Let's face it...Halloween gets more and more expensive very year.  between the expensive costumes and the skyrocketing candy prices, the last thing you need is to shell out $100 for an afternoon of family fun. 

Here are some awesome, FREE events that are high on fun and low on cost. 

Estes Park Elk Fest

October 1st, 10am-5pm

Elk Fest features bugling competitions, a Cabela's archery range, Colorado Parks & Wildlife's Elk Camp, seminars, elk-themed kids' activities, live country, rock and bluegrass music, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American storytelling & music, a display of raptors, and self-guided elk tour maps. There will also be a variety of vendors offering memorable souvenirs of your time at Elk Fest. Food vendors will be on site as well offering plenty of choices! 

Stop into the "Wallowing Hole" craft beer garden serving up delicious drinks. 

For more information visit: Estes Park Elk Fest

Cottonwood Farms Fall Festival

Daily through October 31st

Walk through mazes and a pumpkin patch, pet the animals, and purchase organically grown produce at this family owned Boulder farm. On weekends - jump aboard the steam engine, learn about early 1900's farming methods, and take a hayride ($3). 

For more information visit: Cottonwood Farms Fall Festival

Cedaredge Applefest

October 7th & 8th, 10am-4pm

Driving into the small town of Cedaredge on Colorado’s Grand Mesa, you’ll pass row after heavenly row of trees bursting with shiny red and green apples beckoning you to sink your teeth in. At Applefest, more than 150 vendors share the area’s agricultural wealth with visitors, who can also check out a classic car and antique tractor show, bands and much more.

For more information visit: Cedaredge Applefest

Pumpkin Harvest Festival

October 7th & 8th, 10am-4pm

Celebrate the arrival of autumn with old-fashioned fun at this beloved annual event! Build your own scarecrow, select your favorite pumpkin from the patch, and tour the Park in a horse-drawn wagon. Explore how 19th-century Coloradans lived and prepared for the season, with historic demonstrations and tours of the Four Mile House Museum. Try your luck at county fair games, and enjoy delicious treats from the beer garden (must be 21+) and local food vendors.

Admission is free! Additional charges apply for refreshments and some activities. Sorry, no pets or smoking allowed. 

For more information visit: Four Mile Park Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival at the Littleton Museum

October 14th, 10am-3pm

Choose a Halloween pumpkin and then enjoy hayrides and other fun activities. Some activities and refreshments require tickets which can be purchased separately on the day of the event. 

For more information visit: Harvest Festival at the Littleton Museum

Last Stop at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

October 31st, 7pm-9pm

Wrap up your trick or treating at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.  From 7pm-9pm enjoy live music from Some Diggity and more trick or treating! Outdoor event, rain or shine!

For more information visit: Last Stop at the Highlands Ranch Mansion

Munchkin Masquerade

October 31st, 3pm-6pm

Dress in costume and go trick or treating along Boulder's Pearl Street. Every tiny ghost & goblin, dinosaur & dragon, fairy & princess, super hero and animal of every size are welcome. Recommended for children ages 12 and under.

For more information visit: Munchkin Masquerade