Looking for something to do in Fort Collins? Try something new and learn something while you’re at it. This October, fill your calendar with events that celebrate Halloween and the fall season. The following events are more than just celebrations; these events will show a side of Fort Collins that few encounter.
1. Take a hike
It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and spend some time outdoors. On Sunday, October 16, take a hike at the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The 6-mile hike will take participants to the remains of dwellings from homesteading days for a picturesque glimpse into the past. This free event requires registration, so be sure to call ahead at 970-416-2815.
For more information on this event and other natural areas events, check out the city’s natural areas page. The city also puts out a guide to events on the natural areas called Tracks and Trails, which can be found online here.
2. Go on a haunted tour
Fort Collins has two ghost tours going on this year. Both offer walking tours of Old Town with spooky commentary of the haunted history of Fort Collins. The Museum and Discovery Science Center is giving Terror Tours on October 21 and 28. The tours begin at 7:00 PM, with a new tour departing every half hour until 9:00 PM. The tours last one hour, with tickets priced at $4 if purchased in advance and $5 if purchased the day of the tour. Despite the large number of tours, groups tend to fill up so buying tickets in advance is advised. The museum’s online events calendar offers more information.
Haunted Fort Collins has two spine-tingling tours that depart from the Visitor Center in Old Town. The Ghost Tour is offered on Fridays and Saturdays during the month with additional tours October 30 and 31. On this tour, you won’t just walk past buildings; you’ll go into and under paranormal destinations. The cost of the tour is $14 and tours begin at 7:30 PM. The Midnight Ghost Walks cost $20 and depart at midnight on October 15 and 29 and November 5. Check the site for information about age restrictions, ticket purchases, and their hearse package.
3. Attend a costume party
Dress up with the kids and have some fun. There are a number of kid-friendly events around town that are more than just candy. On October 30, the Museum and Discovery Science Center are holding their event, Dark in the Park. The museum is relocating and is having a Halloween-themed send-off, complete with costume contests and door prizes. Visit their site for more information.
Do you love the black-footed ferret? If so, then you’re in luck. This year, the city is throwing a Prairie Halloween. On October 27, learn about this rare prairie animal and make ferret masks and puppets. Don’t forget to dress as your favorite prairie animal for a chance to win a prize! This event is free and does not require registration. For more information, check out the city’s event calendar.
Stay tuned for more events.