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4 Spooky Tours for Families

Learn about the metro area’s haunted history on these family-friendly ghost tours.

Ghosts in the Gardens

Listen to tales of haunted happenings as you stroll through Denver Botanic Gardens after dark. Learn about the 100-year-old history of the gardens” grounds and hear chilling tales of what used to be called “The Boneyard.” No ghouls will jump out at you on this tour, but you”ll hear stories of real-life ghost encounters from staff members. This tour is best for older children (age 12 and up), with longer attention spans that don’t get spooked easily. You may even be treated to a visit from some of the resident bats, especially around dusk. Tours held Oct. 20-21 and 27-29; $27 member, $30 nonmember.

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St., Denver


Banjo Billy’s Ghost Tours

Some very unusual things have been known to happen within the old buildings around Denver and Boulder. From spirits who ride with guests in the elevator at Hotel Boulderado to the mystery of the moving pictures at Denver Firefighters Museum, these are just a few of the legends you will learn on Banjo Billy’s Ghost Tours. The 90-minute bus tours take passengers on a spine-tingling ride around the city, telling stories of some of the most haunted places in the area. Although the intention is not to frighten guests, tours are best for children age seven and up. Tours held Friday to Sunday, beginning Oct. 1; $22-$27 adult, $20 age 12 and under.

Colorado Convention Center (by the big blue bear),

700 14th St., Denver

Hotel Boulderado,

2115 13th St., Boulder


Haunts of Littleton

Join South Metro Denver Chamber and the families, friends, and volunteers of Boy Scout Troop 444 on a hair-raising tour through the streets of historic downtown Littleton after dark. Guides dress in costume and lead brave visitors on an hour-long walking tour, sharing century-old tales of the area’s frightful history. Some stories will make you laugh, while others may make you feel like you aren’t alone. Haunts of Littleton tours are recommended for kids age seven and up. Tickets are first come first serve and sold the evening of the event. Tours depart from the RTD Littleton Downtown station every 10 minutes. Oct. 21, 27, and 28; $13 adult, $5 child.

RTD Littleton Downtown Station

5777 S Prince St., Littleton

Colorado Haunted History

Two ghostly tours are available through Colorado Haunted History on select nights in October. The Ghosts and Legends Tour in Morrison takes you on an hour-and-a-half-long walk through the historic town. Hear chilling stories about the legend of the Hatchet Lady of Red Rocks, the Lecherous Indian Chief, and more haunted inhabitants. Frightening and fun for the entire family, this tour is best for children age seven and up. Older children (age 13 and up, recommended due to language and content) are welcome to join you on the Murder, Mayhem, and Madness Tour, which brings the Wild West to light with tales of lynching, murder, and the gruesome details of Golden’s Night of Terror. Friday to Sunday; $15 adult, $10 age 13 and under.

Veteran’s Memorial,

505 Bear Creek Rd., Morrison

Golden Visitor’s Center,

1010 Washington St., Golden


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