Halloween is filled with fun and magic for children of all ages. Even for adults, Halloween brings back fond memories of trick or treating, gorging on candy, and getting scared under cover of darkness. Whether you are out trick or treating with your own kids now or you want to do something for the kids in your life, there's plenty of events throughout Denver to go to for Halloween.
5 of the Best Halloween Events for Kids in Denver
Boo at the Zoo
2300 Steele Street
Denver, CO 80205
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. Jugglers and street performers will spook your kids into a fun night at the zoo. Book ahead of time – as early as you can – as Boo to the Zoo occurs over four days at the Denver Zoo and sells out quickly.
Glow at the Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
The Denver Botanic Gardens main location gets into 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, "Thriller" dance lessons, Halloween storytelling, pumpkin-carving demos, and carnival games. If you've never been to the Denver Botanic Gardens at night, you're in for a trick, not just a treat. Remember to bring your own bag for trick or treating goodies.
Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms
Denver Botanic Gardens
8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128
Get lost in a seven-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. Explore the maze Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. No costumes or masks are allowed, so keep that in mind if you want to have fun exploring the corn maze. There's no corn maze at the York Street Denver Botanic Gardens location.
Trick or Treat Street
Children's Museum of Denver
2121 Children's Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211
For three days, the Children's Museum of Denver hosts the annual Trick or 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. There's a Monster Carnival, fun to cook up in The Teaching Kitchen, and the Rocky Mountain Mini Train to take a cruise in. Live musical performances take place throughout the three-day event, too.
Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
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. Some nighttime attractions charge an additional fee.
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.
Fright Fest takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights throughout October. Family by Day events take place from 12 PM to 5 PM daily, with Fright by Night taking place right after. Haunted creatures will come alive at Fight by Night so be prepared to scream.
Halloween comes once a year, but a night out with the people you love the most to celebrate; it will make memories forever. Denver and the surrounding areas have a variety of Halloween events to enjoy. Trunk or treating events are popular in Colorado, so look into those close to your neighborhood, too, for a spooky night on the town with the kids.
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Edited by Melissa Popp.