Amazingly, Halloween is almost upon us again! Many DCP families are already making trick-or-treat plans, because believe it or not, we’re only three short weeks away (or less). Make way for costumes, candy, and carving, oh my! But please don’t fret, we’re here to help! We’ve created a cheat-sheet of some of the most fantastic children’s Halloween activities happening in Denver this year:
Denver Botanic Gardens Corn Maze – Chatfield
Fri-Sat-Sun p.m. thru Oct. 27th
Get lost in Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield’s 8-acre Corn Maze! Hayrides and pony rides will be available for an additional cost. An array of food vendors will offer some of your favorite fall foods, including freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, hot dogs and kettle corn.
Bug A Boo at Butterfly Pavilion
October 19th & 20th
Celebrate the fall season dressed in your Halloween best while enjoying indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crawly activities, a parade led by Pete the Mantis, and lots more fun for the whole family to enjoy! Kick off the holiday a week early!
Trick or Treat Train at Colorado Railroad Museum
It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains at the Colorado Railroad Museum! The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Halloween. Catch a ride behind the historic locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume. Try a visit to the “not so spooky” haunted railcar or the Olde Railroaders silly graveyard, and get a great picture of your costume as you pause in front of the Pumpkin Patch.
Trick or Treat Street at Children’s Museum of Denver
Round up your fairies, super heroes and tiny goblins for this safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza. Parade from one Treat House to the next collecting goodies, whip up delicious Dirty Desserts, take a spin on Vern’s Mini Train and craft classic Halloween creatures. There are also costumed characters, pumpkins galore, special StoryTimes, a Monster Carnival and so much more!
Boo At The Denver Zoo
October 26th & 27th
The 28th annual Boo At The Zoo offers more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of the Denver Zoo. Activities free with zoo admission.
Don’t Miss: Join Denver Zoo’s nocturnal creatures during Boo After Dark, Friday Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m.
Hilltop Halloween Parade
Cranmer Park (between E. 1st and E. 3rd Ave. on Cherry St.)
The free parade for children and adults in Halloween costumes starts at the sundial at Cranmer Park at 11 a.m. and travels to Robinson Park by 1 p.m.
Old South Gaylord Halloween Safe Street
South Gaylord St. between Mississippi and Tennessee from 4-7 pm. Bring your kids in costume to Old South Gaylord Street in the Washington Park Neighborhood for free trick or treating! The street will be closed to traffic for the trick-or-treaters.
Lowry Halloween Festival & Schools Expo
October 26th 3-6 pm
Come trick-or-treat in the Lowry Town Center shops! Take a hay ride, enjoy the magic show and balloon sculpting, pumpkin painting and parents don’t miss the Schools Expo, featuring public and private schools in and around Lowry. Lowry’s most popular annual event and one not to be missed!
Highlands Trick or Treat Street
October 27th 12-2 pm
A long-standing tradition in the Highlands! The 2012 celebration featured the live band Yo Mamas and Papas for the kids, a ten foot tall puppet leading a costume parade, a pumpkin patch where kids decorated jack-o-lanterns, a photo booth and more! This year’s event promises to be just as much fun.
On the other hand, does your family prefer a more traditional trick-or-treat outing? You’re in luck! Last year, Denver made the list of the top 20 cities in the country for trick-or-treating. According to the information provided by Zillow, Denver came in at lucky number 13! Zillow also broke down the five best local neighborhoods to walk:
– Denver Country Club
– Wash Park
– Montclair – Oneida St between 7th & 8th Ave closed to traffic, with spectacular decorations!
Be sure to watch for the release of Zillow’s 2013 rankings in the coming weeks!
Whatever your plans, we hope our list helps you find the fun while staying safe! Here’s to enjoying another beautiful fall season in Denver! —