary, 6717 Valmont Road, Boulder; $10; facebook.com/events/769396056831746/
Trick or Treat at Broomfield Plaza: Bring all the little ghosts and goblins out for a day of trick-or-treating, face painting, goblin train rides and more. Snag a free hotdog at Jax, while they last; 1-3 p.m., Broomfield Plaza, 5015 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield; free; facebook.com/events/broomfield-plaza/trick-or-treat-at-broomfield-plaza/507861249985427/
Malloween: Calling all ghouls and goblins to come out for The Orchard Town Center’s Malloween. Wear your best costume and trick or treat at participating stores, dance to Halloween music and win unique prizes. Bring a non-perishable food donation to receive a free trick or treat bag from The Orchard. All food donations will benefit Food for Hope; 11 a.m.-2. p.m., The Orchard Towne Center, 14697 Delaware St., Suite 850, Westminster, free; theorchardtowncenter.com/events/orchardtown-malloween-at-the-orchard
Left Hand Haunted Brewery Tour: Beer fans and horror buffs will get a frightening taste of chilling brews and creepy tales at this event. Join, if you dare, as spirit guides lead brave souls through haunted halls and dive into the eerie backstory of the brewery’s slaughterhouse roots; Tickets for the evening’s tours are sold out, but you can still grab a stout; Left Hand Brewing Company; 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont; $25; lefthandbrewing.com
Dickens Horror Film Fest: Choose from a variety of psychological thrillers, chillers and slasher flicks. The ultimate fest for those who love a complex or campy scary movie, this event is just the thing to get you in the Halloween spirit. Along with films, there will be speakers and workshops throughout the day illustrating costume and make-up design and more; 11 a.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont; $45; coloradofests.com/festivals/dickens-horror-film-festival
Ollin Farms Harvest Fest: Pick up pumpkins for carving at this community day on the farm featuring kids activities, music, cooking demos, live music, tractor rides to see the animals and fun for the whole family; 11 a.m- 2:30 p.m., Ollin Farms, 8627 N. 95th St., Longmont; facebook.com/events/425480881654068.
Halloween Film Series at the Rialto: Enjoy favorite classic films over an exciting weekend at the Rialto; “Beetlejuice” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, “Young Frankenstein” at 7 p.m. Oct. 26, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 7 p.m. Oct. 31, 228 East Fourth Street, Loveland; $6; rialtotheatercenter.org
Treatsylvania: This fundraiser for The Farm at Lee Martinez Park is a safe space for Northern Colorado families to trick or treat with their kids who are 10 years old and under at storefronts across Fort Collins; 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25; 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26; 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27, 600 North Sherwood, Fort Collins; children $5, adults free admission; fcgov.com/recreation/treatsylvania
Halloween Carnival: This community-wide, family-friendly event includes activities, crafts, face painting, carnival games and more; 3-5 p.m., South Boulder Rec Center Gym, 1360 Gillaspie Drive, Boulder; free for adults and for children under age 3, all other children $5 admission; bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/halloween-carnival
Superhero Costume Ball Benefit: Join Melissa Michaels and Amber Ryan on a sacred dance journey to ignite and celebrate the inner superhero. The night, benefiting 15-year-old Joshua Dias who is undergoing chemo for acute myeloid leukemia, will include samples, silent auction and more. Net proceeds will go to Joshua Dias fund with 10 percent of proceeds being allocated to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance; 7-10:30 p.m., The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, $29; eventbrite.com/e/a-superhero-costume-ball-to-benefit-joshua-dias-tickets-73743070509
Halloween Party and Costume Contest: Gather at the kava bar for a festive night sure to get you in the Halloween spirit. More details to be revealed soon; 7 p.m.-1 a.m., The Root Kava Bar, 1641 28th St., Boulder; facebook.com/events/490480825137970/.
Halloween Movie Nights screens ‘Halloweentown’: Gather with friends and family to take in this Disney Channel original at the stage at Town Center Drive; 6:30-8:30 p.m., 14697 Delaware St., Suite 850, Westminster; free; facebook.com/events/the-orchard-town-center/halloween-movie-nights-halloween-town/430100390945992.
Halloween Darkside Party: Enjoy a costume contest, live music, games, prizes, food from Large Marge’s Philly Cheesesteaks and more at this 21-and-up bash; 7-10 p.m., High Country Harley-Davidson, 3761 Monarch St., Frederick; free; facebook.com/events/1455535564586556.
WOW! Halloween Party: Come dressed in costume for an evening of family-friendly Halloween fun. Activities include build-a-monster craft, eat-a-bug activity, science experiments, costume parade, games, giveaways and more; 5:30-7:30 p.m., WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette; $6-$11; business.lafayettecolorado.com/events/details/wow-s-halloween-party-7901.
BooFest: Adult evening featuring all the finest things of Halloween — pumpkin carving contest, themed dinner and drinks, and a spooktacular film in the orchard; 6-10 p.m., Ya Ya Farm and Orchard, 6814 Ute Highway, Longmont; $50; visitlongmont.org/event/boofest/20118/
Derby Spookeasy: The Derby Grille is kicking off its annual Halloween party with a “spookeasy” in honor of the Jazz Age. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, and a costume or formal attire is required for entry; 9 p.m., 110 Bunyan Avenue, Berthoud; free; facebook.com/events/derby-grille/derby-spookeasy-halloween-party/2260012854310631/
Stillhouse Halloween Anniversary Party: The Stillhouse is celebrating its first year in Berthoud with a spooky anniversary event complete with a costume contest and spooky festivities; 7-11 p.m., 335 Mountain Ave, Berthoud; free; facebook.com/events/2575851762495466/?active_tab=discussion
Shook Twins: A Halloween Tribute to ‘Dirty Dancing’ with Mama Magnolia: The folksy sisters are putting their own spin on classics from the beloved ‘80s flick. Be prepared to have the time of your life; doors 8 p.m., show 8:30 p.m., $15-$20, Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; foxtheatre.com
Exotica Erotica Masquerade Ball: Colorado’s longest running adult-themed event will be returning to Boulder for a night full of decadence and desire. Don your best naughty costume and experience a wild carnal dance party fueled by multiple DJs; 9 p.m.-2. a.m., The Riverside, 1724 Broadway, Boulder; $30; eventbrite.com/e/exotica-erotica-ball-tickets-59430138143
Niwot’s Great Pumpkin Party: Costume up the kids, bring the kid-friendly dog and head downtown for trick-or-treating, a parade, doggie costume contest, hay rides and more; 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Old Town and Cottonwood Square; free; niwot.com/events/niwots-great-pumpkin-party.
Nederland Witches Ball: Jam out to the sounds of Dead Floyd and Emily Yates at this favorite annual event; 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland; $15; eventbrite.com/e/nederland-witches-ball-featuring-dead-floyd-tickets-72426883759.
Tiny Terror Town: Come discover the tiniest frights you’ll find on the Front Range at the second annual Tiny Terror Town! Safe trick-or-treating, a pet costume contest and World’s Tiniest Haunted House awaits; 4-8 p.m., Crist Park, 105 5th St., Frederick; free; frederickco.gov/Calendar.aspx.
Bella Morte Halloween Pole and Aerial Dance Show: Feast your eyes on the sensual and spooky moves of some of the Front Range’s most talented performers in two evening shows. The late show will be followed by an after party, complete with DJs, dancing and a costume contest at midnight; 5 and 8 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont $20 ($30 for the 8 p.m. show and party) eventbrite.com/e/bella-morte-800-show-halloween-pole-and-aerial-dance-show-and-halloween-party-tickets-68190729307.
Halloween with The Big Thompson Flood: Jam out with this old-school rock, blues and funk band. Participate in a costume contest. Prizes include free band T-shirts, stickers and more; 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 Hover St., Longmont; free; facebook.com/events/oskar-blues-home-made-liquids-and-solids/halloween-with-the-big-thompson-flood.
Haunt in the ‘Mont: Enjoy this Halloween business crawl throughout downtown Longmont. Ticketholders receive free treats, drinks, samples and coupons from more than 20 of downtown Longmont’s businesses. While tickets are sold out, it’s still a fun night to dress up and support local businesses; 5-9 p.m., Downtown Longmont; hauntinthemont.com.
Longmont Halloween Parade: Dress up in a Halloween costume and march down Main Street in Longmont. Following the parade, pop into local businesses for some daytime trick-or-treating; Line up at Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave., at 9:30 a.m., the parade starts at 10 a.m., Downtown Longmont; free; longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-n-z/recreation-services/special-events-recreation/halloween-parade.
Spooky Village at Village at the Peaks: This year’s free activities include: hay rides, craft stations, face painting, balloon twisting, goblin train rides, portrait stations, a unicorn carousel, live entertainment on village stage and trick-or-treat bag giveaway (while supplies last). Chuck and Don’s Pet Parade starts at noon at the store. Bring your costumed pet and let a professional photographer capture these precious moments. When you a bring an item for nonprofit Judi’s House, you will be entered to win a prize basket from Village at the Peaks which will include a Whole Foods gift card, Bad Daddy’s gift card, massage from Spavia and more; 1-3. p.m., Village at the Peaks, 1250 S Hover Road, Longmont; free; visitlongmont.org/event/spooky-village-at-the-peaks/20094/.
Halloween Party Featuring Vudu Sunshine: Put on your best costume and come on down to The Lyons Den. There will be prizes, giveaways and music from Vudu Sunshine; 6-9 p.m., The Lyons Den Restaurant & Taphouse, 160 E. Main St., Lyons; free; facebook.com/events/the-lyons-den-restaurant-and-taphouse/lyons-den-halloween-party-featuring-vudu-sunshine/424197551562505/.
Lyons Chamber Spooktacular: This year’s activities include the Stone Cup Chili Cook-off, music, Bongo the Balloon Man, live performances by the Pride of the Roaring Lyons Show Choir, tricks, treats and games for ghouls and goblins, all leading up to the parade through town; 4-9 p.m., Town of Lyons; free; lyonschamber.org/events/2019/10/26/lyons-halloween-spooktacular.
Halloween Party at Moxie Bread: Enjoy games, crafts and activities; 2-4 p.m., Moxie Bread Co., 641 Main St., Louisville, free, donations encouraged; givelively.org/event/integral-steps/halloween-party-at-moxie-bread-co.
‘Rocky Horror’ at Boulder Theater: Watch as the Rocky Horror Denver cast performs alongside a special screening of cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’ll make you want to do the time warp again; 8 p.m., Boulder Theater; 2032 14th St., Boulder, $7; bouldertheater.com/e/rocky-horror-picture-show-with-denvers-rocky-horror-shadowcast-71569968703/.
Oct 30Spooktacular: Created and hosted by Broomfield High School Students, this event is geared toward young children and will include trick-or-treating, games, crafts and entertainment; 5-7:30 p.m., Broomfield High School, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield; free; broomfield.org/618/Spooktacular.
Halloween Boo-ling Party: Bowl, play haunted hole-in-one glow golf, visit the graveyard arcade and enjoy some trick or treating. This all-ages event also includes face painting, costume contests, popcorn and apple cider; 6- 8 p.m., Fat Cats Westminster, 10685 Westminster Blvd., Westminster; $15; eventbrite.com/e/boo-ling-halloween-fatcats-all-ages-tickets-75198459617.
Halloween Science: Explore acids and solutions in this creepy science program for children ages 5 to 7; Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville; free, registration required; eventbrite.com/e/halloween-science-ages-5-7-tickets-70635971091.
Munchkin Masquerade: Each Halloween the Pearl Street Mall is inundated with mini-zombies, ghosts, fairies and witches. Trick-or-treating can be done at a variety of local businesses; 3-6 p.m. Downtown Boulder, 1942 Broadway, Boulder; free; bouldercoloradousa.com/listings/munchkin-masquerade/2455.
Tiny Tot Halloween: Bring the kids to Old Town in Fort Collins and trick or treat with local businesses, whose employees will be equally festive in costumes; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 31; Old Town Square, Fort Collins; free; downtownfortcollins.com/event/tiny-tot-halloween/
SunSquabi: Celebrate Halloween in style with this hydo-funk trio known for its cosmic shows; Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; $20-$80; bouldertheater.com/e/sunsquabi-with-nobide-67634621975.
Halloween at Nissi’s: Celebrate the night of fright at this Lafayette music venue and bistro. Dance to live music courtesy of The Who Do’s; 7-10:30 p.m., Nissi’s Live Music & Bistro; 2675 Northpark Dr., Lafayette; free; facebook.com/events/nissis-live-music-bistro/halloween-at-nissis/374109173486052.
Trick or Treat at Mirror Image Brewing: Bring in the costumed kiddos for some candy; 3-9 p.m., Mirror Image Brewing, 5969 Iris Parkway, Frederick; free; mirrorimagebrewco.com/events/trick-or-treat.
Halloween Happy Hour: Savor ghoulish drinks, appetizers and spooky treats. Costumes are not required, but encouraged; 3-4:30 p.m., Balfour Lavender Farms Assisted Living Facility, 1800 Plaza Dr., Louisville; free; balfourcare.com/event/halloween-happy-hour.