By Brittany Anas / NewsBreak Denver
(Denver, CO) Cobweb-covered bushes, bowls filled with fun-sized candy bars and scary movies for screaming—I mean streaming? Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of year for Halloween lovers.
For the past 20 years or so, I’ve made it a tradition to go on a haunted house circuit with my fellow scare-seeking friend every October. (One year, The Denver Post and 13th Floor even let me dress up and work a night as a scare actor in a haunted house for a behind-the-scenes story; I was a voodoo priestess).
But this year, my friend and I decided to go all out, and we booked the ultimate Halloween staycation package that included an overnight stay at the CatBird Hotel and tickets to the 13th Floor Haunted House. (To book the package, call the hotel at (720) 990-5555).
The package starts at $284, and it also includes two “Blood Bag” sangria cocktails and a s’mores kit to fire up around the rooftop’s firepits. Our room also came stocked with movie-night essentials like popcorn and Halloween candy to enjoy from the lofted bed. There was even a suggested list of scary movies and shows broken down by streaming platforms.
Once we got checked in at a self-serve kiosk, we quickly ascended to the Red Barber rooftop, which was filled with Halloween-themed decor like floating witch hats, haystacks, pumpkins galore, and creepy holographic portraits.
There’s curvaceous velvet seating and board games to borrow in this rooftop hideout, which is where we slurped our bright red cocktails from what was essentially an adult Capri Sun pack and fueled up on bar bites like sliders and hummus before ordering an Uber to the haunted house.
As luck would have it, our driver delighted us with his own real-life ghost stories, telling us all about the pair of spirits who haunt his condo in Lowry as he shuttled us to the 13th Floor.
The 13th Floor haunted house has evolved over the past several years and is now a full-on Halloween attraction complete with axe-throwing, cozy “RIP cabins” for drinking, a hidden bar inside the haunted house and a Shriekeasy bar that’s easier to find. There are also food trucks and roving characters who pose for photos.
Inside the haunt, we boarded a shaky elevator with a creepy doorman who warns that there’s been a “bit of a sasquatch problem” before exiting into a multi-sensory haunted landscape (yup, the scare orchestrators even plant scent pods to really trick you into thinking you’re in a musky swamp with Bigfoot on the loose).
We segued through a few plot lines at the 13th Floor, which caters to a number of fears with movie set-quality animatronics and scare actors popping out from all angles. The next haunt is a frat house party complete with a stern warning from a bloody costumed police officer who warns a killer is on the loose. Then, as a grand finale, you’ll face trick-or-treaters who came back from the dead and to offer you candy.
After leaving the haunted house, we headed back to the Catbird where we pulled down the 4D projector screen and stayed up well into the middle of the night. Our scary show of choice? “The Watcher,” a Netflix series inspired by a real family that moves into an idyllic New Jersey suburban home and starts receiving harrowing letters from an anonymous stalker.
How are you celebrating spooky season?