I love Halloween and dressing up as as zombie. Ironically enough I am a scaredycat who doesn’t even watch horror movies. But that doesn’t stop me from seeing out abandoned places and haunted houses.
The US does Halloween like no other and if you’re in the state, there are plenty of Colorado haunted houses to get your hands standing up. To get into the spooky mood here are the best spooky places in Colorado to check out for Halloween. Which would you dare visit?
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Best Time to Visit Haunted Houses in Colorado
Most haunted houses in Colorado are only open during late September and October. They are Halloween attractions after all. Since they are quite popular and if you are only visiting for a few days, it’s better to reserve tickets in advance. This way you are guaranteed entry and can skip the lines.
Top 5 Items to Pack for Haunted Houses in Colorado
- Travel insurance – If you are visiting the US from abroad and are of faint heart, don’t forget your Travel insurance. Just kidding, you need your travel insurance anyway. Better be safe than sorry because you never know what happens on the road. Make sure you get insurance that covers North America as rates are usually higher.
- Travel guides – You might not want to make your entire trip to Colorado Halloween themed. To see other local Colorado attractions and sights, get a practical Lonely Planet guide. It lists amazing hotspots, events, restaurants, hotels and historical information. (Yes, even on darker chapters.)
- Halloween playlist – I made my very own Halloween playlist to get in the mood and love listening to it on the go when I am hunting for Halloween themed sites. If you need some music inspiration or songs, check out Halloween music albums, for instance.
- Wigs – I don’t know about you but I have a small arsenal of wigs ready to transform into anything I desire. Maybe I want to be a bloodthirsty vampire in Transylvania hitting my head on coffins. (That really happened, watch the video.) Or a (kid appropriately scary) zombie at a summer school. If you need some tips for travelling with a wig, I’ve got you covered.
- Halloween makeup – Halloween is my jam and if nobody else dresses up, I still go grocery shopping with painted on scars and sown together lips. (Yes, that happened too). You never know when you might be invited to a scary costume party. (Happened to me in Jacksonville.) So have your Halloween makeup ready.
Did you know? I wrote a book about my scary Australia travel stories
Haunted Attractions in Denver
13th Floor Denver
What if your worst Hollywood movie horror nightmares would come true? Well, you come pretty close on the 13th floor in Denver. It is the city’s largest haunted house and at first seems just any other abandoned manor.
You can play mini escape games, mingle with monsters and get creeped out by lurking figures in the shadows. The experience already starts outside while waiting in line. (You can skip it with a Fast Pass.) Peak night might be extra busy but also super action packed!
Address: 3400 E 52nd Ave, Denver, CO 80216
Times: 21 September to 3 November 2018
Cost: $19.99 – $33.99
Another haunted house in Denver, The Asylum follows the tragic stories of the Ridgegate Asylum’s former patients. A lot of dodgy things were going on, for instance, the move to Northeast Park Hill was left unrecorded but then 200 dead bodies were unearthed later. What happened?
Get the jeepers when encountering deranged “patients”, twisted realities and roam through the grounds. But don’t stray too far or you might get lost and this isn’t a place you don’t want to stay in forever. Trust me, the patients can tell a story about that.
Address: 7007 E 88th Ave., Henderson, CO 80640
Times: 21 September to 31 October 2018
Cost: $19.99 – $33.99 (Get tickets here)
If haunted houses on county fairs or markets are just too lame for you, try the lie action horror Extinction Haunted House in Denver. Here, you do not only walk into zombies but you can shoot them with BB guns to make your way through.
With the regular ticket, you get access to over 10 interactive rooms that have an eerie urban apocalyptic vibe. The VIP ticket gives you a skip the line perk but isn’t necessary. Just a little heads up: the tour doesn’t last very long.
Address: Where: 4100 Grape St a, Denver, CO 80216
Times: October 1 to 31 2018
Cost: $25 – $35
But this isn’t just a theme park after dark, there are creepy creatures lurking around, trying to scare the life out of you!
Especially the three main scary attractions are No Vacancy, Big Top Freaks, and Séance pack a punch. Wander into a shady inn, tiptoe across a carnival graveyard and find out why clowns are actually really scary.
Address: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204
Times: September 28 – October 28, 2018, Fri-Sun after 6PM
Cost: $34.99 – $39.99
Undead Haunted House
Zombies don’t necessarily just haunt abandoned city buildings, farm houses are just as appealing. Visit the Undead Haunted House for a farmhouse replica with secret zombie experimental labs beneath.
Encounter walking corpses in dark underground walkways. Try to find shelter if you don’t want to lose members of your party. Please note that it is the same location as the 13th Floor but a different experience.
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Haunted Attractions in Canon City
Dark Side of the Abbey
Canon City doesn’t shy away from featuring its very own haunted chapel as a scary attraction side either. Actually a wedding chapel, The Abbey isn’t just a giant prop house made to scale. It is very real!
There are two experiences you can have at the Abbey: Dark Side of the Abbey and Dark Side Unplugged. The entire setup of the scary events took three months!
You get to roam around in the dark. Especially the monastery cellar and basement will send shivers up and down your spine. You never know what’s lurking.
Address: The Abbey, 2951 US-50, Cañon City, CO 81212
Times: October 2018 Fri and Sat, from 7PM
Cost: $15 – $25
City of the Dead
City of the Dead is basically a Halloween theme park featuring the City of the Dead Haunted House, Curse of Darkness & The Carnival of Carnage. It is Denver’s largest indoor haunted attraction and covers 20,000 square feet.
There are two haunted houses. And they are not just about zombies, you get to see vampires, demons and other undead creatures as well. Fun fact: City of the Dead is the only haunted attraction in Denver that serves beer.
Address: 7007 E 88th Ave, Henderson, CO 80640
Times: September 21-October 31, after 7:30pm
Cost: $27.99 – $47.99
Dead Zone Scream Park
Denver’s largest outdoor haunted attraction, the Dead Zone Scream Park, will get right to your bones. On a super large property you can try to find your way back out in the After Dark Maze. You only have a glow stick to light your way.
For a little more haunting feeling, check out the horro movie Fear Flick Series featuring Insiduous, Signs and Scooby Doo. The last attraction tells the story of local lore “The Krow” who is waiting for human sacrifices to bless the bad crop.
Address: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128
Times: October, after 7PM
Cost: $27 – $37
Aftermath Haunted House
Explore the Recreation Districtof Canon City in one of the city’s top haunts. It will not only leave you spooked but also have you do a good deed. All proceeds of this special fundraiser will go to Recreation District programs.
Address: 575 Ash St, 81212 Canon City, Colorado
Times: 13, 20, 26, 27October 2018, from 7PM
Other Haunted Houses in Colorado
Creepy Walk in the Woods
Walk through the local Savage Woods of Loveland for a good fright. At the foot of the scarily named Devil’s Backbone you will meet hideous creatures on formerly sacred land. If you dare, wander deep into the now haunted woods.
Check the facebook page for weather updates, such as recent snowfall. Tickes can be bought on site starting from 6pm.
Address: 1750 Savage Rd, 80538 Loveland, Colorado
Times: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27th (7-11pm)
The Frightmare Compound
The creation story of this haunted house is already Hollywood movie ready. There once was a man named Brad Holder was obsessive with building the house. But he died after 16 years and was buried onsite.
So if you want to see an actual haunted house AND get to be scared at its three attractions by the swamplands, this is it. Make the most of it and visit The Frightmare Compound, House of Darkness & Lights Out.
Address: 10798 Yukon St, Westminster, CO 80021
When: Daily September 28 –November 3 2018, after 7PM
Cost: $27.99 – $49.99
If you both appreciate everything spooky and the art behind making it look so, step onto this super realistic haunted set. The eye to detail the Rosa family puts into their Halloween Art Haunt is uncanny.
Darkrose Manor is located in the Carriage Place neighborhood of Aurora and the main idea is to give back to the local community. Quite literally as all proceeds go to local causes. This year it is STOPCMV.org.
Address: Darkrose Manor, 3930 S Yampa St, Aurora, CO
Empty Grave Haunted House
Longmont in Colorado has its own haunted event as well. It is fully immersive and has been going on for 13 years! This isn’t an ordinary haunted site, it is a graveyard site at the Village of the Peaks.
Did you know that Empty Grave is Longmont’s newest haunted attraction? Tickets can be bought individually and fast passes are available.
Address: 1250 South Hover Road, Longmont, CO 80501
Haunted Field of Screams
Cornfields at night sure can be scary. Even more so when it’s 35 haunted acres. To get the creep levels up, take part in all three haunted attractions. These include Haunted Field of Screams, Dead Man’s Night Maze & Zombie Paintball Massacre.
This time, the cornfield isn’t just dark but scary creatures are lurking about. Don’t lose your head when you encounter a chainsaw wielding madman or random clown. There are various passes, such as for skipping the line and you can purchase additional paintball ammo.
Address: 10451 McKay Rd, Thornton, CO 80233
When: October – November 3
Cost: $39.99 – $69.99 (Get tickets here)
Haunted House at American Legion Post 119
This is something different. You have to get up on a mountain, to small town Estes Park. The town itself is already known for scary legends and lore. So what better place than to stage a Haunted House event during Halloween?
A visit includes a Haunted House tour and carnival games. Also check out the Legion graveyard that was decorated by local supporters of the American Legion Post 119. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
Times: 12-13, 19-20, 26-27 October 2018
Haunted Mines Colorado Fear Fest
Ok, let’s be real. Mines are scary. You don’t have to be claustrophobic to see how the mere thought of the walls enclosing or crumbling down can freak people out. At the Haunted Mines Colorado Fear Fest, you can see them be haunted too!
Dive right into the darkness and get scared by new and old creepy characters. The story goes that miners discovered abandoned tunnels long before Colorado even became a state. So, are you in? (Pun intended.)
Address: 10451 McKay Rd, Thornton, CO 80233
When: September 21 – November 3, after 7PM
Haunted Night at Turner Farm
Buena Vista will give you a bleak outlook at the local Haunted Night.
This is more of a family event. But the Haunted Night advertises itself with monsters, zombies and more creepy creatures to scary its visitors. You can experience mazes, hyrides and a hauntd house
Address: Turner Farm, 343 U.S. 24, PO Box 2021Buena Vista, CO 81211
Times: 28-31 October 2018
Hellscream Haunted House
This one is only for those who really can take a big scare. Hellscream is quite intense and contained in a multi storey building. Professional actors don’t have mercy on your nerves and when the chainsaw gets started, you really want to hold on to your fright buddy.
There are four locations on site: The Pen, The Elevator, The Manor and The Haunted Mines. This includes laser tag and murder mysteries, too. It’s been doing things well if it’s been running for 10 years straight! Oh, and your angst sweat might be running too.
Address: 3021 N. Hancock Ave 3021 N. Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
When: September – November 3 2018
Cost: $22– $52
Hell’s Trail is 13 years old! So join the Halloween h(a)unt along dark trails. Watch out for hidden figures in abandoned cars, take a selfie at the hangman’s rope and don’t get spooked out by other fright seekers.
Address: 40320 Olson Rd Avondale, CO 81022
When: October 5 – 27 2018 Fri-Sat, from 7PM
Cost: $15 – $25 (Tickets onsite)
Fancy a nightly walk in the corn fields and dark woods? Look no further than Reapers Hollow in Parker. This Colorado haunted attraction includes three spooky sites: Reapers Hollow, The Dead End Motel and Goblins Grove.
Investigate a dilapidated shack if you dare. Watch shadows in dimly lit windows flit by. If you are brave enough, stay overnight at the motel after biking to the woods just behind it. Check out their facebook page for daily weather updates.
Address: Flat Acres Farm, 11321 Dransfeldt Rd, Parker, CO 80134
When: October 2018, 7PM
Jack Lantern’s Corn Maze of Carnage
Jack Lanterns belong to Halloween like cookies to Christmas. So why not make it into a scary maze AND put it on a field in the dark? Check and check. You can stumble through the Colorado Corn Maze or enjoy some screams at the haunted Hayride.
Did I mention the maze is haunted by monsters? And there are no lights. At. All? Come on a full moon light if you want to be the least scared. But you will be anyway. On the weekends, you can visit in the daytime as well, which is cheaper too. Check times here.
Address: 2318 S Co Rd 5, Fort Collins, CO 80525
When: October 5 – 31 2018, Thursday-Sunday
Scream Acres Haunted Corn Maze
If all of these scary attractions are too much for you, you can visit Fritzler Farm and its Scream Acres during the day too. At night, however, the corn maze is haunted. Other things to do here include the ghost haunt and paintball at night.
If you get the Fritzler Haunted Season Pass you get most Haunted Pass perks with unlimited use throughout the Fritzler Farm Park. Check the facebook page here. Online prices are slightly cheaper than the gate prices.
Please note: Farm and Scream Acres aren’t always open at the same time.
Address: 20861 CR 33LaSalle, CO 80645
Times: September 28- October 31
Terror in the Corn
Another scary corn field in Colorado, this one is located on Anderson Farm. There is something going on both day and night. When it’s still light out, you can experience a regular autumn festival with corn maze tire mountain and pumpkin launcher.
Address: 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516
Times: September 21- October 28, after 7PM
Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion
You’re lucky! This unique haunted attraction in Colorado has reopened its doors after a 3 year hiatus! This spooky store has been going strong for 50 years, too. For Halloween, you can visit the Haunted Mansion.
After the scare, you might be hungry. Don’t worry, there are food trucks and vendors on site. Plus, there concerts will be held as well. Their facebook page can be found here.
Address: 5663 S. Prince StreetLittleton, CO 80120303 795 5006
Times: September 28- October 31
Is Visiting Colorado for Halloween Worth It?
Hell yeah! Colorado is prime haunted house territory and during the end of autumn, it’s where the spooky action takes place. Don’t miss these haunting spectacles. You might be scared for life but you have a story or two to tell.
Tell me: Which scary Colorado Halloween attraction would you want to see?
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