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👻 Haunted Houses & Spooky Attractions for Children, Teens, & Adults

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 23, 2022

It is the Spooky Season! Are you ready for some thrills and chills? We've found all the harrowing haunts around town, including a few not-too-scary events for families. 

Spooks and Scares for Families

COLORADO SPRINGS: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Evergreen Cemetery • October 7-8 • 5:00-9:30 PM
Front Range Theatre Company and Evergreen Heritage bring to life Washington Irving's haunting story of the Headless Horseman. The story begins at the historic Evergreen Chapel, the home of Baltus Van Tassel, at a lovely harvest party with light refreshments before moving through the shadowy grounds of historic Evergreen Cemetery. Tours leave every 30 minutes.
Cost: $25 per person

DENVER: Fright Fest – Family by Day
Elitch Gardens  Weekends in October  12:00–5:00 PM
Halloween festivities invade the park throughout the day each weekend, plus 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: $49.99-$69.99 per person

FRANKTOWN: Haunted Trail
Castlewood Canyon State Park • October 14-15 • 6:30–8:30 PM
Prepare for a night of thrills, spooks, laughter, and fun! Experience the thrills and chills of the canyon at night. Warm up with hot chocolate at the visitor center, and don't miss out on fun Halloween crafts! Join us — if you dare!
Cost: FREE with Park Admission! Donations gratefully accepted.

HIGHLANDS RANCH: Haunted Forest
Rocky Heights Middle School  October 21-22  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 Hayride
Stockton's Plum Creek Stables • October 28-29  6:00–8:30 PM
In 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. A 4-H concession, petting zoo, and games are available in the indoor arena. Children must be accompanied by an adult; it is recommended for young children to go on earlier rides.
Cost: $16 per person

LITTLETON: 2022 Haunts of Littleton Walking Tour
Littleton Light Rail Station • October 21, 22, 28, 29 • 7:009:30 PM
Take 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 oftentimes haunted past of this quiet Colorado community.
Cost: $10-$17 per person

LITTLETON: "Lights On" Haunted Mansion
Reinke Brothers • Weekends September 24-October 30 • 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

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

AURORA: House of Horror Pop-Up Haunted House
Friday-Sunday from September 30-October 30
Aurora’s House of Horror is the most frightening place to be — all October long! Each room is packed with wicked witches, massive monsters, gruesome ghosts, and evil auras that are sure to get your heart pounding. New add-on offerings include face painting, ax throwing, a painting wall, and a smash-it room. Charity Partner: Rachel’s Challenge, a charity dedicated to filling schools with hope and freeing them of harassment, violence, and self-harm.
Cost: Starting at $14.99

COLORADO SPRINGS: HellScream Haunted House and Haunted Mines
Select Nights September 23-November 5

For 11 years, this cutting-edge, multi-story, multi-attraction 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. Named scariest and best in Colorado for numerous years by Team Hauntarama, Scare Factor, Hauntaholics, Mile High Haunts, Spooky Colorado, and more!
Cost: $22-$35 each | $38-$56 combo

COLORADO SPRINGS: Fear Complex
September 30-November 5
Fear Complex boasts 25,000 square feet of stunning special effects, talented actors, and mind-blowing scares! One admission price gets you into FOUR haunted attractions: Sinister Manor, 3-D Carnival, The Sanitarium, and the legendary Haunted Mines. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Cost: $15 Weekdays | $19 Weekends

Fear Complex Haunted House 
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DENVER: The 13th Floor
Select Nights September 16-November 5
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: Starting at $19.99 | Additional $10 for Fast Pass, or $20 for Skip the Line

DENVER: Fright Fest – Fright by Night
Elitch Gardens  Weekends in October
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 add-on haunted attractions — Lock Up: No Escape, Big Top Freaks, and Séance. Recommended for ages 12+.
Cost: Packages that include park admission start at $79.99

DENVER: Ghosts in the Gardens — Open Air Scare
Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street  Select Nights October 13-30
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: Victorian Horrors @ Molly Brown House Museum
Molly Brown House 
 October 14-16, 20-22, 27-29
In its 29th year, Gothic horror tales by well-known but long-gone authors are told throughout the house as portrayed by acclaimed local actors. This year’s offerings include stories from the likes of H.G. Wells, Ambrose Bierce, and Edgar Allan Poe alongside the local spirit of Mary Coyle Chase. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Cost: $22

ERIE: Terror in the Corn
Anderson Farms  Select Dates September 23-October 30
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: Starting at $35

FRANKTOWN: Slaughter Gulch
Lone Creek Farms  Friday & Saturday from September 30-October 30
Once the sun goes down, Lone Creek Farms turns into Slaughter Gulch!
Cost: $25.95

GEORGETOWN: Tall Tales & Tommyknockers Lantern Tour
Saturday evenings in September & October
This 90-minute guided tour through the Lebanon tunnel dives deeper into the haunted history of the mine. Journey into the depths of the Lebanon tunnel by the light of only your candle lanterns to learn of the miner’s superstitions and ghost stories while you partake in a live time ghost hunting session. This tour does not include a train ride and guests are shuttled to the tour by van. Ages 16 and up.
Cost: $29.95

HIGHLANDS RANCH: Paranormal Party
Highlands Ranch Mansion 
 October 20
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
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: Tickets start at $32.95

LITTLETON: Haunted Mansion
Reinke Brothers • September 24-October 31
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-$35

LITTLETON: World's Scariest Haunted House
Jared's Garden • October 7-31 (closed Mondays except Halloween)
The World's Scariest Haunted House has crept in again from the silence and is back with a terrifically horrifying haunt to satisfy all your deepest and darkest fantasies and fears. Recommended for 8 years and older.
Cost: $20

THORNTON: Haunted Field of Screams
Select Nights September 30-October 30
The Haunted Field of Screams is where terror grows fresh every year. Backing the famously haunted Riverdale Road in Thornton, Colorado's largest haunted attraction serves up terrorizing experiences in the iconic 40-acre corn field that prey on your innermost fears. Recommended for 13 years and older.
Cost: Tickets start at $34.99

WESTMINSTER: The Frightmare Compound
Select Nights September 16-October 31
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. Visit the weekend after Halloween for a special "Lights Out" experience.
Cost: Tickets start at $29.99


We are awaiting more information on these events for 2022

  • City of the Dead in Denver
  • Dead Zone Scream Park at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
  • Tour of Terror at The Melting Pot

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