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2015 Halloween Festivities Around Northern Colorado

Whether you meticulously plan your Halloween event schedule weeks in advance or you typically do a quick Google search on October 31, this is your guide to all things Halloween in the NoCo area this year. The majority of these events are kid-friendly, but the final two are not for the faint of heart…

 

Friday-Sunday, October 23-25

Fort Collins Treatsylvania Trick-Or-Treat Street

Treatsylvania At The Farm

The Farm at Lee Martinez Park will be transformed into a neighborhood with doors and candy for the taking on the other side. Trick-or-treaters ages 10 and under can stroll through Trick-or-Treat Street, go on a hayride and visit the Cookie Room for festive treats. This is a safe and non-spooky Halloween event that you won’t want to miss! Tickets are $5 per child and free for adults. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Northside Aztlan Community Center, EPIC, or The Farm itself.

Friday, October 23 6-8 p.m.

Saturday, October 24 6-8 p.m.

Sunday, October 25 1-3 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 24

Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest

Old Town Fort Collins Zombie Fest

The 6th Annual Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest on October 24 is “the fest to die for”. This Halloween activity hub is three-fold, consisting of a Kidz Krawl, Zombie Crawl and Zombie Ball.

As can be inferred from the title, the Kidz Krawl is for children ages 2-12. This fun trick-or-treating festival starts in Oak Street Plaza at 2 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m. The $12 wristband entrance fee entitles children to five kid-friendly gifts! There will also be makeup artists available in the Plaza to assist with Halloween boo-tification. Your little zombies and monsters can purchase the following makeup packages:

$10 — Basic

$20 — Upgrade

$30 — Extreme

The Zombie Crawl will then invade Oak Street Plaza from 5 p.m. to 9:34 p.m. All ages are welcome to be a part of this bone-chilling event. There is a lot to do in the Plaza before you stagger through the zombie procession and enjoy specials at a wide variety of featured locations. Your wristband, which is $16 in advance or $20 the day of, entitles you to five specials from their vendors. Just like at the Kidz Krawl, there will be makeup artists available at the Zombie Crawl and the same prices apply. If you’re still alive at 9:34 (and you’re over 21), head over to the Zombie Ball and purchase a $30 combo ticket.

The Zombie Ball is for anyone 21+ who is brave enough to enter the Aggie Theatre and enjoy blood-thirsty libations, creepy costume contests and hair-raising entertainment. There is an abundance of musical entertainment scheduled throughout the night, from 9 p.m. all the way to 1 a.m. Check out the complete schedule, send the kids home with a babysitter and enjoy a fun and spooky night in this historic 100-year-old theatre.

Tickets are available ahead of time for any of the three Old Town Zombie Fest events. It is wise to purchase tickets in advance in order to save a few extra bucks and be sure to save a spot at this popular event! The Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest helps raise money for Turning Point, a local organization that provides substance abuse treatment for over 2,000 individuals, youth and families each year.

Bow Wowvania

Who says Halloween is only a holiday for humans? Let your costumed canines tag along at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park on Saturday, October 24 from noon to 1 p.m. Dogs will have their own chance to trick-or-treat, pose for photos and receive a special treat bag just for them! Tickets are $5 per dog and free for all humans. Note: All dogs must be on a leash!

Howl-O-Ween Trick-or-Treat

Slip on your costume and celebrate Howl-O-Ween at Centennial Village Museum from 4-8 p.m. October 24. Play some Halloween carnival games, participate in a costume contest, wander through the “Haunted Hall House” and visit the mysterious fortune teller, “Boot Hill”. Tickets only cost $1 for children and $2 for adults!

Fort Collins Halloween Festivities

 

Friday, October 30

Trick-or-Treat Street

Head over to downtown Greeley the night before Halloween for a special kid-centered evening! Dozens of downtown businesses will come together to form Trick-or-Treat Street October 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy games and festive activities on the 8th and 9th street plazas, which will be closed to traffic for maximum safety. Be sure to not miss the businesses located outside of the plazas who will also be involved in the festivities!

Tiny Tot Halloween

This special trick-or-treating event is designed for young children under 7 years of age and their parents. Pick up a goodie bag in Oak Street Plaza on October 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and head to various local merchants’ shops to receive treats! Crossing guards are present at major intersections to ensure maximum safety. This event is completely free, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be a part of this kid-friendly fiesta on the Eve of Halloween!

Fort Collins Tiny Tot Halloween

 

Saturday, October 31

Loveland Halloween Family Fun Festival

Skip the foot traffic at night and start celebrating early the day of Halloween! Head to Peters Park next to the Loveland Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Loveland Halloween Family Fun Festival. This community event is completely free and will feature vendor booths, festive food, activities for kids, entertainment, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. Register for the costume contest before 12:15 to win great prizes awarded to different age categories (infant, teen, adult and family). You can enjoy live entertainment while you wait to find out the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes!

The Windsor Community Halloween Party

The Windsor Police Department and the Windsor Optimist Club are sponsoring the annual Windsor Community Halloween Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween! There are fun games and safe treats available for everyone at this fun and festive event at the Community Recreation Center.

 

Ongoing Throughout the Halloween Season

Scream Acres at the Fritzler Corn Maze

If you checked out our interactive map with NoCo area pumpkin patches, you’ll be familiar with Fritzler Corn Maze. Well, thankfully, Fritzler has a scary side after dark!

Scream Acres at the Fritzler Corn Maze

Be aware of rustling in the corn stalks and watch your back as you brave your way through this haunted corn maze. Find out why Scream Acres has been a popular Colorado Halloween attraction year after year! Check out the Scream Acres schedule as the attraction has varying hours and dates leading up to Halloween.

You can also hunt zombies with the Zombie Paintball Slayer attraction at Fritzler’s! Get on board a bus equipped with paintball guns and travel through the corn fields to an area filled with targets and props. But at night…you will have the chance to hunt for zombies who have escaped from Scream Acres!

Fort Collins [Haunted] Tours

Learn more about Fort Collins’ spooky side by choosing from a variety of haunted tours available throughout the Halloween season and beyond.

The Fort Collins Ghost Tour is available all year long and includes a guided tour into and under Old Town Fort Collins, where you can learn about local legends, hauntings, ghostly sightings and strange happenings.

Also available throughout the year, the Horse & Buggy Ghost Tour shares information about haunted sites in Fort Collins complete with ghost stories along the way. This unique form of transportation allows visitors to explore a little beyond usual venues available on walking tours.

Mark your calendars for the Spirits, Cider and Séance tour and show on November 7. The three-hour festivities begin at 7 p.m. at the Fort Collins Tours storefront in Old Town Square. You will then hop on board a horse-drawn wagon and listen to dark stories from tour guides. You will then arrive at Compass Cider where you will have the opportunity to sample ciders and attend an underground theatrical Séance.

Not finding a tour that suits your fancy? Check out the other spooky tours and events available with Fort Collins Tours.

 

The Frightmare Compound Haunted House

If attending a kid-friendly event is not on the agenda for you, enter (if you dare) The Frightmare Compound in Westminster. This legendary haunted house is considered Colorado’s #1 rated haunted attraction and leaves guests feeling panicked, weak and in complete and utter fear. The compound was founded in 1983 by mastermind Brad Holder, who obsessively created it for 16 years before he fell fatally ill. It is said that his body is buried somewhere deep within the house, so the place is well known across the nation for its authentic haunted roots. Check out their schedule and notice that the ticket prices vary depending on the date of your visit.

You can also play Zombie Paintball in an attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse. You and a teammate must get through the entire haunted house while killing zombies before they kill you!

The Frightmare Compound Haunted House

We know this is an overwhelming list! And after all this dark stuff — look on the bright side: You can always attend multiple events on this list, as several of them do not conflict with others! What’s your favorite freaky festivity during the Halloween season?

PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest, Greeley UnexpectedKilwins Fort Collins, Scream Acres at the Fritzler Corn Maze and The Frightmare Compound.


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