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Denver Metro's Best Haunted Houses
Halloween is fastly approaching, and we all know what what activity everyone is getting antsy about - Haunted houses! I have a love/hate relationship with being scared. I always love watching scary movies, or going to the best haunted house, but then when I get home I instantly regret it. I get into my head every time! Is anyone with me on this? ha! Well, for all you spooksters out there, check out this list of best haunted houses in the Denver Metro Area. These are ranked from the Thrillist website, and let me just say, they look pretty incredible. Enter if you dare... :) Oh! I did not not forget about all the kiddos out there - scroll down to see the best haunted houses for children too!
Asylum and City of the Dead
Mile High Flea Market, Henderson
Cost: General admission tickets that get you into both attractions start at $19.99; skip the line options are also available
Dates: All through October besides the 14th. It goes until November 3rd.
For the first time ever, these two popular haunted houses have joined forces to offer two different frightening experiences in one location. There are typically two of the most popular haunted houses in town, so you should expect a wait when heading here. These are also consistently called some of the scariest haunted houses in America, so it’s best to leave younger kiddos at home!
Elitch Gardens Fright Fest
Cost: Fright Fest is included with general park admission which starts at $39.99, but there are additional haunted houses/attractions you can add on for an extra fee.
Dates: Fridays (6-11pm), Saturdays (12pm-11pm), and Sundays (12pm-9pm) September 27-November 2nd
An annual tradition, Fright Fest marks the end of Elitch’s season, and they make sure to go out big! During the day, the scares stay PG and family-friendly with options like the Trick or Treat Trail. But when darkness falls, the potential for horror increases significantly with creatures hiding throughout the park’s twists and turns, and special attractions featuring a carnival graveyard, a haunted inn, and more.
The 13th Floor
Elyria Swansea, Denver
Cost: Tickets start at $19.99 with options to pay more and skip the line
Dates: Every day through October besides the 14th, November 1-2, 8-9 times vary per day
Asylum and The 13th Floor are put on by the same creator, so expect a similar experiences -- as in, they’re both insanely scary and more suited for the braver souls. This Mile High favorite for screams boasts 10,000 square feet of unadulterated terror. Once you head in, there’s a whole lot of demons, killer clowns, and blood and gore until you get out. Like Asylum, this one’s open most days during the week (and more expensive on weekends).
The Frightmare Compound
Cost: Tickets start at $27.99 with an option to pay more and skip the line
Dates: October 3-November 3; times vary by date
Denver’s first haunted house, Frightmare, has been a destination for thrill-seekers since 1983 when it was founded by Brad Holder. Holder himself has since passed away, though he’s rumored to be buried somewhere in the house. But that’s just one reason to keep your eyes peeled for otherworldly premonitions here. The compound is rumored to sit on swampland that was filled with both human and animal remains... buried in unholy grounds where the barn now stands. Head here to explore the barn for yourself, but be warned: these scares are not fit for the very young or jumpy.
Haunted Field of Screams
Cost: General admission tickets to all four haunts start at $39.99 with -- you guessed it -- pricier options for VIP and instant access
Dates: Every weekend (thurs-sun) until November 2nd. Opens at sundown and runs till midnight on weekends.
After 15 years of scaring the masses, this sprawling outdoor setup knows what it’s doing. With moonlight as your only guide, you’ll follow the Dead Man’s Maze not knowing what’s lurking around the corner. And if that’s not enough, you get a four-in-one experience here with the option to check out three other attractions: Zombie Paintball Massacre, Condemned, and CarnEvil. All four are recommended only for the bravest souls.
Terror in the Corn
Cost: The best deals are the combo tickets starting at $49 (individual tickets available for $27)
Dates: Every weekend (thurs-sun) until November 2nd.
So, the story goes, Anderson Farms in Erie is the former home of two twisted twins with a penchant for torturing the strangers that stopped to stay at their hotel. Now the property is filled with the souls of those who didn’t escape, and they’re waiting for you. Start with a haunted hayride that drops you off in the middle of a field of fright. This isn’t a maze, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have an easy time finding your way out, and if you do, a haunted ghost town awaits. Once you get through that, enjoy a relaxing zombie hunt, armed with only a paintball gun to protect you- sounds fun, right? Ha!
Kiddo Friendly Haunted Houses
Boo at the Zoo
Dates: October 19th and 20th, 26th and 27th
Every October, there are two days where the frights take over the Denver Zoo. Denver’s Boo at the Zoo is the perfect place for kids to get grossed out with tons of creepy-crawly animals and bugs. There will be 25 different trick-or-treat stations throughout the zoo and plenty of places for scares, haunts and family-friendly entertainment.
Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion
Dates: September 27nd-November 3rd
For more than 38 years, the Reinke Brothers have proven that they know how to scare. The annual Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion is always a terrifyingly awesome good time. With tons of great special effects, animantronics, Hollywood-style sets and plenty of imagination, this is one of the best haunts in town. Check the website as there are always special lights-on, non-scary versions for the kids. It is the perfect way for your kids to enjoy the fun of a haunted house while still allowing them to sleep in their own bed at night.
Trick or Treat Street
Denver Children’s Museum
Dates: October 25th-October 27th
Trick or Treat Street is one of the best annual Halloween haunts for youngsters. The Denver Children’s Museum has been bringing the haunts to Halloween for years with a costume parade and tons of Halloween-themed activities. This year, your frightening tykes can make crafts, take a ride on a spooky mini train and participate in a monster carnival. Trick or Treat Street is always the perfect family-friendly Halloween activity and it is an absolute must for your burgeoning ghouls.
Heritage Square, Golden
If you’ve got some brave kids, then check out Spider Mansion at Heritage Square. This haunted house is a great place for your younger kids as it does allow children under seven, if you’re brave enough to go with them. With more than 25 different scare spots and plenty of live actors, this is a great haunted house to get you and your kids into the Halloween spirit. Remember though, only bring your kids if you are sure they can handle the spooks as this year’s Spider Mansion is more than double in size!
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