When did Halloween become a month-long event? It used to be just one evening, and kids' masks were paper plates with cut-out eye holes. But these days, children can benefit from America's tendency to drag out any holiday. Here are ten trick-or-treating events your little ones will love, from Wednesday, October 25, through Tuesday, October 31.
Wicked Wednesday Halloween Party
Outlets at Castle Rock
5050 Factory Shops Boulevard, Castle Rock
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25
Head south for a trick-or-treat-or-shopping experience. The children will marvel at a show by Denver magician Keir Royale, and can trick-or-treat at stores and complete their Halloween transformations with face painting. Once the finishing touches have been added to their costumes by the application of too much hard-to-remove makeup (sorry, parents), they can participate in the costume contest, where prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest and most creative duds. Meanwhile, stock up on some irregular long underwear for the cold nights ahead.
Kids Halloween Party and Parade
1701 Wynkoop Street
5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 26
Halloween is no time for your kids to have fun; it's time to exercise your parental authority by dictating what costumes they'll don and how much candy they'll eat. This will work out in your favor, though, when you force your offspring to dress as Hobbit to your Gandalf or Madeline to your Miss Clavel, and you win the group costume contest at Union Station's Halloween celebration. You say you want
your children to have fun? Oh, fine — there will be trick-or-treating at the shops, a parade and train rides on the plaza. Elsa, Gru and his fellow minions, and Star Wars
characters will also make appearances for your little one.
Trick or Treat Street at Harvey Park
Harvey Park Recreation Center
2120 South Tennyson Way
4 to 5 p.m. Friday, October 27
Your kids will get a double dose of Halloween hijinks at this event. From 4 to 5 p.m., the young ones will roam the rec center getting their candy fix, and after the trick-or-treating is over, they can hop on a shuttle to St. Charles Recreation Center, 3777 Lafayette Street, which is putting on a haunted house that night. While everything from the treats to the spooks are free, you are required to register for the event at the Denver Parks and Recreation website
— and space is limited, so act fast.
Trick or Treat Street
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Don't be chicken — Halloween is fun!
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus Facebook page
2121 Children's Museum Drive
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29
$13 to $15
Trick or Treat Street is a Denver classic, and for good reason. The Children's Museum goes all out, with three days devoted to creating a carnival atmosphere for children in costume and the adults who wrangle them. There will be trick-or-treating, of course, but there will also be a monster carnival, "fang-tastic" treats, Halloween arts and crafts, creepy science experiments, train rides, circus performances, a bouldering bus and more. Just be sure to check out mychildsmuseum.org
before heading over, as a few events are one-day only.
Family Overnight: Halloween at the Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, October 27, through Saturday, October 28
$55 to $80
If you love Halloween — really, really love Halloween — go all out by signing up to overnight at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. This event promises the ultimate in atmospheric fun, because what's scarier than spending the night in a building full of corpses? Kids (and parents!) will trick-or-treat throughout the museum, explore the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit, watch an IMAX film, and sleep in the diorama halls. If you get lucky, you might even see one of the mummies rise from its sarcophogus at the witching hour.