Halloween In Colorado: A MapQuest Guide
From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Colorado that are sure to be a scream.
— Caryl Ramsey
Stanley Hotel Historic Ghost & History Tours
Enjoy the 1900s historical tour of the origins of the Stanley Hotel, including the underground tunnel. Visit room 217, where Stephen King's novel, The Shining, was first created. Listen to ghost stories, but watch out for the ghost sightings, especially Flora, the first owner's dead wife, who still makes appearances playing the piano. Tours are offered daily. Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for ages 5 to 10. Reservations are strongly recommended, and children under five are not allowed on the tour.
333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517 | Get Directions
Northern Colorado Corn Maze
A fun human puzzle during the day turns into a haunted adventure at night. The moonlight is the only guide through this haunted corn maze after sundown. Monsters and creatures are lurking around every bend. This 15-acre corn field is the scariest and oldest maze in Fort Collins. This is an annual event held on weekends in October and the entire week of Halloween. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. General admission at night is $14 per person and $25 for VIP admission. Daytime admission is $8 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and under.
2318 S. County Road, Fort Collins, CO 80525 | Get Directions
Beware of the annual underground mines in Colorado Springs presented by the Western Museum of Mining and Industry. The ghosts of dead miners are waiting to mingle with the living. Plunge into the depths of the mines in the "hellevator." Comfortable hiking clothes and shoes are recommended, since crawling through mazes of tunnels may be the only escape at times. Sandals, open-toed shoes and flip-flops are not allowed. This 26-acre event is open to the public Thursday through Sunday during the month of October and the full week of Halloween. Regular admission is $15 and VIP passes are sold for $20.
225 North Gate Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80921 | Get Directions
See room 217 in the Stanley Hotel where Stephen King once stayed. King created his novel, The Shining, while staying in this room.
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