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This Week in Colorado Springs (10/24 - 10/29)

The Changing of the Leaves is Here!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - October 23, 2017

Hello once again Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! How about the trees here in town? We’re smack dab in the middle of the changing of the seasons, and the changing of the leaves on the trees is in full effect! You won’t regret it if you take just one day this week to go for a quiet walk and take in the beauty of the Fall season! Weather this week is looking relatively calm so far, with highs in the 60s and all the way up to 75 on Wednesday, only to drop down to 50 with clouds and rain (and possibly snow!) on Thursday. Thursday is the only day with rain/snow in the forecast so far, though, so let’s get out and explore a bit!
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (10/24), we’ll be heading over to the Pikes Peak Center for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Rocky Horror Picture Show Film! For the past four decades, fans have been giving themselves over to absolute pleasure, dressing up as their favorite "Rocky Horror" character, and shouting lines and singing along as they follow the film and emulate the characters. The Pikes Peak Center is encouraging fans to come in costume as their character of choice and be a part of the audience as they dance the Time Warp and sing their loudest "Hot Patootie" during the film. One person will go home with the glory as the winner of the costume contest personally selected by Bostwick!
And heading into Wednesday (10/25), we’ll be on our way up to the Outlets at Castlerock for their Wicked Wednesday Halloween Party! A few days before All Hallows’ Eve, Outlets at Castle Rock is inviting families to take their Halloween costumes out for a test run at the Wicked Wednesday Halloween Party! This kid-friendly evening will include face painting, a holiday magic show by Keir Royale, a costume contest, all-center trick-or-treating and more. Costume contest participation is open to ages 12 and under, all contestants must be present at 5:30 to compete. Costumes will be judged in three categories – funniest, scariest and most creative – and winners will receive a special prize from the center. Trick-or-Treating will take place throughout the property from 4:40PM-6:30PM and spooky signage will direct candy-hunters into participating stores!
Continuing with our pre-Halloween week festivities on Thursday (10/26), we’ll be heading over to the Chapel Hills Mall for the 2017 Colorado Fear Fest, presented by The Haunted Mines! Through the years, the Haunted Mines has unearthed fear to those brave enough to face it. Rumor has it that miners have struck something other than coal down in the earth once again, and it has unleashed something dark...something evil. Slowly spreading into the town havoc, change, and illness; no one is safe. As you check into our "fest of fear", be prepared - for the only way out is through the void in which the terror came!
And kicking off our weekend with Friday (10/27), we’ve got a very special performance at the Pikes Peak Center: The Colorado Springs Philharmonic Presents: Mr. Adventure: The Music of John Williams! A thrilling tour of action-packed film music from John Williams. Whether it’s barn-storming Indiana Jones, magical Harry Potter, or that Skywalker fellow, it takes musical genius to bring the adventure to life. It’s all here in one concert, celebrating the greatest film composer of all time!
Getting right back on the Halloween train on Saturday (10/28), we’ll be heading up to Manitou Springs for the Emma Crawford Coffin Races! The parade starts at 12:00 pm followed by 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory. Each team consists of one Emma and four runners dressed in costume. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance to win Best Emma, Best Entourage, and Best Coffin. Given the volume of expected Coffin Race attendees, the scale of the event and the limited parking in Manitou Springs, Coffin Race organizers have devised a shuttle plan to maximize ease of access while limiting impact in town. Spectator parking will be available at: CORONADO HIGH SCHOOL, 1590 W Fillmore St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 and ROCK LEDGE RANCH, 3105 Gateway Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 Shuttles will run every 15 minutes starting at 9 am from both lots.
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (10/29), we’ll be stopping by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo once again for their Boo at the Zoo! Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will come alive with spirit of Halloween when thousands of little superheroes, princesses and pirates attend Boo at the Zoo this October. Boo at the Zoo is a fun way for families to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe and unique environment, and all their candy is made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans! Put on your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag and flashlight to the wildest Halloween event in town. It’ll be a frightfully good time!

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