The Scariest Haunted Houses in Denver

Including a haunted drive-in experience.

While a lot has changed this year, one thing’s making a fall comeback just in time to give you an adrenaline-filled escape from reality. Halloween lovers, this one’s for you: All of the Front Range favorites for ghosts, ghouls, and screams are back and ready to deliver scares in a big way. With new COVID-era features like reserved times, smaller groups, and even one attraction that’s gone drive-in style, fans of Halloween frights are in luck. No lines, no waits, and all the zombie-chasing, chainsaw wielding terror you love.  Proceed with caution...

City of the Dead Drive In Haunted House

Elyria Swansea
A reimagined take on the classic haunted house, the people behind one of Denver’s all time haunted faves is pivoting their scares to a drive-in set next to the 13th Floor. From the safety of your parked car, you’ll be immersed in a world of fright via a show broadcast on a 40 foot screen combined with real life characters who’ll amp up the scare factor.
Dates: September 25-October 31; times vary by date
Cost: Standard tickets are $39.99 per car and pre-purchased tickets are required

The 13th Floor

Elyria Swansea
Widely regarded as one of the most frightening haunted houses in the country, this Mile High favorite is back with big scares once again. This year, though, every experience is a VIP one, with each party taking a socially distanced trip into the unknown. That means the hassles of years past like long lines and wait times are no more. Instead, you can focus on the heart pounding experience brought to you by fright masters.  
Dates: September 12-November 13; times vary by date
Cost: Tickets start at $24.99 with options to pay more and skip the line; pre-purchased tickets are required

The Frightmare Compound

Denver’s first haunted house, Frightmare, has been a destination for thrill-seekers since 1983 when it was founded by Brad Holder. Holder himself has since passed away, though he’s rumored to be buried somewhere in the house. But that’s just one reason to keep your eyes peeled for otherworldly premonitions here. The compound is rumored to sit on swampland that was filled with both human and animal remains... buried under unholy grounds where the barn now stands. Head here to explore the barn for yourself, but be warned: These terrors are not fit for the very young or jumpy.
Dates: September 18-November 7; times vary by date
Cost: Tickets start at $29.99 with an option to pay more and skip the line

Scream Acres

During the day, the Fritzler Corn Maze is a destination for family-friendly fun. But after dark, phase two of the maze transforms it into a field of fright of which you’ll have to try to find your way out. The cost of admission here also includes yard games, a beer garden, and campfire, plus an after-dark paintball gallery (which comes at an additional cost), where you can practice your zombie-hunting skills.
Dates: Every Friday & Saturday in October
Cost: Tickets are $26.95 in advance or $29.95 in advance

Haunted Field of Screams

After 15 years of scaring the masses, this sprawling outdoor setup knows what it’s doing. Riverdale Road is known as the most haunted stretch of road in the state. Do you dare explore it? This year, the haunts here have been combined into the longest fright experience in around. You’ll venture through multiple haunted houses and make your way through the night on a haunted hay ride to the Riverdale Gates of Hell.  
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October
Cost: General admission tickets start at $34.99 with â€” you guessed it — pricier options for VIP and instant access

Terror in the Corn

Here’s the tale... Anderson Farms in Erie is the former home of two twisted twins with a penchant for torturing the strangers that stopped to stay at their hotel. Now the property is filled with the souls of those who didn’t escape, and they’re waiting for you. Start with a haunted hayride that drops you off in the middle of a field of fright. This isn’t a maze, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have an easy time finding your way out, and if you do, a haunted ghost town awaits. Once you get through that, enjoy a relaxing zombie hunt (for an additional cost), armed with only a paintball gun to protect you.
Dates: Every Thursday-Sunday in October; time varies by day
Cost: Terror in the Corn tickets are $30 Fridays and Saturdays and $27 on Thursdays and Sundays; Zombie Paintball Hunt tickets are extra

If you're a complete fright fiend, check out our other guides to find the best haunted houses in Atlanta, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans and Virginia.

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Molly Martin is a freelance writer in Denver who ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Follow her Mile High adventures @mollydbu on Twitter and Instagram.
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