While nothing beats neighborhood trick-or-treating, the Denver metro area has many Halloween activities that are suitable for families with children. From slightly spooky Halloween celebrations to harvest themed activities that are suitable for families that choose not to participate in Halloween, there is something for everyone. This year’s events involve everything from bugs to bounce houses.
$8 adult admission, $6 child admission, $2 discount for members
Friday through Sunday, October 13- 15, 9 am- 5 pm
Carnival games, barrel train rides, food trucks, face painting and crafts make this a fun event. Pick out and purchase your pumpkin from the large pumpkin patch. The corn maze requires you pay an additional fee, but it is well worth it.
$16 adult admission, $12 child admission, $2 discount for members
Wednesdays and Thursdays, October 18-19 and October 25-26, 5:30 pm- 9:30 pm
Our family hasn’t attended this particular event yet, but past experience with Denver Botanic Gardens Christmas events leads me to believe it will be a good one. Illuminated pumpkin displays, crafts, music, music, and pumpkin carving provide options for families. There will be 2 costume contests each evening and seasonal snacks and drinks are available for purchase.
Canned food donation encouraged
Saturday, October 21, 1 – 3 p.m
This little garden is decked out wonderfully for Halloween. My little one loves it. It’s also a good place for parents to snap some fun pictures of their little ones.
Saturday, October 21, 5 pm- 8 pm
It is a bit crowded and dlast year, but this event is a fun one for little ones. There are carnival style games with Halloween treats as prizes. The hot air balloons in the night sky are a fun night for adults and little ones as well.
$12 adult admission, $8 child admission, free for members
Saturdays and Sundays, October 21-22 and October 28-29th, 9 am- 5pm
The Butterfly Pavilion is all decked out with spooky Halloween decorations for Bugtober, a month long event including a spider pavilion exhibit and a forensic entomology exhibit. Bug-A-Boo brings additional fun with trick-or-treating and a costume parade.
$15 for non-members, free for members
Friday through Sunday, October 27-29, 9 am- 6 pm
This is an old favorite of ours. The museum is all decked out in spooky finery and there will be a lot of opportunities for cute photographs. There are carnival games, crafts, and trick or treating booths. In the past, some of the treats have been nice snacks, like popcorn or yogurt. For $2, your child can ride the mini barrel train as well.
Saturday, October 28, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
This event is great for those who don’t observe Halloween, but all families can find something to enjoy here. The harvest theme makes it less spooky and a good fit for younger children. There are bounce houses, pony rides, and carnival games. There is a lot to do here, so it is also a good place to avoid eating too much candy.
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