Okay, so every month on this blog, we tout why that particular month is the “best.” But let’s get real – October is truly the greatest month of the year in Colorado. Seriously! Not only is the weather outside perfect, this is the time of year where all of your favorite scary movies are playing on TV. All of the pumpkin-flavored goodies are in the stores. You always have that one creative neighbor who goes all-out with the awesome Halloween decorations (or maybe it’s you?). And, of course, on the 31st, you get to eat ALL of the candy that you want, no judgment.
October is also an event-packed month, from corn mazes to road races to spooky festivals. We’ve managed to cull down the list and highlight a few fun activities for our BackCountry family, including events in both Denver and Highlands Ranch.
WARRIOR BONFIRE 5K RACE
Sunday, October 7, 9am, Falcon Park
Jog off that upcoming candy binge! Run/walk a 5K through the open space trails in Falcon Park (and Cheese Ranch) to benefit the Warrior Bonfire Program. This program gives support to Purple Heart combat veterans. Sign up.
GLOW AT THE GARDENS
October 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25 5:30 – 9:30pm, Denver Botanic Gardens
It’s Halloween at the garden! Find pumpkin artists creating larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o-lanterns, and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins, all in a creepy-Halloween atmosphere. In addition, enjoy spooky storytelling, trick-or-treating, carnival games, and a scavenger hunt. Learn more.
CORN MAZE AT CHATFIELD FARMS
Friday-Sunday, through October 26, 10am, Chatfield Farms
Get lost in the 7-acre corn maze at Chatfield Farms! This maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. The maze is open during the day, but at night time you can stick around for the After Dark Corn Maze, the Dead Zone Scream Park, and Fear Flicks. Food vendors are on hand or bring your own snacks and dine at the provided picnic tables. Get tickets.
THE BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 13, various times, EXDO Event Center
Get bloody this October! Well, get your drink served bloody – and then throw in various accoutrements crafted by aficionados. The Bloody Mary Festival is a celebration of the most beloved brunch cocktail and the largest event of its kind. Sample various concoctions and then vote for the People’s Choice Award for Best Bloody Mary in Denver. Tickets on sale here.
5TH ANNUAL CHOCTOBERFEST
Saturday, October 13, 10am-6pm, Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
If you prefer sweet to savory, skip the Bloody Mary’s and hit this chocolate celebration instead! Inside, you’ll find 25,000 square feet of Colorado’s most indulgent chocolate and beverage festival. Indulge here.
FRIGHT NIGHT AND HAUNTED TRAIL
Friday, October 26, Sundial House
Come join your neighbors for this fun, Halloween-themed event here at BackCountry.