- Written by Katie Harris Katie Harris
Pick a pumpkink, trick-or-treat, ride a hay wagon or join the Zombie Fest
With all the Halloween festivities taking place across northern Colorado there’s no excuse to save those costumes and fun for Oct. 31.
The Farm is the place to be to feel the spirit of the season. From Oct. 4-22, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am-5pm families can select their own pumpkin. When visiting on the weekends, guests can also catch a 20-minute tractor-drawn hayride along the Poudre River. On Oct. 27-29, The Farm will also be holding its annual Treatsylvania event. Tickets for this unique trick-or-treat opportunity cost $5/child and must be purchased ahead of time at The Farm, Northside Aztlan Community Center, EPIC or Foothills Activity Center. The event is open to ages 10 and under with an accompanying adult. Pups will also be welcomed out to The Farm for a trick-or-treat event of their own on Oct. 28th. Costumed canine critters can enjoy a special photo opportunity and trick-or-treat. Human family members are welcome to come along! Tickets cost $5/dog and must be purchased at The Farm in advance.
Fort Collins is also home to the popular Old Town Halloween Zombie Fest, which includes a Kidz Crawl on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 2-6pm in Old Town Square. The event will feature music and entertainment throughout the afternoon, including a science presentation and an opportunity to learn the “Thriller” dance; on-site make up artists to transform young and old alike into zombies, ghouls and goblins; and, with each $13 kids wristband, up to five stops at local shops for giveaways such as ice cream, video game playtime, and goody bags. Visit www.oldtownzombie.com to purchase tickets.
On Oct. 28 from 7:15-8:45pm, The Greeley Ice Haus will host Cosmic Costume Skate. Skaters in costume will receive free skate rentals and be eligible to compete for a prize in the costume contest at 7:45pm. Admission is $5 for ages 5 and up, and $1.50 for under 5. Visit www.greeleyrec.com for more information.
The Centennial Village Museum in Greeley is bringing back its Howl-O-Ween Trick-or-Treat event this year on Oct. 21 from 3-7pm. Guests can trick-or-treat at the on-site historic structures, play carnival games, visit the haunted house and take part in the costume contest. The museum will also hold a Little Boo’s Howl-O-Ween field trip on Oct. 23 from noon-3pm for young children to explore the museum in costume on a guided tour. The cost to attend either event is $2/adult and $1/child. For more information visit www.greeleymuseums.com.
The Chilson Recreation Center in Loveland is offering a Vintage Inspired Jack-o-Lantern crafting class for the whole family (ages 5 and up) this month. Participants will create one-of-a-kind Halloween buckets. The class meets twice, on Friday, Oct. 20th and Friday Oct. 27 from 5:15-6:30pm and costs $22/person for the series. Register online at www.cityofloveland.org/webtrac.
Preschoolers are invited to attend two Halloween-themed events at the Chilson Recreation Center. Pumpkin Pals takes place on Fridays, Oct. 13 through Nov. 3 and features stories, finger plays, songs and crafts to celebrate the season. The class series costs $24 for ages 2 to 3, and $33 for ages 3.5 to 5. A Halloween party just for ages 2 to 5 will take place on Oct. 31. For $12/attendee children can make Halloween crafts, play games and trick-or-treat around the Chilson center. Visit www.cityofloveland.org/webtrac to register.