Colorado Springs has lots of fun happenings this October in celebration of Halloween 2011. Take the family to see “Boo at the Zoo”, Manitou Springs coffin races & parade with a haunting wake the night before, haunted mines, or watch the wolves howl at the moon. All of those who dare will find fall excitement with any or all of these Halloween ventures.

BOO AT THE ZOO – Dress up in your favorite costume to trick or treat at the world’s only mountain zoo. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has the “wildest” Halloween party. This event is a fun way for the whole family to trick or treat together in a safe environment while hanging out with all of the ghostly creatures.  For more info call 719-633-9925 ext 111 or visit

Days: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 21-23 and 28-30, 2011 - 6 nights                                     Time 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. - with last ticket sold at 7:30 p.m.

Please NOTE: The Zoo will close early for day visits at 4 p.m. on all six Boo at the Zoo evenings, with the last ticket of the day sold at 3 p.m. Guests must exit the Zoo at 4 p.m. and can re-enter at 5:30 p.m. for Boo at the Zoo.

MANITOU SPRINGS “EMMA CRAWFORD” COFFIN RACES & PARADE – Manitou Springs Colorado already has a haunting reputation. Know as the Witch Capital of the United States. What a better place to be for a chill.  The day long event (Saturday October 30th, 2010) will feature a coffin race named after the 19th century local. Impersonators dress up as Emma Crawford & ride in a coffin –like contraption & then race down the Manitou Avenue being pushed by 4 mourners of such. The parade will begin at 12:15 & the race will begin at 1:00 PM - Prizes will be given for the best Emma impersonator & most creative coffin. For more info visit:

Time: October 29, 2011 from 12pm to 3pm
Location: Historic Downtown Manitou Springs
Street: Manitou Avenue
City/Town: Manitou Springs
Website or Map:
Phone: 719-685-5089

EMMA CRAWFORD WAKE AT THE MIRIMONT CASTLE - The legend of Emma Crawford still lives on with rumors of recent hauntings on Red Mountain where she is buried. There will be a wake held in Emma‘s honor Saturday October 30th at the Miramont Castle the night before the parade.  For more info visit:

Friday, October 28, 2011


Emma CrawfordIt is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Miss Emma Crawford.

As most of you, her dear friends, know, in 1889 Emma came to Manitou in search of her health. She was accompanied by her mother and her fiancé, Mr. William Hildebrand. It was the young couple’s greatest desire that Emma, who suffered from consumption, would benefit from Manitou’s healing waters and crisp mountain air. She partook of them both abundantly and freely on her many walks in the area.

Emma rallied and was busily preparing for her wedding. Life was a blessing indeed. But fate held a different card and the Reaper was not to leave with empty hands. Emma succumbed.

Father Jean Baptist Francolon and his mother Marie have graciously offered to open their magnificent home, Miramont, for Emma’s wake. Many of her friends that she had met on her travels seeking better health are making plans to attend. Some of the more notable are Dr. and Mrs. William Bell, Dr. and Mrs. Isaac Davis, and, of course, Father Francolon and his mother, Madam Marie Francolon.

The cost of admission will grant you entrance into Miramont, viewing of Emma laid out in the parlour in pure Victorian splendor, and a Victorian Wake, resplendent with a generous Victorian buffet dinner and beverages in the Great Hall. Since this is sure to be one of the year's most talked about events, make your credit card reservations early. Space is limited.

Emma Crawford                                                                                Time: * 1st Viewing - 6:00 pm * 2nd Viewing - 6:30 pm * 3rd Viewing - 7:30 pm

Cost: * Adults - $40.00 * Children 12 and under - $30.00 *Valet parking at no charge

Menu: Generous buffet dinner

HAUNTED MINES – Western museum of mining & industry tour by day or fright by night. Come tour the museum during the day & see exhibits of what real life is like in mining communities (past & present). By night the grounds turn into a haunting & terrifying attraction. Those who dare will experience heart beating terror by descending into the mine on Rapid Descenders traveling through the mines spooky tunnels, or the Hellevator (I can only imagine), escape the vent shaft by crawling your way out, or slide down the flumes to escape, only to be chased & terrorized through the cemetery.   Do you dare? For more info visit:

FULL MOON WOLF TOUR BY COLORADO WOLF & WILDLIFE CENTER - Last but not least. How many of us had the chance to get up close & personal with natures elusive wolf? Well you can at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center. In fact here you can see more than just wolves. There are wolf dogs, foxes & coyotes too. The center offers full moon tours that include feeding & hiking with the wolves by flashlight. For more info: call 719-687-9742 or visit: