Fifteen fun, family-friendly Halloween happenings in Denver
Halloween is less than two weeks away, and the Mile High City is already in the mood for spooky celebrations. From not-so-scary haunted train rides to pumpkin-carving contests, bouncy castles, skydiving demonstrations and, of course, a whole lot of candy, we've rounded up some great family-friendly events happening this month. Many of these fun get-togethers are free or low-cost as well, so get multiple costumes ready and mark your calendars for a busy Halloween season.
Watch trained skydivers get spooky in mid-air at the SkyVenture Halloween Boogie.
Haunted Vet Hospital
Denver Holistic Center/Pets 4 People, Various dates in October, $15
Touted as the country's "only haunted house for pets," this two-floor attraction is filled with cool live animals, face-painting, caricature drawing and more. Trick-or-treat indoors, meet a pet psychic and enter to win some great prizes at this haunted hospital. Pets are encouraged and get free admission.
"Zombie Murder" mystery play and more
Adams Mystery Playhouse, Various dates in October, $10
With three Halloween-themed plays to choose from, the Adams Mystery Playhouse is giving families a chance to solve a haunting mystery together. More than just a theatrical production, this interactive performance makes audience members a part of the action -- and it all takes place in one of Denver's spookiest old buildings on Federal Boulevard.
Molly Brown House Museum, October 18, 19, 25 & 26, $15-$18
Utilizing the grand and spooky space of Molly Brown's famous Victorian mansion, costumed actors bring the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, Mary Shelley and more to life. Performances run every fifteen minutes, so you have lots of chances to hear a haunted tale set inside this beautiful Denver landmark.
Family Workshop-Miniature Halloween Scene
Museum of Dolls and Miniatures, October 19, $8-$16
This family-friendly workshop shows kids ages seven and older how to create miniature dioramas using tiny pumpkins, little trees and more haunted decorations of the itsy-bitsy variety. Reservations are required; contact Jillian at 303-322-1053 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original Aurora's FallFest
Fletcher Plaza, October 19, Free
This eighteenth annual harvest-time celebration invites families to an afternoon of pumpkin bowling, face painting, spooky storytelling, a barnyard petting zoo, a bike parade, and more. Join in the interactive fun with arts and crafts projects, live music and dancing, and a mask-making station, or sit back and watch master carver Tony Carrillo turn pumpkins into art.