A chill is in the air and it is the perfect time for haunted tours of Denver. From creepy stories of haunted hotel rooms to walking tours of the city and graveyards, these hauntingly fun activities and sites are a perfect way to get into the seasonal spirit this fall.

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Fairmount Cemetery Tour
430 S. Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80247
(303) 322-3895

The historic Fairmount Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Denver’s notable historic figures. From the headstone of philanthropist Emily Griffith to graves of silver tycoons and millionaires, bawdy brothel owners and massacre victims; the rich history in the beautifully kept graveyard comes to life with the Fairmount Heritage Foundation. Volunteer actors bring the stories to life in full costume and character. An interesting insight to the city and residents of the graveyard, this tour is more suitable for adults interested in learning about Denver’s history than for a family activity.

Phil Goostein Walking Tours
(303) 333-1095

Phil is a treasure of Denver and a walking encyclopedia on the history of the Centennial State. With his fantastic walking tours of several Denver neighborhoods this Halloween season, check out his Ghost Walk of Downtown or the Riverside Cemetery Tour. Insightful and entertaining, Phil’s work can also be read in his books “The Haunts of Washington Park,” “The Spirits of South Broadway” and “Murders in the Bank Vault: The Father’s Day Massacre and the Trail of James King.”

Oxford Hotel
1600 17th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 628-5400

For those seeking an ultimate thrill this Halloween, request room 320; the spine-chilling residence of ghost Florence Montague. There are reports of single, male guests staying in the room having their arms pulled with sheets ripped from the bed and seeing apparitions of the young woman who shot and killed her married lover before turning the gun on herself in 1898. A stay in this room makes for a goosebump-filled night at the hotel. Guests can also head to The Cruise Room where the ghost of a 1930’s postal worker can be seen drinking at the bar on occasion, always leaving a full beer for the bartender to collect.

The Tavern Lowry
7401 E. 1st Ave.
Denver, CO 80230
(303) 366-0007

After the Fairmount Cemetery Tour, The Tavern Lowry is a perfect place to warm chilled fingers and fill empty bellies. With a large menu and friendly atmosphere, the Tavern is sure to relieve your ghostly jitters and bring guests back to the land of the living in no time.

The Market at Larimer Square
1445 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 534-5140

While on Denver walking tours, The Market at Larimer Square is a perfect place to pick up a snack or find bottled water to continue your trek through the city. A full coffee bar with fantastic treats such as fresh scones and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are a welcomed addition to any walking experience. The deli-style staple of Denver has been in business since 1983 and is in a row of buildings on Larimer that may have a few ghost stories of their own.

Insider’s Tips:

Denver’s weather can vary greatly in the fall months from hot, sunny days to chilly windy afternoons. Make sure to dress appropriately for walking tours of the city or graveyards and bring water (or hot cider!) with you.

Tours can often be long excursions covering a lot of ground. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes when signing up for the adventure. Cameras always make a fun addition to the tour as well; who knows when you’ll catch a ghostly apparition on film?

Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors. His work can be found at Examiner.com.