October 17 - October 25
The Emma Crawford Cup
In memory of Emma Crawford
The tradition continues
In 1995, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce started the first coffin races in the nation, in memory of a beloved member of Manitou Springs. In the years since, the races have grown into an often-copied-but-never-equaled Manitou Springs tradition. Although our traditional coffin races won’t be running this year, we’re keeping the fun & festivities going all month!
The Emma Cup Scavenger Hunt
Iron Springs Melodramatic mourners
Photo Flair Winners
Royal Dead of Manitou
October 1 - October 25
Dust off your costumes
Best Emma Winner
Best Team Theme Winner
No Candy Here
This Halloween, the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce will not be hosting any officially sanctioned Trick-or-Treating event in downtown Manitou Springs due to COVID-19.
Know your history
In 1929, after years of harsh winters and spring rains, Emma and her coffin came racing down the mountainside. The young children who happened upon her remains found only the casket handles, a nameplate, and a few bones.
What else happened in Manitou during the most spooktacular time of year?
Skeleton Craze - October 4 through October 31
Throughout the month of October you’ll find skeleton friends lurking in spots around town. Vote for your favorite, and the Best Skeleton will be crowned at the end of the month. It’s a fun, family-friendly event for residents and visitors alike to see our historic downtown in a spooky new light. A ballot will be available each week in October in the Pikes Peak Bulletin.
Ghost Tours of Old Manitou - Oct. 30
Be part of the race
Sponsor this event
Typically, sponsoring coffin races is a great way to get your business name out to the thousands of spectators that flock to town on race day. This crazy year, we just want to give out as many prizes as possible to our competitors. Fill out the sponsor request form and someone will be back with you soon!
And we have a winner!
Check out the winning design
T-shirt pre-orders have closed, but we’ll have a few extra shirts available at the visitor center later this month.
All t-shirts will have the winning graphic on the front side of the shirt, with all of our sponsors on the back in white.