Halloween in Northern Colorado means ghouls and zombies and haunted stories from Fort Collins Tours. But it’s not all bone-chilling frights this October! In Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, our communities come together to celebrate the kid-friendly fun that Halloween brings as well — from pumpkin carving to pet costume contests.
To help you find the family-friendly events in NoCo this month, we rounded up everything from trick-or-treat soirees and candy-free enchantments to plays and dog-friendly celebrations! Get the whole family decked out in a themed costume and head out to celebrate the holiday in safe and exciting ways.
October 6 – 21 at Lincoln Center Magnolia Theatre
This October, the Debut Theatre Company is telling the legend of Sleepy Hollow and their new schoolmaster Ichabod Crane. Complete with poetry, conflict and the terrifying story of The Headless Horseman, this family-friendly play has nine shows from October 6th through the 21st. Buy your $8 tickets online then get the whole family ready to laugh, scream and hear a great story!
October 7 at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
The Farm at Lee Martinez Park has served as an educational and interactive experience for FoCo families since 1985. This October, they’re celebrating fall harvest and Halloween with a Charlie Brown style morning of fun. For just $16 per ticket, the whole family can enjoy stories in the barn, tasty snacks and craft their own Peanuts costumes. Register online and keep your eyes out for The Great Pumpkin!
October 21 in Old Town Square
This monster-filled festival is one of the most-anticipated events in Fort Collins every Halloween. Get yourself and your costumes ready as ghosts, goblins, zombies and all kinds of creatures of the night creep into Old Town Square. This year, the festival includes the Zombie Crawl, Kidz Krawl, live music, local restaurants and ice cream, themed entertainers, a thriller dance and on-site makeup.
From 2 – 6 p.m. the family-friendly Kidz Krawl includes five stops of your choice included with each $13 wristband. Check out the Downtown Fort Collins stops and find out where you can eat ice cream and snacks, take home trinkets and get the kids decked out in zombie makeup. Buy your tickets here to support the children and youth programs at Turning Point.
October 21 at the Gardens on Spring Creek
Join The Gardens on Spring Creek for a candy-free celebration this Halloween. For just one day, the gardens will be turned into an Enchanted Garden complete with games and Halloween activities. Suitable for children ages 2 – 8 years old, this event is guaranteed to be fun-filled and never scary. Makes sure everyone has their costumes on and celebrate Halloween with the whole family!
October 21 + 22 at Centennial Village Museum
Greeley’s Centennial Village Museum transforms into a family-friendly Halloween festival during this fun-filled weekend. For just a $2 children’s ticket and a $3 adult ticket you can all play carnival games, trick or treat at various structures on the 8-acre facility and participate in the costume contest. Get those scary and silly costumes ready early and head down to the museum!
October 27 in Downtown Greeley
On October 27, Downtown Greeley will be closed to traffic for the annual Trick or Treat Street. Candy and specials will be provided by stores in the heart of downtown as well as pumpkin cornhole games, candy corn bowling and pumpkin decorating for the 150+ kids who show up. Explore downtown even more with an exciting treat scavenger hunt. Pick up a map on the corner by the Rio and let the hunt begin!
October 27 – 29 at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
The Farm’s annual Halloween event returns for Halloween 2017! Come for trick-or-treating, hayrides and treats for all and stay to explore the make-believe Halloween village with 40 storefronts sponsored by local businesses. Tickets must be purchased in person and in advance at The Farm, Northside Aztlan Community Center, EPIC, or Foothills Activity Center.
October 28 at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park
From 12 – 1 p.m. on October 28, dogs and their families are invited to dress up and come down to The Farm for a dog-friendly Halloween event! You’ll all get to trick-or-treat, take photos and go home with a dog approved treat bag. Humans are free; tickets are just $5 per dog and you can buy yours at The Farm or at the Northside Aztlan Community Center. RSVP on Facebook for updates.
October 28 at Front Range Village
While supplies last, children 12 years and under are invited to enjoy trick-or-treating, Halloween games and a costume contest at Front Range Village from 6 – 8 p.m. As one of our favorite dog-friendly businesses in FoCo, there will also be a pet contest, so don’t forget to bring your costumed pup!
October 28 at Northside Aztlan Community Center
Harry Potter is returning to Fort Collins’ Northside Aztlan Community Center on October 28th! From 6 – 9 p.m., don your wizard’s robes and join the community’s kindergarten through eighth-grade students to practice spells, explore the haunted hallways, get sorted into your house, create special potions and sip non-alcoholic Butterbeer! Tickets are $15 for children and $5 for adults. They can be purchased online, or by calling 970-221-6655. RSVP on Facebook for updates.
October 28 at Loveland Museum/Gallery
Directly across from the Loveland Museum/Gallery in Peters Park, this free event is bringing food, fun and trick-or-treating to Downtown Loveland from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You can enjoy live entertainment before the costume contest but be sure to register your costume before 12:15 p.m. on the day of the event. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded in several age categories including infant, teen, adult and family themes!
October 28 at Bath Garden Center & Nursery
This free Halloween party is filling Bath Garden Center with decorated pumpkins, carving demonstrations and crafts from 12 – 2 p.m. on October 28th. Contests include pumpkin decorating, a kids costume competition and a pet costume contest so bring your dogs, your costumes and your crafty kids!
October 31 in Old Town Square
Photo courtesy of Downtown Fort Collins Business Association
On Halloween day, get to downtown Fort Collins early for this free annual trick or treating event! Starting in Old Town Square, participants will get a goodie bag and a map of 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 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In the comments below, let us know how your family is celebrating Halloween in Northern Colorado.