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Experience Ghostly Thrills and Family Fun in Colorado

DENVER (October 11, 2011) – Both ghost hunters and pumpkin patch goers alike can enjoy the variety of Halloween offerings in Colorado this October. Go for a ride on the Great Pumpkin Patch Express, take a class on paranormal research, tour a haunted cemetery beneath the moonlight and experience the eerie halls of a haunted hotel. Below are just some of the ways to enjoy a spooktacular October in Colorado.

•    Paranormal Activity Beyond The Silver Screen (classes every Monday at 7 p.m.). The Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society studies paranormal phenomena in Denver. Take a class or lecture for a firsthand look into their investigations, or sign up for their haunted wine tours and dinners. http://www.rockymountainparanormal.com/

•    An Eerie Journey Through Time (tours take place daily). Stay at the 101-year-old Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, and you’ll understand why Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining. Echoes of children’s laughter and the tinkering of ghostly piano music can be heard through the empty hallways. Special tours take ghost seekers to the most haunted rooms of the hotel and the especially eerie underground tunnel. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. http://stanleyhotel.com/

•    A-MAiZE-ing Fun (Wednesday-Sunday through October 31).  Get dizzy in LaSalle at the Fritzler Corn MAiZE. This 15-acre corn maze is family-friendly during the day and turns into Scream Acres for adults at night. After dark, Scream Acres is filled with special effects and creepy sound technology to give thrill-seekers a chilling scare. Visitors can also pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. http://fritzlermaze.com/

•    The Past Comes Alive (October 1-November 6). Honor the dead at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center for the largest Día de los Muertos celebration in Colorado. Exhibits honor the memory and lives of the deceased with community altars and artistic interpretations. http://www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum/exhibits/dod.htm

•    The Great Pumpkin Patch Express (October 15-16 and 22-23). Climb aboard the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Great Pumpkin Patch Express to meet several Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Scour the pumpkin patch for the perfect pumpkin, and enjoy live music, trick-or-treating and a straw-bale maze. http://www.durangotrain.com/

•    Boo At The Zoo (October 21-23, 28-30). This fun activity at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is perfect for little trick-or-treaters. Boo at the Zoo provides six nights of excitement with a haunted fun house, select animal encounters and shows, 20 spooky treat stations for trick-or-treating, a creepy bat cave and several regular animal exhibits. http://www.cmzoo.org/

•    Meet the Real Ghosts of Old Manitou (October 29). Get scared with the 17th Annual Ghost Stories of Old Manitou tours, and meet the ghosts of residents who lived or died in unique ways in the area. The tours take place during the Emma Crawford Festival, where visitors can also participate in the popular coffin races. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. http://www.manitouspringsheritagecenter.org/  

•    A Ghostly Affair (October 29-31). The historic mining town of Leadville brings its rich and spooky history back to life. Activities throughout the weekend include a tour of Stapleton Haunted Manor, a guided tour of Evergreen Cemetery, a creepy crawly costume parade, a haunted hayride and Masquerade Wild West Dance. http://www.leadville.com/

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