Halloween Events for Kids in Boulder and Beyond

by Rachel Daly
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Halloween is nearly here! This month is PACKED with fun, festive, creative Halloween events in the Boulder area. Looking for Halloween events for grown-ups? We also have a list of Halloween Events for Adults in the Boulder Area. Without further ado, here are some fun Halloween activities and events for kids in Boulder and beyond.

Growing Gardens Community Harvest Festival

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When: October 12, 2022, from 4 – 7 PM

Join Growing Gardens for its FREE fall celebration at the urban farm! Featuring fun activities like pumpkin and face painting, lawn games, dairy goats, and more. A bluegrass band will be performing while you enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and grab a drink from the Biergarten. There will also be pumpkins, fall perennials, and Long’s Gardens Iris bulbs for sale! Walk, bus, bike, or carpool and be entered to win an alternative transportation prize. No dogs at this event, please, they might scare the goats. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $5-$10/family. Rain Date: October 19th.

Frankenstein Theatre Hike at Chautauqua

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When: Every Saturday & Sunday from September 17 – October 30, 2022

Set in the icy polar regions where scientist Victor Frankenstein has chased the creature he brought to life, this highly theatrical and emotional play traces Frankenstein’s path to the final confrontation with his intelligent, articulate, sensitive, and powerfully violent child. Due to adult themes, admission will be restricted to patrons aged ten and up. Check-in and meet at the picnic pavilion behind the Chautauqua Auditorium. Our hikes are usually at a moderate level/pace and last no more than 2 hours. When you first arrive, you will be greeted by your hiking guide, who will lead the way down the trail to each scene location. Once you arrive at a scene location, you can sit back and relax and watch a scene from the production. Once the scene is complete, we all gather our things and hike to the next location. More information and tickets here.

Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

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When: Throughout October

There are a ton of great pumpkin patches in and around Boulder! Check out this blog post listing nine of Boulder’s local pumpkin patches. The list includes an interactive map and detailed descriptions of each pumpkin patch and its fall festivities.

Thorne Fall Fest

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Photo Courtesy Jeff and Paige

When: October 17, 2022, from 10 AM – 12 PM

Looking for something fun and FREE to do with your children on BVSD’s Fall In-service Day? Celebrate the transition into Fall with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center for the Thorne Fall Fest. We will have face-painting, nature explorations around the Sombrero Marsh with Thorne staff, pumpkin decorating, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with our favorite nature performers Jeff & Paige! More information here.

Spooky Village at Village at the Peaks

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When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 1 – 3 PM

Spooky Village is a FREE family fun festival is a Halloween event complete with trick or treating at Village at the Peaks. This year’s free activities include hay rides, craft stations, pumpkin decorating station, face painting, balloon twisting, goblin train rides, portrait stations, petting zoo, stilt walkers, caricature artists, carnival games, live entertainment on the village stage, and a trick-or-treat bag giveaway (while supplies last). Don’t forget Chuck and Don’s Pet Parade starts at 12:30 PM over at Chuck and Don’s! Bring your pet all dressed up to walk the parade! A professional photographer will be present to capture photos of the pets.

Boo! on Briggs Street

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When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 3 PM – 6 PM

The Town of Erie presents Boo! on Briggs Street, featuring ghouls, ghosts, and witches! Oh my! Enjoy a spooktacular time with the entire family at our trick-or-treat event. There will be plenty of candy to go around with additional activities, including music and a costume contest! This is a FREE event for all ages, but there will be a small fee for contest entries. This event is held in Downtown Erie, Briggs Street between Moffat and Wells, Erie, CO 80516.

Longmont Halloween Parade

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When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 10 AM

You are invited to join Longmont’s Halloween Parade, where ghosts and goblins will haunt downtown Longmont. After the parage, enjoy Longmont’s trick-or-treat street. Paraders line up at 9:45 AM in Roosevelt Park.

Trick or Treat at Broomfield Plaza

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When: Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 12 – 2 PM

Fall is in the air and it’s time for Broomfield Plaza’s spookiest event of the season! Bring all your little ghosts and goblins out to Broomfield Plaza for trick-or-treating and lots of other fun and FREE family activities: arm painting, balloon twisting, goblin train rides, portrait stations, live entertainment, and trick-or-treat bag giveaway (while supplies last).

Halloween Drive-In Movie

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When: October 27 & 28, 2022 from 5:30 – 11 PM

The City of Boulder will select four movies (two children’s themed movies and two adult-themed movies) for the drive in on Oct. 28 and 29 at Flatirons Golf Course. Tickets on sale October 11 here.

Anderson Farms Fall Festival

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Meeting Cinderella at Anderson Farms

When: Throughout October

Anderson Farms is hosting its annual Fall Festival, complete with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and so much more! Admission includes a ton of fun activities such as Colorado’s longest-running 30-acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch, pumpkin launching, mine cars, barrel train, farm animals, and farm lights. New this year: giant jump pads and a combine “playground” with six slides! Click here for a full list of activities. For those who enjoy a fright, after dark Anderson Farms hosts Zombie Paintball Hunt, a unique paintball experience where you shoot zombies throughout the cornfield (but don’t worry, you won’t get shot!) while riding on a zombie wagon. Or check out Terror in the Corn, Anderson Farms’ haunted hayride, cornfield & ghost town experience. For admission tickets, click here. Anderson Farms is located at 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516.

Halloween Spooktacular at YMCA of the Rockies

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When: October 22, 2022

Dress in your Halloween costume, participate in spooky activities, and do some trick or treating to get in the spirit of Halloween with the YMCA of the Rockies! Enter if you dare, the family-friendly haunted forest with creepy surprises sure to bring a smile to your face.

Lafayette Fall Harvest Festival

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When: October 29, 2022

The Lafayette Fall Harvest Festival is a fun-filled fall event featuring a marketplace with vendors selling seasonal, farm-fresh produce, as well as other farmers market-type offerings such as handcrafted, artisan foods. Pick up honey, salsas, chocolate, bread, pies, pastries, and more!  Stop by the food court for breakfast or lunch. Stroll the event and visit the petting zoo. Pick up a pumpkin or two, and feel free to dress up in costume. There will be a parade with pets in costume to benefit RezDawg. Register your pet.  Enjoy live music! Hard cider, wine and beer will be available for consumption. Another free event on our list of things to do in Boulder in October!

Lyons Halloween Spooktacular

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When: Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 4 – 7 PM

The Town of Lyons hosts its Halloween Spooktacular, complete with games, parade and trick or treat on main street! Another free thing to do on our list of Halloween Events for Kids in Boulder and Beyond.

Halloween Boo Bash at Flatiron Crossing

When: October 22, 2022, from 1 -3 PM

Bring the family and celebrate Halloween at Flatiron Crossing at the Halloween Boo Bash on October, from 1-3 PM in the Food Court! The first hour will feature: welcome goodie bags, a Halloween show by The Jackman Brothers, a spooktacular treasure hunt, balloon twisting, crafts, giveaways, Halloween dance performance by Denver Dance Authority, food & drinks. The second hour will be all about showing off those costumes! Trick-or-Treat through our center and look out for balloon clusters indicating participating retailers.* Goodie bags available while supplies last. Another free thing to do on our list of Halloween Events for Kids in Boulder and Beyond.

Niwot’s Great Pumpkin Party

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When: Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10 AM – 1:30 PM

Niwot’s Great Pumpkin Party is a blast for the whole family! Costume up the kids, bring the kid-friendly dog, and head downtown for trick or treating, the parade, doggie costume contest, hay rides and more. View the full schedule hereAnother free event on our list of things to do in Boulder in October!

Munchkin Masquerade

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Munchkin Masquerade on Pearl Street

When: Monday, October 31, 2022, from 3 PM – 6 PM

The Boulder Fall Festivals list wouldn’t be complete without the Munchkin Masquerade! Each year, Downtown Boulder is invaded by thousands of tiny ghosts & goblins, dinosaurs & dragons, fairies & princes, superheroes and animals of every size trick-or-treating along Pearl Street for the Munchkin Masquerade. There will be over 100 places handing out treats along the Pearl Street Mall. Munchkin Masquerade will be held on the Pearl Street Mall, Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

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