Fun Halloween Events for Kids in Denver

Glow at the Gardens
Glow at the Gardens lights up the night at the Denver Botanic Gardens on Oct. 21, 2015. Photo © Nina Snyder

Looking to entertain your little monsters during Halloween? From the Chatfield Corn Maze to Boo at the Zoo, check out fun events for children and the whole family in the Mile High City.

Boo at the Zoo

Denver Zoo
2300 Steele St.

Bring your kids in costume for the annual Boo At The Zoo event at the Denver Zoo. This event offers trick-or-treating stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations, and loads more family-friendly entertainment, all included in the price of zoo admission.

Chatfield Corn Maze

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd. (Littleton)

Get lost in a 7-acre corn maze constructed by the Denver Botanic Gardens staff. You'll want to bring the kids during the day because when the sun goes down, the maze transforms into the "Dead Zone Scream Park". See photos from the Chatfield Corn Maze.

Colorado Haunted History Tours

Morrison or Golden, Colorado (located 17 miles southwest of Denver)

Relive the spirited history of the Wild West with one these walking tours through the towns of Morrison or Golden. The "Ghosts and Legends Tour" takes visitors through historic Morrison and answers the question, who has passed through these buildings and whose spirits still remain?

The "Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour" showcases the home of Coors Brewery and includes tales of Golden's storied past of lynchings, shootouts, murder, and more.

Both tours are on the "Ten Best Haunted Tours and Scary Story Tours Around Denver" list and are suitable for kids, however, the "Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour", parental guidance is strongly encouraged for children under 13.

Elitch Gardens FrightFest

Elitch Gardens
2000 Elitch Cir.

Elitch Gardens is a local theme and water park that transforms into a Halloween celebration that is family by day and fright by night. Little ghosts and goblins can enjoy free candy on the Trick or Treat Trail and partake in several Halloween themed interactive challenges.

Activities include a Ghouls Match where youngsters battle it out through various Halloween themed challenges on their way to victory, Scream It Out, that awards the title of the Scream King or Queen to the child with the loudest shriek, and of course, a costume contest. Creative costumes are encouraged, but no face masks or face paint due to security concerns.

Glow at the Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.

The Denver Botanic Gardens main location features also gets in the Halloween spirit with a wonderland of illuminated pathways and jack o' lanterns galore. In addition to the spectacular illuminations, guests can enjoy a wide array of activities including Live music by Jack Rice Music, “Thriller” dance lessons with Adventures in Dance, Halloween storytelling from Rachel Ann Harding, Pumpkin carving demos, and free face painting.

Trick or Treat Street

The Children's Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Dr.

For three days, the Children’s Museum of Denver hosts the annual Trick of Treat Street event. From trick or treating to autumn-themed crafts, and spooky science activities with museum educators, your little monsters will enjoy educational Halloween fun. 

Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.