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Gourds and Ghouls: Your Guide to a Howling-Good Halloween

Denver and Boulder Halloween Events 2021 - PorchLight Real Estate Group

Halloween is back in a big way this year! Across the Denver metro and Boulder County areas, there are a ton of spooktacular events for kids and adults alike. 

Find the perfect pumpkin for carving, scream your face off in the middle of an Erie (aptly named) cornfield, or sip jack-o-lantern cocktails while watching Hocus Pocus on the big screen in McGregor Square. 

Below, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite frights (and some not so ghoulish stuff, too). For a more comprehensive list, click here for a PDF that you can download. Just remember that dates, times and details are subject to change. Please check websites before your visit. 

Cottonwood Farms Pumpkin Patch

Located in Boulder and just north of Lafayette, this is a working family farm selling pumpkins and fabulous fall produce. You can stop and buy pumpkins, organic winter squash, and decorative fall items to dress up your home for Halloween and the upcoming holiday season.

If you’re looking for family fun, try the four-acre corn maze or straw bale maze for the little ones. Wagon rides are available on the weekend, and there will be a display of vintage tractors and farm equipment. There are numerous goats, chickens and bunnies to view, but the decision to come forward for pets will be entirely up to them.

cottonwoodfarms.com | Now-October 31, 10am-6pm

Treat Street at the Arapahoe County Scaregrounds

Looking for Halloween fun for the whole family? Head to the Arapahoe County Scaregrounds in Aurora for a safe day of trick-or-treating and spooktacular fun. 

Kiddos can wear their favorite costume and head down Treat Street. There will be games and activities, a petting farm, live music, a Thriller dance performance, costume contest, pumpkin painting, adult beer garden, food trucks, and more!

arapahoecountyfair.com | October 23, 11am-4pm

McGregor Scare

A recent addition to Denver's LoDo neighborhood, McGregor Square is an outdoor plaza, pre and post-game gathering place for Rockies fans, plus a year-round destination for concerts, festivals, and events. 

For two weekends in October, it will transform into McGregor Scare and offer a great line-up of Halloween shenanigans, from pumpkin decorating and face painting, to a ticketed silent disco, movie showings like Coco and Hocus Pocus, plus so much more. Check it out!

bit.ly/McGregorSquareEvents | October 22-24 and 29-31

Glow at the Gardens

The Denver Botanic Garden's York Street location offers a luminous, nighttime celebration of America's favorite gourd. Wander through a spooky, illuminated landscape as the Gardens dresses up for Halloween. 

Using all real pumpkins harvested from local farms, pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures and dense displays of jack-o’-lanterns, with grins and grimaces fit for the season.

Performing artists bring spirits and specters to life at this enchanted autumnal experience. While this event is not very scary and doesn’t include graphic content, spooky illusions, props and sound effects are featured in certain areas.

bit.ly/GlowAtTheGardens | October 19-24, 5:30-9:30pm

Terror in the Corn

Head to Erie, Colorado for Terror in the Corn and 10 acres of nightmare fuel. Offering an immersive experience into a world of the unknown, you’ll travel by enclosed trailer only to be dropped off in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but cornfields filled with your darkest fears.

You’ll then make your way to the abandoned town of Raven's Gulch where nightmares will greet you at every turn. Watch the video below for a heart-pumping preview of what to expect.

terrorinthecorn.com | Now-October 31, Various Ticket Times

NoCo’s Greatest Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat Experience

Back for a second year, this Loveland, Colorado event offers socially distanced Halloween fun for families. Slowly drive through a long series of Halloween scenes decorated by local businesses, schools and nonprofits. Picture a reverse parade where kids can trick-or-treat safely from their car window. COVID safety measures will be in place. 

The cost is just $5 per vehicle and all proceeds will benefit Thompson Education Foundation which supports over 60 programs, activities, and scholarships.

bit.ly/NoCoTrickorTreat | October 30, 10am-2:30pm

Flat Acres Farms Fall Festival

This Parker, Colorado farm is hosting a Fall Festival offering plenty of activities for the family to enjoy. Geared for kids 10 years and younger, there will be corn and hay bale mazes, bounce houses, a tractor-pulled hayride, giant swing set, and petting zoo hosted by Kodiak Ranch. 

Just don’t forget to check out the pumpkin patch where you can pick out that perfect pumpkin for carving. There will be all sizes and colors along with fall decorations such as corn stalks, straw bales, and gourds. If you get hungry, carnival food options will be available from local vendors offering corn dogs, kettle corn, funnel cakes, plus wood-fired pizza.

flatacresfarm.com | Now-October 31, Wednesdays-Sundays from 10am-6pm.

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