Halloween is a holiday for the young and the old, the brave and the scared, the ghoulish and the silly. Fort Collins and Northern Colorado have events to satisfy every celebrator, costumed runner and trick-or-treater. We found the most fun, family-friendly events in the area so you can all get the most out the holiday this year.
So get everyone’s costumes ready (even the dog’s!) and get out this Halloween to celebrate — and get there early so you can collect the most treats!
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Don’t be surprised if you venture out on October 22 and find Fort Collins overrun by zombies. It’s not the apocalypse; it’s just the 7th Annual Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest! The undead fill Old Town every year for the annual Halloween-themed crawl. You can come in your own makeup or have it done in Old Town Square by a professional makeup artist. Depending on the level of gore and ghoulishness you want, makeup will be $10, 20 or 30 for kids and adults of all ages.
The Kidz Crawl from 2 – 6 p.m. is just as zombie filled as the rest of the day, but focused on the younger participants. The $12 wristband will get each child 5 kid-friendly gifts from the various Downtown stops along the crawl.
The Zombie Crawl begins at 5 p.m. as the Kidz Crawl is ending, but all ages are welcome! Old Town Square will be filled with Halloween activities, makeup artists and photo opportunities as you crawl through Old Town (with your best undead impression) and collect the five specials and gifts included in the cost of your $16 wristband.
Tickets for the crawl cost less if you buy them in advance, so buy them online here! Then get your friends together and embrace your inner zombie.
October 22 & 23, 3 – 7 p.m.
Greeley’s Centennial Village Museum transforms into a family-friendly Halloween festival on October 22. For just a $1 children’s ticket or a $2 adult ticket you can all play carnival games, collect treats and participate in the costume contest. So get those scary and silly costumes ready early and head down to the museum!
October 28, 6:30 p.m.
The Halloween Eye Ball is an annual event benefitting Ensight Skills Center who provides care and services for those people living with visual impairments. A costume contest, an auction, photo opportunities and psychic readings will all be available on this ghoulish and fun night. In past years, over 400 people have attended the Halloween ball and you don’t want to miss it this time around! Get your tickets in advance here.
October 28, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
If s’mores and campfires are more your style, go to Nix Farms with blankets and chairs to get cozy around the fire and listen to stories. You’ll hear about Northern Colorado nighttime wildlife and learn just what those nocturnal animals are doing out there in the dark. This event is free and s’mores are included. Register beforehand so they don’t run out of marshmallows!
October 28 – 30
Treatsylvania at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park is a non-spooky trick-or-treat event for children 10 years and younger and their families. The farm is transformed into a Halloween village with over 40 storefronts handing out candy. You can also hop on a hayride and visit the Not-So-Spooky Barn. Visit their website for more information on The Farm!
Photo courtesy of Fort Collins Brewery
October 29, 10 a.m.
Fort Collins Brewery is hosting their 3rd Annual Malt Monster 5K with proceeds benefitting FoCo Café. General Admission will get each racer a brewery sports pack, a pint glass, beer samples and appetizers. Costumes are encouraged for this Halloween-themed race and you wouldn’t want to miss out on the costume contest! So get your scariest and silliest costumes together and register today! Hang out with Fort Collins Brewery after the race for games, food, brews and activities from their awesome vendors.
October 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join The Gardens on Spring Creek for a candy-free Halloween celebration. For just one day, the gardens are turned into a Halloween Enchanted Garden complete with games and Halloween activities. Put together for children ages 2 – 8 years old, this event is promised to be fun and never scary. Makes sure everyone has their costumes on and celebrate Halloween with the whole family!
October 29, 12 – 2 p.m.
The only event on this list that encourages your pets to dress up too, this Halloween Party is sure to be a blast for everyone. There will be a pet costume contest, a children’s costume contest and impressive pumpkin carving demonstrations. You can explore Bath’s Gardens and Nursery in between events like the candy pumpkin toss, free crafts and a bean bag toss competition.
Photos courtesy of Loveland Museum/Gallery
October 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Loveland Museum/Gallery is hosting their Halloween Family Fun Festival at Peters Park on Saturday. The park will be filled with vendor booths, food, kids activities, entertainment, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. To enter, register at the contest booth on the day of the event before 12:15 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to snag some early Halloween candy, celebrate the community and test out those costumes so bring the whole family!
October 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
On October 30, Downtown Greeley will be closed to traffic for the annual Trick or Treat Street. Candy and specials will be provided by 44 different stores in the heart of downtown as well as pumpkin cornhole games, candy corn bowling and pumpkin decorating for the 150 kids that show up! Explore downtown even more with a treat scavenger hunt. Pick up a map on the corner by the Rio and let the treat hunt begin!
Photo courtesy of Kilwins Fort Collins
October 31, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
On Halloween day, get to downtown Fort Collins early for the annual trick or treating event, Tiny Tot Halloween! Starting in Old Town Square, participants will get a goodie bag and a map to the participating stores and locations where you can collect treats (and tricks). Crossing guards will be at every intersection, ensuring safety for everyone — and maximum trick-or-treating time!
Do you hit up local pumpkin patches and carve at home? Or do you make it to every trick-or-treating event so you can eat candy until Thanksgiving? Share your Halloween traditions and celebrations in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
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