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8 Ways to Get in the Spooky Spirit Across the Front Range

From haunted houses to corn mazes and even a Zombie Prom, there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween in Denver.

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History Mystery Tours at Fairmount Cemetery | October 11, 12 and 26
Take a walk on the paranormal side at Denver’s second-oldest cemetery and meet some of the notable figures and lesser-known legends who made Fairmount Cemetery their final stop. Be sure to bundle up and wear good walking shoes, and keep in mind that, though the tour guide’s goal is “to enlighten not frighten,” you never know what might happen in a cemetery at night. Ivory Chapel at Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S Quebec St.; Tickets are $30 for Fairmount Heritage Foundation members, $35 for non members; Find information on dates and tour times online

Pumpkin Nights | October 17–November 3
Immerse yourself in a world of Halloween spirit (without the horror and fright) at Pumpkin Nights—the enchanting spectacle of over 3,000 real and artificial gourds, hand-carved and assembled into wild works of art. Start at the Pumpkin Passage and work your way through the half-mile quest into six other mesmerizing Pumpkin Lands, each with their own theme. The displays are not short of photo ops, and sojourners can also count on live pumpkin artists, fire shows, bounce houses, and more. 5:30–10:30 p.m., Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton; Find information on ticket prices and attractions online

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Ghosts in the Garden | October 17–20, 26–27
Brave the haunted side of the Botanic Gardens’ history with this guided tour featuring tales of real-life ghost encounters on the grounds, a close look at what used to be called “The Boneyard,” and even exclusive access to the Waring House Mansion, which is normally closed to the public. Be advised: The Garden’s tours are not recommended for children under 12. 1007 York St; Find information on dates and times online

Zombie Prom | October 25
Don your deadliest garb and get the red carpet treatment at Union Station’s ghoulish gala, an evening guaranteed to be filled with “killer beats,” spirited libations, and plenty of spooky lore to complete the experience in the historic landmark. Coordinate with your boo to enter the running for best couple costume and a chance to win a free night at the Crawford Hotel. 9 p.m.–12 a.m., Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.; Tickets starting at $30; Find more information online

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Haunted Field of Screams | Thorough October 27
Haunted Field of Screams channels the most chilling of nightmares into four interactive attractions: Dead Man’s Maze, Zombie Paintball Massacre, CarnEvil, and Condemned. Opt for a high-energy zombie paintball shootout, confront the madness of the abandoned CarnEvil theme park, or see if you’ve got what it takes to navigate the hallways and torture chambers of Condemned with disturbed patients on the loose. Don’t miss the Pitch Dark event—a late night adventure to Colorado’s most haunted thoroughfare, Riverdale Road—offered from October 31 to November 2.  10451 McKay Rd., Thornton; Find more information on ticket prices, hours and attractions online.

Trick or Treat Street | October 25–27
Head to the Children’s Museum of Denver for the ultimate trick-or-treating extravaganza, perfect for the little goblins in your life. Get in the spirit with festive crafts, spell-binding science experiments, a monster carnival, and plenty of treats. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr.; Find more information on ticket prices online

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The 13th Floor Haunted House | Through November 9
Denver’s largest haunted house is back with new horrors in store. Along with its classic frightening mainstays, the haunted house will debut its new maze, “SENSORY OVERLOAD in Complete Darkness”—a pitch-black, immersive experience that requires those brave enough to enter to rely solely on their sense of sound, smell, touch, and possibly even taste to get out the other side. For the more faint of heart, check out 13th Floor’s newest addition, an axe-throwing collaboration with recently opened neighbor Class Axe Throwing. 3400 E 52nd Ave.; Find more information on attractions, tickets, and things to know before you go online.

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Corn Mazes and Scream Park at Chatfield Farms | Through October 27
Choose your level of spookiness at Chatfield Farms’ corn mazes and Dead Zone Scream Park. Navigate the seven-acre corn maze during the day to explore the space-themed maze design and hidden extraterrestrial surprises. Or take the suspense a step further and journey through the farm’s After Dark Maze with only the light of the moon and a provided glow stick to guide you (Note: this maze is not haunted). If you need something a little more terrifying to get the adrenaline pumping, pay a visit to the Dead Zone Scream Park, which is full of danger lurking in the stocks. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton; Find more information on hours, tickets and attractions online.  

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