Halloween fun and a-mazing places
By Patte Smith
The Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce annual Trick or Treat Street in Castle Pines spells fun, candy and prizes for ghosts and goblins. Kids come in costumes and bring a bag for all the loot. Participating businesses along Castle Pines Parkway and The Village Shops at Happy Canyon and Santa Fe will pass out special treats and goodies. Look for the paper pumpkin in the window of the businesses that are participating. Masks must be worn when entering a business. For more information, visit www.castlepineschamber.com.
Spooktacular, at the Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock will be on Saturday, October 24 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. This year the fun will be held outdoors at the Amphitheater and the Millhouse. There will be games, food, prizes and candy. Kids are encouraged to wear family-friendly Halloween costumes. Spooktacular is free but does require all family members to register for the event at
Join the annual free Tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery on Saturday, October 10 at 4:30 p.m. The 45-minute tour will be limited to 40 people and reservations are required. Learn about the history of the cemetery that was established in 1875 by Douglas County pioneers. To register, email email@example.com or call the Castle Rock Museum at 303-814-3164.
Ghostly & Tragic Tales of Castle Rock walking tours will be held on Thursdays, October 1, October 8, October 22 and October 29. The 45-minute tours are free and begin at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert Street at 7 p.m. There is a limit of 25 people for each tour. Reservations are required by calling the museum at 303-814-3164 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for corn mazes? A few are close by and are sure to be fun for families.
Scramble through a corn maze at the Fall Festival at Flat Acres Farm in Parker. Check out the giant Jenga, hay rides, bounce house, corn hole games, petting zoo…the list goes on. If you dare, creep through Reaper’s Hollow or the Dead End Motel on fright nights. For more information, visit www.flatacresfarm.com and www.frightacres.com.
Lone Creek Farm’s Fall Festival is open until November 1 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located just off Parker Road in Franktown, the farm features hay wagons, farm animals, a pumpkin patch, pig races, zip lines and yummy homemade fudge and donuts. Buy tickets at the farm or online at www.lonecreekfarms.com.
A family run farm, The Patch in Elizabeth at 39980 Fox Trot Road has many activities for children. There is a pumpkin patch, The Wild West corn maze and a petting zoo of animals raised on the farm. Enjoy hayrides, bucking bronco train and much more. The patch is open until November 8 on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is also open for fall break, October 13 and 14. For more information, visit www.thepatchinelizabeth.com.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Corn Maze at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms is open Fridays through Sundays until October 31. Wind through the 7-acre corn maze and pick a pumpkin from a 10-acre pumpkin patch. No Halloween masks or costumes are allowed. Tickets must be purchased online. For more information and to get tickets, visit www.botanicgardens.org.