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Experience Halloween Outdoors!

POSTED October 22, 2020

For a real Halloween experience, head to the Backcountry Wilderness Area and the Haunted Forest, or other outdoor scary attractions like those at Fright Acres in Parker. Not-so-scary outings include the Creepy Crawlies Festival in Castle Rock or the Ghost Town Hoedown at the Douglas County Fairgrounds!

Thursday-Sunday, October 22-25

Spend the day out in the countryside at Parker’s favorite ongoing Fall Festival! You can choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and let the little ones visit the adorable animals in the petting zoo. This fun event is designed with younger kids in mind—complete with duck races, a hay-bale maze, an obstacle course, and a hayride!

Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE to $15
Phone: 303-805-1038

If a good old-fashioned, scary-but-not-gory haunted house will get you in the Halloween spirit, check out the Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion! This family-run scare-fest is filled with amazing animatronics, including a whole cast of funhouse clowns and banjo-playing swamp folk. Almost everything in this house moves!

Even though you won’t encounter bloody scenes, this haunted house IS scary, and designed for adults. For younger children, there’s a daytime “lights-on” version of the haunted house tour on weekend days.

Reinke Brothers, 5663 S. Prince St., Littleton
Thurs., 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Fri., 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Sat., 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Sun., 3:00-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$22

Friday, October 23

Designed for children ages 7-13, this Backcountry Wilderness program gives kids a chance to get out in nature for a hands-on way to explore lessons they’ve learned about  in school.

With an experiential approach to scientific inquiry, these lessons are built with the Colorado State Education Standards in mind.

Backcountry Base Camp, 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Register: $25-$35

A combination of a drive-in movie and an old-fashioned sing-a-long, you won’t want to miss the fun of watching The Greatest Showman at PACE Center’s Drive-In movie series! Lyrics to all of the songs in the movie will be displayed on the screen so you can sing along! The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, is the history of show business itself, with bold and original performances.

PACE Center Parking Lot, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker 
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30 per vehicle

Friday-Saturday, October 23-24

A haunted house is nothing compared to an entire haunted forest! If you dare, walk through the gates of the Backcountry Wilderness Area Haunted Forest. Every bush and tree may be hiding a creepy creature or ghoulish sight. As you walk through this three-quarter-mile trek through the woods, you’ll discover all kinds of Halloween surprises lurking in the shadows. For ages 10 and up.

COVID-19 precautions will be in place and you must sign up for a specific time slot.

Rocky Heights Middle School (Trailhead), 11033 Monarch Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 10:00 p.m. 
Tickets: $13-$23

Fright Acres offers not one but three sites in their outdoor Halloween repertoire! Reapers Hollows is the home of a very spooky mausoleum, and Dead End Motel can be accessed only by way of a deserted corn field. If you dare, venture outside the creepy motel into Goblins Grove, where many enter but few return…

Not recommended for children 12 and under. You’ll be exposed to very intense effects, bright lights, strobe lighting and sound. 

Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd., Parker
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$45
Phone: 303-805-1038

Get ready for TEN HOURS of scary when you sign up for the Virtual Shock Live Stream!  These are seriously creepy, gory, enter-at-your-own-risk kinds of haunts. Shocktober is coming straight to your TV in a virtual walkthrough haunted Carlheim Manor and the Well of Souls. All attractions are PG-13, designed to be extremely scary and intense. Not recommended for young children.

Gather your safe people together and have a Shock Party! During your virtual visit, you’ll encounter the scares, terrors, and paranormal investigations that make this  mansion one of the scariest in the country. Each two-hour episode will take you through the history, the horrors, and the true haunt you feel every time you walk through the mansion doors.

Online Access
Starting at 7:00 p.m. 
Tickets: $19-$79

Friday-Sunday, October 23-25

If you prefer a less scary way to celebrate the season, the Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms is just what you’re looking for. Nothing jumps out at you—it’s just seven acres of corn that you make your way through, trying to find the end. Before or after you attempt the maze, check out the 15-foot illuminated bridges where you can look over the entire maze. Social distancing and mask-wearing are required.

Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Last entry 5:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $8 – $12
Phone: 720-865-3500

Saturday, October 24

This fun drawing workshop is led by Stan Yan, a Denver-based graphic artist and author of There’s a Zombie in the Basement. Kids ages 8-12 will learn how to create their own scary monsters! Materials will be supplied in store. 

Books Are Awesome, 11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd., Suite 101, Parker
11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-357-8240

Older kids ages 11-15 will get a chance to try their hand at creating their own comic strips! Stan Yan, a Denver-based graphic artist, author, illustrator, and caricature artist of several books and graphic novels, will be leading a Comic Strip Workshop. Materials will be supplied.

Books Are Awesome, 11211 S. Dransfeldt Rd., Suite 101, Parker
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-357-8240

This Broadway performer has been nominated for a Tony Award, and in this intimate one-man show, Adam Pascal takes you through the journey of his life in theater so far. Beginning with Rent and Aida, Pascal recreates his performances and continues on with Pretty Woman. 

You’ll get a full picture of his experiences on Broadway and in life through this musical journey. There will also be a livestream option for the 8:00 p.m. performance.

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
1:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$50
Phone: 720-509-1000

Dress as a ghost or in your favorite Old West attire! This family-fun event is a cross between an old-fashioned hoedown, featuring live music by Dustin Devine and the Real Deal, and a Halloween celebration! 

Food will be catered by Mama Lisa’s, and your ticket includes a light dinner. There will also be trick or treat stations for the kids! 

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Rd., Castle Rock
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

For an evening of good clean fun, comedian Jeff Allen doesn’t disappoint. His material covers the humor of everyday family life, including marriage, raising children, empty-nest syndrome, and what happens when the nest is filled again with unexpected returns. 

In his new tour, The America I Grew Up In, Allen tells hilarious stories to illustrate the many ways our country has changed since his formative years in the sixties. With over 140 million video views, Jeff Allen has been called the world’s funniest, most inspiring comedian!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker 
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39

Saturday – Sunday, October 24-25

Treat younger kids to a haunted house tour that won’t scare the living daylights out of them! This special “lights-on” tour gives a behind-the-scenes look at how a Halloween haunted house works. This is a Universal Studios-type of guided tour through the Haunted Mansion with the lights on and most of the special effects off. Best of all, all the “monsters” will be taking their lunch break, so no one will jump out and scare you!

Reinke Brothers, 5663 S. Prince St., Littleton
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Sunday, October 25

This festive outdoor fall festival offers a fun way to learn about nature and science! Kids will love screaming over the creepy crawlies on display from the Douglas Land Conservancy, featuring some of Castle Rock’s creepiest creatures such as snakes, spiders, toads, owls, and roaches.

The festival also includes a pumpkin patch from The Local Colorado, where you can buy a pumpkin while supplies last. The whole family will enjoy activities such as pumpkin painting, giant tic-tac-toe, guessing games, and a decorated photo station.

Festival Park, 300 2nd St., Castle Rock
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

No shortage of activities in the Crystal Valley area!

There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Crystal Valley! You can get back to nature and still have easy access to all your favorite activities in the Castle Rock area. With beautiful model homes from D.R. Horton, Century Communities, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the $300s.


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