As we approach October, the kids (and some adults) start getting excited about Halloween and all of the fun festivities. If you haven’t made your spooky plans, here are some Halloween in Colorado activities that you might want to consider. (Published by the Denver Post)
Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
Elitch Gardens Fright Fest offers two experiences: a family-friendly daytime spooktacular and a Fright by Night, which means all bets are off when the sun goes down.
Daytime activities include a trick-or-treat trail, a costume contest, crafts and interactive Halloween-themed activities for the little ones. Then, around 6 p.m., “Fright Alive” opening ceremonies begin and the haunted attractions open. “No Vacancy,” “Big Top Freaks” and “Séance” find guests weaving through dark pathways as they explore a nightmareish inn, a carnival graveyard overrun by flesh-hungry clowns, and stories of the undead. Some Fright By Night haunted attractions are an extra charge.
Elitch Gardens is at 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver. Fright Fest hours: Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30. Hours: Fridays 6 to 10 p.m., Saturdays noon to 10 p.m., Sundays noon to 9 p.m. Combo ticket: $49.99 online. elitchgardens.com/fright-fest, 303-595-4386.
The Asylum is one of Denver’s most popular haunted houses, featuring three attractions this year: “Post Mortem, The Escape,” “Primitive Fear, Anarchy” and “Ridgegate, The Deranged.” As you enter the Asylum, you and your group quickly need to work together to escape the first attraction inside an autopsy room, only to find yourself along streets of anarchy. Your tour ends through a sea of electroshock treatments and lobotomies. Ticket options include skipping the line at an additional cost.
The Asylum is now open at 6100 E. 39th Ave., Denver. Hours: Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 31: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Oct. 2, 6, 11-13, 17-20: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29: 7 p.m. to midnight; Oct 9, 16, 23-27, 30: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed Monday, Oct. 10. Tickets: $19.99-$51.99. 303-355-FEAR. asylumdenver.com.
Haunted Field of Screams
One field, three chances to be scared. The Haunted Field of Screams is now in its 15th year and is the main attraction on the grounds. Lit only by the moon, visitors navigate a trail surrounded by 16-foot-tall cornstalks as characters from all walks of nightmares — from zombies and clowns to chainsaw wielders — wait around every corner. Additional attractions include the “Dead Man’s Night Maze” — because it’s not hard enough to navigate a corn maze during the day so they needed to add darkness and monsters. “Zombie Paintball Massacre” prepares you for an attack of the undead.
Haunted Field of Screams is now open at 10270 Riverdale Road, Thornton. Attractions open at sundown Friday through Sunday until Oct. 30 and they are also open on Halloween night. Tickets sold Thursday and Sunday until 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight. Tickets start at $22 for a general admission single haunt pass and go up to $120 to access all three with no wait. 720-408-0006, hauntedfieldofscreams.com.
Terror in the Corn
Farm by day, field of terror by night. Anderson Farms in Erie offers a haunted hayride and ghost town experience where visitors travel into a cornfield on a tractor-drawn wagon where they will meet ghoulish creatures of the night, then enter a deserted ghost town. The event is now time-ticketed, limiting the number of people who can get in line each hour.
All Terror in the Corn tickets include entrance to Fall Festival activities like the corn maze and pumpkin patch. Another option is the “Zombie Paintball Hunt,” with special zombie-hunting wagons equipped with a paintball gun for each passenger. Teams are taken into a zombie-overrun cornfield.
Terror in the Corn is now open at 6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie, Friday through Sunday until Oct. 30 and Thursdays starting Oct. 13 with the first ticket for 7 p.m. Tickets: $22-$45. 303-828-5210. andersonfarms.com.
Ghouls Gulch, in its 13th year, is a highly detailed haunted house with custom-built effects. The building features two attractions, “Ghouls Gulch Haunted House” which is 8,000 square feet, and “Sanitarium Haunted House with 3D,” measuring in at 7,000 square feet. The building also has recorded paranormal activity and was certified haunted by the All Girls Paranormal Society. Can you tell what’s real and what are effects?
Ghouls Gulch is now open at 3910 Palmer Park Blvd., Colorado Springs. Hours: Friday and Saturday Sept. 30-Oct. 14, Thursdays Oct. 13-27, Sundays Oct. 16-30 and Oct. 31: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays Oct. 21 and 28: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays Oct. 15-29: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: $15-$35. 719-445-1825. ghoulsgulch.com.
City of the Dead
City of the Dead features three attractions in one location, “Curse of Darkness,” “The Carnival of Carnage” and, of course, “City of the Dead.” Wear your walking shoes because this haunted house comes in at just over 30,000 square feet. You name it: vampires, demons, zombies, they claim to have it. The kicker, City of the Dead, is sponsored by Coors Light. Nothing like a frosty silver bullet as a light at the end of the tunnel.
City of the Dead is now open at 7007 E. 88th ave., Henderson, through Oct. 31, Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to midnight; Sunday and Thursday and Oct. 24-26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: $24- $59.cityofthedeadhaunt.com.
The number 13. The unluckiness of this attraction speaks for itself. 13th Floor is a multistory adventure through your nightmares with “Slasher Remix,” “Undead Abominations” and “Cursed, The Ritual.” Each attraction will resurface fears of chainsaws, zombies and werewolves. If you’re looking for sheer terror, Blackout features entering the 13th Floor with a single glowstick and your group tries to find its way out while the monsters roam freely on Nov. 11 and 12 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ticket options include skipping the line at an additional cost.
13th Floor is now open at 4120 Brighton Blvd, Denver. Hours: Sept 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 21, 28: 7 p.m. to midnight; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31. Nov. 4 and 5: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Oct. 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20: 7:30 to 10:30; Oct. 7: 7 p.m. to midnight; Oct. 15, 22, 29: 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Blackout event: Nov. 11 and 12, 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets: $19.99 to $52.99. 303-355-FEAR. 13thfloorhauntedhouse.com.
HellScream is a multistory, multi-attraction haunted house created by film, television and special effects professionals, and is known for its detailed sets. Want to really get in on the action? Hell’s Manor is a live-action escape game where visitors are trapped in a room and need to solve puzzles to escape one of the rooms in the haunted house in an hour. Ticket options include skipping the line at an additional cost.
HellScream is now open at 3021 N. Hancock Ave., Colorado Springs, through Nov. 5. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday and Thursday, and Oct. 25, 26 and 31, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Nov. 4 and 5, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a Blackout event. $22-$28. 719-650-4483. hellscreamhaunt.com.
Another option is Great Room Escape, where you can choose to be invaded by zombies while you try to solve puzzles or escape a (fake) serial killer while you try to solve puzzles.
Great Room Escape is at 4120 Brighton Blvd., Unit C-1A, Denver. $39.95. 303-586-2689. http://www.greatroomescape.com/denver