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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

denverfirefightersmuseum.org

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

adamsmysteryplayhouse.com

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.

Bug-A-Boo

Oct. 22–23

Butterfly Pavilion

6252 West 104th Ave., Westminster

butterflies.org

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

tinyurl.com/northglennhighschool

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

Downtown Longmont

ci.longmont.co.us/rec/special/halloween.htm

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

ucar.edu/educ_outreach/visit/

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

niwot.com/events/great_pumpkin_party

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

Oct. 29–30

Denver Zoo

denverzoo.org

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

crrm.org

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

Oct. 29–31

Children’s Museum of Denver

2121 Children’s Museum Dr.

cmdenver.org

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.

Munchkin Masquerade

Oct. 31, 2–5 pm

Pearl Street, Boulder

boulderdowntown.com/events

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.

ci.longmont.co.us/rec

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

Oct. 7–9

Tivoli Theater at the Starz Film Center

900 Auraria Pkwy., Denver

milehighhorrorfestival.com

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

mollybrown.org

Classic stories of Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells and others are brought to life in the dim,
flickering candlelight.

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

Downtown Denver

eyeheartbrains.com

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

boulderlibrary.org/locations/grb.html

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.

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Lacy is an award-winning food writer and blogger. She lives in Westminster with her family. Google

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