Despite the commercials you see on TV, there is way more to October than colorful leaves and pumpkin spice everything. It’s a month that gives you one last chance to enjoy warmer days before you hide away from the chill of winter. It’s a month of change—and one we love a whole lot around here for all the cool events it inspires. Plus, it’s the month that welcomes Halloween, which means costumes, trick-or-treats, harvest festivals and candy. We’ll be highlighting the top October events in Colorado Springs all month, so keep checking back. In the meantime, let’s look at a breakdown of what’s to come.
For Kids Only:
Spooky Story Time: The Space Foundation Discovery Center is taking their special story hour on a journey of a scarier sort with Space Boy and the Snow Monster. Even better, the author, Dian Curtis Regan, will be the one reading the story! Get pictures with Dian, have her sign a book and then, since you’re already there, go party in the space museum, where being in the dark is cool, not scary. Price included in admission. October 4 @ 10am. Learn more.
For Little Boys and Ghouls: Mummies and Daddies won’t have to trick their little ghosts and goblins to visit Boo at the Bridge at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. Enjoy trick or treating, fun dished out by the cauldron full by local businesses, spooktacularly fun games and live entertainment. It’s one howling good time.
October 21 from 4pm-8pm. Learn more.
Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival: The Western Museum of Mining and Industry will open their 27 acres for all things fall for the 6th year in a row. Hayrides, a pumpkin patch, face painting and crafts for the littles; food trucks and craft vendors for their folks! The popular Gold Canyon Gunfighters will be there to wow the crowds with their Wild West show, and you can try your hand at gold panning with the Gold Prospectors of Colorado. October 7 & 8 from 10-4. See more.
Boo at the Zoo: This famous Colorado Springs favorite combines everything kids love: Dressing up, going to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, eating candy, playing together … Frankly, we don’t need to say more. But we will. You’ll also get to check out the zoo animals after dark, meet cool local organizations, ride the carousel, eat yummy foods, ride the Sky Ride and check out a very spooky haunted house. And costumes. We can’t forget the costumes. Advance prices: $17.75 for 1 adult + 1 kid (ages 3-64). Special rates for members, military and seniors. Weekends and Halloween, October 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 & 31. See more.
Scarecrow Days: Every October, the business owners of Old Colorado City launch a little friendly competition, decorating cool scarecrows and fall displays that turn the streets into a harvest wonderland. Take a family tour of these awesome works of art located throughout the city, share a meal or an ice cream treat and take lots and lots of pictures to capture the day. Free. October 1-31.
For the Grown-up Set:
Emma Crawford’s Victorian Wake: By far the most interesting character of legend in Manitou Springs and celebrated annually with a world famous coffin race, you can just imagine how lively her wake is! View Emma laid out in Victorian splendor in the parlour of Miramont Castle, and enjoy a resplendent buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. The event fills up fast, so make your reservations early for this one. October 27 @ 6. More details.
Take a Self-Led Brew Tour: Fall means new flavors for Colorado Springs’ extensive list of craft breweries. Inspired by the season, brewers blend new concoctions with apples, pumpkins, spices and more. Whether you pick one brewery to sample several, or tour more than one to maximize your enjoyment, you’ll love experiencing the talents and creativity from our local brew masters. Remember to sample suds responsibly, ensuring you have a safe way to travel!
Costs vary by brewery. Follow your favorite brewers on Facebook to see their latest concoctions.
Giant Spirit Tour: If building your own tour isn’t your thing, Old Colorado City has the solution, with a fun and festive tour featuring craft beers and wines. Participants get a ticket that allows them to wander the city and try out wines and beer in OCC restaurants and enjoy specials on food and apps. $27.37, includes fee. October 21. Get tickets here.
This is just a small snapshot of all that October has to offer! Keep reading every week to learn about pumpkin patches, ghost tours, beloved traditions and more. We’ll be updating this blog all month long so you can enjoy October to the fullest.
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