Denver’s Zombie Crawl in 2011. (credit: CBS)
6252 W. 104th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
Dates: October 27 and 28, 2012
This annual event at the Butterfly Pavilion is a great way for kids to enjoy all sorts of creepy-crawly fun, and actually learn a little bit along the way. Your children will learn all about spiders, tarantulas and scorpions with live, hands-on activities. Plus, make sure to wear that costume as there will be a costume parade, face painting, exhibits and trick-or-treating. Plus, you can also explore the amazing Butterfly Pavilion while there.
21420 Weld County Road 8
Hudson, CO 80642
Mazzotti Farms is a fantastic, locally-owned farm that grows delicious vegetables and fruits year-round. During the fall, however, the farm really comes alive with Halloween fun. First, check out the Corn Maze, a perfect scare-free maze for all ages. Then grab your own pumpkin straight from the field and create your very own scarecrow. There is also a giant slide, an authentic 18-foot teepee and a petting zoo. There is so much to do at Mazzotti Farms for the Halloween season that you’ll probably want to do it more than once. With the drive being under an hour from Denver, there’s no excuse not to go back.
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205
Date: October 28, 2012
The amazing people over at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science are ready to bring you another fun, educational way to celebrate the Halloween season with your little ones. Aimed at age four through first-grade level, this Halloween Science event will let your tyke create fog, make potions that will actually change colors and even create magical concoctions that you can eat. This magical class teaches all about the wizardry of chemical changes.
Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Ave.
Golden, CO 80403
Dates: October 27 and 28, 2012
For those fans of everything railroad and trains, this is the perfect Halloween treat. Visit Colorado’s fantastic Railroad Museum and enjoy a fun and safe place to take your kids in costume. The whole family will be able to take a ride in a vintage passenger car with all the conductors and engineers in full costume. As the train stops, your spooky tyke can hop out and trick-or-treat and then get ready for the next stop. There is also a “not-so-spooky” haunted railcar and a silly-fun graveyard to visit. When you are all done, be sure to check out the pumpkin patch and get plenty of great photos from your visit.
1001 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Date: October 20, 2012
Be a part of the “largest zombie gathering in history” at this year’s Zombie Crawl. This fun event is perfect for all ages, plus who doesn’t love an excuse to dress like a zombie and run around downtown Denver? The day kicks off at 11 a.m. with makeup and costume help available at noon. The crawl itself starts at 4 p.m. and heads down 16th Street Mall. So get out the makeup, find some old ripped-up clothing and head out for one of the best zombie events in town. The event is free, but be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.