Colorado Springs and the region never lacks things to do this time of year. October offers a ton of Halloween excitement for the whole family to enjoy or getting in a good scare. Here's a look at some of the ways to enjoy the season this weekend:
Boo at the Zoo - October 19-21 and 26-28 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomes little ghouls and goblins of all ages to dress up, enjoy the animals of the night and collect some tasty treats in a safe and fun environment.Plus they make sure that all goodies are orangutan-friendly!Frightfully fun attractions include a lighted pumpkin patch, haunted fun house, ghoulish graveyard and creepy cave. Be sure to check out “Things That Go Bump in the Night,” an animal show at the Lodge at Moose Lake nightly at 6:15pm, 7:15pm and 8:00pm. Enjoy the pirates cove, pumpkin patch and BOO Carousel. Select animal exhibits will be open, including giraffes, The Loft, Monkey Pavilion, Lion's Lair and Aquatics. www.cmzoo.org
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off - October 20 This fall-centric festival celebrates the size of area growers prized pumpkin possessions. Last year's winner came in at a whopping 751 lbs. Stop into historic Old Colorado City for live entertainment, kids activities, festive scarecrows lining the streets and super-sized veggies. www.shopoldcoloradocity.com
Haunted Mines - Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October, 30-31 The Haunted Mines, located on the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry is one of the area's most popular Halloween-themed attraction. Guests will be subject to disorientation, monsters, creep sights and sounds. This is a very interactive experience and requires patrons to crawl, jump, run etc. Also keep an eye out for friendly, but spooky real live bats. All proceeds go to support the museum. www.hauntedmines.org.