10 Unique Colorado Springsian Autumn Date Night Ideas

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No one does autumn like Colorado! Bonfires, apple cider, toasty sweaters, pumpkin flavored everything, warm socks and snuggling with the one you love.  It is even more enchanting when surrounded by the confetti of aspen leaves that our beautiful state brings out to celebrate the season.

While there is no shortage of romantic fall date ideas in the Rocky Mountain region, there are also many unique autumn activities that can’t be experienced anywhere else. So, throw on a scarf, grab a Pumpkin Spice or Spicy Chai latte from Jive’s Coffee Lounge and head out to celebrate fall as only a Colorado Springsian can.

  1. Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade – October 24 – FREE

    Join Emma Crawford impersonators (a 19th-century local who was buried on Red Mountain) for a coffin race down Manitou Avenue pulled by teams of “mourners.” Awards are given for both the best Emma and most creative coffin and the day is wrapped up with a Parade.  www.manitousprings.org.

  2. Manitou Springs Ghost Tours

    These 45 minute tours tell the stories of real people who lived or died in remarkable ways in Manitou Springs. The ghosts of these departed come back to visit on this one night and feature at least one new or different ghost each year. www.manitouspringsheritagecenter.org.

  3. Zeezo’s Costume Shop

    Visit this super cool locally owned full service costume gem located in downtown Colorado Springs for all of your Halloween costume needs. http://www.zeezos.com/.

  4. Howl-O-Ween at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center – October 31st

    Enjoy bonfires and refreshments while the wolves enjoy meat-filled pumpkins.
    http://www.visitcos.com/sites/default/files/Co%20Wolf%20Wildlife.pdf

  5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Iron Springs Chateau – October 23rd

    Live Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow Cast!
    https://www.facebook.com/Iron-Springs-Chateau-Presents-The-Rocky-Horror-Picture-Show-1463805327204294/timeline/

  6. Dark Matter Bash at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center – October 24th

    Costume contest (the more surreal the better), contortionists, fire dancers, food trucks, tarot card readers, and body painting.
    http://www.csfineartscenter.org/visit/events/halloween/

  7. A Halloween Murder Mystery at the Briarhurst Manor – October 30th

    5 Course Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1179891555372573/

  8. FREE Classic Horror Movie Nights – Manitou Springs Heritage Center – October 16, 23 & 30

    Snuggle up for a classic horror movie with popcorn and sodas.
    http://www.manitouspringsheritagecenter.org/2015/09/18/october-9-16-23-30-free-classic-horror-movie-nights/

  9. Boo at the Zoo – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – October 17-18, 23-25, 30-31

    Family friendly trick-or-treating, sky rides a lighted pumpkin patch and haunted house.
    http://www.cmzoo.org/

  10. Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival at Western Museum of Mining and Industry

    Enjoy hot cider, hayrides and an autumn farmers market during this family friendly event  http://wmmi.org/BookingRetrieve.aspx?ID=231779

What other unique autumn activities would you add to the list??– Share below in comments!

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Tammy is a corporate trainer and design and development specialist by day and an art loving painter (both water and oil), all-around artist, blogger, wife and mom by night. Although she was born in Missouri, Colorado Springs has been her home for most of her life. Tammy and her husband have been together for 14 years and have two beautiful children, Brandon (19) and Kaeli (16). They both love to hike, bike and travel. Her kids are a little more outdoorsy than they are, spending their weekends hiking, camping and cliff jumping. As they get older, they have watched their friends navigate the empty nest, both successfully and unsuccessfully. In an effort to prepare for this inevitability, Tammy began a local blog, Date Your Spouse Colorado Springs to discuss the importance of nurturing your relationship through continued courtship right here in Colorado Springs. You can learn a little bit more about Tammy on her blog or at her art website. She looks forward to sharing some local tips for Springs moms and learning a few from you.