Dive into Denver’s darker side with Denver Like A Local Tours, offering nightly excursions from 7-8:30 p.m. through Halloween. Unearth the spine-chilling tales of Cheesman Park, Denver’s original burial ground. The park, known for its picturesque beauty by day, reveals its haunted history as night falls, making for an unforgettable experience.
Embrace the Halloween spirit at the Denver Zoo with ‘Wild Fall: Trick or Treat Trail.’ From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the 84-acre zoo turns into a wonderland of spooky delights. With nine candy stops, a silent disco, photo opportunities, and specially crafted spooky cocktails and food available for purchase, it’s a festive treat for all ages. Admission is $20, and the littlest ghouls (up to 2 years old) get in free. Timed tickets are required for this event.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo presents ‘Boo at the Zoo’ over two weekends, including Halloween. This unique experience allows visitors to trick-or-treat through the zoo, encountering 25 candy stations, a lighted pumpkin patch, a haunted house, Ghoulish Graveyard, and Pirates Cove. For the safety of all, particularly the animals, full-face costume masks and weapons are prohibited for those 12 and above, as are balloons on costumes.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science invites families to a special ‘Bones, Bats, Boo! Family Overnight’ event, starting at 5 p.m. It’s a night of fun with costume parades, a show in the Gates Planetarium, storytelling, hands-on science activities, and crafts. Enjoy pizza for supper, a sleepover among the museum exhibits, and a hearty breakfast in the morning. Admission is $90-$100 for nonmembers, creating a memorable Halloween adventure.
Foodies rejoice at the Grilled Cheese & Mac Festival, taking place on Auraria Campus, Tivoli Quad, 1000 Larimer St., from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Savour the delicious creations of local chefs and restaurants, pairing sumptuous grilled cheese and mac with the perfect beers. Your ticket, starting at $69.99, gives you the power to vote for your favorite culinary delights.
The Broadway Halloween Parade promises an evening of fun and festivity from 6-8 p.m., stretching from 5th to Alameda on Broadway. Expect a vibrant display of funny floats, creative costumes, bands, and community groups marching together, celebrating the spirit of Halloween in a uniquely Denver way.
History and aviation enthusiasts won’t want to miss the final day of the season for historic WWII fly days at the National Museum of WWII Aviation. Witness the SBD Dauntless and the “Cactus Air Force” in action, showcasing the air power of 1942-43. The museum opens at 8 a.m., with a special presentation at 9 a.m., followed by the flight of the Dauntless. Enjoy this historical experience with free parking available at 775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs.
The Virtual Game Expo 2023 is a haven for gamers, running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This online event connects gamers, game developers, tabletop enthusiasts, VR developers, artists, and others from around the globe. Participate in gaming sessions, buy, sell, demo, and trade games and hardware. Admission details are available at indiegamesexpo.com. The Denver Indie Games Expo is set for November 25.
Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum hosts ‘Hauntings in the Hangar’ from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This family-friendly event blends educational experiences with Halloween fun. Explore trick or treat candy stations, witness magic shows, and engage in activities like sticker planes, haunted helicopters, spooky star and Franken-planes, a Black Hole Listening Station, and open cockpits. Tickets are $18.95 for adults and $11.95 for children, available online at wingsmuseum.org or at the door.
Get active with the Ghosts & Goblins 5K at City Park, starting at 9 a.m. This timed race is perfect for families and fitness enthusiasts, complete with medals for participants and a festive atmosphere with vendors, food, and drinks afterward. Register for $36 and join in the fun.
Round off your weekend with the Dairy Block and Denver Milk Market Fall Flannel Festival, from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. This free event is perfect for families, featuring trick-or-treating, music, kids’ craft stations, face painting, balloon artistry, Paw Patrol