by Catherine Mahrholz
Halloween, that spooktacular holiday dedicated to mischief and fanciful, frightful fun is coming up next week! Events and activities abound over the next 2 weeks or so in the Pikes Peak region, so dust off that favorite costume or create a new one, and read on for ideas on where to celebrate this holiday dedicated to fun and fantasy.
Listed below are events for families with children as well as parties for adults who enjoy this holiday dedicated to fantasy and just plain fun. The Halloween festivities begin this weekend!
The Miramont Castle is once again celebrating the legend of Emma Crawford! On Friday evening, Oct. 25 mourners may pay their respects to Emma who will be laid out in the parlor in all her Victorian splendor. Mourners may also partake in a full Victorian buffet dinner in the Great Hall at the Castle. For reservations and more information call 719-685-1011or visit www.emmacrawfordfestival.com.
On Saturday Oct. 26, beginning at noon, Manitou Springs invites you to attend the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade. In the past, as many as 50 teams have raced in this event that celebrates the legacy of Emma Crawford.
There is no fee for this legendary event and free shuttle service to and from the parade location on Manitou Avenue will be available. The best place to catch the shuttle will be at the Manitou Springs High School where there is plenty of parking. You may also catch the shuttle on Colorado Ave, near the city limits of Manitou Springs, where more limited parking is available.
The Manitou Heritage Center will be hosting the 19th Annual Ghost of Old Manitou Walking Tour on Saturday Oct. 26. Tours begin every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchase for this popular event is recommended. For tickets and more information call 719-685-1454.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. a Fall Family Fun Fest will be held at Marcroft Hall, 9105 Chipita Park Road. Sponsored by the Ute Pass Triangle Chamber of Commerce, activities include two 20 minute magic shows performed by local magician Inspector Magic. There will also be a photo booth with dress up props for kids of all ages. Along with treats, games and prizes, live music featuring the Lazy Ol’ Dogs is also scheduled. In addition a spaghetti dinner is included in the price of admission which is $2.00 per person, $5.00 per family or free with a non-perishable food donation for the Church in the Wildwood Food Pantry. Please do come in costume!
Also scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. there will be a fundraiser for Church in the Wildwood Food Pantry. This event will be at the church in Green Mountain Falls. There will be lots of locally made items for sale. This event will also feature a silent auction. For further information call Lynda at 719-684-7795
On Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the Ute Pass Cultural Center will host their annual Halloween Spookfest. The festivities feature a Haunted House, Halloween Carnival with prizes for all. Madam Lorac the Fortune Teller will predict your future and kids will love the Halloween Bounce House. For more information call 719-687-5284.
The Dinosaur Resource Center invites families with young children to attend a Halloween party on Saturday Oct. 26. At 1:00 p.m. a Halloween themed puppet show will be presented, and from 2:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. children may participate in a Halloween Costume Parade and Contest. For additional information call 719-686-1820.
On Halloween evening, Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. the businesses at Gold Hill Square North and South will be expecting young trick or treaters to stop by. The Halloween Walk is a popular event, so expect to see lots of youngsters outfitted for the occasion.
The Historic Ute Inn, located in the heart of downtown Woodland Park will be hosting a Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Friday evening Nov. 1, a day celebrated as Day of the Dead. Come in costume and party down! Live music with One-11 starts at 8:00 p.m. 719-687-1465.
The historic Butte Theater is presenting an appropriately titled melodrama, “The Frozen Man” and a Halloween Olio. Shows are scheduled from Oct. 4 through November 2. Matinees will be presented on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can catch the evening performance at 7:00 p.m. Call 719-689-6402 or visit www.ButteTheater.com.
The Halloween Boo’zaar and Trunk or Treat festival hosted by the Cripple Creek Parks and Recreation Department will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the June Hack Community Center. This popular event provides a fun and safe environment for children and adults. The Boo’zaar features carnival games and other activities. The Trunk or Treat event takes place in the circular drive adjacent to the Community Center. You are invited to don your Halloween Best, decorate the trunk of your vehicle and stock it with store bought pre-packaged treats. There will be a prize awarded for the best decorated trunk!
On Halloween Night, Oct. 31, the fun at Ralf’s Tavern & Grill starts at 8:00 p.m. Rock out to live music provided by Dancing On The Sun and put on your best costume to have a chance at the Grand Prize of $100.00. 719-689-9195
The casinos in Cripple Creek put on a party every day, so what better way to show off your costume and have a great time, than by visiting each of the casinos in our historic mining town! Check out the casino web sites for all the latest information on special promotions.
Trick or Treat Street, sponsored by participating businesses, will be held on Oct. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This year enjoy pumpkin bowling and trick or treating with your kiddos along Victor Avenue.
On Saturday evening, Oct. 26, The Headframe Tavern, located in the heart of downtown Victor, is hosting a Halloween party. Dust off that prize winning Halloween costume or create a new one, because there will be a costume contest with First, Second and Third Place cash awards! The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. and patrons can rock out to live music provided by Dancing On The Sun beginning at 9:00 p.m. 719-689-5696
On Halloween Evening, Oct. 31, at 9:00 p.m. McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub will be hosting a Halloween Party and Costume Contest with a Grand Prize for the best overall costume. In addition, if you enjoy Karaoke, this is the place to be! McGinty’s is one of the best restaurants in our area and to celebrate the arrival of autumn, Pumpkin Pudding is currently on the menu. Call719-686-7703 or visit www.mcgintyswoodovenpub.com.
The spirit of Halloween continues! On Friday Nov. 1, the Day of the Dead, Russ’ Place on North Rd. in Divide, will be hosting a party and costume contest with Bar Tab prizes. 719-687-5599
On Oct. 31, Halloween night, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. the Florissant Grange will be hosting Treat Street. This event features games, treats, ghosts and goblins. Everyone is welcome, please come in costume! The Grange is located on County Road 31 just a mile or so north of Highway 24.
The Thunderbird Inn, located at the junction of Highway 24 and Teller County Road 1 is hosting a Halloween party on Saturday Oct. 26 from 8:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Live music provided by J. Michael Steele. Put on those Halloween masks and costumes and enter the costume contest!
The 36th annual Halloween Carnival, sponsored by Lion’s Pride, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Lake George Charter School. The festivities include carnival games, a cake walk, spooky bingo, and a bounce house, dunk tank and snack bar.
These are just a few ideas for celebrating Halloween over the next two weeks. Have fun, carve a Jack-O-Lantern, and design a costume or just jazz up your attire with a spider or two! Halloween is the perfect occasion to just have some lighthearted fun and indulge in a little fantasy, mischief and… treats! For just a little while, forget about our ailing economy and the shenanigans in Washington DC or other worries; pretend to be someone or something else! Have fun, let loose, and enjoy the Halloween spirit!