5 Cool and Unusual FoCo Things to Do: October 2018

5 Cool and Unusual FoCo Things to Do: October 2018


October is finally here! Whether you’re a local to Northern Colorado or visiting Fort Collins for the first time, there’s no shortage of fun, festive things to do. But since we like to live life off the beaten path, we’ve come up with a list of cool and unusual ways to make your October visit liven your spirits.





Many people don’t realize what a chilling history Old Town Fort Collins actually has. From a murder behind the old firehouse to the old jailhouse below the ground, the Old Town Ghost tour is a fun way to learn about the spooky side of Fort Collins history. And to top it off, Fort Collins Tours completes this time travel tour with guides in full Victorian costume and accents. Definitely a tour you won’t forget.

Tour options include ($17 per ticket):

-The Fort Collins Ghost Tour

-Speakeasies and Spirits (21+ Pub Tour)

-Ghosts and Goodies (Family Friendly)

-Late Night Ghost Walk

-And more!

For tour times and information, call Fort Collins Tours at 970-372-1445.




It’s baaaaaack. Not only does Fort Collins have one of the only Drive-In movie theaters left in the USA, they also have an awesome Annual Halloween Feature Event! This year on October 26th,  Holiday Twin Drive-In will be showing a triple feature on Screen 1 for $10 per carload. With special menu items, a costume contest, three spooky thrillers throughout the night, there’s no way you won’t get into the Halloween spirit. Movies are to be announced soon, check their Facebook page here for updates.

Friday, October 26th, Screen 1 (Gates open at 5pm, $10 cash only).



Though pumpkin patches are a staple activity this time of year, you most likely haven’t seen one like Bartel’s Pumpkin Patch since the 90’s. Located just North of Fort Collins near I-25, Bartel’s has everything you need to make your October complete.

Activities include:

-A long range pumpkin cannon (from which pumpkins are shot every hour or so across the field)

-Hayrides on Bartel’s tractor

-A (not haunted) corn maze, so you can enjoy getting lost without fearing for your life

-And of course, picking your pumpkin from the field, straight off the vine. There are some pre-picked pumpkins in bins at the front, but you’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore; am I right?

Word to the savvy squash seeker: bring your rain boots just in case; it can get pretty muddy out here on the farm!



With Autumn comes apples, and with apples comes…HARD CIDER SEASON!!! Scrumpy’s Cider, located at the North end of Old Town in Fort Collins, has an unbeatable atmosphere and an amazing menu full of local ciders. All gluten-free and guaranteed alcoholic.

Every weekend, Scrumpy’s has delicious specials. Most recently, they had their Summit Apple Cider with Copper Muse Spiced Rum, Whipped Cream & Fall Spices, as well as Cranked Up Cocoa with Wonderment, Whipped Cream, & Peppermint Dust (at only $5 each!). We’re excited to see what else they brew up this Fall!

If you REALLY want an adventure…



Most people know the Stanley Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining, but did you know it’s only about 45 minutes away from Fort Collins? If you get the chance, we highly recommend checking out this historically haunted hotel. Not only will you be able to choose from a historic tour ($23 per person) or a night spirit tour ($28 per person), but you will also enjoy the absolutely gorgeous drive up the valley to Estes Park. While this is the season to see the aspens turn their leaves into beautiful oranges, yellows, and reds, be warned: it’s been known to snow as early as October in the pass. We recommend checking the weather reports AND Google maps to make sure the pass is open. Remember you’re in Colorado, and be prepared for anything!

And whatever you do this October, we hope you have had fun, stay safe, and #findyourselfhere.


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