As a new parent, I have found myself in a bit of a pickle as far as Halloween is concerned. As it is my favorite holiday by far, I absolutely want to share it with my daughter. The problem is I can’t exactly bring her along to the halloween parties I’ve been going to before becoming a parent, and she is too young to really go trick or treating. So with that in mind, here are five Halloween events I’ll be trying to make it to with my daughter.
The Children’s Museum in Denver is hosting a three day trick or treat street festival. Taking place from 9am to 6pm on the 25th, 26th, and 27th, this is an event that anyone can make it to. They will have treats, carnival games, Halloween crafts and more. This event is free for children under one, $14 for ages 1 and 60+. And $16 for ages 2-59. It is free for members of the museum. This is not an allergen-free event, but all of the treat houses will have non-food items upon request.
Another event taking place the weekend before Halloween, the Colorado Railroad Museum’s Trick or Treat Train is open from 9am to 5pm on the 26th and the 27th. They have trick or treat stops, their “not so spooky” Haunted Railcar and Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard, local food, kettle corn, shaved ice, and face painting. They even have professional photographers on site. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children 2-15, and $15 for seniors. Admission is free for Museum members, children under 2, and active military personnel.
Falling on the 19th, the Westminster Halloween Harvest Festival is one of the earlier Halloween events on this list. It is also maybe the biggest event, and it certainly has the most activities. The city of Westminster combined two festivals into one to make this particular one the biggest and best yet. From noon to 8pm, enjoy carnival games, trick or treating, live music, a ropes course, inflatables, face painting, a hot air balloon show, and a bonfire all for the low low cost of FREE admission for all attendees. There is also a pumpkin patch, and you do have to buy your pumpkin, but there is a free pumpkin valet, so you don’t have to carry it around all day.
This is the earliest of the events on this list, on the 12th starting at 4pm. Admission is free and kids of all ages are welcome. It happens at the Mines Museum of Earth Science. Guests are encouraged to costume up and bring a pail to collect prizes at a series of science themed activity booths. They also have face painting, a spooky cave, and more.
This event is one that has been going on long enough that I could have gone to it as a kid. Recommended for kids under 12, this event takes place on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on Halloween day from 3pm to 6pm. There is no fee to participate, and businesses all the way down the mall, and even across the streets nearby get into the Halloween spirit, giving out nearly 3000 pieces of candy each. Many businesses offer other activities as well, with face painting and haunted houses commonly making several appearances across the mall.