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Haunted Happenings Near Castle Rock!

POSTED October 17, 2019

The area surrounding Crystal Valley is filled with the most exciting outdoor haunted happenings in the state! Haunted houses are so passe when you can have a much better outdoor haunting experience! Haunted walking tours, forests, groves, corn mazes, and trails are SO much scarier—and more fun!


When you get a chill down your back and it’s not because of the autumn temperatures, it could be one of Castle Rock’s ghostly tales lingering in the air! Join the Castle Rock Museum on a walking tour that features haunting stories and tragic events in the area’s history.

Meet in front of the museum after dark and be ready to hear stories of disturbing events that happened at the Cantril School, The Old Stone Church, The B&B Café, Hangman’s Gulch and more. You’ll never look at Castle Rock the same way again—or walk alone on its streets at night!

Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St., Castle Rock
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-814-3164

Take a break from all the spooky vibes, and settle in for a magical classical concert in the most elegant of settings! The Ivy Street Ensemble—made up of flute, violin, and viola—provide a delightful evening of chamber music at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.

In addition to great works of Beethoven and Mozart, fairy-tale-inspired modern compositions are on the program as well. Experience enchanted stories through music, while exploring the mansion’s colorful history.

Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Dr., Highlands Ranch 
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 – $30
Phone: 303-791-2500

Thursday-Saturday, October 17-19

If you are ready to be scared out of your senses, then Colorado’s largest outdoor haunted attraction is waiting for you! Three uniquely terrifying experiences are housed at Fright Acres on Flat Acres Farm—see if you can survive all three.

A creepy mausoleum is perched on the edge of Reaper’s Hollow, causing you to feel the urge to run away. Someone or something is lurking behind the closed door. Will you be brave enough to enter, only to have to navigate a half-mile trek through a dark corn field? Or maybe you’d rather stay safe and sound in the homey, family-owned Dead End Motel. The staff there will be EXTREMELY attentive—maybe too much so. You may find yourself fleeing into Goblins’ Grove, the old woods behind the motel. Don’t pay attention to those gruesome tales about people entering and coming out possessed—or never returning at all…

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

Thursday-Sunday, October 17-20

If the idea of maneuvering through a corn maze at night by the light of a glow stick sounds plenty spooky enough, the After Dark Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms is for you! If you want an all-out haunted corn maze experience, complete with all kinds of creatures lurking around every corner, walk a little further down the road to the Stalkers’ Haunted Corn Maze. The full Dead Zone Scream Park package also includes admission to the After Dark Corn Maze (if you need to calm your nerves) as well as Fear Flicks—screenings of outdoor horror movies. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
Thurs., 7:00-10:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:00-11:00 p.m.; Sun., 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9-$40
Phone: 720-865-3500

Friday, October 18

What’s the best way to spend a chilly October afternoon? At a matinee screening of a classic Hollywood film, of course! And since it’s the season to get spooky, this matinee features the incomparable Master of all things thriller—Vincent Price! House on a Haunted Hill is the 1959 movie about an eccentric wealthy couple (Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart) who invite five people to a “haunted house” party in their mansion. Anyone who stays the night will win ten thousand dollars. Of course, there’s a catch—and it involves ghosts, murderers, and other terrors!

The afternoon of classic film comes with popcorn (included in the ticket price) and an assortment of classic candies and cocktails available for purchase! Grab some friends and make a day of it! You must be 21+ to attend.

Southridge Rec Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch 
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 – $7
Phone: 303-791-2500

In their own way, all mammals are social animals—humans included! How individuals in each species express their social nature varies tremendously, however! In this fascinating and often funny presentation by National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan, you’ll learn all about the ways that chimpanzees, wolves, and gorillas are among the most charismatic mammals we know.

Building relationships, communicating, reproducing, establishing territories, and adapting to shrinking resources are all things we have in common with our fellow animals. By learning a bit more about them, maybe we can learn about ourselves!

Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St., Lone Tree
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $22 – $36
Phone: 720-509-1000

A dark and creepy forest will ignite the imagination any night of the year, but this weekend, the Haunted Forest turns those nightmarish imaginings into reality! With someone (or something) lurking behind every tree and bush, do you dare to enter the gates of the Haunted Forest?

There’s a community waiting area with snacks and beer for sale—and even a screening of an outdoor movie. Tickets are sold in 30-minute increments to avoid a long wait. Splurge for a Fast Past Ticket and get in even faster!

Rocky Heights Middle School, Trailhead, 11033 Monarch Blvd., Highlands Ranch
6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13 – $23
Phone: 303-791-2500

Take a trip with the Parker Symphony Orchestra from South America to Canada! Parker’s favorite local orchestra will be performing works by composers from the two continents, including from the USA, Copland’s Four Dances from Rodeo; from Canada, Shore’s Suite from Lord of the Rings; from Argentina, Ginestera’s Estancia; from Brazil, Villa-Lobos’ Little Train of the Capoeira; and from Mexico, Marques’ Conga del Fuego.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$29
Phone: 303-841-4500

Friday-Saturday, October 18-19

By day, a lovely trail to hike or bike—by night, one of the spookiest experiences in the wild! Castlewood Canyon State Park’s Haunted Trail is an evening of ghost stories, tricks and treats, and of course, the spooky trail!

Take a guided hike on the trail or enjoy a hayride.

Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 S. Highway 83, Franktown
7:00 – 9:00 p.m
Cost: FREE ($7 vehicle entrance fee to enter park)
Phone: 303-688-5242

Friday-Sunday, October 18-20

Looking for a fun fall event that even the youngest members of the family can enjoy? Come out to Chatfield Farms in the daylight hours to the best corn maze in the state! With different activities geared towards different age groups, everyone in the family can find the perfect one. In addition to the regular maze on seven acres, there is a mini-maze for kids 10 and younger, a barrel train ride for kids 12 and under, a jumping pillow for kids under 54” tall, and a hayride! Pony rides are also available for additional purchase.

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $11-$14
Phone: 720-865-3500

Saturday, October 19

What better way to introduce your kids to an appreciation of ballet than by watching an entertaining show by professional dancers that illustrates the history of dance?

Boulder Ballet presents Steps in Time, an engaging program that starts with the Renaissance and moves through the ages to the present, including a classical mime scene guaranteed to impress young viewers!

Schoolhouse Theater, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker
10:00 a.m.
Tickets: $7
Phone: 303-841-4500

This brilliant combination of art forms brings together hypnosis and improvisation, creating a new form altogether: Hyprov, or improv under the influence of hypnosis! Guaranteed to be jaw-dropping as well as hilarious, the show features improv comedy legend Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and hypnotist Asad Mecci—two masters of their crafts.

This totally unique theatrical experience will bring twenty random volunteers to the stage to be hypnotized before being joined by master improviser Colin Mochrie. The show really takes off as Mochrie initiates and manipulates those under hypnosis into an improv extravaganza where anything can happen!

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $49 – $59
Phone: 303-841-4500

Plenty to Do Near Crystal Valley!

Away from it all, but close to everything, the master-planned community of Crystal Valley offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re in the area, stop by the amazing model homes from Century Communities, D.R. Horton, Kauffman Homes, and Richmond American Homes, and find out why our community is among the top five fastest-growing in the state with new homes priced from the $300s.


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