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Haunted Houses, Trails and Castles!

POSTED October 11, 2018

You know Halloween is just around the corner as haunted houses, haunted trails, and fall festivals heat up in the Castle Rock area! This weekend also offers fun events to benefit good causes, including a fashion show for breast cancer survivors and a beer festival to combat child trafficking. A classical ballet and jazz and classical music concerts round out the arts scene!


There’s a definite chill in the air, the leaves are golden, and the days are getting shorter…it must be time for a fall celebration! Bring the whole family to this fun library event, hosted by the Teen Library Council. Celebrate the season with games, crafts, a green-screen photo booth, and a whole lot of candy. Costumes are not required, but definitely encouraged!

Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE
Phone: 303-791-7323

The Highlands Ranch Mansion takes on a spooky glow as Halloween approaches, and you won’t want to miss this frighteningly fun party, complete with a cash bar!  Professional paranormal investigators will be on hand to uncover the ghouls who reside in this real haunted house!

The festivities begin with a welcome reception in the ballroom and an open house where you can roam the halls in search of the many interactive spirits thought to be haunting this 100-year-old mansion. Following the reception, a spooky presentation about the haunted history of the Highlands Park Mansion and REAL evidence of paranormal activity captured right here! Then it’s “lights out” as you join the team of expert ghost hunters for a live ghost hunt IN THE DARK! You must be at least 21 to attend. Advance registration is required.

Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Dr., Highlands Ranch
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$40
Phone: 720-348-9509

Join your friends and neighbors for a delightful evening of immersive theatre, fine dining, and top-notch entertainment—all for a good cause! The Night of Intrigue fundraising dinner is a sensory experience that will be held on the stage at the PACE Center. This exclusive event will leave you guessing and wondering what will come next. The evening will include delicious food, drinks and entertainment all in support of Parker Arts.

PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $125.00
Phone: 303-805-6800

The Unsinkable Molly Brown as an original ballet! Performed by Ballet Ariel, this innovative piece tells the story of local legend, Molly Brown, from her courtship with JJ Brown in Leadville, through her rise in Denver society after JJ strikes gold, to her involvement in the suffrage movement, and later, her survival of the sinking of the Titanic!

Ballet Ariel will also be performing the enchanting classic ballet, La Vivandiere, choreographed by the great dance duo Arthur Saint-Léon and Fanny Cerrito with music by prolific Italian composer, Cesare Pugni.

Schoolhouse Theatre, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday, October 12

Serious sleuths will revel in this evening of solving a murder mystery in the perfect setting for drama, intrigue, and elegance—inside a magnificent castle! Dinner will be served as you take part in this hilarious interactive whodunit murder mystery show. Reservations include dinner, a castle tour, and cash bar with cocktails for purchase.

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $85
Phone: 303-688-5555

Spend a night in the City of Jazz without leaving the neighborhood! The renowned Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, featuring the smooth vocals of Robert Johnson, will transport you to another place and time! 

With numbers from Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., and more, this performance delivers the jazz club vibe right into the heart of Parker’s downtown!

Schoolhouse Theatre, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$29
Phone: 303-805-6800

Friday-Saturday, October 12-13

Not only houses can be haunted! Some of the spookiest experiences are out in the wild after dark—like Castlewood Canyon’s Haunted Trail! Come on out for an evening of ghost stories, tricks and treats, and of course, the spooky trail! The fun begins at the Canyon Point parking lot and moves on from there. Do NOT bring your pets!

Castlewood Canyon State Park, 2989 S. Highway 83, Franktown
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE ($7 vehicle entrance fee to enter park)
Phone: 303-688-5242

Saturday, October 13

This is a fashion show celebrating the strength, hope and courage of those affected by breast cancer. The show features survivors and fighters, along with their co-survivors and supporters, modeling fashions found at Outlets at Castle Rock. Don’t miss this uplifting, celebratory event!

Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-688-4495

Your local neighborhood comedy club can be found at the newly-renovated Schoolhouse Theatre in downtown Parker! The intimate space and cozy bar is perfect for a lively and spontaneous comedy experience, where you can enjoy laughs and drinks with your friends as hilarious local comedians take the stage. 

Headliner John Novosad is also known as “Hippie Man,” and he recently made his network TV debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He’s also appeared on Bryon Allen’s nationally-syndicated Comedy-TV. While the 7:00 p.m. performance features the “clean” version of his act, the 9:30 p.m. performances includes adult content, so choose your performance accordingly!

Schoolhouse Theatre, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker
7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24-$29
Phone: 303-805-6800


Awaken your nightmares…if you dare! Set in a burned-out training center, the Castle of Terror is the real deal! You will experience the reenactment of a small town’s horrifying event, as apocalyptic insanity takes over the community. This event is so scary that children under 13 will not be admitted without an adult. Proceeds will go to the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and Castle Rock Police Explorer programs.

Castle Rock Fire Training Tower, 333 Malibu Court, Castle Rock
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-663-3103

Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14

This unique craft show features exhibitors and crafters who are mostly from the Highlands Ranch area, who have gone through a rigorous jury to ensure uniqueness of product and quality of craftsmanship. If you’re tired of seeing the same recycled goods from other shows, be ready to be pleasantly surprised by the freshness of the products here!

This two-day show features a diverse collection of exhibitors creating anything and everything handcrafted. Items include jewelry, bath products, pottery, wooden crafts, floral arrangements, wreaths, baby and children’s articles, fused glass, and hand knit items. The Fall Craft Show is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind handcrafted gift!

Eastridge Rec Center, 9568 University Blvd., Highlands Ranch
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-888-0423


The Colorado Springs Philharmonic presents a diverse evening of music, from Stravinsky’s best-known ballet to Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun to contemporary Chinese composer Wang Jie’s The Death of Socrates. Stravinsky’s Petrushka was inspired by the immensely popular Petrushka puppet plays of nineteenth-century Russia, but Stravinsky first wrote the piece to be performed in concert halls, and only later was it staged as the ballet known to modern audiences.

Wang Jie is an exciting Chinese composer who now lives in the U.S., and the motto on her home page, “Engage, Explore, Play,” sums up her approach to life and work. Like Stravinsky, she was inspired by visuals in creating her unconventional composition The Death of Socrates, after viewing the painting with the same name.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$75
Phone: 719-520-SHOW

Sunday, October 14

Spend a long, luxurious afternoon enjoying a delicious brunch and a performance by the world-renowned Irish tenor, Anthony Kearns! His concerts run the spectrum from Ireland to Broadway, from well-loved melodies to popular classics, from light-hearted comedy to the drama of opera. His incredible repertoire offers something for everyone!

Kearns has been a favorite of the American television audience since the 1990s as the youngest member of the PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors. Kearns’ solo career includes television, operas, symphony orchestra concerts, and major charity events. He has performed for four U.S. presidents, Pope Francis, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs—and now you! 

Cherokee Ranch, 6113 N. Daniels Park Rd., Sedalia
1:00-4:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $100
Phone: 303-688-5555

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