You might be inclined to find the smallest pumpkin available at The Great Pumpkin Haul's patch. That's because you won't just be taking this pumpkin home to carve it into a ghoulish mascot; you'll also be lugging it through a 2-mile obstacle course. Racers balance their chosen gourd on their shoulders as they trundle through corn fields, orange- and red-hued woody trails, and open pasture, all while scrambling over hay bales and other autumnal obstacles. While the race is only 2 miles long, it can be challenging when balancing a 10–20 pound pumpkin. That's why the staff awards such perseverance with prizes for those carrying the heaviest pumpkin, those daring to carry two pumpkins, and those who complete the race fastest.
After competitors cross the finish line, they're rewarded with mugs of warm apple cider and glasses of pumpkin beer. They're also welcome to hang out for a few hours to tackle the corn maze, revel in the brisk autumn weather, and groove to local music. All of the day's proceeds go to The Children's Hospital Colorado.
When the festivities wind down, guests can take their once burdensome pumpkin home to carve it into a jack-o-lantern while feeling the sweet, sweet release of revenge.
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 5–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 3–3.5 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Swimming, games, contests, prizes, dance
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Though its programs have resonated with kids throughout the Denver area, Kids’ Nite Out Across America was created with parents in mind. While kids supervised by staffers participate in fun activities—including swimming, sports, and music—guardians can enjoy a night off and take advantage of the time to go to dinner, see a movie, or eat all the ice cream they want. And to give them peace of mind, each Kids’ Nite Out Across America staff member is vetted via a national background check every year.
On Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the classic board game Clue springs to life throughout the city of Denver during the Mile High Murder Mystery Race. Dozens of teams, each with two–six people, race around the city to sleuth out the who, why, where, and when of the dastardly deed—and, of course, recover the weapon, be it candlestick, pistol, or expired jar of mayonnaise. Teams uncover clues that lead them to each destination. In scavenger-hunt style, they find items along the way that ultimately help them solve the whole whodunit.
The day starts at 8 a.m. at Stoney's Bar and Grill, where racers can revel as they await the start of the race, comparing team names such as "Mystery Machine" and "CSI Vegas" or slipping on the final elements of their costumes. Teams must be there by 10 a.m. for registration and race announcements, and the caper officially begins at 11 a.m. After the race, hardworking detectives will be duly rewarded—there are cash prizes of $300, $150, and $75 for first, second, and third places, respectively, as well as awards in categories such as best team name, best tweet of the day, and best costume.
Though the race gives participants the chance to play hero for the day, 10% of the proceeds will fund the actually heroic mission of Cops Fighting Cancer: to support Colorado cancer patients and their families both financially and emotionally.
In a battle against both other runners and hunger itself, contestants in the Food Fight 5K don goggles and running shoes to sprint through a 5K course while dodging volleys of food—all to benefit local charity. At four food-themed stations along the way, volunteers deluge runners with different foods, including spaghetti, mashed potatoes, chocolate, and flour. To avoid waste, the "food" at each station is actually a mix of corn starch, water, and non-toxic coloring—aside from the spaghetti station, which uses expired pasta that is nevertheless safe and non-toxic. After the race, runners head through a human car wash to clean up before attending an after-party with drinks, live music, foam cannons, confetti, and food (for eating this time). Many events also include the ooblek challenge, in which challengers attempt to walk across a non-Newtonian substance that's at once a solid and a liquid, unlike Isaac Newton's body—an all-gaseous omniscient cloud.
Though most people spend Halloween running from ghosts and monsters, this year a select group of folks will be running with the specters and ghouls—right up until they get to the finish line. At the Scream Scram 5K Run/Walk, participants of all ages get together to raise money for essential after-school programs for thousands of kids who rely on Boys & Girls Clubs, all while showing off their quirky costumes. The macabre trot takes place at Washington Park, where people can run competitively or just stroll for a good cause. The race itself will be bookended by a handful of festive events. Before the starting gun, people can walk the orange carpet to display their ensemble for the costume contest. After the race, everyone gathers at Trick or Treat Street to enjoy refreshments and watch as awards are given to both the top three male and female race finishers and the best costumes in a variety of categories.