Just spooky-season stuff to do around Fort Collins

When it comes to autumn, Colorado has all the good fall vibes on lock: the rich hues of turning leaves, adorable mountain towns with pumpkins on porches and local shops with yummy treats, and the lovely chill in the air that makes a hoodie a daily staple. Add in the spooky fun of Halloween, and fall is sure to become your favorite season in Colorado. In Fort Collins, the Halloween enjoyment should not be missed; read on to find the best spooky-season things to do around town.

#1. Visit a pumpkin patch

pumpkin patch with hayride in background

You can’t take more than a few steps in the fall season in Fort Collins without passing a good ol’ pumpkin patch. The perfect intro to spooky season in Fort Collins is surely a stop at a farm doing its pumpkin harvest. Pop in for delicious treats (kettle corn and cider anyone?), meet a few animals, take a hayride, navigate your way through the corn maze. It’s a quintessential fall experience and a perfect way to get your October rolling.

#2. Venture into a haunted forest or haunted house

house with halloween decor and costumed people outside

Ready to get your scare on? There are options in and around Fort Collins to get your adrenaline pumping. Take a creepy walk through the woods in nearby Loveland, or take in one of Fort Collins’ haunted houses. Some of our local pumpkin patches also transform their fun corn mazes into haunted corn mazes when the sun goes down.

#3. Take a Fort Collins ghost tour

Fort Collins ghost tour outside trimble court

Want to wrap some history into your spooky season? Fort Collins is one of the most-haunted cities in the United States, and offers a variety of tours during the fall that are all about ghosts and ghost sightings. Be sure to check out your options and pick the right tour for your spooky comfort level.

#4. Cruise by the best Halloween houses

funny pumpkin sculpture display near a farm

You won’t find a shortage of Halloween fans in this town, and they’ve got their decor up to prove it. Be sure to cruise by Two Trees Horse Farm, where you can get a drive-by view of a creative Halloween setup right outside the front gate. In addition, you’ll find a slew of decorated homes in and around the Old Town neighborhood.

#5. Solve your way out of a scary escape room

three guys solve problems in a spooky escape room setting

Want to be a little more involved in your fright night? Fort Collins has more than five escape rooms that offer problem-solving fun with a spooky twist in September and October. Get a group together and sharpen up your riddling skills (and your resolve) for a scary, timed game.

Prairie Smallwood

Prairie Smallwood is a writer and content creator for the Office of Admissions at Colorado State University. She is passionate about education and exploration, and knows that going to college can be both an adventure and an overwhelming experience. She aims to create content that helps students through that journey — the wonderful, the scary, and everything in between.