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👻 Spooks & Scares for Families • Harrowing Haunts for Teens & Adults

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 29, 2021

NOTE: Please remember that COVID-19 and Colorado weather can cause unexpected changes or cancellations. We recommend you confirm with the venue prior to the event.

Spooks and Scares for Families
(listed chronologically)

LITTLETON: "Lights On" Haunted Mansion
Reinke Brothers • Weekends September 24-October 31 • 10:00 AM1:00 PM
This is a “Universal Studios” type guided tour through the Haunted Mansion with the lights on and most of the special effects off. All the “monsters” are sent away to get lunch. This is a perfect venue for getting young ones and first-timers used to a haunted attraction without scarring them for life.
Cost: $10 per person

DENVER: Fright Fest – Family by Day
Elitch Gardens • October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 • 12:00–5:00 PM
Halloween festivities invade the park throughout the day each weekend, plus enjoy all your favorite Theme Park rides too. Little ghosts and goblins can enjoy Free Candy on the Trick or Treat Trail and partake in several Halloween-themed interactive challenges.
Cost: $45-$65 per person

LITTLETON: 2021 Haunts of Littleton
Littleton Light Rail Station • October 22, 23, 29, 30 • 7:009:30 PM
A nighttime journey through Littleton's dark streets and alleys with the Haunts of Littleton. Enjoy a leisurely stroll while you uncover the scary and often times haunted past of this quiet Colorado community.
Cost: $8-$15 per person

HIGHLANDS RANCH: Haunted Forest Jr.
Rocky Heights Middle School • October 21 • 5:00–7:00 PM
The night before the gates of the Backcountry Wilderness Area Haunted Forest crack open, there's a chance to see the sinister scenes without the live ghouls and monsters. This walk may not have live spooks, but the brave souls (and their favorite adults) should be warned that the decor is still scary. Recommended for ages 5 and older.
Cost: $5 per person

HIGHLANDS RANCH: Haunted Forest
Rocky Heights Middle School • October 22-23 • 6:309:30 PM
The gates of the Haunted Forest are opening for two nights only to reveal your nightmares lurking behind every tree and bush! Tickets are sold in 30-minute increments. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Cost: $13-$23 per person

LITTLETON: Haunted Hay Rides
Stockton's Plum Creek Stables  • October 29-30 6:309:30 PM
On this 30-minute spine-tingling family adventure, professional storytellers narrate an amusing tale while you rumble down a spooky trail inhabited by Indians and six-gun carrying cowboys.
Cost: $14 per person

Harrowing Haunts... NOT Family Friendly
(listed alphabetically by city)

AURORA: House of Horror Pop-Up Haunted House
Weekends in October
With ten rooms overflowing with wicked witches, massive monsters, gruesome ghosts, and evil auras, Aurora’s House of Horror is the most frightening place to be, all October long! Each room is packed with paranormal thrills sure to get your heart pounding.
Cost: Starting at $10

COLORADO SPRINGS: HellScream Haunted House and Haunted Mines
Select Nights September 24-November 6

For 12 years this cutting-edge, multi-story, multi-attraction, intense haunted event has thrilled and terrified visitors. Created by film, television, and special effects professionals, HellScream is praised for its custom-movie-quality special effects, amazing actors, unique themes, and extremely detailed sets.
Cost: $20-$35 each | $38-$56 combo

COMMERCE CITY: Haunted Graveyard
Weekends in October

The quarter-mile journey through the Haunted Junk Yard will leave visitors shocked, trembling, and terrified — and then, they’ll want to do it all again. The junkyard is said to be cursed and haunted by the angered spirits of those who have died there. They say strange creatures dwell within the run-down shacks and cars. Who will be brave enough to enter the junkyard to see if the myths are true? Recommended for ages 13+.
Cost: $40 per person | discounts for multiple tickets

DENVER: The 13th Floor
Select Nights September 11-November 13
In most buildings, the 13th floor doesn't exist — but in the heart of Denver, it's terrifyingly real. Located just north of downtown, the world-famous 13th Floor has been praised by and featured on America Haunts, Travel Channel, MTV, Haunt World Magazine, and USA Today, which called it one of the "top 5 most terrifying haunted houses in the U.S.A." Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Cost: $20-$33 per person | Additional $10 for Fast Pass, or $20 for Skip the Line

DENVER: Fright Fest – Fright by Night
Elitch Gardens • Weekends in October • Opens at 6:00 PM
Enjoy all your favorite Theme Park rides after dark and prepare to be on alert all around you, as Fright Fest comes alive and creatures lurk around every thrilling corner. Get terrorized with three haunted attractions — No Vacancy, Big Top Freaks, and Séance. Recommended for ages 12+.
Cost: $75-$90 per person

DENVER: Ghosts in the Gardens — Open Air Scare
Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street • Select Nights October 14-30 Entry 5:45–8:45 PM
Conjure up your courage and capture your fear as you stroll through dimly lit paths in an area that used to be called The Boneyard. Encounter storytellers sharing actual staff ghost stories, real overnight security staff ghost encounters, and intriguing history. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Cost: $34

DENVER: Horror Theater Haunted House
Horror Theater Haunted House • Fri-Sun through October 31 • Hours Vary
This immersive and free haunted house is packed with the lingering souls of its tortured victims. Filled with Hollywood quality sets and props, the house is sure to conjure more than a few screams from anyone who dares enter.
Cost: Free admission; donations are gratefully accepted.

DENVER: Victorian Horrors @ Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House  Select Nights October 14-30 Entry 6:00–9:00 PM

“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” -Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. After a quarter of a century, Victorian Horrors continue to chill the blood and unsettle the soul. Get your tickets early for a fresh round of terrifying Gothic Horror tales! Suggested for ages 12 and up, per parental discretion.
Cost: $20

ERIE: Terror in the Corn
Anderson Farms • Every Thursday-Sunday September 24-October 31 • 7:00–10:00 PM
Terror in the Corn is Colorado’s only haunted hayride and ghost town experience. Take a hayride into the corn field, then walk a path past scary scenes and hidden ghouls and through the haunted ghost town. The entire walking portion is on a single path; it is not in the maze and you will not get lost. Recommended for 10 years and older.
Cost: $30-$33

HIGHLANDS RANCH: Paranormal Party
Highlands Ranch Mansion • October 21 • 6:00–9:00 PM

Join the professionals from Spirit Paranormal Investigations for a night of frightening fun inside a real Haunted Mansion. See and hear REAL paranormal evidence captured by SpiritPI during years of formal investigations. Stay for “lights out” as you join the team of expert ghost hunters for a ghost hunt IN THE DARK. Ages 21+ only.
Cost: $35-$40

LA SALLE: Scream Acres
Fritzler Farm Park • Friday-Saturday September 24-October 30 • Hours Vary
Scream Acres utilizes its arsenal of twisted minds, macabre make-up artists, and committed actors to deliver a Haunt experience unlike any other. Cling tightly to your loved ones as you navigate the darkest, most terrifying event in horror entertainment.
Cost: $33-$53

LITTLETON: Haunted Mansion
Reinke Brothers • September 24-October 31 • Hours Vary
The 50+-year-old family tradition continues! Come back and enjoy what families and haunted house enthusiasts have loved and talked about for years. The Haunted Mansion has even more chills and thrills than ever before.
Cost: $20-$25

LITTLETON: World's Scariest Haunted House
Jared's Garden and Nursery • October 8-31 • Hours Vary
Get terrified at one of the highest-rated haunted houses in the Denver metro area. This terrifically horrifying haunt will satisfy all your deepest and darkest fantasies and fears.
Cost: $20-$30

PARKER: Fright Acres
Flat Acres Farm • Select Nights in October • 7:00-10:00 PM
As you approach the mausoleum, your heart rate starts to increase. Will you be brave enough to enter the shack and survive Colorado's largest outdoor haunted attraction? Your ticket gives you access to Reapers Hollow, Dead End Motel, and Goblins Grove. Recommended for 13 and older.
Cost: $30-$45

THORNTON: Haunted Field of Screams
Select Nights in October • Opens at Sundown
Backing the famously haunted Riverdale Road, Colorado's largest haunted attraction includes multiple haunted house encounters, a hayride, and a trip to the Riverdale Gates of Hell. Recommended for 13 years and older.
Cost: $30-$55

WESTMINSTER: The Frightmare Compound
Select Nights September 17-November 6 • Opens at 7:00 PM
Denver's oldest haunted house lies just outside Denver and has been meticulously crafted to terrify those who believe themselves brave enough to wander its halls. One location brings three frightening experiences: Frightmare Compound, House of Darkness, and Lights Out.
Cost: $30-$50


We are awaiting more information on these events for 2021

  • Haunted Trail at Castlewood Canyon State Park (All Ages)
  • Tales of the Tommy Knockers on the Georgetown Loop Railroad (Ages 13+)

Canceled for 2021

  • City of the Dead in Denver (Ages 13+)
  • Dead Zone Scream Park at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (Ages 12+)
  • Tour of Terror at The Melting Pot (Ages 12+)

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