Of course one of Colorado’s most historic towns goes all out for Halloween fun! All month long, Golden boasts ghost tours, hayride beer tours, trick or treat trains, and more.
Autumn is an especially lovely time to visit Denver’s closest mountain town. Why not view fall foliage by foot with a hike in Golden? The town’s fall colors peak later than neighboring higher elevation mountain towns, so you can enjoy golden leaves well into October.
Whether you head to Golden for Halloween or hiking, pair your visit with an Oktoberfest-style craft beer and hearty harvest fare at a Golden restaurant for a perfect autumn adventure. Here’s an overview of some of Golden’s spook-tacular Halloween happenings and a link for more info on Golden hiking:
Golden Cemetery Tour – Visit the graves of legendary Golden characters and hear stories about their lives from famous storyteller Dennis Potter -- museum volunteer since 2008 and retired Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Captain. Tours begin and end at the Golden Cemetery. This program sells out every year, so get your tickets early. Saturday, October 24th at either 10 a.m. or noon. Free for Golden History Museum members or $10 for non-members.
Golden Hayride Beer Tour - Hey, hey, hey! The Golden Haywagon is a fun way to wind through the streets of Golden and sample beers and local eats! Get comfy in the wagon and then at each stop, you can fill your souvenir cup with beer samples, and enjoy a cupcake from Gold Mine Cupcakes, and pizza from Woody’s Pizza. Dates are October 11th at 6 p.m. and October 19th at 2 p.m. Tours are $40 per person for a three-hour tour.
Trick or Treat Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum – It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains on October 26th and 27th. The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume. Visit all of the special stops with your treat bags and tickle your funny bones, including the “not so spooky” Haunted Railcar and the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard. Enjoy local food, kettle corn, shaved ice and even get your face painted. Finally, get a great picture of your costume as you pose in front of their Pumpkin Patch cart. Admission: $20 adults, $10 children (2-15), $15 seniors. Museum members, children under 2, and active military personnel are free.
The Talking Dead – Golden City Historic Ghost Tour & Pub Crawl – Saturdays in October just got a lot spookier with walking ghost tour pub crawls from local favorite Oh! Susanna Vintage Photo Parlor. Meet at the Dove Inn for a séance gone wrong and then follow a mysterious woman through Old Golden City where you will meet strange characters and stop at several pubs. This creepy night of fun happens every Saturday in October and costs $48.20 per participant. Note: if you can’t make Saturday but have a group of at least six people, you can book a private crawl.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Miners Alley Playhouse – Enjoy this children’s Halloween classic with matinee performances on Saturdays in October. A delightful way to celebrate the Halloween season with younger kids.
Autumn adventures and good old-fashioned spooky fun await in Golden!