2020 has been far from normal, and Halloween in Denver will look different this year, too. The pandemic has forced many of us to rethink our plans and cancel longstanding traditions, such as costume parties with friends and family and trick-or-treating. But thanks to the creative minds of Denver (and Wi-Fi), there are still plenty of opportunities for frightening fun. Below are five Halloween-related activities to attend in and around the city, or from the comfort of your home.
Note: All in-person attractions have capacity limits and social distancing guidelines in place for your safety, and face masks are required. We understand that many people are uncomfortable attending an in-person event at this time, which is why we’ve included virtual options.
1. For the Adventurous: Walking Tours
Do you believe in ghosts? You might after this two-hour walking tour of one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill. Your guide and host for the evening will share stories of ominous mansions and eerie parks that will send shivers down your spine. Read about some of your stops here, and sign up for a tour online—if you dare.
Learn about the spooky characters that used to inhabit some of Denver’s oldest buildings in this two-hour walking tour. Pro tip: this tour tends to sell out frequently, so early booking is recommended.
2. For the Brave: In-Person Haunted Houses
(In-person, but socially distanced, of course.)
For haunted house enthusiasts, the world-famous 13th Floor Haunted House is one of the most popular Halloween events in Denver. Attractions include the “Dead End District,” “Creature Feature,” and “Deadly Reflections.” Check for dates and hours online and review COVID-19 safety measures.
This artist-made installation brings a new, pandemic-safe take on haunted houses to Denver—a multi-site experience by car. Unlike more typical scares, the installation explores psychological fears related to current events, such as politics or “the horror of the binary.” Presented by RedLine in partnership with 40 West Arts and Beston Homes Team, the event features work from “some of the boldest, emerging, and mid-career artists in the seven-county region.”
3. For Digital Explorers: Virtual Haunted Houses
If you decide against touring a haunted house in person, a virtual experience might be the next best thing. Each week, Denver Terrors features a live ghost tour with one of their tour guides, covering the haunted streets of more than 20 cities. What’s on the list of stops? “Salem Ghosts” in Salem, MA, “Windy City Ghosts” in Chicago, IL, and “NOLA Ghosts” in New Orleans, LA, among other spooky destinations.
4. For Homebodies: Scary Movies
Whether you’re a fan of the classics—think Hocus Pocus or Nightmare on Elm Street—or one for new releases, streaming services have horror films galore to get you through October. For example, Hulu offers a curated selection of scary titles as part of its annual digital tradition called Huluween. If you need some inspiration for spending this Halloween in Denver indoors, check out this list of 65 best Halloween movies of all time.
5. For Traditionalists: Classic Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
Explore a seven-acre corn maze or pick the perfect pumpkin from a 10-acre pumpkin patch. There’s even a mini-maze for the little ones.
Flat Acres Farm, Parker
Peruse pumpkins of all sizes and colors, corn stalks, straw bales, and gourds at this family-friendly farm. Or, say hello to draft horses, mules, cows, chickens, sheep, goats, and turkeys at the petting zoo.
Maize in the City, Thornton
Find your way through a 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze, pose for a photo in a field of pumpkins, or find your inner child on the playground. This attraction has something for the entire family.