Fall has arrived in Denver

City offers a variety of events for all ages


Autumn in Denver is a wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re looking for tricks or treats, haunting entertainment, family fun time, Día de los Muertos celebrations or simply somewhere to go decked out in your favorite Halloween costume, Denver has something for everybody. Here are a few suggestions.

13th Floor Haunted House

The 13th Floor Haunted House has opened for the season and will be open on select nights through Nov. 12.

This year’s haunted house features three attractions: Primal Fear, which explores the legend of sasquatch; Midnight Mania, a slasher-themed haunt taking place in a condemned college frat house; and All Hallows Eve, which features a cursed group of undead trick or treaters.

Additional on-site attractions include Class Axe Throwing and the Shriekeasy Bar for patrons age 21 and older. Add-on options for additional cost include Mini Escape Games, the Sensory Overload maze and, for guests 21 and older, Big Foot’s Big Shot, which is a secret bar hidden within the haunted house.

There is no minimum age requirement for the 13th Floor, though the event is graphic and meant to be scary. It is not recommended for children age 12 and younger.

Ticket prices begin at $19.99 per person, with Fast Pass, Skip the Line and VIP ticketing options available.

13th Floor is located at 3400 East 52nd Ave. in Denver’s Elyria Swansea neighborhood. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 13thfloorhauntedhouse.com.

Broadway Halloween Parade

The Broadway Halloween Parade will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 22 on Broadway between Fifth and Alameda avenues.

This annual parade features Halloween-themed floats, bands and marchers. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume.

Getting its start in 2017, the Broadway Halloween Parade is hosted by the Broadway Merchants Association and City Council Lucky District 7. The event is family-friendly and free to attend. Learn more at thebroadwayhalloweenparade.com.

Broncos Trick or Treat

The annual Broncos Trick or Treat takes place this year on Oct. 29 at Empower Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. in Denver. There are three time slots available: 9:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Each has limited space, so it is recommended to register early.

The stadium will be festively decorated, and the event will include trick or treating and interacting with Miles the Mascot.

This family-friendly event is recommended for children ages 4-12. Tickets cost $10 each, and every person must have a ticket, including accompanying adults.

To learn more or purchase tickets, visit empowerfieldatmilehigh.com/events/detail/broncos-trick-or-treat.

Day of the Dead 5K/10K

The 2022 Day of the Dead 5K/10K takes place on Oct. 23 at City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd., in Denver. Both races begin at 9 a.m.

Beginning Oct. 1, cost is $35 for the 5K and $40 for 10K for adults, and $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K for participants age 17 and younger. Registration on race day increases by $5. A virtual option is also available.

The race will feature a race logo shirt, finishers medal, a finish line expo and free photo downloads after the event.

To learn more or to register, visit coloradorunnerevents.com/DDLM.

Día de los Muertos Festival

The Denver Botanic Gardens is celebrating Día de los Muertos on Nov. 5 with numerous timeslots for admission available throughout the day.

This event will feature of artistic performances, altars, a costume contest an artisan mercado and more. Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged.

Tickets range in price from $10 for members to $15 for nonmembers. Youth age 15 and younger are free but still require a ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available onsite.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit botanicgardens.org.

Fall Flannel Fest

The fifth annual Fall Flannel Fest takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St., in the Dairy Block.

This family-friendly free community event will feature live music, trick or treating, a caramel apple station, fall pastries and cocktails, a live pumpkin carver and kids’ craft stations.

Halloween costumes and flannel attire are encouraged.

To learn more, visit the Denver Milk Market's calendar

Ghost Walk with Phil Goodstein

Local author and Denver native Phil Goodstein is offering his Denver Ghost Walk tours from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29; and from 6-8 p.m. on Oct.31.

Attendees should meet in front of the statue of the Indian on the east lawn of the Colorado State Capitol Building in Denver, which is along Grant Street between 14th and Colfax avenues.

Cost is $25. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Goodstein at philgoodstein@gmail.com.

Halloween with Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf Denver is hosting two Halloween events at its Convergence Station, 1338 1st St. in Denver.

Monster Mash Bash Adulti-Verse: 5-10 p.m. Oct. 26. This adults-only exhibit is for guests 21 and older with a valid photo ID required. Costumes are encouraged for this event but masks covering the entire face are not allowed.

SpooKiKi Ball featuring House of Flora: 8 p.m. on Oct. 29. This event is for guests age 18 and older.

To learn more about these event or to purchase tickets, visit meowwolf.com/visit/Denver and select ‘ticketed events.’

Paranormal Palace

The Paranormal Palace takes place Oct. 29 at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. in Denver. Doors for general admission open at 7 p.m.

The Paranormal Palace is a dress-to-impress Halloween gala and charity event, benefitting the Humankindness Project. The event features a costume contest, dance floor, open bar, full art installations, food trucks, performers and deejays. This year is themed Western World Halloween Party, but any Halloween costume is welcome.

This event is for attendees age 21+. A valid ID must be presented for entry.

Tickets begin at $99. This event is expected to sell out. Visit denverhalloween.org to learn more about the event or to link to the event on Eventbrite to purchase tickets.

Victorian Horrors

Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House Museum offers attendees the opportunity to hear Gothic horror tales portrayed by acclaimed local actors and explore the historic Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. in Denver, which will be decorated by The Learned Lemur and Atomic Folk Art with spooky curiosities. Fortune tellers will be reading tarot for tips.

Victorian Horrors in-person will be offered Oct. 14-16, 20-22, and 27-29. On these dates, admission is offered every 15 minutes from 6-9 p.m. An accessibility-friendly, in-person performance will take place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16. During this performance, guests will stay in one mobility accessible room and the actors and ASL interpreters will come to them to perform five chilling tales.

A virtual Victorian Horrors featuring the same 2022 stories and actors will be offered for $20 per family.

Tickets for in-person Victorian Horrors start at $19 per person. Victorian Horrors is advised for ages 12 and older, per parental discretion. Masks will be required for all participants.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about the event, visit mollybrown.org.

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