Here's a look at some of our favorite events happening around Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.
THURSDAY - SUNDAY
- Scary tales, weird folks, eerie music and candy. For a full calendar of Halloween events, click here.
FRIDAY - SATURDAY
- Beam yourself up for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's "Star Trek: The Final Frontier." It's a Spock of a musical event at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with music from the TV series and movies. Pikes Peak Center. Tickets $21 and up, csphilharmonic.org
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
- Mystery time: Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," this weekend and next, performed by First Company at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Show time 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $12-15, $5 for students, firstcompanytheater.org
- Jazz is alive and well in Colorado Springs thanks to Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz. The nonprofit organization presents its fourth annual Colorado Springs Jazz Party featuring well-known local and national musicians including Ed Polcer, Bill Allred, Ehud Asherie, Dan Barrett, Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Metz Jr., Richard Moten, Chuck Redd, David Siegel and Wayne Wilkinson. The three-day festival is Friday through Sunday at The Antlers hotel. Read more here.
- Emma Crawford would be turning over in her grave. Oops, make that falling out of her grave. And in memory of Emma and Manitou's wonderful weirdness, it's time for the Coffin Race and Parade downtown, noon to 3 p.m., 70 racing teams pushing their Emmas. Beer garden and music later in Soda Springs Park. Parking/shuttle info: manitousprings.org
- Arts Month day for the kids, the Southern Colorado Children's Arts Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chapel Hills Mall. Art and dance, costume parade, music and bell ringers. Free. Also in the mall, don't miss the Positive Exposure photo exhibition featuring the beauty of local developmentally disabled people. chapelhillsmall.com
- What better place to go find creepy Halloween history than the Pioneers Museum? Kiddos are invited to wear their costumes for a Halloween History Hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but start your hunt through the building before 1 p.m., 215 S. Tejon St. Story time haunted house and a craft project, too. Free, but donations welcome. cspm.org
- Go Halloween Goth at the Fine Arts Center's GothGlam Bash, csfineartscenter.org
- A traditional cultural celebration of Noche de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with piñatas, skeleton burning, dancing and live art along with music by Ryan Flores and Moonhoney makes for a lively night from 7 p.m. to midnight . Marmalade at Smokebrush, 219 W. Colorado Ave. Presale $15 at smokebrush.org, $20 at the door.
- Hear Paper Bird, a Colorado band produced by John Oates, at Ivywild School Saturday, paperbirdband.com
- And what musical instrument signals Halloween? A scary organ, of course. Performers in costume will summon up "Pipe Screams" and the spookiest of the classical music pieces at 3 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. You're invited to wear your costumes, too. It's a freebie but free will offerings are welcome ... and spooky souls are watching! firstchristiancos.org
- They're shaking up and stomping the world of Irish dance as you know it and they're visiting for the first time Sunday at Pikes Peak Center. Watch Rockin' Road to Dublin in what's being called the new generation of Irish music and dance at 4 p.m. Tickets $32-55 at PikesPeakCenter.com, 520-7469 or Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center box offices.
- These children of Africa are the voices of Music for Life and are bringing their songs and dances to Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Drive, at 7 p.m. The African Children's Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization helping that continent's youngsters. They'll also be performing at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Salida at Living Waters Church, 5300 E. Highway 50. Concerts are free but free-will donations for their mission are requested. africanchildrenschoir.com