Fall means we get to celebrate the harvest and the cooler weather with local pumpkin patches, petting zoos, seasonal treats and family fun. But for just a few weeks during this cozy season, these favorite attractions turn terrifying! Halloween brings candy, costumes and kid-friendly events but it also brings screams, zombies and haunted corn mazes. In fact, you may want to leave the kids at home for some of these bone-chilling NoCo activities!
Preview the region’s eight thrilling options here and see how many you can get through before October 31st. Happy haunting!
Photo courtesy of Jack Lantern’s Northern Colorado Corn Maze and Bianca Meyers
During the day, Jack Lantern’s Corn Maze is a festive, family-friendly harvest celebration. With two pumpkin patches, bounce houses, corn chuckers, pedal cars, farm animals and trick-or-treating, it’s a must-visit for families all over NoCo. But when the sun goes down the monsters, zombies and ghosts creep out of the shadows! By moonlight, the 20-acre corn maze turns into a bone-chilling adventure. The bravest of your group are invited to jump on the Haunted Hayride for a thrilling ride through the maze of carnage.
Minutes south of Greeley, Fritzler Maze is filled with fun during the day — from the ATV mini rollercoaster barrel train to the Super Pumpkin Cannon. But beginning the night of September 29th, the kid-friendly farm and maze turn into Scream Acres. Filled with visual and sound effects, monsters and chainsaw-wielding madmen, you’re guaranteed a scare in this haunted maze. For even more frights, Fritzler’s newest indoor haunt, Ghost Haunt, takes you inside an abandoned ghost town filled with incredible special effects. Then end your night with at Zombie Paintball Slayer and hunt escaped zombies from a converted, zombie hunting school bus!
Each year, Harrington Arts Alliance puts together their most successful fundraiser and one of the most fun haunted attractions in Northern Colorado. This year, you can get scared (and support the art community) on the nights of October 20, 21, 27, 28, 29 and 31. For updates on the venue and the attractions, follow the Harrington HAAunted House Facebook page!
Photo courtesy of Creatures of the Creepy Walk
Creepy Walk in the Woods is exactly what it sounds like so leave the kids at home for this one. Different from all the other haunted houses and haunted corn fields in the area, this experience drops you right in the middle of the terrifying Savage Woods at the base of Devil’s Backbone. Unguided, you’ll have to find your way through frightening encounters and past terrifying monsters. This year, the woods will be bringing you all the screams you can handle October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Gates open at 6 p.m. and tours start at 7 p.m.
Nightmare City began as a simple set up in a family home, but last year, it debuted as a full-fledged haunted house next to the Greeley Mall. This year, they have a new location next to the ARC on 27th and a whole new lineup of terror! Inspired by all of our worst nightmares, each room is different and terrifying in its own way. Your journey through may feel disjointed, but that’s exactly what they’re going for; one minute you’ll be in a loud, adrenaline-pumping space and the next you’ll be creeping through an eerily quiet bedroom. For sneak peeks and the full schedule, follow the team on Facebook!
You may remember Anderson Farms from our favorite area pumpkin patches, but by night the farm has fewer farm animals and lot more screams. Terror in the Corn is a 30-minute, three part haunt. The tour begins on a wild hayride through the cornfield. Then, when you’re left in the middle of the field, you’ll have to make your way through it only to find yourself at the third and final stop: a haunted ghost town. Each part travels along a single trail, so you won’t get lost — but you will get scared! Buy your tickets ahead of time and you can reserve your day and time to reduce your time waiting in line.
One hour south of Fort Collins, Colorado’s largest haunted attraction has three terrifying haunted experiences at one location. The main attraction is the huge, terror-filled corn maze. As you wander — or run — through lanes of 16-foot high stalks, you’ll encounter chainsaw-wielding madmen, escaped insane asylum patients, clowns, zombies and more.
If that’s not enough for you, you can try to find your way through Dead Man’s Night Maze — but it won’t be easy. Another haunted corn maze, this one is much darker and even more thrilling. Getting lost won’t be your biggest worry as you’re followed by monsters through the stalks.
Then, get your adrenaline pumping even more with the Zombie Paintball Massacre, a haunting experience that invites you to fight back. Not your typical hayride, you’ll be attacked by zombies along the way but you’ll also be equipped with high-powered paintball guns — and hopefully, make it back to safety!
Founded in 1983, the Frightmare Compound was the first haunted house in the Denver area and it’s just one hour south of FoCo! Founder Brad Holder built the house over 16 years until he became fatally ill and, according to rumors, was buried on the grounds. After years of experience and honing, it has become one of the best rated haunted houses in Colorado — which means it’s not for the faint of heart (or the kids).
If you’re brave enough, you’ll enter the house via catacombs, crawl through swampland and through the terrifying two-story barn. If you make it to the other side, you’ll have gone through Denver’s most terrifying attraction.
Other attractions at The Compound include the Clown House, home to the bloodiest massacre in carnival history. And you can keep Halloween going into November with Lights Out. On November 11th and 12th, your group can enter The Compound in pitch blackness — and try your best to exit.
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