Maybe your neighborhood isn’t the best for trick-or-treating—houses too far apart, no street lights, nobody home—or maybe you just want to make the fun to last and last. These events will ensure everyone has super-safe, and a little scary, Halloween fun.
Treats for Tots (kids under 12):
Firehouse Halloween Party for Families
Oct. 22, 5 pm
Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Pl., Denver
This annual event for kids 5 and older features dinner, crafts, ghost stories, a costume contest and a visit from a real, ghostly fire engine. Make reservations before Oct. 19.
Murder in the Haunted Mansion
Oct. 22 and 29
Adams Mystery Playhouse
2406 Federal Blvd., Denver
Adams Mystery Playhouse presents another fantastic mystery where you solve a crime. Two shows: Murder in the Haunted Mansion, recommended for ages 8-16, and Mystery of the Wizard’s Wand for ages 5-12.
6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster
Games, costumes, candy, trick-or-treating and the Butterfly Pavilion’s signature creepy crawlies!
Safe Street Halloween
Oct. 23, 5:30–8:30 pm
Northglenn High School
601 West 100th Pl., Northglenn
Trick-or-treat around the school in this safe, controlled environment for all ages.
Kappa Kappa Gamma’s 6th Annual Halloween House
Oct. 23, 12:30–4 pm
1134 University Ave., Boulder
This sorority soiree features trick-or-treating, games, crafts, music, storytelling and a cupcake walk for children younger than 12 and proceeds benefit BoulderReads!, an organization that helps adults and children discover the joys of reading.
Longmont Halloween Parade and Trick-or-Treat Street
Oct. 29, 9:30 am–noon
Start the festivities off right with the annual Halloween parade. Line up begins at 9:30 am in front of the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., then parade through downtown in costume. The library will offer make and take crafts from 10:30 am to noon, and streets will remain closed after the parade for little spooks to trick-or-treat at participating downtown merchants.
Super Science Saturday
Oct. 29, 10 am–4 pm
NCAR’s Mesa Lab
1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder
Free public event features hands-on science demonstrations by NCAR scientists, workshops, activity tables, music and games.
Niwot Great Pumpkin Party
Oct. 29, 10 am–2 pm
Old Town Niwot
Starting at 10 am, kids can trick-or-treat through Old Town and Cottonwood Square followed by the kids and animals parade at 11 am, hayrides through town, and a spooky haunted house at the Niwot Grange. Admission is $2 with all proceeds going to benefit the Our Center.
Boo At The Zoo
In its 27th year, Boo at the Zoo is a perennial favorite, with more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, animal demonstrations and family-friendly entertainment, all free with zoo admission. This year, a special nighttime edition of Boo at the Zoo will feature the zoo’s nocturnal creatures in a new program Friday, Oct. 28, from 6–9 pm.
Trick or Treat Train
Oct. 29-30, 10 am–4 pm
Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden
All aboard! The Trick or Treat Train departs every 30 minutes between 10 am and 4 pm through Trick or Treat Town where you can fill your bag with goodies. Visit the “not so spooky” haunted railcar or the Olde Railroaders silly graveyard and the Pumpkin Patch. Then warm up around the Hobo Campfire and listen to kid-friendly storytelling.
Trick or Treat Street
Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Dr.
Free with admission to the museum, the Halloween activities start with trick-or-treating from one treat house to the next to collect goodies, and continues with Halloween crafts, a Monster Carnival and Pumpkin Hill.
Oct. 31, 2–5 pm
Pearl Street, Boulder
Every year, Pearl Street is taken over by hoards of tiny ghosts and goblins—as well as fairy princesses, superheroes and pirates—for the annual Munchkin Masquerade. Although this event is always packed, it’s guaranteed fun for kiddos who love to trick-or-treat along the mall. Last year, a flash mob of zombies even “livened” up the fun.
Halloween Parade & safe halloween night
Parade on Oct. 29, 9:30 am line-up, parade at 10 am. Safe Night on Oct. 31, 6–8:30 pm
Longmont Recreation Center
310 Quail Rd.
Free events geared toward ages 10 and younger. Halloween night features carnival games, bounce houses and boat rides, and the parade is just good ol’ fashioned Halloween fun (aka candy!).
Tricks for Teens (ages 12 to adult):
Mile High Horror Film Festival
Tivoli Theater at the Starz Film Center
900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver
Three days of fun, parties, panels, events and, most importantly, chilling independent horror films from around the world.
Victorian Horrors at The Molly Brown House Museum
Oct. 14–15 and Oct. 21–22
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver
Classic stories of Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells and others are brought to life in the dim,
Shake, Rattle and Run 5K
Oct. 22, 8 am
Orchard Town Center
14697 Delaware St., Westminster
Shape up with the whole family—in costume—with a little jog then visit the St. Anthony North Health Tent for health screenings.
Denver Zombie Crawl
Oct. 22, 2 pm
Put on your best (worst?) zombie regalia and join the largest zombie gathering in history at Skyline Park. Entry fee is a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Living History: Mary Shelley
Oct. 26, 7 pm
George Reynolds Branch Library
3595 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder
Susan Marie Frontczak portrays English writer Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the author of Frankenstein. Free, but call 303.441.3120 to reserve your space, as seating is limited.