Choose a pumpkin, get lost in a maze and enjoy ghost stories in October:
• Under the watchful eye of John Marchetti, pumpkins have been growing bigger and bigger at Hudson Gardens in the patches on the west side of the garden near the Mary Carter Greenway. Now it’s time for FestiFall on Oct. 26, when the Gardens will host a family event to support the ongoing education programs planned by Melanie Feddersen. Children from across the metro area want to visit the Gardens and sometimes, scholarship help is needed. FestiFall, with a $3 admission charge, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Giant Pumpkin Sale, starting at 11 a.m. (prices start at $5, based on weight); live owl demonstrations presented by Wild Wings Education; a straw bale maze; meet the beekeeper; craft stations; storytelling; music by DJ Da Boogieman; and local food trucks. Bring a wagon or wheelbarrow to haul away that pumpkin! Proceeds will help with outreach throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Hudson Gardens is at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. Hudsongardens.org. 303-797-8565.
• Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, at C-470 and Wadsworth, hosts its Corn Maze Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27, with extra haunting after dark on Fridays and Saturdays. Also at Chatfield: the Pumpkin Festival Oct. 11-13 with a pumpkin patch, music by Stray Dog, Colorado arts and crafts, pony rides, food and more. Admission is charged. botanicgardens.org.
• Harvest Festival at the Littleton Museum, 6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 12 and offers pumpkins for sale, wagon rides, games, music and food. Tickets for some events. 303-795-3950.
• Victorian Halloween at the Littleton Museum, 6026 S. Gallup St., Littleton. Visit the 1890s Farm from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 for games, pumpkin carving and spooky activities. Free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 303-795-3950
• Walking With the Dead is an after-dark tour on Oct. 26 of the Littleton Museum’s 1860s farm, beginning at 6 p.m. Walks will start every 20 minutes until 9 p.m. Timed tickets are required — available now at the museum. Appropriate for age 10 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 303-795-3950.
• Frightful Friday: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe at Bemis Library, 6015 S. Datura St., Littleton, from 7 to 9 p.m. October 25. David Skipper will perform as Poe, with accomplice in horror Joan Mattey. Enjoy free popcorn and lemonade. 303-795-3961.
• Reinke Brothers Haunted Mansion at 5663 S. Prince St. in downtown Littleton draws folks from across the metro area with its special effects and creepy characters. Lights-on tour for children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3. Hours: 6 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays; 3 p.m. to midnight Saturdays; 3 to 10 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $15 ($1 discount with canned food donation.)
• Hauntings at the Hangar — Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is haunted from noon to 4 p.m. October 27. Lowry Air Force Base Hangar near Alameda and Quebec. Admission: $11/$9/$6. Free under 4. Wingsmuseum.org, 303-360-5360, ext. 105, email@example.com.
• Festival of Scarecrows in Olde Town Arvada on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vote for your favorite scarecrow between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. To enter a decorated scarecrow, find application at historicarvada.org or call 303-420-6100. Also, a decorated pumpkin contest. (Do not carve or puncture.) Applications: arvadafestivals.com. Pumpkins can be purchased at the Pumpkin Patch, with proceeds to the Arvada community Food Bank. Pumpkin seed spitting, pie eating, potato sack and three-legged races, pumpkin dish cooking contest (no pies here). Face painting, hayrides, alpaca petting zoo, games. Kids costume parade at noon.