Kids Will Go Out of Their Gourds at These Halloween Events

Get spooky with Boo at the Zoo, a family-friendly event complete with trick-or-treating and lots of costumed kids.
Get spooky with Boo at the Zoo, a family-friendly event complete with trick-or-treating and lots of costumed kids. Linnea Covington
Halloween is almost here, so grab your little ones and scare up some fun. Between the pumpkin festivals, trick-or-treating opportunities and events illuminated by tons of glowing lights that keep the night from getting too dark and spooky, there's plenty of family-friendly fun. Here are some options for the last three days of October, including the  safest option of all: partying with the Denver Police Department!
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Bugtober at the Butterfly Pavilions has plenty of creepy crawlies.
Butterfly Pavilions
Bugtober: Toxic Terrors
Butterfly Pavilion
Just the idea of a creepy-crawly bug is enough to make many people jump,screaming for help. Yes, bugs can be scary, and the folks at the Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Drive in Broomfield, are counting on that to keep the place jumping all month long. The whole space is bugged out for October, with giant spiders and special events to keep things hopping. Admission ranges from $7 to $11 per person, depending on age.
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Halloween parade at Union Station.
Denver Union Station
DPD Halloween Parties
four metro locations

On Wednesday, October 31, the DPD will host four parties for kids. From 4 to 6 p.m., District One
will host a bash at the Aztlan Recreation Center, 4435 Navajo Street; from 4 to 7 p.m., Districts Two and Five will co-host a party at the Denver Police Academy, 2155 Akron Way (near East Montview and Central Park boulevards); from 4 to 7 p.m., District Six will throw a bash at the Denver District Six Station, 1566 Washington Street; and from 4 to 7 p.m., District Four will host trick-or-treaters at the Denver District Four Station, 2100 South Clay Street.

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Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs.
Ally Brayton
Great Wolf Lodge, Colorado Springs

Head to Colorado Springs and take advantage of the Halloween festivities at the Great Wolf Lodge, 9494 Federal Drive, each evening. From now through the end of October, your little ones can go trick-or-treating any night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and that's just the start of the Halloween fun. The lodge also hosts monster-themed games in the lobby, such as Witch Hat Ring Toss, Mummy Bowling, Feed the Monster and Boo Bingo. There's a Howl-O-Ween house in the lobby, and throughout the month, visitors can expect spirited dance parties, themed character breakfasts, haunted scavenger hunts and more. All this, plus guests of the resort can take advantage of the 105,000-square-foot water park when they're done being spooky.

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New this year is Pumpkin Nights in Brighton.
Pumpkin Nights
Pumpkin Nights
Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex
Expect all things pumpkin at this new, interactive adventure in the Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton. The experience includes eight multi-sensory "Pumpkin Lands" showcasing over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins, both of the foam and squash variety. The space will be illuminated with neon lights and paint creating the alebrijes, or spirit animals, in the animated movie Coco, which will also be screening. Chat with pumpkin-carving artists, visit the pumpkin patch, paint your own orange orb, nibble on treats and see the fire dancers flit between everything else. Pumpkin Nights runs now through November 4, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 for ages 13 to 59, $16 for ages 4 to 12 and 60-plus, and free for those 3 and under.

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington