Ahh, fall. Crisp, cool air, leaves changing to gold and red, hearty pumpkin chili. (Google it—you can thank me later.) It’s unfair, really, that winter holidays keep creeping into this sacred space. So while Costco may be selling Christmas trees already (since September, actually) you don’t need to rush fall. Take some time to enjoy the changing season with these events around the region.
Please remember to observe social distancing guidelines at these events and, as always, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.
Reynolds Ranch House Harvest Festival At WMMI:
Western Mining Museum kicks off their fall celebration with a two-day Harvest Festival, benefitting the Historic Reynolds Ranch House renovations. You’ll be treated to live demonstrations, including the apple cider press and gold panning. Outdoor games and a tractor pulled hayride are fun for all ages. Food trucks will be on site to satisfy your cravings. For more low-key fun, wait until the following weekend when The Miner’s Pumpkin Patch opens. Admission includes one pumpkin per person and access to all outdoor fun. Find your way through the hay maze and then pose with your pumpkin at one of the photo stations.
- Harvest Festival–Oct. 2 @ 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct.3 @ 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Miner’s Pumpkin Patch—Oct. 9, 16, 24 & 30 @ 9 a.m. –4 p.m.
Cripple Creek Mile High Club Aspen Color Tours
Colorado Aspen trees in the fall are really something to behold. Make the short trek to Cripple Creek and enjoy them in all their splendor on the self-guided Aspen Tour. The tour starts at The Cripple Creek Heritage Center and includes an information packet for $10. All proceeds go to the care and feeding of the wild donkey herd in Cripple Creek. Speakers and guides from The Gold Camp Victorian Society will be available along the route to answer questions. Aspen Tour, Oct. 2 & 3
Oct 4-31 – Skeleton Craze in Manitou:
Even though the beloved Emma Crawford coffin races won’t be happening again this year, you can still have some spooky Halloween fun. There will be a celebration of all things Emma Crawford, complete with a hearse parade through downtown Manitou Springs, food and beverage vendors & live music in Soda Springs Park, door prizes and costume contests on October 30!
Throughout the month, you’ll also find skeleton friends lurking around Manitou Springs. Vote for your favorite in this family-friendly event—ballots will be available each week in the Pikes Peak Bulletin.
Boo at the Zoo 2021
Feeling uneasy about trick-or-treating this year? Bring the kids to Boo at the Zoo. A perennial favorite, this event brings the Zoo alive with the spirit of Halloween. Don your favorite costume and collect candy made with sustainable palm oil, which helps protect wild animals and their habitats. Safety precautions will be in place so the whole family can enjoy Halloween worry free. This event is online timed ticketing only. Book ASAP as this is likely to sell out quickly.
- Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 29-31, 4-8:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:20 p.m.),
Trick or Treat at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park
Stuff your treat bag while enjoying the view from America’s highest suspension bridge! Over 30 vendors will pass out candy at Boo on the Bridge, the annual event at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
Entrances will be staggered and to ensure your safety, the Park will supply all candy. Cost for ages 4 and up is $13 at the door, $11 online and $8 for season pass holders at the door. Children 3 and under are free.
- Oct. 23, 4-7:30 p.m.
Oct 31 – Cripple Creek Annual Trunk or Treat
Trunk or treat is a fun alternative to going door to door. Kids collect treats from elaborately decorated trunks and participate in games and other activities. Adults can enjoy food and warming stations at this outdoor, socially distanced event in Cripple Creek.
- Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Haunted Lantern Tour at Cave of the Winds
If you’re looking for an extra spooky Halloween experience, head over to Cave of the Winds for their Tour of Terror. With only a handheld lantern, you’ll “Journey Into Fear” as you wind your way deep inside the cave. Learn about the history of the cave and its unexplained phenomena, and hear some deliciously scary ghost stories.
- Oct. 2-31, weekends only. $45 per person, ages 13 and up.
Old Colorado City Fallidays
Enjoy Fallidays in Old Colorado City from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on October 30th in Bancroft park and on the Avenue. Come out to this free event and discover Sidewalk Sales, Caricature booth, balloons, man on stilts and more.