Halloween Events Around Douglas County

halloween-jack-o-laternsIt’s time for frights and confectionary delights! Douglas County’s little ghosts and goblins will love celebrating Halloween at these events.

 

FALL FESTIVALS

Family Fall Fest (Parker)

October 24; free

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The whole family can have fun with enchanted Storytimes, boo-tacular games, spooky crafts, and tasty treats at this annual autumn festival!

Harvest Festival (Castle Rock)

October 28; free

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The perfect autumn setting for making wonderful memories with family and friends. The food is rich, the drinks are warm, and the beer is crisp.

 

SPOOKY ACTIVITIES

Paranormal Investigation (Lone Tree)

October 19; free

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A team of paranormal investigators will share true ghost stories from around our area, as well as tips and tricks for investigating the paranormal.

Zombie FX (Parker)

October 26; free

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Learn makeup tricks and techniques for transforming yourself into a zombie or other ghoulish monster.

Haunted Douglas County (Castle Rock, Louviers, Castle Pines)

October 17, 24 & 29; free

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Shaun Boyd from the DCHRC shares the real-life creepy tales of our area that will send shivers up and down your spine!

 

HAUNTED HOUSES

Castle of Terror (Castle Rock)

October 20, 21, 27 & 28; $10-20

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Castle Rock’s most frightening haunted house features the Bearded Lady, Werewolf Boy, Medusa and other terrifying characters! Hosted by the Castle Rock Fire Department, all proceeds from this event benefit the Fire and Police Explorers.

Reaper’s Hollow (Parker) 

October 20, 21, 27, 28 & 31; $20

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Are you brave enough to enter the shack at Reaper’s Hollow and survive an over half-mile trek through a ghoulish cornfield and the terrifying woods?

Haunted Forest (Highlands Ranch)

October 20 & 21; $13

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The gates of the Haunted Forest are open for two nights only, where nightmares lurk behind every tree and bush!

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT

Wicked Wednesday (Castle Rock)

October 25; free

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Before All Hallows’ Eve, take your Halloween costumes out for a test run at the Wicked Wednesday Halloween Party at the Outlets at Castle Rock! This kid-friendly evening will include face painting, a holiday magic show by Keir Royale, a costume contest, all-center trick-or-treating, and more.

Trick-or-Treat Street (Highlands Ranch)

October 28; $2

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Kids 12 and under are invited to put on costumes, grab their trick-or-treat bags, and join the fun at Trick-or-Treat Street! Local businesses provide treats for all the little ghosts and goblins.

Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet (Parker)

October 31; free

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All your little ghouls, ghosts, goblins, princesses, superheroes and anyone else can celebrate Halloween in downtown Parker. Local businesses will line the street, providing a fun and safe place for kids of all ages to trick or treat.

 

Harry Potter-Inspired Party Ideas

Harry Potter fans are celebrating the fictional wizard’s birthday this week. Looking to throw your own Potter-themed party? We’ve got some fun ideas for you!

Invites

Party Invitations

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These decorative, letter-style invites are brilliant, as Harry would say!

A few things you’ll need: white balloons, black marker or Sharpie, white ribbon, aged cardstock paper.

Party Favors & Decor

Harry Potter Ties

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These adorable ties can be made from cardstock, and they can double as a party activity if you provide the supplies for kids to color and personalize their ties.

Here’s what you’ll need: paper cardstock, crayons, hole punch, elastic.

Treat Bags

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These creative treat bags make great party favors to send home with each guest. You can fill them with whatever treats you can conjure.

Materials needed include: lunch-sized paper bags, scissors, gold ribbon, wizard treats (candy), pretzel rods.

Potion Jar Centerpieces

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These magical centerpieces are a delightful, if not disgusting, feast for your party guests’ eyes!

Here’s what you’ll need: glass jars in different sizes, labels for jars, food coloring, water, a variety of odd-looking substances to serve as “magical” ingredients.

Ghosts & Dementors

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What would a Harry Potter party be without a few terrifying dementors? Hang these throughout your party space for horrifying, but fun, effect!

Materials needed include: cheesecloth, fabric stiffener, balloons, string, invisible nylon thread.

Treats & Snacks

Cheese & Pretzel Broomsticks

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These cute, simple snacks will be a big hit with your young party witches and wizards!

Ingredients: cheese sticks, pretzel sticks, chives.

Butter Beer

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This Harry Potter staple is a must-have for any themed party! And it’s simple to make.

Ingredients: vanilla ice cream, cream soda.

Golden Snitches

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Fun, simple, delicious — a party trifecta! Everyone will want to get their hands on these golden snitches.

Ingredients and materials needed: wrapped chocolate truffles, glue dots, paper wings.