Halloween Happenings Bustling in the High Country – Catherine Mahrholz


Halloween Happenings Bustling in the High Country

By Catherine Mahrholz

Eeeeek! It’s that creepy scary time of year and time to dust off those costumes or create new ones.

Some of the Halloween events, activities and celebrations in the Pikes Peak region are listed here. Included are events for families with little ghosts and goblins as well as parties for spirited adults.

Also, Sunday Nov. 1 is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of Dead. This is a south of the border holiday that joyfully honors all relatives who have passed away. This annual celebration is gaining popularity here in the United States.

Read on for a sampling of events for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Some are geared for families with children and a few others have a decidedly adult theme. Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve and Dia de los Muertos, mountain style!

As always, adults can rely on Teller Cab to provide safe and reliable transportation to and from all events in and around the Pikes Peak region. 719-687-8222.


Victor’s tribute to Trick or Treaters is on Thursday Oct. 29.

The fun begins around 4:30 p.m. with Pumpkin Bowling for the kiddos when they get off the school bus.

Later on, the frightfully fun festivities continue with the Haunted Mill Site tours which begin at 5:30 p.m. for families with children and at 6:00 p.m. for ages 18 and older with tours running every 30 minutes until 9:00 p.m. for just $3.00. www.victorcolorado.com

Cripple Creek

Zombie Alert! Meet in the afternoon on Halloween, Oct. 31, at the Cripple Creek & Victor High School to participate in a Zombie Crawl to Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation on Bennett Avenue. 719-689-2661

The festivities for the younger set continue from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with the popular BOOzaar at Cripple Creek Parks & Recreation’s Henry Hack Community Center. Here parents can count on a safe place for children to have fun, play games and show off their costumes and win prizes. Nearby, the Trunk or Treat event will also be held.

The Butte Theatre will be presenting their final showing of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Expect the unexpected at this last opportunity to see this terrific show. Call 719-689-6402 for more information or you may purchase tickets by calling the reservation line at 719-689-3247 or visit www.ButteTheater.com.

For adults, all 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 this historic mountain town.

Bronco Billy’s Casino: Patrons are invited to participate in a costume contest on Halloween. The casino will be awarding cash prizes to the best five costumes, just no masks please. Also, there will be Hot Seat Drawings for MVP members.

Triple Crown Casinos: McGills, the Midnight Rose and the Brass Ass, are having a cash giveaway promotion that has been running throughout the month of October and the final day is Halloween with drawings every half hour from 3:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Johnny Nolon’s: Think 1980s rock bands, with staff dressing the part and patrons are encouraged to participate. Players Club Card holders can participate in a $1000.00 jackpot drawing between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Wildwood Casino: On Halloween evening from 6 p.m. until Midnight, patrons can participate in Hot Seat Trick-or-Treat.

Double Eagle Hotel & Casino: Guests are invited to participate in Captain’s Cash & Caribbean Challenge. Enjoy excellent dining in the two restaurants located downstairs.

Century Casino & Hotel: Zombies rule here! Gold Club members dressed as Zombies, may enter to win $100 on Friday and Saturday over Halloween weekend. On Saturday there will be drawings for two half ounce gold coins. Not a member? Joining is free, quick and easy.

Woodland Park

WPHS Haunted House: 6:30 – 9 p.m., Oct. 29-& 30 with a $3 admission WPHS Pumpkin Walk: Follow the trail of the elementary-made Jack-o-Lanterns, from Gateway Elementary to Treat Street at WPHS, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29
Treat Street: Trick-or-Treating for all ages through the hallways of WPHS, 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 29
On Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, in addition to the Halloween Walk for the kiddos at Gold Hill Square North and South, frightfully fun events abound in and around Woodland Park, “The City above the Clouds.”

On Sunday Nov. 1, a few establishments are also inviting people to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a popular south of the border holiday celebrated in Mexico and Central America.

The Historic Ute Inn: Families with children are invited to stop by on Saturday afternoon to show off their costumes and be rewarded in the all American Trick-or-Treat style. The friendly folks at this iconic Woodland Park eatery will be ready with treats and delicious Hot Chocolate for the kiddos.

A Halloween dinner special is planned as well. The crowning glory will be dessert, a Pumpkin Roll which is a lightly spiced pumpkin cake with a cream cheese filling. All desserts are created on the premises by the staff at the Ute for good old fashioned homemade flavor.

Later on, adults are invited to attend a Halloween party with live music provided by High Energy, a cover band for the likes of AC/DC, Joe Walsh, The Clash and many more.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, The Ute will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Siso, their personable kitchen manager promises to provide hungry patrons with a tempting breakfast or brunch menu. 719-687-1465

Ute Pass Brewery: On Halloween evening, Oct. 31, adults are invited to attend a Halloween party including a costume contest with cash prizes and Beer Schwag prizes from the owner’s collection. Tava Blue will be on hand with live music and the festivities begin at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, in honor of Dia de los Muertos, the Ute Pass Brewery will feature a Tamale & Tamaco & Beer Special. Known for their slogan, “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder” they’ll be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.


On Halloween Evening, Oct. 31, McGinty’s Wood Oven Pub will be hosting a Halloween party with Guinness specials and a costume contest. Dress as a Leprechaun and receive a free appetizer or dessert! 719-686-7703 www.mcgintyswoodovenpub.com.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Russ’ Place will be hosting a Halloween party and costume contest. . This is a popular local hangout, always a fun place to relax and get cozy with the locals. 719-687-5599

On Sunday, Nov. 1, Russ’ Place will celebrate Dia de los Muertos with a Smoked Brisket and Beer Special starting at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, consider picking up some delicious picnic fare at Mike’s Corner BBQ, located at the intersection of Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 67. They are open every day except Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


On Friday, Oct. 30 the Florissant Fossil Beds will be hosting “Slightly Spooky Star Stories” from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. After a short presentation at the Visitor Center, participants may enjoy stargazing through a telescope with the generous assistance of the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. This is, of course, a weather dependent event and some fees apply. 719-748-3253

On Saturday evening, Oct. 31 the Thunderbird Inn, which is located on Highway 24 and Teller County Road One, will be presenting live music by The Wrekage.

On Sunday, Nov. 1, Dia de los Muertos, the Thunderbird will be open at 11 a. m. and patrons can enjoy some good old fashioned American food like burgers and French fries that are some of the best around. The Bird has a great outdoor patio area to enjoy some of the late fall sunshine expected to prevail this weekend. 719-748-3968


Crystola Roadhouse invites you to put on a costume and celebrate Halloween with live music by the popular band, Suga Bear. 719-687-7879

Green Mountain Falls

Joyland Church in Green Mountain Falls will be hosting Trunk or Treat on Saturday Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. In addition to the treats, enjoy free Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider, Games and Halloween movies.

On Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8:00 p.m. until midnight, the Blue Moose Tavern will be hosting their annual Costume Party with drink specials. Crazy Tony will be on hand as DJ, for Karaoke and plus this talented guy also plays guitar and banjo so live music will also be featured. 719-418-3384.

The Pantry, a very popular restaurant, is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 1, this would be the perfect spot to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch and mention “Dia de los Muertos” to receive a free piece of pumpkin pie. 719-684-9018

Manitou Springs

The Iron Springs Chateau is presenting “Rocky Picture Horror Show.” 719-685-5104 for more information and tickets are available at www.ironspringschateau.com.

On Friday, Oct. 30, the Briarhurst Manor will present a Murder Mystery Dinner. Reservations are required. 719-685-1864.

On Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 p.m. the Manitou Springs Heritage Center will be hosting paranormal investigations. 719-685-1454

Colorado Springs

Zeezo’s, is the best retailer around for costumes and accessories. This store has been a fixture in Colorado Springs since 1974. Now located in the heart of downtown on Tejon Street, you’ll find everything you could possibly want and more in order to celebrate Halloween in ghoulish or glamorous style. Zeezo’s is open seven days a week. 719-633-2571

For an all new experience in haunting, consider visiting Alien Haunted House and Seance located at the corner of Fountain and Circle in Colorado Springs. Discount coupons to present at the door are available at Zeezo’s and elsewhere around the Pikes Peak region. Advance tickets available at www.bigscare.com.