A Guide to Denver Halloween 2020

Halloween may look different this year, but it still can be a way for you and the family to find trick-or-treat excitement! From festive fall fun to ghoulish encounters, here are our suggestions for your 2020 Denver Halloween!

Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting a Dia de los Muertos Celebration with online activities, Virtual Mercado and other programs. This traditional Mexican “Day of the Dead” celebration offers at-home fun for the whole family. Download coloring sheets, learn to make sugar skulls and visit the virtual market. You can also explore the tradition of creating a miniature ofrenda in remembrance of a loved one. The project fee is $12 for DBG members or $15 for non-members. Check out their calendar for times and prices.

What comes to mind when you hear “ratty clothes, a perpetual stare and grin, stiff upper back and stuffed, gloved hands”? No, not Frankenstein! It’s the Annual Festival of Scarecrows! On Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Olde Town Arvada, (West 57th Ave. and Olde Wadsworth Blvd.), you can join in the socially distanced and mask-supporting fun! Interested in prizes? Design and enter your own scarecrow in the contest. Visit the website for your scarecrow entry form. Who knew scarecrows were so competitive?

If you love the sound of rustling corn stalks and the heft of a plump pumpkin almost too big to carry, you’ll want to head to the corn maze and pumpkin patch at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms. Located at 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, Chatfield Farms offers timed tickets to its attractions. Tickets are available through the website for two weeks at a time, but not for purchase onsite. The corn maze is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 31. The pumpkin patch is open all week and the pumpkins are available for purchase. For ticket purchasing details, visit the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms website.

Castle Rock is hosting its outdoor, not-so-spooky Spooktacular 2020 on October 24 at Philip S. Miller Park (1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway). The event will offer games, prizes, food and candy. Attendees are encouraged to wear family friendly costumes and to dress appropriately for the weather. Social distancing will be practiced due to the pandemic. To help ensure the public’s safety, only 250 attendees will be allowed in during three time periods: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cleaning will take place after each group leaves. Registration is required for all participants, so check the Town of Castle Rock website for a registration form.

What do a pumpkin patch, pumpkin cannons, pedal go-carts and a barrel train have in common? They’re all found at Fall Days at Fritzler Farm Park! Located at 20861 CR 33 in LaSalle, this farm park offers more than 25 attractions and a classic, 15-acre corn maze! Because of the pandemic, when outdoors, guests age 10 and up are asked to wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. When indoors, age 10 and up are

required to wear a mask. To give back to the brave men and women who keep us safe every day, Fritzler Farm Park is presenting a Heroes Weekend on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11. Military service members, police, firefighters and EMTs are offered free entry to Fall Days by showing a valid ID. For the full fall schedule and price of attractions, see the Fritzler Farm Park website.

Pam Peccolo
March 12, 2020
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