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.
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.
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.
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/.
Howl-O-Ween at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center – October 31st
Enjoy bonfires and refreshments while the wolves enjoy meat-filled pumpkins.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Iron Springs Chateau – October 23rd
Live Rocky Horror Picture Show with Shadow Cast!
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.
A Halloween Murder Mystery at the Briarhurst Manor – October 30th
5 Course Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner.
FREE Classic Horror Movie Nights – Manitou Springs Heritage Center – October 16, 23 & 30
Snuggle up for a classic horror movie with popcorn and sodas.
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.
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