October Events and Activities Around Pikes Peak
October Events & Activities in the Pikes Peak Region
The Legend of Emma Crawford Lives Again! Victorian Wake & Coffin Races in Manitou Springs, Colorado
The legend of Emma Crawford lives again starting on Friday, October 28th with the Victorian Wake at Miramont Castle. Pay your respects to Emma laid out in the parlor in pure Victorian splendor, and a Victorian Wake, resplendent with a full Victorian buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. Valet parking at no charge. Viewings are every 15 minutes with the first viewing beginning at 6 p.m. Last viewing is at 7:45 p.m. Adults are $40, Children 12 and under are $30. Reservations required. Don't miss this annual tradition!
For more information, call 719-884-4109 or visit www.miramontcastle.org.
The 17th Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Races
Saturday, October 29
Coffins and "Emmas" race up the town's main street. Each coffin is pushed by a team of 4 mourners and each will have an "Emma" riding in it. Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place fastest coffin racers and also to the most Creative Coffin, the Best "Emma" and Best Entourage. The Parade of the Coffins & Race takes place on Manitou Avenue in the town's National Historic District beginning with the Parade of Hearses led by the Denver Hearse Association.
The Parade of the Coffins starts around 12:00 PM and the coffin races begin immediately following at approximately 12:30PM. There will be paid parking and shuttle service. Please come out and show your support for these terrific men and women!
For more information about the Emma Crawford Festival, call 719-685-5089 or 800-642-2567 or visit www.manitousprings.org.
Ghosts of Old Manitou Walking Tours
Ghosts of Old Manitou Walking Tours
Saturday, October 29
The ghost tours have been held during the Emma Crawford Festival since the beginning of the event and are a tradition for many residents and visitors. The tours tell the stories of real people who lived or died in remarkable ways in Manitou Springs. The ghosts come back to visit on this one night and the tours feature at least one new or different ghost each year. The tours, approximately 45 minutes long, depart from the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Avenue) starting at 6:30 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes until the last tour at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center for $10 adults and $5 children under 12. (Historic Manitou members receive $2 off adult and $1 of children's tickets). Advance tickets are recommended as the tours usually sell out.
Also, for people interesting in helping, there are a few volunteer positions left for assisting with tour preparations and to "channel" the ghosts and spirit guides the night of the tour. Anyone interested in "exercising" their dramatic talents or who want to work behind the scenes are encouraged to contact the Heritage Center by October 22nd.
For information, to volunteer, and for tickets, contact the Manitou Springs Heritage Center by phone, 719-685-1454, or visit www.manitouspringsheritagecenter.org, or come by the Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO during the regular Winter hours of Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00-4:00 pm.
15th Annual 2011 Scarecrow Days in Historic Old Colorado City
Begins Saturday, October 1
Scarecrows will be on display outside every night in historic Old Colorado City and will continue throughout the month of October. You, the public, get to vote for your favorite scarecrow from October 1 through October 30, with your name also being placed in a drawing for a $150 gift basket from the merchants.
Saturday, October 8th, come watch Celebrity Scarecrow Judging from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Between 24th street and 27th street, there will be 5 photo stations set up for families to sit with the scarecrows and capture a memorable family photo while enjoying your day in historic Old Colorado City.
Kids in the Kabin - Spooky Stories
Saturday, October 15
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The History Center and the Library will read ghost stories for kids of all ages in the cabin at Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
Kids Coloring Contest
October 1 - 24
Stores will be passing out entry forms to families. Just bring them back to enter a coloring contest with prizes for 3 age groups. Halloween Safe Treats Monday, October 31st. Kids Activities in Old Town Plaza 2 to 4:30 PM. Enjoy "Trick or Treating" all along Colorado Avenue.
October Events at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Open Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 4:00 PM.
This event will run the entire month of October
Kids ages 6-12 will have a fun time building a miner's skeleton as they answer mining trivia questions throughout the museum. Open Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 4:00 PM, this event will run the entire month of October.
Daily tours begin at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Located just north of Colorado Springs on Interstate 25 at Exit 156A.
Call us at 719-488-0880 for more information.
Haunted Mines Takes Over
October 7- 9, October 13-16, October 20-23, October 26-31 at 7 PM
Looking for some thrills and chills in October? Check out the Haunted Mines on the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry. By night, their grounds transform into the area's most thrilling and terrifying haunted attraction. Victims, er..., guests will experience Total Terror as they drop into the Haunted Mines on the Rapid Descenders, travel through spooky tunnels, attempt to ride the Hellevator back out, crawl for their life to escape out the vent shaft, slide down flumes, explore the maze of twisting passages, race thru ancient cemeteries, get terrorized in a western town, and much more!
The attraction will be open October 7- 9, October 13-16, October 20-23, October 26-31 at 7 PM. Prices are $15 or $20 for VIP tickets. Additional information may be obtained at the Haunted Mines website at www.hauntedmines.org.
For more information about the Museum, visit www.wmmi.org or call 719-488-0880. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry's haunted house is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Family Exploration Day
Saturday, October 22 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
On October 22, the museum will be hosting a Family Exploration Science Day. Besides regular hands-on museum activities, Science from CU-Boulder will present and have hands-on demonstrations on Magnets & Electricity. Wings Over the Rockies Museum will have a flight simulator stations and a Goddard rocket station. Local science educators from Cool Science will have scientific experiments and demonstrations.
This event is being held in conjunction with the week-long Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival. Regular museum admission applies. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 719-488-0880.
Open every Wednesday through October
The farmers' market will have fresh vegetables from local Pueblo farms, breads, meats, salsa and more. Look for vendors in front of the red house. Guests who visit the museum will get the opportunity to see operable steam engines, learn how to gold pan, see a recreated mine drift, play with hands-on exhibits, and catch a glimpse of the pioneer lifestyle. There are over 27 acres to explore at the Museum, with picnic grounds and two very adorable burros. For farmers' market times contact the museum at (719) 488-0880. For more information, on all these events, and much more, visit www.wmmi.org
BOO at the ZOO
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!
October 21-23 & 28-30
5:30pm to 8:30pm nightly
It'll be all treats and no tricks (except the magical kind!) for your little ghosts and goblins at this year's Boo at the Zoo, the region's most exclusive 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. All treats are orangutan-friendly too!
Boo Activities Include:
Haunted fun house and ghoulish graveyard offer frightful fun!
Select animal encounters with shows each evening by education interpreters
Trick-or-treat at more than 20 spooky treat stations
Creepy bat cave
Lighted pumpkin path
Select animal exhibits are open including giraffes, hippos, Monkey Pavilion, Aquatics, The Loft and Lion's Lair!
Sky Ride Events
No passes or other coupons accepted. Advance tickets not available. Kids under age 3 are free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
$15 for ages 3-65
$ 9 for Zoo members
$13 Military and over 65 Senior Discount
Sky Ride - Boo Combo Pricing
$18 for ages 3-6
$12 for Zoo members
$16 Military and over 65 Senior Discount
For more information, visit www.cmzoo.org
North Pole - Santa's Workshop Celebrates Military Appreciation Month
October is military appreciation month at North Pole-Santa's Workshop, which means all active duty military and their spouses get in FREE, while kids/dependents get in at our usual military rate of 12.95! Active duty and spouses need to show active duty military ID for discount and kids age 10 and up must have their ID for the discount.
For more information, visit www.santas-colo.com
Get Fit at the Garden of the Gods - A Walk for Wellness
Open every Wednesday through October
As the Garden of the Gods arrives at their first anniversary of their Garden of the Gods Wellness Walk, they are delighted to announce that they are venturing on into a second year of hiking! Come and join them, as they convene on Wednesday mornings at 9 am in the lower foyer of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center for a free one-, two- or three-mile measured walk at the Garden.
Following the hike, join in for a free nourishment in the Garden café and get ready for some educational conversation about the Park. Dress for the weather; wear sturdy shoes, bring water hat and sunscreen as needed. Visit www.gardenofgods.com for more information.
Questions? Call 719-219-0108.
Pikes Peak Country Attractions Association
354 Manitou Avenue Manitou Springs, CO 80829
1.800.525.2250 or (719) 685-5894