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Halloween 2023 has arrived, and it's not just for kids anymore! This spooky season offers fun for all ages, from trick-or-treating adventures for the little ones to eerie experiences for adults.

After you've taken the kids around the neighborhood for their candy quest, consider booking a babysitter. Why? So you can unleash your screams at local haunted houses and other thrilling events.

Colorado Springs is brimming with Halloween festivities for everyone. This guide is your go-to for planning an unforgettable Halloween season.

Halloween To-Do's in Colorado Springs 

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BOO AT THE BRIDGE

Celebrate Halloween at the 9th Annual "Boo at the Bridge" event on America's Bridge. Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a Fa-BOO-lous time from 4PM to 7:30PM. Local businesses and non-profits will offer tasty treats, making it a perfect Trick-or-Treat destination. Admission is $13/person (4 yrs +) when pre-purchased online, $15 at the door, or $10 with a valid Season Pass. Kids 3 and under are FREE. Don't miss out on spellbinding entertainment and games that will lift your spirits. It's a Treat to have you here!
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BOO AT THE ZOO

Put on your costumes and check out "Boo at the Zoo," the ultimate Halloween adventure for all ages! Open 7 nights—October 20-22, 27-29, and 31, 2023—from 4 to 8:30 PM. Delight in activities like a Haunted House, Spooky Graveyard, and Pirate's Cove. Don't miss Trick-or-Treating at our Spooky Treat Stations or the mesmerizing Lighted Pumpkin Patch. Enjoy special feeding experiences with giraffes and budgies. Sky Ride available for $3 per person; be in line by 7:30 PM for the last ride at 8 PM. Advance e-tickets required.
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EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES AND FESTIVAL

Celebrate a unique Manitou Springs tradition at the Emma Crawford Coffin Races. This event honors Emma Crawford, who was buried atop Red Mountain in 1891 and whose coffin famously raced down the mountainside in 1929 due to harsh winters. On October 28th, festivities start with team check-in at 8:00 AM. Coffin staging is at 10:00 AM, followed by a parade at noon. Races begin post-parade, culminating in a Coffin Cup showdown. The day ends with an award ceremony and after-party in Soda Springs Park until 5:00 PM. Last shuttle departs at 6:00 PM.
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OKTOBERFEST TRAIN

Experience the joy of Oktoberfest on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, from September 9th through October 21st, on all departures at 12:30, 3:30, and 6:30 PM. Choose from various classes of service and add our special Oktoberfest entrée featuring authentic German bratwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle, mustard, pickled onion, and a pretzel. Revel in panoramic views of Colorado's Grand Canyon and the Arkansas River from our glass-domed or Deluxe cars, or opt for classic high-back seating in coach class. Don't miss the 360° vistas from our open observation car. 
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FAMILY FALL CRAWL

Mark your calendars for CSPM's Family Fall Crawl on Saturday, October 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For just $8 per guest, explore the historic Evergreen Cemetery in a fall-themed stroll organized by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and Evergreen Heritage. Enjoy 15 interactive art and history stations, live music, and food trucks. Costumes are encouraged to add to the festive atmosphere! Children 2 and under are free. Buy your tickets early as the price jumps to $10 at the door. It's not just trick-or-treating; it's a unique way to appreciate art and history with the whole family!
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THE EL PASO COUNTY FAIR FALL FEST

Join the excitement at the El Paso County Fair Fall Fest on Saturday, October 28th, from 12pm to 5pm. This family-friendly event packs a punch with a Gymkhana & Horse Costume Contest at 1pm in the Arena and a Haunted Barn in the Indoor Arena. Trick-or-treat at the Trough or Treat section on the Carnival Grounds and enjoy Oktoberfest specials in the Beer Garden. Live music and games are at the Farmer's State Bank Pavilion, while vendors in the Grandstands Building and Vendor Row offer a chance to kickstart your holiday shopping.
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PUMPKINS IN THE PARK

Don't miss Old Colorado City's Pumpkins in the Park Fall Festival on October 21st, from 12pm to 4pm at Bancroft Park. This family-friendly event is a seasonal must-do featuring a range of FREE activities. Let your creativity shine with pumpkin painting, or enjoy the whimsy of balloon animals. Face painters are on hand to transform little faces, while kids can engage in coloring crafts. Explore fall crafts for all ages and indulge in cookies and treats for a sweet finish. It's the perfect way to celebrate the autumn season with friends and family!
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BOO AT BEAR CREEK

Head over to Boo at Bear Creek on Friday, October 20, for a one-of-a-kind evening adventure from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Located at 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906, this event is a spellbinding trek through Bear Creek Nature Center's trails. Encounter creepy creatures that debunk myths about nighttime spookiness. Preregistration is required for specific time slots within the 6:00-9:00 p.m. window. Recommended for ages 7 and up, tickets are $7 for members and $8 for non-members. Don't miss this chance for nocturnal fun and myth-busting in the great outdoors!
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JACK-O-LANTERN TRAIL & PUMPKIN CARVING PARTY

Mark your calendars for Fountain Creek Nature Center's Halloween events on Saturday, October 28, at 320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, CO, 80817. Start with the Pumpkin Carving Party from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For $5 per pumpkin, carve a masterpiece to be displayed along the Jack-o-Lantern Trail later that evening; carving tools and pre-scooped pumpkins are provided. Return from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the Jack-o-Lantern Trail event. Stroll the lighted path, enjoy crafts, stories, and marshmallow roasting. Costumes are encouraged! Both events require prepaid registration.
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HAUNTED LANTERN TOUR

Get ready for an eerie experience at the Haunted Lantern Tour: Director’s Cut, available from September 30 to October 31 starting at 6pm. This 2-hour tour at Cave of the Winds is not for the faint-hearted. Navigate the cave's narrow passages, illuminated solely by an open flame bucket lantern. Hear bone-chilling ghost stories and explore the cave's raw history. The cost is $45 per adult (ages 13+). Children under 13 and those with certain health conditions are not permitted. Prepare to crawl through a 250-foot passage with low clearance—twice—while clutching your dimly lit lantern. Dare if you can!
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GHOST STORIES OF OLD MANITOU SPRINGS

Step into the world of spirits and history with the Ghost Stories of Old Manitou Walking Tours 2023. Offered on select dates in October (6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27), these one-hour tours begin at 6:00 pm from the Manitou Springs Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Avenue. Encounter the ghosts of iconic Manitou figures like Emma and Alice Crawford through immersive performances. Your "Spirit Guide" will lead you through staged scenes around Memorial Park. With seating available and a manageable 0.5-mile distance, the tour is accessible yet covers uneven terrain. Tickets are $16 in advance, and children under 11 are free. Don't wait—these tours sell out!
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