Halloween only comes around once a year. But that doesn’t mean you only have one night to celebrate the spooky season.
On the contrary, you could spend the entire rest of October scaring yourself silly at haunted houses — if you dare.
Below, a few of our favorite Front Range haunted houses and experiences to add to your October bucket list this year.
13th Floor Haunted House
If you love to feel scared, then this one is definitely worth the short drive to Denver. The 13th Floor Haunted House includes multiple different attractions, so you can make an entire evening out of it. One attraction, called The Deadlands, takes place in a post-apocalyptic world as a virus ravages humanity. Another, called Fairy Tale Nightmare, brings all of the world’s darkest villains and evilest beasts to life.
You can also enjoy themed cocktails at the Shriekeasy Bar, do a tiki tarot experience, throw axes or visit the zombie shooting range, to name a few.
The Frightmare Compound
Colorado’s oldest haunted house is The Frightmare Compound in Westminster — this year, it’s celebrating its 40th anniversary of spooky shenanigans. When you visit, you’ll wander through the eerie property, which, as legend has it, is still haunted by the spirit of founder Brad Holder. You can also walk through the Monster Museum, take a ride in a coffin simulator and try to figure a way out of a mini escape room.
And if you think the regular haunted house won’t be scary enough, get tickets for Lights Out on Nov. 4-5. On these special dates, all of the lights will be turned out and you’ll have to rely solely on candlelight to make your way through — it’s the perfect antidote to the post-Halloween blues!
Terror in the Corn
By day, this Erie farm is a fun, friendly, peppy spot to celebrate all things fall. But, come nightfall, Anderson Farms transforms into a truly terrifying place — hence the name Terror in the Corn.
To make it back to your car in one piece, you’ll have to navigate a mile of spooky experiences, including a dark cornfield with nightmares lurking around every corner and an abandoned ghost town called Raven’s Gulch. And if you think you know all of the experience’s secrets because you went last year, think again: They change the layout so it’s new and different every year.
HellScream Haunted House
Even the name of this one sounds absolutely petrifying. Located in Colorado Springs, this spooky experience will truly get your blood pumping.
A big reason why HellScream is so effective is because its team of special effects professionals and actors work hard to make it as scary as possible. And they make detailed sets to really make you feel like you’ve been transported somewhere terrifying.
If you’re nervous or you’ve got little ones in tow, consider visiting on Oct. 21, when HellScream hosts a not-so-scary family day, complete with trick-or-treating, food trucks, games and more.
Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
You already know and love Elitch Gardens as an amusement park. But this beloved Denver attraction takes things up a spooky notch during Fright Fest. You can ride all of your favorite rides and, for an additional charge, participate in some haunted attractions, too. There are scare zones located throughout the park, as well as a fully immersive seance attraction and two different haunted houses, Carn-Evil and Lock Up: No Escape.
If anyone in your crew does not want to be scared at Elitch Gardens, they don’t have to stay at home. All they have to do is pick up a “no-scare wristband” from guest relations. This signals to the monsters that you’d like to be left alone!