Crawl & Eat
Tear up some clothing, pour on some blood and join the professional talent from many of the Denver Area Haunted Houses for the 2013 Littleton Zombie Sidewalk Crawl & Pig Roast.
Zombies big and small are instructed to assemble at the Woodlawn Shopping Center (1500 West Littleton Boulevard #207 Littleton, CO 80120) after 11:00am to touch up your decrepidness in preparation for the march through Historic Downtown Littleton starting at Noon.
Participants will end their crawl a few minutes later at the Reinke Bros. Haunted Mansion (5663 S Prince Street Littleton CO 80120) where all those in costume will be treated to a feast of roasted pig to satiate their thurst for flesh and blood.
The parade will be led by a New Orleans Style Funeral Jazz Band and start West down Littleton Blvd to Main and then S Rapp St. At the half-way point the crowd will smell cooking Pig Flesh and turn South to W Alamo Ave. and then proceed East to S Prince St. As the smell of swine grows stronger, the hoard will turn North and with renewed vigor stumble their way into the The Haunted Mansion parking lot. The entire length of the crawl is about 1.2 miles.
Food, Prizes, and photo opportunities will reward all those who kick off the cobwebs and raise from their coffins for the event.
Everyone is welcome, living or dead! There are lots of great photo opportunities along the parade route for those wishing to encourage the undead or provide them with brains. For more information call 720.261.0570.
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
- Check-in/Line-up 11:00am
- Start of Crawl Noon at Woodlawn Shopping Center
1500 W Littleton Blvd)
- Food for Zombies – at the end of the crawl at Reinke Bros Haunted Mansion, 5663 S Prince St.
Several Denver haunted houses are getting nation-wide attention. The haunted houses featured here at Denver Haunted House Guide.com are consistently scaring people and it’s being noticed by the press.
Metromix recently featured a story on the 13th Door haunted house because it was selected as one of the Top 13 haunted attractions in America in an article that has received national attention. The legendary haunted house was selected for the honors for its consistent scares and storyline. Among the other 12 haunted attractions selections on the list was Erebus, the World’s Largest haunted house, located in Detroit, Michigan.
The original Barrington Hotel was condemned and closed in 1912. Local legend attributes the hotels demise to the owner’s sleazy nephew, Andrew. Gambling debt had made Andrew desperate for money and his Uncles refusal to help him had driven him mad. It was reported that during his Uncles annual Hallows Eve Ball, Andrew had returned to the hotel, boarded up all the exits, trapping all the party goers inside.
It wasn’t the screams coming from those who couldn’t escape that would haunt the would-be rescuers that night. It was the horror they found once they had broken the doors down. Everyone was dead, including a newly-wed couple. The bride haunts the hotel searching for her husbands dead body and vowing that she will find Andrew herself and kill him. Stay out of her way unless you want her to find you first.
Andrew Barrington was never found and legend has it that he and those he killed still haunt the hotel to this day. The only survivor of that evening lived because he found the 13th Door.
Will you be as lucky?
For more details go to http://www.13door.com
DENVER HAUNTED HISTORY COACH TOUR
Come with us on a tour of Denver’s classic haunts.
We will visit some of the most famous locations and tell you the stranger than fiction stories that make these places so unique.
The tour lasts 2 hours and starts with a wine tasting at 6:00 and the Coach leaving for the tour at 7:00pm
We will meet at Wild Women Wine/D’vine wine at 1660 Champa starting at 6:00PM for a wine tasting (you get three tastings with your ticket) the Coach will leave at 7:00PM.
You will be able to sit back and relax and listen to tales of history and hauntings between stops on our wonderful Coach provided by DWS Coach.
The tour will be conducted by Bryan & Baxter of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society.
Tickets available at:
The Denver Haunted House Guide VIP Scared.com 6 Pak gives you access to your choice of 6 of the Scariest Haunted Houses in Denver. With VIP status, you get to skip the general admission lines. For just $59.95 you can purchase the Scared.com 6 Pak or your can enter now to win one absolutely free. It’s easy, click on the entry form below and follow the instructions. Increase your odds of winning by sharing it with friends, answering questions, and liking stuff on Facebook. Earn more entries for each friend that enters. We’ll draw two random winners on October 25th. Winners’ names will be posted here and notified by email with a voucher. Your voucher can be redeemed at any of the haunts participating in the Scared.com 6 Pak.
The Scare Pack is accepted at the following Denver area haunted houses:
- City of the Dead: I-76 & 88th Avenue in Henderson
- Spider Mansion: 18301 W. Colfax in Golden
- The 13th Door: 3186 S. Parker Rd. in Aurora
- Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch: 3184 S. Peoria St. in Aurora
- Mausoleum: 152 W. Rafferty Gardens Ave in Littleton
- Haunted Mansion: 5663 S Prince St. in Littleton
Scared.com 6 Pak are valid for the entire 2013 haunted house season. You are not required to use your pass in any order. Good luck and remember the more you share, the better your chances of winning!
Local Hauntrepreneur Interviewed For National Story
The big snow storm in Denver put a damper on many of the area’s haunted houses, but KathE Walker remains upbeat about the prospect for scares this weekend. KathE was interviewed about running haunted houses in Denver and had quite a few interesting comments about what it is like scaring people for a living.
The news story includes video and photos of many of the different characters that can be seen at the haunted houses that KathE’s family runs.
As a bit of an update to the story, The 13th Door and Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch are now scheduled to be open for business (due to demand) through November 1st from 7pm-10pm. It’s kind of a scare-extension.
You can see the entire article and video at cnn.com
This news is brought to you by the same people that build the best Denver haunted houses.
How about taking a look at a couple of our Denver haunted house videos? 13th Door Haunted House and Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch
With the Denver haunted house season fast approaching, it seems especially important to understand where haunted house ratings come from. After all, if you are counting on these ratings to determine which Denver haunted houses you would like to visit, it is probably a good idea to find out what the ratings are all about.
In the newspaper, on the Internet or on the radio, you will see and hear all sorts of claims from different haunted houses about being the scariest, the best, the longest. It seems like every ad in the newspaper is advertising one or more haunted house as the best haunted house in Denver. On the radio, every station will advertise the #1 rated haunted house or the scariest haunted house in Denver and very seldom will they be the same haunted house. So how can they all be rated the ‘best’ or ‘#1″?
It’s easy. Since there are no regulations on ratings, anyone can present their own opinion and advertise that they are the ‘best’, ‘scariest’, ‘rated #1″, haunted house in Denver. That is what it really boils down to…an ‘opinions’ game. Think about it, who, in their right mind, would spend money advertising that their haunted house is the ‘lamest’ or ‘rated #6′?
Everyone has an opinion about what makes a great Haunted House. Just ask your friends. Some of them will tell you that they like lots of special effects, while another will tell you they like a haunted house with a story line, still others will say that they are only scared if the haunted house has a chain saw at the end. Opinions! Everyone has them and for the most part they are happy to share them with you.
So how does this help you find out which haunted house is going to be the best fit for your scare needs? There are two directories on the Internet that give you complete listing details of all the Haunted Houses in Denver. One of them is HauntedRatings.com and the other is Scared.com.
HauntedRatings.com gives you detailed information for all of the Denver Haunted Houses, including dates and times they are open, admission prices, a synopsis of what the haunted house is all about and directions on how to get there. Several Haunted Houses offer discounted tickets and this is the best place to find out that information as well. Scared.com also lists all of the haunted houses in the Denver Metro Area. Now all you have to do is figure out which haunted house experience would suit your needs best. Armed with this knowledge you can now feel confident that the Haunted Houses you have chosen to visit will offer you the best scare for your buck.
So, get passed all the hype and go to the Denver Haunted House that sounds the most interesting to you. Of course, that’s just my opinion.
As October gets closer and the Halloween season begins, the anticipation for adults and children alike begins to grow. What parties to attend? What costume to chose? What character should be carved into the pumpkin? How did our obsession with Halloween begin and what are the origins of this Holiday in the first place? At History.com they had this to offer.
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in).
The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.
By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.
The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween.
By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints’ Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day) and the night before it, the night of Samhain, began to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Even later, in A.D. 1000, the church would make November 2 All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, the eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls’, were called Hallowmas.
Now that you are armed with the reason for the season you can impress your friends while you take turns bobbing for apples. If you are looking for more to do this Halloween Season, visit one of the Denver Haunted Houses in your area.
Real Haunted Houses – every city has them according to the website: RealHaunts.com. Denver is no exception to the rule. Here are just a few of the more notable places that are said to be the home of some very interesting ghosts.
THE MOLLY BROWN House in Denver. The unusual activity in this house has been reported by several employees. Hauntings include dark shadows moving about rooms when there is no light to produce them, and piano keys moving on their own, but making no sound. In this building, many people report the pungent smell of fresh cigar smoke; Mr. Brown was known to be an avid smoker of cigars.
The home has been restored back to the way Molly Brown had it when she lived in Denver. The atmosphere in the home is rich with the past. The thought that she or her husband might still be taking care of the home make you believe that they are only there to welcome you as guests rather than trying to scare you away.
STATE CAPITOL BUILDING. The Colorado State Capitol Building is connected to several others by a series of tunnels. Originally, these tunnels were used to move coal from place to place for heating purposes. One female apparition who wears long turn of the century style dresses is known to haunt the area. She has been seen in all of the buildings and the tunnels themselves. Very inquisitive, the woman is said to have been seen reading over the shoulders of employees.
Politics are scary enough, ’nuff said.
BROWN PALACE Hotel in Denver. Also connected to the series of cold tunnels, this building is plagued by the incessant sound of someone coughing. It is also frequented by the same ghost that haunts the capital.
Maybe she is hoping the news is better at the Hotel. The food certainly is.
BUCKHORN EXCHANGE Restaurant. Presently a restaurant, when the fur trade began, This building was one of the first trading posts in the area. It is said that the building is haunted by many of the traders. There have been reports of tables moving suddenly. Also, many have reported hearing voices and footsteps when no one is talking or there.
The problem with a Real Haunted House is that the ghost has to be in the mood to scare you. You could be waiting a long time before you actually see something. To get immediate scares try visiting one of the many Denver Haunted Houses in the area. Some of the best Haunts known for their scares include: 13th Door Haunted House, Slaughterhouse Gulch Haunt, Haunted Mansion, 25th Hour, City of the Dead and The Butcher.
With the Halloween Season only a few weeks away, here is your chance to see some real and not so real ghosts.
MAKING YOUR HALLOWEEN CREATION STAND OUT
– Tips for Halloween Costuming from a veteran Haunted House builder –
One of the biggest mistakes, when creating a Halloween character, is trying to do too much. The scariest moods are realized in the minds of those you are trying to impress. “People aren’t really scared at our haunted houses by our high-tech lighting and multi-thousand dollar sound systems,” says veteran haunted house builder, Stephen Walker, “it’s usually some teenage actor in a tattered robe and a little makeup that gets our biggest scares.” Stephen Walker, the creator of Denver’s 25th Hour haunted house continues, “It’s about getting inside the imagination of the individual and making it personal that provides the big payoff scares.”
Stephen further described the kinds of materials that should be in a shopping basket when someone wants to hit the local Halloween store. He’s not a big fan of the expensive latex masks that can be seen hanging on the walls of most stores. His advice is for would-be haunters to invest in a simple wig, some well-used clothing and a little makeup. He also adds that in his opinion you should stay away from the expensive costumes and get one’s fingers into a little greasepaint. Steve says the problem with most masks is that they limit one’s range of vision and make it impossible to express facial features. He emphasizes that by simply accentuating the natural lines, wrinkles and imperfections that everyone has, a much more convincing and scary creature can be created. A flesh and blood – living face not only delivers the scares, but is capable of a wide range of emotions and movement that no mask can hope to duplicate. “With just some cotton balls, a little black makeup, fake hair and spirit gum – one can create some really wicked whiskers and harry moles,” Stephen chuckled. He reluctantly added that some cheap blood would help, but stressed that too much blood can ruin things and turn a good makeup job into a really big mess.
If you think you might be interested in being an actor at the 25th Hour Haunted House, you can fill out an application by stopping by the haunt ast C-470 and University Blvd. (next to the Players Bench). Applications are now being accepted weekdays from 10:00 to 6:00 at that location.
About The 25th Hour and Stephen Walker
The 25th Hour haunted house is located in Highlands Ranch Colorado and is produced by Effectech. Effectech has been producing and building haunted houses in Denver for over 17 years. In 2009 the company is building four haunted houses in the Denver Metro Area: The 13th Door, The Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch, The 25th Hour and The Butcher. Stephen Walker is the manager of The 25th Hour haunted house.
Many years ago, when Littleton was just a small town with open fields and meandering streams, there was a drainage way that passed by a slaughterhouse. The gulch passed by several other homes as well, but the locals decided to name the drainage way Slaughterhouse Gulch. This Gulch winds its way through parts of Denver very covertly, without anyone really taking notice or acknowledging it’s sorted past. In fact, if you live in Denver, you have probably been near Slaughterhouse Gulch without even realizing it. Over the years, there have been several suspicious deaths, drownings and disappearances that took place in and around Slaughterhouse Gulch. The name, Slaughterhouse Gulch, has now became synonymous with unexplained Evil.
Slaughterhouse Gulch is said to be cursed with the spirits of notorious evil doers trapped in Gulch just waiting for their next victims. Along with the current residents, Slaughterhouse Gulch has also attracted the likes of Freddie, Jason, Michael and Jigsaw. Some say that these last occupants don’t really exist, but if you have ever felt your heart skip a beat as terror rushes through you on a cold October night, you know they do.
So the next time you are driving in South Denver and you feel a chilly breeze come out of nowhere or maybe you feel as if someone is watching you, but upon turning around you see that no one is there…don’t be so sure. You might just be driving past Slaughterhouse Gulch and those who are cursed to live there and just waiting for you to make a wrong turn.
Built near Slaughterhouse Gulch itself, the Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch Haunted House has captured the essence of these infamous characters This Denver haunted house is so scary that it was rated #1 by readers of the Rocky Mountain News in 2008. Not for the faint of heart, in 2009, the Curse of Slaughterhouse Gulch Haunted House will be open from October 1st – 31st from 7PM to 10PM on Sundays – Thursdays and 7PM to 12 Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. It is located at I-225 and Parker Rd., next to King Soopers.
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