What was that noise? Was that streak in the road a black cat? Does that mannequin look a little too…real? If you find yourself looking over your shoulder a bit more this month—and kinda liking it—then we have some appropriately spooky October activities to recommend. Not into it? That’s okay. We have some not-so-spooky ideas for you, too.
Blue Man Group-Oct. 10-12
The ultimate in family-friendly entertainment, the Blue Man Group stops into Denver for five shows beginning Friday, October 12. This theatrical experience combines comedy, music, and technology for a truly unique event. Friday features one show; Saturday and Sunday feature both a matinee and evening performance. Purchase tickets.
Fall Craft Show-Oct. 11-12, 9am-5pm
Autumn and craft fairs were made for each other. Come ogle the creative, handcrafted wares of more than 100 exhibitors. The Fall Craft Show is the perfect place to find that one-of-a kind gift you’ll otherwise be hunting for desperately come December. Items for sale include jewelry, bath products, pottery, wooden crafts, floral arrangements, wreaths, baby and children’s articles, fused glass vases and bowls, hand-knit scarves, shawls, afghans, and more. Free admission. Held at the Recreation Center at Eastridge. Learn more.
Punkin Chunkin Colorado-Oct. 11, 10am-5pm; Oct. 12, 11am-4pm
Just how far will that gourd go? For the past 17 years, the answer to that question has drawn crowds from far and wide. This zany event engages the energy and creativity of youth and adults as they employ ingenious/wacky launching devices to hurl orange orbs hundreds of feet through the air. Besides the competition, the event offers family activities, a pumpkin patch, fall market, food vendors and a beer garden. Held at the Arapahoe Park Horse Track. Learn more here or contact Jessica Hernandez at 303-326-8659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paranormal Party at the Highlands Ranch Mansion-Oct. 16, 6-9pm
Sure to send shivers up your spine, this event features the Spirit Paranormal Investigations team, who will share a presentation of “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” including creepy photos and samples of real recorded spirit voices. Thankfully, there will be cocktails. Afterwards, the Spirit PI team will lead groups on an actual ghost hunt in the Highlands Ranch Mansion using their sophisticated equipment. 21+ only. Tickets $30 in advance and $35 day of, if not sold out. Learn more and buy tickets here.
Backcountry Wilderness Area Haunted Forest- Oct. 24, 7-10pm; Oct. 25, 7-10pm
Taking the haunted house concept one frightening step further, the Haunted Forest has nary a wall to protect you from the horrors that lurk in the trees, and no roof to keep out the howling October winds. Brave souls are invited to explore this wilderness of fear, where darkness hides whatever awaits behind the next boulder. Concessions and DJ on site to help allay the terror. Ages 10+, parental discretion advised. Tickets $12 at any HRCA Recreation Center. Learn more.
Haunted Hayrides- Oct. 24, 6-8:30pm; Oct. 25, 6-9pm
Bring the whole family to this 30-minute adventure, where professional storytellers narrate an amusing tale as you rumble down a spooky old west trail. Rides run every half hour. 4-H concessions and petting zoo in the indoor arena. Tickets $12 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under. Payment can be made at any recreation center registration office. A portion of the proceeds benefit Douglas County 4-H. Held at Stockton’s Plum Creek Stables. Learn more.
Trick or Treat Street- Oct. 25, 10am-2pm
Recreation Center at Eastridge (map)
At this truly free-of-fear event, children ages 12 and under can trick-or-treat in costume, receiving goodies from local businesses. Little ghosts and goblins should bring their own trick-or-treat bags. The line closes at 1:15pm, so plan to arrive early. $1.00 per person (adults & children), and each family may select one pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, while supplies last. Learn more.