2017 Emma Crawford Festival

     The last week of October, Manitou explodes in redefining Halloween; our famous phantoms are honored and revered (never feared), actors decked out in Victorian costume eager to explain why “they” are forever here, lost “zombie” tourist wonder the back alleys waiting for you, Wakes held for a lady we never met, merchants graciously throw open their skeleton adorned doors for Trick-or-Treating, the race starting line is set, and spectators are anxiously waiting. Hold on to your wigs & …fangs? Yes, the Emma Crawford Coffin Race will be ready to begin. I hope our blog will get you where you want to be. Book your motel’s NOW because they fill up insanely quickly.


Pikes Peak Chocolate Factory
 Where: Downtown Manitou Springs      When: October 1-November 1
     To honor Arts Month in the Pikes Peak Region, Manitou businesses have decked out skeletons. Please come vote for your favorite dead dude! Ballots will be open until November 1st. Coincidentally, isn’t that the day before the Day of the Dead, Dia de Los Muertos?

How to vote- Visit these guys to pick up a ballot and vote away:

Manitou Art Center or the CreATE Café at 515 Manitou Ave.(manitouartcenter.org)
Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 354 Manitou Ave. (manitousprings.org)
The Poppy Seed at 123 Canon Ave.
Tracey Miller Gallery at 16 Ruxton Ave.
The Whickerbill Gift Shop at 906 Manitou Ave.

Emma & her Spirit Guide


Where- Miramont Castle Museum, 9 Capitol Hill Ave.
When- October 27th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
      To personally honor Emma, along with her family, you can participate in a Victorian Era Wake. Complete with a Service officiated by the Reverend A.R. Kieffer in the Castle’s Chapel, the Viewing of our beloved Emma before she is “buried” on top of Red Mountain, and (if your grief is not too much) a full gourmet buffet served to you, the bereaved. Between 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, each viewing will run every 20 minutes. For more info and tickets click HERE.


What’s Showing- “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”
Where- Manitou Springs Heritage Center at 517 Manitou Ave.
When- October 27th, Doors open at 6:30 pm, Show starts at 7:00 pm.
     View a classic horror cinema gem while snacking and sitting in comfy antique theater seats with your friends or family. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. I even heard the Heritage Center obtained their liquor license, ooo, ahhh! Let the entertainment begin! 


Where- Parade and Race-Manitou Avenue between 800 block and 900 block, including the roundabout in front of the Mountain Man.
         The After Party- Soda Springs Park Pavilion, 42 Park Avenue
When-October 28th, Parade at 12:00 pm, Race following, After Party following the Race about 4:00 pm
     Manitou Springs will be hosting their 23rd annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race starting on Friday, October 28th. Over fifty teams that have created coffin masterpieces that Emma would have envied as her chariot down Red Mountain. Small bandstands will be located across from The Ancient Mariner for a $6.00 fee. Spectators can easily arrive into town via free shuttles, running every 15-20 minutes until 6:00 pm. The shuttles can pick you up and deliver you back to either the parking lots of Coronado High School or Rockledge Ranch. Race times will be available on a LIVE scoreboard and you will be able to check track on your phone on CoffinRace.com. For Up to Date info click HERE. 

     Pre-parade will contain rockin’ to Halloween music and our 1st ever wedding. Yes, we get the honor to be the MCs!!! The Parade will include the Pikes Peak Hearse Association and each participating race team with their coffin creations. The After Party will take place in the Soda Springs Park where you can eat and rock to Dragondeer. The Coffins will be on display so you can get an up-close look. Now you do have a place to wear your Halloween costume!


Where- The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave.
When- October 28th at 5:30 pm till 9:00 pm, tours leaving every 15 minutes.
     What if you could hear a Manitou spirit tell you their story….in person? How about the next best thing? A 45-minute walking tour, led by your own personal “spirit guide” where you get to visit actors portraying historical legends of Manitou’s past. Honestly, because this event has become a family tradition the tours sell out! More info? HERE 
"Hildenbrand explaining to Emma that she is dead. She refuses to believe it and continues to sew on her wedding dress that she will never wear." 


Where- Downtown Manitou Springs
When- October 31st on Halloween, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
     Bring your Trick-or-Treat bags, and oh yeah, your kids to visit the merchants of our town that graciously give out treats. Come out early!

Happy Halloween from Pika Radio! 



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