Finding Family-Friendly Halloween Fun

Trick-or-treat your whole family to tons of festive Halloween fun this year at Colorado Springs’ many family-friendly Halloween events.

It’s time to scare up some fun for the whole family to enjoy this October in the Springs. While there are plenty of Halloween parties, pub crawls, and haunted houses around town, families looking for some not-so-spooky fun won’t have a problem finding it.

Whether you want to cozy up for a good Halloween movie, show off your costume, or collect all the candy you can before the big night, check out our list for where to find family-friendly Halloween fun below.

Boo at the Zoo

Oct. 21-23, 28-31
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd.

See the zoo as you’ve never seen it before, after hours, at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s fall festival. Slip into costume. Grab a trick-or-treating bag. And enjoy Halloween festivities, including a spooky graveyard, lighted pumpkin patch, haunted house and pirate’s cove. Don’t forget to stop at the many photo opportunities and trick-or-treat stations along the way.

Family dressed in costume for Boo at the Zoo.
Family dressed in costume for Boo at the Zoo.

Boo! at Bear Creek

Oct. 22
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd.

Walk the trails around Bear Creek Nature Center, meeting creepy costumed characters along the way that will unravel and dispel myths about things that go bump in the night. This event is 6-9 p.m. and recommended for ages 7 and up.

Boo at the Bridge

Oct. 22
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
4218 County Road 3A, Cañon City

There won’t be any tricks at Boo at the Bridge, only treats as local businesses and nonprofits gather at Royal Gorge Bridge to fill your bags with candy and goodies. When your bag’s too heavy to carry, sit for a spell and enjoy some spooky tunes from the local Deja Bluz band. Kids can also meet and learn about live animals, including snakes and rabbits. The festival happens 4-7:30 p.m., and the Aerial Gondolas will run from 4 to 6 p.m.

Halloween at Royal Gorge Bridge
Halloween at Royal Gorge Bridge.

Fallidays in Old Colorado City

Oct. 22
Bancroft Park, Old Colorado City
2408 W. Colorado Ave.

Enjoy live music, a pumpkin patch, balloon animals, face painters, stilt walker, henna, corn hole, pumpkin painting, dancing witches, scarecrows, cider, hot chocolate, sidewalk sales and more. The free festivities run 12-4 p.m.

Bear Creek Boo Bash

Oct. 23
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd.

Drop off your young ghoulies for a Saturday morning hike along spooky trails to learn about some of Bear Creek’s creepiest creatures. Plus, they’ll get to meet some live misunderstood animals. This Kid’s Morning Out happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and lunch is included.

Garden of the Ghouls: Trick or Treat at Garden of the Gods

Oct. 23
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
1805 N. 30th St.

Don’t wait for Halloween to trick-or-treat, head over the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center instead. From 12-3 p.m. the center has various locations set up throughout the space for kids to trick or treat and parade around in their costumes. Plus, the center will host a Spooky Scavenger Hunt in the exhibit hall for extra fun.

kids dressed up in costume for a family-friendly halloween

Costume Parade and Contest at The Garden

Oct. 29
The Garden
401 S. Nevada Ave.

Bring your kids and dogs over to The Garden for an afternoon of Halloween shenanigans, candy and costumes. From 1-3 p.m. you can participate in a costume parade and contest where they’ll give out 1st and 2nd place prizes for age groups 0-6 and 7-12.

Family Fall Crawl

Oct. 29
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum welcomes friends and family to have some festive fall fun during Family Fall Crawl at 2 p.m. During your stroll, you’ll visit five interactive art and history stations, such as Culinary Creativity, Natural Wonders, and Pumpkin Fun. Costumes are encouraged. Treats and prizes will be handed out to kids during the activities.

Fright at the Boo!seum

Oct. 29-31
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
200 S. Sierra Madre St.

Head to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum on Halloween weekend for tricks, treats and more. Children 12 and under in costume get free admission.

Jacko-lanterns will light the way at the Jack-O-Lantern Trail.
Jacko-lanterns will light the way at the Jack-O-Lantern Trail.

Jack-O’-Lantern Trail

Oct. 29
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain

Lighted jack-o’-lanterns illuminate the way as you tour the Fountain Creek Nature trail and surrounding center area. Here, you can embark on a short nature walk, hear some not-so-spooky stories, roast marshmallows and make festive crafts. Want to contribute to the trail? Then stop by the nature center’s pumpkin carving party that morning from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to carve and decorate your pumpkin.

Trunk or Treat Colorado Springs

Oct. 29
Peak N Pines Brewery
4005 Tutt Blvd.

Adults can grab a beer while the kiddos grab all the candy they can imagine at this trunk or treat event 5-8 p.m. And feel free to show your Halloween spirit and show up in your costume.

Gray or tumber wolf howling.
Gray or tumber wolf howling.


Oct. 30
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Divide

Feeding meat-filled pumpkins to wolves? That’s classic Colorado Halloween. OK, the staff at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center does the feeding while you enjoy a bonfire, refreshments and howling along with the wolf pack at this unique Halloween event.

Indoor Family Halloween Festival

Oct. 31
485 List Dr.

What’s free, fun and family-friendly? The Indoor Family Halloween Festival at SoccerHaus. Come out from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. for games, trick or treating, music, food, a bounce house, costume contest and more festive entertainment. Enjoy a sensory friendly hour 2-3 p.m. and costume contest at 5 p.m.

For the Bigger Kids

Spooktober Movie Marathon

Thursdays in October
Red Leg Brewing Company
2323 Garden of the Gods Rd.

Every Thursday in October, head over to Red Leg Brewing Company for a fun and free Halloween movie showing. The movie starts at 7 p.m. each night, and you’re more than welcome to cozy up with your own blankets and chairs. If you want to plan a night out with the family, please note that the first three shows are PG-rated while the final two are PG-13 and R.

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Haley Harward
Haley Harward
Haley Harward is a young and vibrant woman who loves to read, drink coffee, and go hiking. She is a contributing writer for and is the media manager for Springs Media LLC.

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