Below is the text for the featured article in the Bello October 2013 member eNewsletter. The text below may vary slightly from the published text due to editing and compliance review.
By now, you’ve probably bought the candy, have thought about the decorations, figured out the kids’ costumes and talked to the kids about trick-or-treating safety, but what about the variety of other fun things to do around Denver during this haunting time of year? While trick-or-treating is certainly fun and—at least for the kids—its spoils couldn’t be better, you can extend the Halloween fun and frights at a variety of family-friendly events around town.
Boo at the Zoo
October 26 & 27
Offering plenty of trick-or-treat stations, animal demonstrations and activities throughout the Denver Zoo, this event promises to deliver fun and spooky surprises for the entire family. Boo at the Zoo is included in the price of general admission. Check out Boo After Dark on October 25 to see the zoo’s nocturnal animals in action!
For detailed information, visit denverzoo.org.
October 19 & 20
It’s a shriekfest when kids encounter creepy, crawly critters at the Butterfly Pavilion! Experience their creepiest crawlies, play games, get lots of candy, and don’t forget to wear your costume to Bug-a-Boo at the Butterfly Pavilion.
Visit butterflies.org for more information.
Trick or Treat Street
Show off your costume at the Trick or Treat Street at the Children’s Museum. Enjoy crafts, plenty of goodies, a Monster Carnival and much more at this hub of children’s entertainment. Trick or Treat Street is included in the price of museum admission.
Check out cmdenver.org for detailed information.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 17 – October 27
Lose yourself in Denver Botanic Gardens’ legendary corn maze at its Chatfield location. Complete with hayrides, festival fare, live music and activities for all ages, the Corn Maze at Chatfield proves to be one of Denver’s best fall festivals each year. Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch October 11-13!
For more information, visit botanicgardens.org.
Besides their festive nature, some of these events provide a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. And depending on the weather, some provide a warm and dry alternative! There are plenty of events for the young at heart, such as Elitch Gardens’ Fright Fest (elitchgardens.com), the Mile High Horror Film Festival (milehighhorrorfestival.com), or have a haunting encounter with an in-town getaway at the Brown Palace Hotel (brownpalace.org).
There are many more events than what are listed here, so check visitor bureau sites for more comprehensive lists of events, and be sure to check the venue’s website for weather plans and updated information. Get out there and have a safe and ‘spooktacular’ Halloween!