Things to Do in October

It's fall y'all. Discover seasonal festivals, trick or treating, and more!

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When: October 7-13
Where: Virtual/ Online

The Mile High Horror Film Festival (MHHFF) returns virtually October 7-13! It will once again feature the very best horror, thriller, and sci-fi film programming from around the world. Join our mailing list to be notified when tickets go on sale! The 11-year-old MHHF is among the most prominent in the nation and has hosted a wide array of actors, filmmakers, distributors, and special guests.

When: October 7, 14, 20, & 21
WHERE: Aurora Parks

Holy Pumpkin Spice Latte! Fall is officially here. And for the month of October, there is good news and bad news. First, the bad: The City of Aurora’s annual Punkin Chunkin is unfortunately canceled this year. The Good News: The city has announced Pop-Up Pumpkin Patches decorating kits for kids and families at four Aurora locations. This event will be held on four days at four different Aurora parks: Oct. 7 at Moorhead Park; Oct. 14 at Olympic Park, Oct. 20 at Fletcher Plaza; and Oct. 21 at Appaloosa Park. Participants are urged to arrive early to pick up decorating kits to ensure that everyone has a pumpkin and special kit while supplies last!

When: October 22, 7 PM- 9 PM
Where: Aurora Fox

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) has partnered with the Colorado Film School to feature an exclusive night of award-winning youth film premieres. Join the red carpet paparazzi to honor our hottest and most imaginative student filmmakers! DAVA will screen a selection of short films on the big screen followed by a Q&A with some of Aurora’s top young movie directors. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the program starts at 7:30 p.m.

WHEN: October 23
WHERE: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds

Get into the Halloween spirit with Arapahoe County’s annual Treat Street, a family-friendly trick-or-treat style event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring community partner vendors partnering in a safe environment to celebrate Halloween at the Arapahoe Fair Grounds Event Center. This year enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, a petting farm, barrel train rides, a petting farm, and an interactive Thriller dance performance. More than a dozen exhibitors decorate their booths, pass out candy and have a game or activity for the kids. The event features live Bluegrass music from The Wrecklunds and lunch available from Mountain Melt and The Burger Bus, and a Beer Garden for adults. Tickets are available NOW online.

• Tickets are $5 per person
• Kids under 2 years old are FREE
• Wear your Halloween costume and receive FREE entry!

WHEN: October 23, 11 AM - 4 PM
WHERE: Fletcher Plaza

Celebrate the harvest season with the Fletcher Plaza Fall Festival in historic Aurora on Saturday, October 23rd from 11am - 4pm. It’s a special day of family fun with a Día de los Muertos twist. This event features a variety of vendors, food options, kids activities, music and a whole lot of fun located at the plaza just outside Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

WHEN: October 26, 10 AM - 12 PM
WHERE: Town Square at Southlands

This year’s Halloween Trick or Treat Trail features a haunted house, live entertainment, a variety of games, and a pet costume contest. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the parade of pets will begin promptly at 11 a.m. at the Town Square stage.

WHEN: October 30
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace

Dubbed “Colorado’s Largest Halloween Party” for adults, COLOWEEN is once again hosted at the Stanley Marketplace and features a costume contest with a grand prize of $1,500. Now in its 11th year, the event features cash bars, entertainment galore, immersive art installations, and an astonishing sound & light production. Nationally recognized top-rated DJs entertain guests with mainstream mixes and live theatrical performers. Tickets at the door are $48.

WHEN: October 30, 11 AM - 3 PM
WHERE: Town Center at Aurora

This event will be hosted outside the food court parking lot and feature a trunk-or-treat style candy and non-candy trunk-or-treating, beer garden, fall market, DJ, and balloon twister! Be sure to come inside and visit Center Court for more activities. This event will be hosted outside the food court parking lot. To sign up for this event be sure to register through Eventbrite below and skip the line!


The following will be open throughout October, making it easy to plan your Fall adventures & spooky Halloween plans in Aurora.

Nick's Garden Center Fall Festival

Nick's Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival
WHEN: Oct 2-31
WHERE: Nick's Garden Center

From Saturday, Oct 2 through October 31 Nick’s Garden Center will celebrate the Fall Season with various free activities including Straw Maze Story Time with Professor Pumpkin, Kiddie Play Area and games for the kids. Admission is Free but purchase Nick’s $1-tokens to enjoy the fun tractor and train rides, pedal carts and inflatable obstacle for $4 per person. There's a lot going on so get more details here!

Apple Cider? Yes, Please
WHEN: Fall Season
WHERE: Haykin Family Cider

Preparing and enjoying Apple Cider is a harvest season tradition for many folks. In Aurora one of the best sources to enjoy this special Fall elixir is the award-winning cider by Haykin Family Cider, a four-year-old family run company that produces sparkling wine-like cider without sugar or other additives. Established in 2018, this Aurora business offers pressed, fermented and bottled apple ciders and a great tradition - perfect for the season.

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