Haunted houses, corn mazes and more: Enjoying fall in Colorado before winter arrives

DENVER – We have about two months left before the official start of winter, but if you’re from Colorado you know winter can come as early as the end of October.

So, if you don’t want fall to pass you buy, here are several events taking place across the state that you should definitely look into if you want to get the most out of this season.

Get lost in these amazing corn mazes

What would fall be without the fun of corn mazes? Throughout the state, we found at least 7 that are worth checking out before season’s end! Note: corn mazes marked with an (*)offer haunted mazes on some evenings.

*Fritzler Corn Maze - Greeley

Kicking off on Saturday, the Fritzler Corn Maze calls itself "Colorado’s original and premier corn maze." The Fritzlers have been creating corn mazes since 2000.

The corn maze, located seven miles south of Greeley on Highway 85, is divided into two phases with only one exit "from the twists and turns."

Tickets for the maze and other activities start at $16 for adults, $13 for kids ages 3-10. Admission to the Haunted maze and activities start at $25.

Learn more and find discount tickets on the Fritzler Corn Maze website.

*Anderson Farm corn maze - Erie

Anderson Farm claims its corn maze, opening for the year on September 20, is Colorado's longest-running corn maze. It's 30 acres in size, with more than eight miles of trails.

In addition to just exploring the maze, Anderson Farm has several fun games for the visitors. There are six checkpoints hidden in each of the three larger sections of the maze, totaling 18 checkpoints. There is a crime/farm scene investigation and more.

Admission during weekdays begins at $10 and goes up to $14 on weekends. Admission for Terror in the Corn ranges from $22 to $25, depending on the night. Learn more on Anderson Farm's website.

Harvest Farm - Wellington

Harvest Farm in northern Colorado is hosting its 15th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze beginning on September 30.

In addition to the corn maze, visitors can enjoy hay wagon rides, a petting zoo, an obstacle course, a playground, pig races and more.

Harvest Farm is a 209-acre farm and rehabilitation center trying to break the cycle of addiction and homelessness for men, but the Fall Festival is open to the public.
 
Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for children ages 4 to 12.
 
Learn more about the farm and the Fall Festival on Harvest Farm's website.

But these aren't the only corn mazes you can visit this month. Check out the rest of the list here.


Haven't picked up a pumpkin to carve yet? 

It's officially pumpkin season and Halloween is soon approaching, so if you haven't picked up a pumpkin to carve (or paint, or whatever it is millennials are doing with them these days), now is the time to go and choose.

We looked all over and found 10 Pumpkin Patches worth visiting this season:

1. Flat Acres Farm - Park

Voted the best Pumpkin Patch of 2017, the Annual Fall Festival and Maze at Flat Acres Farm has plenty of activities for the whole family. Enjoy a hale bale maze, duck razes, giant Jenga, a petting zoo, bounce houses, corn hole, climbing walls and more. 

Admission is $11 for ages 3 to 64 years old, seniors get in for $5 and military get 20 percent off. Children 2 and under get in free. Flat Acres Farm is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31. The farm will be open all week during the 2017 Douglas County Schools Fall Break from October 9 through 13. Check out the Flat Acres Farm website for more info. 

2. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms

Chatfield Farms will hold its Pumpkin Festival October 7-9. The ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch, a mini maze, barrel train ride and more family and children’s activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for members, seniors and military and $6 for kid 3-15. Learn more on the Chatfield Farms' website.

3. Fritzler Pumpkin Patch - Greeley

The folks at Fritzler's Corn Maize near Greeley have a 7-acre U-pick pumpkin patch.

"We have big pumpkins, small pumpkins, giant pumpkins, itty-bitty pumpkins, weird pumpkins, spooky pumpkins, pumpkins perfect for carving – pumpkins of all colors and shapes," Fritzler's website says. "We also have decorative gourds, straw and corn stalks available for all your decorating needs."

Pumpkins are sold by the pound and Fritzler's also has a corn maze, mini-rollercoaster ride, pillow jump, duck races, pumpkin canons, go-carts and more.

Get hours, admission price and directions on the Fritzler website.

Check out the rest of our Pumpkin Patches list by clicking here.  


Get spooked at these Denver Haunted Houses

Many fear them, few enjoy them, but we all expect them as soon as fall season arrives, and it's no different for Colorado. Here are a couple of haunted houses you can go to in Denver now: 

1. The 13th Floor Haunted House

The 13th Floor is Denver’s largest haunted housed is now 10,000 square-feet larger than last year!

Explore a seemingly abandoned manor that is home to evil permanent residents who were unwittingly awakened by a local psychic; and visit the eerie town of Coalfell where strange reports describe terrorizing shape shifting creatures, which most often take the form of evil clowns. A night of excitement and thrills await; the spine-tingling scares start the moment you step out of your car.

2. The Asylum in Denver

A few miles east of downtown lies the secret resting ground for lost souls. Enter The Asylum to discover a body of a victim lost to a ghastly disease. What begins as a tour quickly turns into a trap and a race against the clock for survival. Then, battle through bloodthirsty zombies in hopes of finding sanctuary from demonic creatures. Before leaving, take a visit to Ridgegate Hospital, where the dangerous and deranged patients are the least of your worries and fears. The Asylum is a horrifying head trip for all who dare to enter.

Both haunted houses are open until Nov. 11. For tickets, click here


Don't forget Colorado's fall colors

If there's one thing Colorado is known for during fall season is its fall colors -- and if you have not taken a trip to the mountains, you are running out of time. 

The best color over the northern mountains should be from September 15th to the 30th. The central mountains will be about five days behind, with the southern mountain areas rounding out the last days of the month and the first ten days of October.

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