Complete Guide to Fall Events in Northern Colorado

October 19, 2016

Top-Rated Attractions in Loveland, Fort Collins, and Northern Colorado

If you like hair raising fun on a Friday night or want to laugh and wind your way through a corn maze with your family under the warm fall sun, Northern Colorado has some great activities for you to enjoy this Halloween season.  Get out your face paint, your costume and grab a sweater as you head out the door for some spooktacular fun.

In Fort Collins, here are some great activities

  • The Old Town Zombie Fest on October 22 will find you running into zombies of every ghoulish design.  Come in your own makeup or have it done in Old Town Square by a professional makeup artist for a fee ranging from $10-$30 depending on the zombie detail you desire.  Bring the kids out for the kids crawl from 2-6 p.m. and for $12, they’ll get five kid-friendly gifts from designated shops downtown.  The zombie crawl gets started at 5 p.m. with all ages welcome.  For $16, the walking dead will get five gifts as they prance or drag through old town doing their best zombie impression.  Embrace your inner zombie and head to get your tickets for less in advance of the event.
  • Treatsylvania at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park is a great family-friendly event for kids under the age of 10 on October 28 through 30.  Take your little ones through the farm, transformed into a Halloween village, with over 40 storefronts handing out candy.  You can also enjoy a hayride and stop by the barn to look at the collection of their pumpkins. Click here for more information.
  • If exercise and brews are more your speed, then check out the 3rd Annual Malt Monster 5K hosted by Fort Collins Brewery on October 29 at 10 a.m.  Registration includes a brewery sports pack, pint glass, beer samples and yummy appetizers. Pull out your costume; there will be a costume contest at this Halloween themed race.  Visit their Eventbrite page to get registered before race day.
  • Head over to The Gardens on Spring Creek for a visit through their Halloween Enchanted Garden.  On October 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. kids from 2-8 years old will enjoy Halloween activities and games that are pure fun all while dressed in their costume.
  • What could be cuter than little kids in scary costumes on parade? If you have little ones that won’t be heading out Halloween night, head to old town Fort Collins for Tiny Tot Halloween.  Your fairy princess or superhero will get a goodie bag and a map to the participating locations where you can collect treats… and tricks.  There will be crossing guards at every intersection and fun everywhere you look!  The event is October 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Click here for more information.
  • At Bartels Farm Pumpkin Patch you and your family can test your directional skills with the kids’ mini straw maze, pet some farm animals, take a hayride and find the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.  Be sure to check out their “punkin’ chunkin” – admit it, launching pumpkins into a field sound like fun, doesn’t it? Admission is free, and you can take part in the fall festivities at the Bartels Pumpkin Patch 9/17 through 10/31.
  • For the past 15 years, Jack Lantern’s corn maze has offered 90 acres of daytime and nighttime fun and fright. This year, Jack Lantern’s is back for another Halloween season. The corn maze spans more than 20 acres, and you can join in the scavenger hunt during the daytime hours of 11 a.m. to dusk enjoy the pumpkin patch’s seasonal decor, farm animals, and corn chunkin’ activities. As night falls, catch a ride on the haunted hayride and corn maze.

Loveland Halloween Happenings

  • The Halloween Family Fun Festival hosted by Loveland Museum at Peters Park promises fun for everyone.  On October 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can visit vendors set up at the park, keep the kids entertained with activities, do some trick-or-treating and eat great food from local vendors.  Remember to come dressed for the occasion; there’s a costume contest for kids of all ages.
  • Osborn Farm in South Loveland is one of the oldest farms in the area. Founded in 1861, before Colorado was even a state, Osborne farm has been delighting families for generations. Osborne Farm boasts a variety of activities the whole family can enjoy such as face painting, lessons on how to press your own apple cider, horse-drawn wagon rides, kettle corn, artisan breads and cheeses, and of course, a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, and indian corn.
  • The Creepy Walk is not a haunted house or a corn maze. It is exactly what it says: it's a creepy walk… in the woods. Located at the base of the Devil's Backbone in West Loveland, the haunted woods are said to be so scary that even the staff won’t enter alone. Can you survive it? Open weekends through October; the Creepy Walk was rated one of Loveland’s top Halloween attractions by Spooky Colorado in 2015. Got little ones? The Creepy Walk offers kid-friendly days without the “fear-factor” October 29th and 30th to trick or treat with the Grimms Fairy Tale characters.

Frightful Fun in Greeley

  • Howl-O-Ween Trick-or-Treat on October 22 will give your family a treat.  For just $1 for kids and $2 for adults, this Halloween festival promises fun with carnival games, a costume contest, and treats.  Head over to Centennial Village Museum from 3-7 p.m. for family friendly fun.
  • Trick-or-Treat Street on October 30 will have your kids skipping downtown for treats from 44 different stores.  The streets will be closed to traffic so go and enjoy walking through the heart of Greeley while playing pumpkin cornhole, candy corn bowling and whipping out a jack-o-lantern at the pumpkin decorating table.  Test your clue finding skills with a scavenger hunt for treats.  Just pick up a map on the corner by the Rio Restaurant and go hunting!  This entertaining event will run from 4-6 p.m.
  • Fritzler’s Giant Pumpkin Patch in LaSalle, only 7 short miles south of Greeley on Highway 85, offers one of the largest corn mazes in Colorado and a seven-acre pumpkin patch for hunting for your perfect Halloween decoration. Since 2000, the Fritzler corn maze has been recognized for creating diverse corn maze designs. This year’s the corn maze design is dedicated to the Denver Broncos winning the 50th Super Bowl. After dark, the haunted fun begins as the maze gets scarier and is divided into two phases. The first phase is just a normal corn maze, but the second phase is a section they like to call Scream Acres, and it definitely lives up to its name. Fritzler’s also has a pumpkin patch, a hay climb, duck races, pedal go-karts, and a barrel train. If you’ve lived in Northern Colorado for a while, then you know that this is one of the most recognized Halloween attractions in the area. Whether you're looking for a family-friendly outing or getting scared, Fritzler's is worth checking out.
Even more Activities Worth Checking Out in Northern Colorado
  • Looking for a unique way to pick your pumpkin this year? Take the Pumpkin Plunge in Windsor. Swim through the brand new Community Recreation Center pool and choose your pumpkin to decorate there while you enjoy a movie and some music. The Pumpkin Plunge will be help October 21 from 6-8 p.m.
  • What’s scarier than corn mazes or haunted houses - How about a ghost tour? Join in the haunted history tour brought to you by the Student Advisory Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) around the Boardwalk Park Museum in Windsor. October 28-29 from 6- 9 PM
  • Weekdays in October, Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Patch offers self-guided tours. Weekends are when the real fun begins, and the Harvest celebration kicks up to include pony rides, mini airplane rides, pumpkin painting, a mini corn stalk tunnel, and an inflatable obstacle course. Enjoy hand-spun cotton candy, caramel apples, and hot pretzels on site. Oh, and don't forget to pick your pumpkin! Visit their website for more information.


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