What better way to celebrate fall than getting spooked with your friends and family at some of the scariest haunted houses in Denver?! The Mile High City boasts some of the best array of haunted houses and Halloween-themed fun.
Haunted houses in Colorado range from family-friendly, open to the kids, to more adult-oriented, maybe pee-your-pants terror. Parents usually can make their own judgment, as age recommendations are merely that. Below, we’ll let you know what ages are suggested by those running it.
Most Halloween venues are only open on weekends at sundown, and of course, on Halloween Night, though days and times vary so please always check with the official website. The dates listed below are ranges and do not include closed weekdays or even closed weekend days.
Remember to show up earlier in the evening if you hate waiting because these places may have long lines. Some haunted houses in Denver sell tickets online in advance and others even offer a fast pass or line skip for a fee. Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts lurk around every dark corner of these haunted houses.
Experience the supernatural this season with your closest friends. Who will be the first to scream?
The Halloween season kicks off in autumn when the nights get colder, darker, and longer. Most haunted houses are open select nights from late September through October 31st, and some up to the weekend or two after that into November. Dress casually, no need to visit a Denver Halloween costume store just for the occasion.
Here are the 2023’s top haunted houses around Denver, CO, in no particular order:
The Frightmare Compound — Westminster
The oldest and longest-running haunted house in Denver, celebrating its 40 anniversary, The Frightmare Compound has been scaring the socks off Front Range residents. There are two haunted experiences featured here, both located in Westminster.
- Freightmare Compound – Founded in 1983 by Brad Holder, this Westminster haunted house was the first. He painstakingly crafted the compound for 16 years before falling ill. They say his body is buried deep within the haunted house, making this one of the most authentic.
- Lights Out – Hosted on special nights, you and your friends are alone in the compound, lost in absolute darkness!
13th Floor — Denver
The 13th Floor boasts over 15 years of scaring Denver and has a good reputation as one of Denver’s scariest. It’s open for two weekends after Halloween and is recommended for children over 11. This year’s attractions include The Deadlands, Repossessed, FairyTale Nightmare.
Choose from the aforementioned three attractions, and also enjoy Class Axe Throwing, Blitz Bowl, a Shriekeasy Bar with food and adult beverages, and mini escape games on the property. This year they are offering private cabanas to rent if you’re coming with a group.
Haunted Field of Screams—Thornton
This huge corn maze is home to one of Colorado’s largest Halloween scream parks, the Haunted Field of Screams. All children under 13 must be chaperoned by an adult. It’s located just north of the Mile High City in Thornton.
This year boasts the largest single haunt experience ever. Instead of multiple options, all guests will take a ride to the Riverdale Gates of Hell. This infamous 11-mile stretch of road is well known for its scary sights and sounds.
Witness the walking dead as strange, violent mysteries unravel around you. A hayride will transport you to where a woman in white awaits her revenge on her husband who burned down her house…or anybody else passing by.
HellScream Haunted House — Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs boasts the bone-chilling HellScream Haunted House. It starts Saturday, September 23rd, and runs on various dates through November 5th, 2022. Another Springs’ Halloween staple is the Haunted Mines, located inside of the larger Fear Complex. It starts on September 30th and runs until November 5th. They boast it as bigger, darker, and more terrifying than ever!
Aftermath — Cañon City
For those that live south of Denver, you have a few options for Halloween festivities. Cañon City’s Aftermath Haunted House features one of Colorado’s best-haunted houses. Year-after-year this Fremont County venue, located about an hour southwest of Colorado Springs delivers top notch entertainment on fall Saturday nights. It’s complete with zombie laser tag.
Cancelled for 2023 | Fright Acres — Parker
Although it’s been cancelled for the 2o23 season, keep this spooky spot on your radar for 2024, as it says it’s returning. With 3 completely separate attractions, Reaper’s Hollow at Fright Acres is sure to satisfy your Halloween fix. Home of Fright Acres, it’s the largest outdoor haunted attraction venue in Colorado.
It’s located southeast of Denver in the secluded, but fast growing suburb of Parker.
Thanks for checking out our list of top haunted houses around the Mile High City. If you’re still looking for more, you can visit the Pikes Peak Region, as it has its fair share of terror-themed festivities. You can also uncover Colorado’s most haunted places any time of year.