While October may be the month of the spooky, if you have young children, they may not be ready for the full strength haunted houses that pop up all over Denver this time of year.

But never fear (okay, sometimes fear), there are plenty of options that will let you enjoy the spookiest month without earning yourself an extra person or two in your bed. Aside from this list, it isn’t a bad idea to check the websites for your favorite haunted houses to see if they offer a “lights on” tour for kids.

Sure, you’ve heard of Fright Fest before, but there’s a reason for that. Elitch Gardens is in the business of family fun, and have been for a LONG time. With a full theme park, multiple haunted houses, and plenty of activities for kids of all ages, this is a Denver Halloween staple.

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While not a traditional haunted house, Boo at the Zoo is a great Halloween activity for the whole family. It has trick or treat stations, creepy-crawly animal demonstrations, jugglers, character meet-and-greets, all within the gorgeous Zoo with the beautiful fall colors all around. And, given that it’s Halloween, expect plenty of spooky atmosphere and paths around the whole Zoo.

The Railroad Halloween Town at the Colorado Railroad Museum has plenty of activities for families with kids of all ages. This event features trick or treating, all sorts of food and drink, crafts, as well as their “not so scary” haunted railcar, a perfect fit for young children not yet ready for the big scares.

While this is a normally operating haunted house during the night, they do offer a “lights on” tour for children who aren’t quite ready for the full effect. This is a guided tour with the lights on, a lot of the special effects off, and the monsters sent on break. It is perfect for getting the young ones used to haunted houses without scaring them for life.