The 7 Best Ways to Experience Halloween In Boulder (October 2021)
Autumn in Boulder is the best. Electric yellow Aspen trees pop along the mountainsides and breathe new energy into the city.
In a town of free spirits, Halloween is a great opportunity to let our creative energy run wild. It’s great to see our community channel this energy through costumes and lawn decorations. There’s never more happening around town than in the month of October. Halloween in Boulder is a great excuse to get festive and active within the community. So we’ve put together a list of the best ways to get the most out of the best month of the year.
1. PYOP (Pick Your Own Pumpkin) at a local Boulder Pumpkin Patch
Do you prefer a round, smooth picture-perfect pumpkin? Or do you prefer the irregular, warty ones with lots of character? It’s always fun to wander around a pumpkin patch looking for the one that “feels right”. And Boulder’s pumpkin patches all offer more than just a pick-n-go experience. It’s a whole afternoon of fun.
Anderson Farms in Erie hosts a month-long fall festival. You can launch pumpkins from a cannon, get lost in a corn maze, and go for a mine car ride.
Red Wagon Organic Farm in Longmont is a great option for organic agro-tourism. The price of admission includes a farm tour, hayrides, and pumpkins straight off the vine. You’ll also get to pet alpacas and llamas!
2. Spike Your Adrenaline With A Boulder Haunted House
Haunted houses are not for everyone. But those who do enjoy a controlled spike in adrenaline fear should definitely try out a few of Boulder’s spookiest spots.
A Creepy Walk In The Woods in Loveland is a visceral experience. You’re not wandering through a decorated building. You’re out in the elements. You never know what the snap of a twig could mean. This haunt is not for the faint of heart.
Some of the other top-rated haunted houses in the area are:
Haunted houses are popular and often involve some waiting in line. So make sure to arrive with plenty of time, or maybe even splurge on VIP tickets.
3. Boulder Trunk or Treat Events
Trunk or treats have gained popularity over the last decade. Children love them because they get the opportunity to snag candy on multiple occasions. Parents love them because they can feel secure knowing the participants have been vetted and the candy is safe (stranger danger is still important!).
4. Boogie Down at a Parade
October 31, 2021 3-6pm.
It’s almost scary how adorable it is. head to Pearl Street for the annual Munchkin Masquerade. Boulder’s children show off their costumes a strut down Pearl Street hoping to fill their buckets with candy. Parents go all out too. You’ll see some pretty amazing displays of costume creativity.
The Longmont Halloween Parade
October 30, 9:30a-12:00pm
Odds are that you’ve dedicated a decent amount of time or money to your costume. Why not wear it as many times as possible? March in two parades! Pop over to Main Street in Longmont where festivity abounds!
5. Catch a Halloween Drive-In Movie
Pack some hot chocolate and a few blankets and head over to the FlatIorns Golf Course for an all-American drive-in movie. This activity won’t take away from any trick-or-treating, rather it will add to your Halloweek of fun. The City of Boulder will be screening four movies over the course (no pun intended) of two days at the Flat Irons Golf Course. Two movies will be children-themed… the other two will be for adults.
October 28th & 29th
6. Boulder Halloween 5K’s
For new runners, a 5K can be a frightening concept. But there’s nothing to be scared of here. 5K’s are all festivity and fun. There is a palpable positive energy and support on race days. Strangers ring cowbells and cheer eachother on. Costumes and decorations are plentiful. And of course, you also get a fierce surge of endorphins that comes with exercise.
And if you feel yourself starting to slow down? Just pretend you’re running from the boogeyman. Here are all the Halloween-themed 5K’s happening near Boulder:
7. Boulder Halloween Parties
If 21+ events are your poison, add these ragers to your calendar:
The Haunted Carnival
Dv8 Distillery is celebrating its 6th anniversary with a night of fiery decadence. They will have two sound stages, art galleries, fire dancers, aerial performers, and a haunted Box Truck.
The Shining Ball
Is The Shining the scariest movie ever made? Some say it is. For a Horror Movie buff, there are no scarier Halloween plans than attending a ball at the Stanley Hotel. The ball will feature live music and a costume contest. Get ready to party like it’s 1799.
Ball attendees are encouraged to stay at the hotel to avoid late-night driving through Rocky Mountain Passes (that’s the scariest thing we’ve mentioned so far, actually!). Overnight guests can enjoy a jazz brunch the following morning.
Halloween Motown Prom
Happy Halloween from The Burgess Group | Compass!
However, you decide to celebrate, send us a DM with a picture of your costume! All of our Boulder realtors agree… this is our favorite holiday.