Looking for a safe place to trick or treat with the kids? There’s a plethora of candy-filled fun taking place around the Denver metro area this October. Here, we break down the events from city to suburb. Choose the one closest to your home, throw on those costumes, and prepare for a sugar rush.
October 31, 3-6 p.m.
Experience thrilling and chilling, but not too scary, visual arts in this walk-through Halloween display spread across outdoor areas of the Arvada Center. Show off your costume, sneak up to car trunks for treats, and enjoy the arts. $5 adults, $2 ages 3-12, free ages 0-2. Purchase a timed ticket by calling the box office. The Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.
October 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join STAR Institute staff and volunteers in full costume as they deliver treats from the trunks of their vehicles. Contact limitation and social distancing will be observed. Participants cast their votes for the best team and find more snacks and treats at the end of the walk. Wear your ear defenders, colored sunglasses and whatever you need, all ages. A maximum of two adults per child will be admitted. Register online. Free, donations encouraged. STAR Institute for Sensory Processing, 6911 South Yosemite St., Centennial.
October 31, 1-3 p.m.
Seek candy, dog bones, and a safe environment for your family this Halloween at the kid- and pet-friendly drive thru by Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. Show off your costumes and pick up some treats. Free. Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies, 774 Maleta Ln., Castle Rock.
October 30, 31, 4-8:30 p.m.
Take young kids to this mountainside zoo for a safe trick-or-treating event. See the zoo at night as kids collect candy made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans. Support the Zoo’s efforts to reduce waste by bringing your own trick-or-treat bag from home. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. All tickets online. $24, $22 military. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd., Colorado Springs.
October 30, 31 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (gates close at 4:15 p.m.)
Wear your Halloween costumes – and masks – to celebrate the spooky season with your little ones. Enjoy festive food and drink, costumed fantasy characters, and animal experiences. Included with admission. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver.
October 30, 4-7 p.m.
Play games, snag a treat, and snap some memorable photos while at the 3rd Annual Special Olympics Colorado festival, benefiting Young Athletes. Purchase glow boxes, snack boxes, or a large cheese pizza, to enjoy while crawling your car through the event. Games will be sanitized between uses and played from the car window. $25. Ball Arena Tundra Parking Lot, 1198 Chopper Cir., Denver.
October 30, 31; November 1; 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Join your aquarium buddy Sharkey for Halloween fun complete with games, costume contests, animal appearances, and trick-or-treating. Kids in costume receive half-price admission with an adult ticket purchase. $23.50 adult, $22.50 senior, $17.50 children, free age 2 and under. Downtown Aquarium. 700 Water St., Denver.
October 31, 1-3 p.m.
Head downtown for for a dog-friendly Halloween parade around the outdoor North Plaza of Denver Union Station. Participation is welcome and free to all hoomans and their pups. Reservations through the Eventbrite page are required for parade entry, to align with city and state health mandates. Free. Denver Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver.
October 30, 1-7 p.m.; 31, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dress up and drive to Walmart for a free, safe Halloween celebration. A team of ghosts and goblins will direct you through the spooky interactive experience. Free. Denver Walmart Supercenters, Dec. 30 at 7800 Smith Rd., Dec. 31 at 9400 E Hampden Ave., Denver.
October 31, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Swing by the Mile High Flea Market on Halloween to snag a grab bag loaded with candy, plus a $1 off concessions coupon. Feel free to dress up in costume and continue shopping after obtaining your gift. Face masks required in the market. Free bags; $3 adult admission, free admission under 12. Mile High Flea Market, 7007 East 88th Ave., Henderson.
October 31, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Take a spin through this socially distanced Halloween event for families. Kids can trick-or-treat safely from their car window while you pull through a series of Halloween scenes decorated by local businesses, schools, and nonprofits. COVID safety measures will be in place. This is a fundraiser for Thompson Education Foundation. Register online. $5 donation for The Animal Tranquility Project at Foothills Animal Shelter is appreciated. Free, donations to support the Thompson Education Foundation are encouraged. The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Cir., Loveland.
Oct 30, 31; 10am, 1pm, 5pm, and 8pm showings.
Reserve your free ticket to the drive-in featuring Hotel Transylvania, and The Addams Family (2019). Celebrate Halloween by coming in costume. Bring your own blankets or pop-up chairs if you choose to watch the movie outside your vehicle. Free. The Marketplace at Centerra, Fall River Dr., Loveland.