Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region is full of Halloween excitement this October. Treat the whole family to some fun at “Boo at the Zoo”, a Victorian wake, coffin races, haunted mines a howl at the full moon or a night at the museum. Those looking for a family-friendly spook or a bone-chilling scare will find what they seek in this Front Range Colorado city.
Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Parade
The legend of Emma Crawford lives on in this unique race up Manitou Avenue. Costumed impersonators of Emma Crawford, a 19th-century local who was buried on nearby Red Mountain, ride on coffin-like contraptions pulled by teams of four “mourners.” A parade and awards for the best Emma and most creative coffin complete the daylong event. The night before, a Victorian Wake is held at Miramont Castle in Emma’s honor. Emma supposedly still haunts Red Mountain. www.manitousprings.org.
Two Sisters Inn Conjures Up a Halloween Weekend of Ghostly Fun
Dare to enter through the portal for a two-night stay at the Two Sisters Inn. Sleep tight the first night and awake to the aroma of a seasonal breakfast with a few tricks, but mostly treats. Cheer on the entrants in the 16th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races Saturday and in the evening take a guided walk with a spirit guide for “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou”, a Ghostly Walking Tour around Magical Manitou Springs. Arise to a Halloween breakfast feast. Dates: October 30 & 31, 2010 Cost: $299 – $335 plus tax, based on double occupancy. 719/685-9684 or www.twosisinn.com
See the Original Creatures of the Night
It’ll be all treats and no tricks for little ghosts and goblins at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, the region’s wildest Halloween party. The event is a fun way for families with young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment. 719/633-9925 ext. 111 or www.cmzoo.org.
Western Museum of Mining & Industry Tour by Day, Fright by Night
By day, guests visiting the museum can interact with hands-on exhibits to understand life in mining communities. By night, the grounds transform into the area’s most thrilling and terrifying haunted attraction. “Victims” will experience Total Terror as they drop into the Haunted Mines on the Rapid Descenders, travel through spooky tunnels, ride the Hellevator, crawl to escape the vent shaft, slide down flumes, race through cemeteries and get terrorized in a western town. www.hauntedmines.org.
Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center Full Moon Tour
Wolves are elusive in the wild, but the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center is home to wolves, wolf dogs, foxes and coyotes. The center offers full moon tours that include feeding the wolves by flashlight, then hiking to howl with the wolves at the rising moon. Bring a camera and a flashlight. Meet and greet one of the wolves after the tour. 719/687.9742 or www.wolfeducation.org.
Cripple Creek District Museum’s Night at the Museum IV
Come visit the Cripple Creek District Museum on Saturday or Sunday, October 30 & 31. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening, guests can tour the Museum Depot and meet a fiendish flock of ghouls, ghosts and monsters. No reservations required. 719/689-2634 or 719/689-9540 or www.cripple-creek.org.