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Field of Screams is a fun place to be spooked.
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The best Denver Halloween events

It’s spooky season and the time to celebrate is now. Here are four options for students to consider when planning their festivities.

The Halloween Costume Ball is a 21+ event that takes place on Oct. 27 from 9 p.m.–2 a.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. For $39 there is a costume contest with a $1000 prize. A variety of drinks such as beer, wine, cocktails, martinis, and margaritas will all be sold for $8 at multiple cash bars throughout the ballroom and the Fourier. All of this will be accompanied by live music including EDM, hip hop, dance, and Top 40.

Pumpkin Nights comes to Denver for the first time. Resembling Christmas lights, the Adams County Fairgrounds has 3,000 pumpkins on display that are lined up for half a mile for all ages to enjoy. All of the gourds, some real and others fake, are decorated by means of carving and painting. 

For $20 students can participate in pumpkin painting, watch fire dancers, enjoy food and drinks, visit a pumpkin patch, and watch a showing of the movie Coco. It runs until Nov. 4 from 5:30–10:30 p.m. nightly. 

Stepping into the scarier part of the holiday, 13th floor and the Haunted Field of Screams ramp up the terror.

13th Floor, a nationally known haunted house, is located on 52nd Avenue. The ticket prices range from $20 to $34 and offer mini escape rooms and three other attractions. 

“Half Alive” shows off experiments gone wrong. 13th Floor’s website mentions that “Recently, the facility started to crossbreed anglerfish larva with a strange substance dubbed ‘Paralysis X’, which is a weaponized gas that induces sleep paralysis and sends the creature’s victims into psychosis.” All of the workers are trapped inside while monsters roam out and about. 

“Trick or Treat” deals with the Femoral family who steal human organs and graph them into their own bodies. They’ve set up a carnival to lure in unsuspecting victims. 

“The Possession” takes on the idea of an orphanage in which restless spirits reside. There will be a lot of scary monsters, including Nun Mara who will try to keep the visitor there forever.

The Haunted Field of Screams costs $40 dollars to enter and offers four different mazes in. One is an escape room named Condemned; in another maze, Zombie Paintball Massacre, the visitors take paintball guns and shoot zombies to survive the trail; Dead Man’s Maze is a corn maze with actors that haunt the guests; and CarnEvil is an abandoned freak show with a ring leader that’s thirsty for blood. The attraction runs on Thursday through Sunday, and on Halloween night starting at 6 p.m.

Whether it’s having a fun time at a ball or running away from monsters in haunted houses, there’s much to do to celebrate the holiday of Halloween.

The Halloween Costume Ball

Pumpkin Nights

13th Floor Haunted House

Haunted Field of Screams

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