Calling all ghouls and goblins!
The Mile High City comes alive each fall with dozens of Halloween festivals! Whether you want to pick your own pumpkins, make your way through a giant corn maze, take a ride in a hay wagon or get your ghoul on in a scary haunted house, this classic Denver area festival has what you’re looking for!
Denver Botanic Gardens at the Chatfield Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128
Dates: Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday; September 4 to October 31
Hours: Fridays 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
and Sundays Noon to 10 p.m.
Prices: $10 Adult, $8 Member/Senior/Student /Groups of 15+,
$5 Children (3 -12), $4 Child member, Children under 3 are free.
Purchase tickets at the Corn Maze, or through TicketsWest at any King Soopers. Look for discount coupons in the E-Book or your Entertainment Book.
The Denver Botanic Gardens Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze has been a Denver area tradition for years, and never fails to disappoint. With one of the largest and most intricate corn mazes in Colorado, fun activities for the whole family and the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin right off of the vine, this classic fall festival is a great choice for ages 0 to 99!
The Highlights and the Low Down:
Our family has been attending this festival since we moved back to the Denver area in 2006. My children, ages 7 and 14, count the days until the next time they can go back to the Corn Maze and beat their individual time records! Every year, each of us has a turn to be the leader, and the house rule is that the rest of us have to follow whether we believe that the leader is going in the right direction or not. Last year, our daughter, Emily, who was 6 at the time, broke the all-family record by getting us out in 4 minutes and 37 seconds! I, on the other hand, had to take one of the convenient emergency exits located throughout the maze after 57 minutes of walking in circles. The Corn Maze is a great adventure, but parents, accompany your young children into the maze, as it can be overwhelming to the younger set.
For small children, make a visit to the McDonald’s Mini Maze and Dino Discovery Area that lets them dig for bones and search for fossils. They will love being able to do a corn maze on their own, and don’t worry, they can’t get lost in this one!
The hay rides that are offered ($5 per person and $4 per person for groups of 10 or more) are great fun for all ages. They are available on Saturdays and Sundays only and run from noon to 5 p.m. A word to the wise: Hay is more fun to sit on if you bring a blanket, keeping you from getting poked in the behind by stiff pieces of straw!
If scares and screams are what get your blood pumping, check out the chilling haunted house on site, aptly named “The Butcher”. This attraction is restricted to teens and adults only, and I wouldn’t recommend trying to sneak in anyone younger than 13. My husband and son went in last year, and I can still recall the sounds of my teenagers’ screams coming from inside the house. From the pasty color of his skin when he exited, I knew it had the desired effect!
The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield also has the requisite pumpkin patch on site for you to choose your own pumpkin to take home. The price of the pumpkin is based on it’s weight, and the only thing at the festival that we generally skip. The pumpkins can be pricey here, and the pickings tend to be slim after the first weekend in October. While they’re fun to pick on your own, for a budget minded family, this was a bank-breaker. And yes, if you choose your pumpkins in late September to get the pick of the patch, they will most likely be too soft to carve by Halloween.
In addition, you’ll find lots of tasty treats available for sale (grab an ear of roasted corn!) and craft booths from local vendors to peruse.
All in all, it’s a classic event not to be missed!