Here in Colorado, autumn is in full swing—the air has a comforting chill to it and the leaves are crispy and changing colors. Families everywhere are looking for fun activities where they can embrace the season. Fortunately, there’s not a shortage of fall activities to take part in all month long. Whether a fall festival or a haunted activity to get into the Halloween spirit, the activities below are sure to provide a fun time for everyone—young or old.
Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park in Denver is America’s only downtown theme and water park, featuring rides, attractions, shows and roller coasters in addition to the huge water park—but that’s not all. Every weekend in October, the park turns into its own Halloween-themed destination. During the day, there’s free candy as you walk along the Trick or Treat Trail, and come dark, the park transforms into a haunted scene as if a Zombie Apocalypse has taken over. The older kids will get a thrill out of the creepy creatures lurking around each and every corner. For more information, visit https://www.elitchgardens.com/fright-fest/.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield’s Corn Maze
Head on over to the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield on Oct. 15-18, Oct. 22-25 or Oct. 29-Nov. 1, where you and your kids age 10 and up will have a blast weaving your way through a corn maze and helping Farmer Green retrieve all of his lost animals. The 8-acre corn maze will be filled with life-size animal cutouts, perfect for taking memorable photos as you head along the maze. Tickets also include a hayride, pony and train rides, and pillow jumping. Delicious fall foods will all be available for purchase. Have kids under 10? They’ll love the mini maze. To learn more about this popular fall event, visit http://www.botanicgardens.org/corn-maze/about.
Boo at the Zoo
The little ones will love to celebrate Halloween a few days early as they explore the more than 25 trick-or-treat stations, a variety of “creepy crawly” animal demonstrations and a host of family-friendly entertainment against the backdrop of the zoo’s beautiful fall foliage. Now in its 30th year, Boo at the Zoo is free with zoo admission and presents the perfect opportunity for fall fun with the family. It will be held on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Denver Zoo, Get the information you need about this event at http://www.denverzoo.org/.
Trick or Treat Train
Before taking the kids trick-or-treating on Halloween Day, head on over to the Trick or Treat train at the Colorado Railroad Museum, where there will be many rides, activities and all sorts of spooky (and not so spooky) festivities for kids of all ages. Take a ride on the Trick or Treat train—a historic locomotive with vintage passenger cars, run by engineers and conductors dressed up in costumes—go trick or treating, or visit the “haunted railcar” and the Olde Railroaders silly graveyard, the later for the youngsters who don’t like the scary stuff. Plus, picture-taking opportunities await at the pumpkin patch. For ticket information and more, visit http://coloradorailroadmuseum.org/events/special-events/trick-or-treat-train/.
Applewood Arts Festival
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On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, spend Halloween or the day after the holiday at Highlands Ranch High School in Littleton, where you can start some holiday shopping early while still getting to enjoy the lovely fall weather. You’ll find a variety of wares, such as home furnishings, fine art and unique handmade items. In addition, there will be delicious food and catered luncheons available, plus special attractions, demonstrations and much more. To learn more about the Applewood Arts Festival, visit http://www.fairsandfestivals.net/events/details/applewood-fall-arts-and-craft-festival.
Don’t miss your chance to have some family-friendly fun this fall with one of these seasonal activities.