The Halloween season has arrived and we all know what that means — time to carve pumpkins, round up the kids for trick or treating and get into the slasher movie mood after lights out. As Denver residents, we have access to so many activities and events almost every night of the week, and this time of year is no different. Whether you like to get scared or keep things family-friendly, we’ve outlined a few of the best ways you can enjoy a scream-worthy celebration this weekend!

Kids & Candy 
Dressing up the kids (or pets) is always SO fun! What’s even better is sharing their costumes with our friends and neighbors because let’s face it, who doesn’t smile at an adorable baby dressed as a pumpkin? While we do love a good round of neighborhood trick or treating, the BOOnion Station Trick or Treat Parade is a great way to savor the fall season in Downtown Denver this year. This family-friendly event includes balloon & facepaint artists, live entertainment and so much more. Your little ones will love trick-or-treating at the shops in the station and are invited to participate in a costume parade through the Great Hall. A contest with prizes for best costume and best group/family costume will also be held. Another kid-friendly alternative is Boo at the Zoo. Here, parents will enjoy quality time with little ghouls and goblins in addition to, over 20 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations, and other exciting age-appropriate entertainment.

Party or Panic
The Full Moon Denver Halloween Costume Party is taking place at the trendy Rackhouse pub in RiNo and is the perfect way to spend your adult Halloween adventure. Featuring an open bar, a live DJ, food trucks, over-sized games, AND a $1000.00 Cash Costume Contest — this event will bring out the most spirited disguises, so get creative & dress to impress! However, if you’re feeling brave, check out Denver’s 13th Floor & learn just why it is so often omitted from building plans. Hailed by Fangoria Magazine as “the #1 scariest haunted attraction in the U.S.,” the 13th Floor Haunted House will take guests through a frightening tour of terror. You’ll also find Denver’s largest haunted attraction 15 minutes outside of downtown, which has more than 35 acres of fright-filled cornfields as well as four unique attractions. Take your scare to the max and check out all four haunts at the Haunted Field of Screams now until November 2.  

Whether you have plans with your friends or your family, the Denver Metro area has something for everyone this Halloween. Make it an early night and attend one of the many events that are kid-friendly, get scared at one of several Denver haunted houses, or go all out with your costume and hit the town! However you decide to celebrate, you’ll easily find fun festivities at one of the dozens of events taking place around the city.