The grown-up's guide to reclaiming Halloween in Denver

As Justin Timberlake says, 'Take back the night!'

DENVER - Halloween is not just for kids anymore. In the words of the fabulous Justin Timberlake, "Take back the night."

-- Don't know when the sun is rising next --

That's why you should never let a Halloween go by without hitting Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens! With two haunted houses, a freak show, and the live show Séance, you won't want any kids slowing you down!

Read my guide to getting the most fear out of Fright Fest here:

-- No one but you and crowded rooms --

Leave the kids at home and hit get scared at the 13th Floor Haunted House! If you only go to one haunted house this season, this should be it. Just when you think it's going with a classic theme, it takes a Cabin-in-the-Woods type twist that will have you face to face with things you never even knew you were afraid of!

Read my review here:

13th Floor is located at 4120 Brighton Blvd., C2 (a couple blocks south of the Denver Coliseum). A FREE parking lot is located on site and street parking is also available.

Ticket information at:

-- Come on surrender --

If you can't beat the ghosts, join them. There's a Cemetery Crawl at Mt. Olivet Cemetery where ghosts will guide you through Colorado’s second largest Necropolis. You'll also get a peak at the most elaborate private mausoleum in the Rockies.

Meet in the Chapel at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 12801 W. 44th Ave. in Jefferson County (near I-70 and Ward Rd.) at 1 p.m. Oct. 26.

Free "grave to grave" transit provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado.

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-- Dizzy, spinning, sweating, you can't catch your breath --

If you want to flaunt that sexy costume and dance the night away, don't miss Paranormal Palace (formerly Haunted Hotel)!

The annual event is Colorado's largest Halloween charity event, according to promoter Kevin Larson. Last year 3,000 guests filled the Hyatt DTC and DJs spun different dance music in four separate rooms.

Come up with in your most elaborate costume - but be warned - the competition for the $2,000 prize is INTENSE!

Tickets start at $39 + fees and proceeds benefit Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. Organizers say the money will change lives of 200 specific women.

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-- Nobody cares who we are tomorrow --

ColoWeen at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center is another giant hotel takeover party!

There's a Haunted Hallway put on by (the company behind the 13th Floor), 34,000 square feet of scary decorations, and multiple DJs playing electronic dance music, Top 40 and hip hop hits!

The winner of the Most Interesting Costume Contest will take home $1,000.

Tickets start at $34 + fees.

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No more excuses! "Raise your glass and let's take back the night!"

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