In what has been a pretty scary year overall, 2020’s Halloween in Denver is shaping up to be a little different than what we’ve been accustomed to in years past. While some may choose to forgo the standard crowded haunted houses, trick-or-treating, or epic Halloween parties, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate this spooky holiday in the Denver area!
We’ve put together a guide to enjoying themed festivities for Halloween in Denver over the coming weeks!
When: October 1-31
Where: The Denver Zoo
Get a little wild with the Denver Zoo throughout the month of October! Boo at the Zoo: Storybook Safari is hosting a masked version of the Denver family favorite this year. Get costumed up and celebrate Halloween in a way that is socially distanced, and candy-free. Costumed characters, mythical creatures, animal encounters, and delicious food make for a fantastic seasonal experience the whole family can enjoy.
When: October 19-23
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
You won’t want to miss Glow at the Gardens! This fantastic festival will give you the chance to wander a one-way path through an eerie, illuminated landscape as the gardens get dressed up for the occasion. Purchase your tickets and to read their updated COVID-19 policies.
When: October 24-25
Where: The Colorado Railroad Museum
All aboard for a weekend of tricks, treats, and of course, trains! Join the Colorado Railroad Museum staff in Golden for some safe, socially distanced fun. Steam train rides, treat bags, a “not-so-spooky” haunted attractions, as well as live entertainment, food vendors, and photo-ops in the pumpkin patch cart and fall festive locomotives will also be taking place.
When: October 22 & 29
Where: Ironton Distillery
Join Ironton Distillery in their brand-new backyard space! On October 22nd and 29th, they’ll be showing Halloween, complete with themed cocktails and snacks. Bring your chairs or blankets and grab a socially-distanced spot. Advanced tickets are required.
When: October 24
Where: Denver Union Station
Post up on Terminal Bar’s patio at Denver Union Station for their socially-distanced Carving & Cocktails event! Your ticket covers your pumpkin, carving tools, and your first cocktail! This event is 21+, and advanced tickets are required.
When: October 31
Where: Denver Union Station
Let your four-legged friend in on the costume action and head to the first-ever Howl-a-Ween Pet Parade and Yappy Hour at Denver Union Station.
To align with city and state health mandates, reservations are required for parade entry and can be done through their website. The parade will have three waves, and will take place on the North Plaza from 1pm to 3pm. The event will also feature Tito’s Handmade Vodka specials for all human attendees.
Other Spooky Fun:
For most, Halloween is about getting a little spooky. We couldn’t make a real guide to Halloween in Denver without mentioning a haunted house or two! Luckily, the Denver area knows how to get downright ghoulish. Iconic attractions like The 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, The Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion in Littleton, The Haunted Forest in Highlands Ranch, Fright Acres in Parker, and The Frightmare Compound in Westminster are all planned to be open this month with special COVID-safety precautions in place. Check their websites to learn more about their current policies and for info on how to purchase tickets!
Conquer a Corn Maze!
If you want to do something fall-ish, but no necessarily Halloween, don’t miss Cottonwood Farm’s incredible corn maze! Visit the Fall Market for seasonal favorites like pumpkins, squash, and decorative fall items.
If you have little ones that aren’t ready for the big maze yet, escort them through their straw bale maze, go on a hay ride, or snag a pumpkin from the patch!
We love this time of year in Colorado, so we hope you found something from this festivity roundup that sounds pleasantly spooky for Halloween in Denver! Remember to stay safe out there this year, but above all, have fun!