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Quick Guide: Haunted Forest 2020

Haunted Forest 2020 will be different. But, fret not, the scares won't disappoint.

The Haunted Forest lives on in 2020 and we're taking all of the precautions to make sure the only things guests need to be afraid of are the sinister scenes and what’s lurking behind every tree and bush in this three-quarter-mile creep through the woods.

This annual haunt takes place on October 23 & 24 and here are the tips and tricks you need to know before stepping foot into the shadow-filled woods.

Nitty Gritty Details: Tickets are available on October 23 (Friday) and October 24 (Saturday) in 30-minute increments from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. We are running the Haunted Forest at half-capacity for tickets this year due to COVID-19. We WILL sell out. The real nightmare will be if you don't get tickets.

Tickets: General Admission Tickets cost $13, Fast-Pass Tickets (skip to the front of the line in your designated time slot) cost $23. Print out your tickets with the barcodes and bring them with you. After you order your tickets online, click the ticket button on the screen once your transaction goes through. This will prompt you to print your tickets. Call 303-471-7020 if you have any ticket questions. All ticket sales are final and no refunds will be issued.

Location: The brave souls who wish to enter the Haunted Forest must first start at the Rocky Heights Middle School parking lot (11033 Monarch Blvd, Highlands Ranch, 80130). Enter the line at the RED X (see below) to check your ticket and follow the signs to the entry of the Haunted Forest.

COVID-19 Precautions:

  • Arrive at Rocky Heights Middle School less than 15 minutes before your timeslot. 

  • Join the Haunted Forest line when your timeslot begins. If you arrive early, please stay in your vehicle. (Ticketholders will not be allowed to enter or lineup early.)

  • Please wear a mask while in line and throughout the Haunted Forest. All of our staff and volunteers will be in masks. 

  • Once in line, stay with your group. Remain socially-distanced from the group in front of and behind your group. Additionally, please remain socially-distanced from staff and volunteers in and out of the Haunted Forest. 

  • After you exit the Haunted Forest, please follow the trail to the parking lot and exit the property. This is imperative to allow the next timeslot room to arrive. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can my eight-year-old go to the Haunted Forest? The real question is are you up for a round of nightmares? We recommend the Haunted Forest for people ages 10+. But, you know your kid better than we do. If they are a little thrillseeker, join us! If you are unsure, get tickets to the 6:30 p.m. timeslot when there is still a sliver of light in the sky.

Can I bring a flashlight or use my cellphone flashlight? No. Additional lights inside the Haunted Forest change the haunt for you, your group, other attendees, and our scarers. Just be brave.

What happens if I start the walk through the Haunted Forest and freeze in terror? If you are less than halfway through the Haunted Forest and absolutely can not go any further, ask for a staff member and they will guide you to an exit at the halfway mark. If you are beyond that point, you will have to finish the trail to escape.

Do I have to be a Highlands Ranch resident to buy tickets for the Haunted Forest? NO! Like all of the other Backcountry Wilderness Area programs and events, the Haunted Forest is open to the public.

What happens if I miss my timeslot? We can't honor tickets outside the timeslot due to our strict COVID-19 capacity rules. Please make sure to arrive during your 30-minute timeslot.

There is usually a community area with snacks and a movie. Is that happening this year? Unfortunately, not. We are doing everything we can to make sure we can host the Haunted Forest within the safety standards and COVID-19 precautions. That means we can't hang out before and after your timeslot this year. We hope to resume our normal operations in 2021.

Can I volunteer to be a scarer in the Haunted Forest? What about helping out with the setup and takedown of the decor?

YES! We are able to run the Haunted Forest because so many of our community members are generous with their time. If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved, click here for information.

Where do the proceeds of the Haunted Forest go? All of the proceeds of the Haunted Forest benefit the Backcountry Conservation & Education Fund 501c3 nonprofit. Think of it as getting scared to benefit local wildlife habitat conservation and environmental education ... it's definitely worth it!

Have more questions, email us!


Lindsey McKissick is the Outreach Coordinator for the Backcountry Wilderness Area. She is Colorado-born, Chicago raised, and Wyoming educated. For Lindsey, there is nothing better than waking up in a warm tent on the side of a remote river with coffee preferably made by someone else. You'll find Lindsey on river rafting/SUPing, mountain biking, or camping with her husband and two pint-size, adventure-seeking daughters.

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