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There’s only one way to truly experience Halloween and that’s with a good, ghoulish, gut-wrenching haunted house. Call us old fashion, but we believe the more screams, the better. With plenty of choices to get your spooks in, we’ve narrowed it down to what we think is the scariest freight in Ft Collins and Boulder!

Ft Collins-

  • Northern Colorado Corn Maze“, 2318 S County Rd 5: Innocent field of corn by day, haunted maze by night! At dusk, this place transforms in to one heck of a scary place, full of monsters and creatures, searching for souls to take. The moon is your only light as you wonder aimlessly through the dark. Be prepared to be very very afraid at this attraction!

Boulder-  unfortunately there isn’t any big haunted houses in the immediate Boulder area, but we’ve got a few for you.

  • Field of Corpses“,  13251 West 64th Avenue, Arvada, CO: This haunted house is based around the story of a family in 1802 slowly disappearing during the harvest season. Go find out exactly what happened and how they still haunt this field.
  • Circus of Fear 3D“, 5550 Wadsworth, Arvada, CO 80002 : Instead of waiting in long haunt lines this year, you’ll get to run around this haunted carnival midway playing unique haunt themed games, eating dinner and watching free performances while you wait your turn for the 2 haunted houses! That’s right! This location has 2 haunted houses!
  • Haunted Field of Screams” go HERE for directions” We are really interested in this one! A set path through a field where you interact with multiple haunted areas. There’s also an adjoining corn maze called Dead Man’s Night Maze, guaranteed to  make you jump with freight!

 

 

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What’s a great way to combine fitness, Halloween and good beer? The Dead Celebrity Run! You heard us right- October 24th at 6:30pm is the 2nd Annual Dead Celebrity 5k in Old Town, Ft Collins. Dress up as your favorite dead celebrity and meet a flock of other ghosts from the past at the corner of Mountain Ave and Howes St to haunt the streets. And run, of course!

Following the freightening running experience, enjoy complimentary beer by Odell Brewing and an after party at The Rio Grande.

This race is to die for, so don’t miss out on registration!

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What better way to show your fall spirit than to carry a  pumpkin on a 2 mile race? That’s exactly the idea for the Great Pumpkin Haul on October 19th. Scoop up your gourd of choice and scoot around the Denver Botanical Gardens. Test your strength and endurance by climbing over hay bales and other mystery obstacles designed by Colorado Obstacle Racers and the Greenwood Village Title Boxing Club. Stick around after the races to enjoy a microbrew or hot apple cider and watch the awards ceremony to announcing quickest hauler, best costume, fastest team, and heaviest pumpkin!

Races are from 8am- noon.$45-$50 to sign up.  Register HERE.

Denver Botanical Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton

www.thegreatpumpkinhaul.com

Photo from Estes Trail Ascent Website
Photo from Estes Trail Ascent Website

Photo from Estes Trail Ascent Website

For those that have seen Estes Park, you know just how beautiful the surrounding town’s mountains really are. If you haven’t been to this fantastic getaway, we’ve come up with a great excuse for you to check it out! Strap on your running shoes- it’s time to hit the trail!

Estes Park is working on creating a name for itself as America’s Trail Running destination. This year they’re hosting the 2nd Annual Trail Running Conference USA and the Estes Trail Ascent over the weekend of October 9th-12th. This event brings together industry leaders, retailers and runners of all levels.  Thursday October 9 is for Trail Race Directors, and Friday October 10 and Saturday October 11 are for Trail Runners. Sunday October 12 rounds off the weekend with a trail race on a local Estes Park trail.  It’s $25 for individual day sign up and $45 for both Friday and Saturday races.

And what better place to explore the trails than a gorgeous mountain town, located right next to the Rocky Mountain National Forest?The Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park host more than 130 individual paths that climb from 7,522 feet to 14,255 feet and total 355 miles. That’s a lot of ground to cover. How much will you see on your trail run?

Photo from Travel & Leisure description of Snowmass Village
Photo from Travel & Leisure description of Snowmass Village

Photo from Travel & Leisure description of Snowmass Village

Colorado is beautiful year round, but we all have to admit that there’s something about the changing of the aspens in the Rockies that really gets us all excited. It’s a requirement that at least once a year as the leafs start gathering a golden hue, everyone must pile in to their cars and head for the mountain roads. Coloradans have know of this phenomenon for a long time, but now so does the rest of the world.   Travel & Leisure magazine put out an article the beginning of this month called “America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors“, which featured top rated town across the US to go leaf-peeping. Not one, but 4 Colorado mountain towns are ranked high on the list,  including Snowmass Village(#8), Glenwood Springs (#10), Estes Park (#11), and Ouray (#20).

Colorado sure must be offering up something unique to be mentioned so many times. But, as we all know, there’s more aspens to see than just the ones mentioned in these few towns. Make sure not to miss out on the amazing sights that our Rockies have to offer during the season!!