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

First Place

Family White

Second Place

Tesla Steampunk

Third Place

Iron Springs Melodramatic mourners

Photo Flair Winners

Manitou Mermaids

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

Emma Crawford came to Manitou Springs in 1889 searching for a cure for her tuberculosis in the the area’s famed cold-water mineral springs. She fell in love with the charming mountain town and her dying wish was to be buried on top of Red Mountain. Unfortunately, Emma succumbed to her illness in 1891. Her lover, a civil engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway named William Hildebrand, honored her wishes. With the help of eleven other townspeople, William carried Emma’s coffin up the 7,200 foot slope and buried her near the summit of Red Mountain.

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

These eerie ghost tours will walk you through long lost stories of real residents in Manitou Springs’ history. This year, the ghostly spirits come back to visit for three weekends in October.
The Manitou Springs Heritage Center, along with our friends at THEATREdART, provide these evening tours that are thoughtfully scripted and brilliantly presented to provide a fun, family experience.
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.

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

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