Classic Halloween trick-or-treating is fun, but why not give the kids a few more opportunities to don their costume before it gets banished to the dress-up box? From extra spots to pickup tasty treats to not-so-frightening haunts, here are a few affordable, family-oriented Mile High City events to get you in the Halloween spirit.
Oct 25–26 | Trick or Treat Train
Hop aboard a railcar with costumed engineers and conductors at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Pick up candy at each train stop, and then explore the “haunted” railcar, pumpkin patch, and silly graveyard.
October 25 | Boo at the Zoo
Visit the 25 different trick-or-treat pit stops to stock up on sweets to munch on while watching demonstrations with the Denver Zoo animals.
October 25–26 | Halloween Kids Fest
Trick-or-treat with the fish at the Denver Aquarium. Each exhibit will have a candy station, but don’t miss the costume contest, animal shows, and mad science experiments.
October 26 | Hauntings at the Hanger
Bring your mini Amelia Earharts and Luke Skywalkers to the Wings Over the Rockies for its airplane hangar Halloween bash. Your costumed tykes can climb into cockpits, try carnival games, and get the face paint they need to complete their look.
October 31 | Trick or Treat Street
Preschool to fifth graders can double-dip trick-or-treating this year at the Denver Central Library. Before hitting their neighborhood block, collect goodies on Trick-or-Treat Street, make light-up buttons, decorate pumpkins, and learn the steps to the “Monster Mash.”
October 24–25 | Victorian Horrors XXI
When trick-or-treating feels too immature, but walking through a house of animated horrors ensures nightmares, bring your kids 12 and up to explore one of Denver’s most famous homes— The Molly Brown House. Inside each room, the guide will tell haunted tales of the home’s past.
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