Congratulations to our winners!
As we said goodbye to the spookiest month of the year, our team of judges hit the streets to find the best skeleton window displays in Manitou Springs. Businesses competed for bragging rights in the 2022 edition of the Manitou Springs Skeleton Craze presented by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce and Ace Hardware Store.
Our judges this year consisted of Kathy Minch, Sallie Knox Hall, and Annie Schmitt, who all have been previous judges. The judges scored the displays based on Creativity, Best Theme, and Overall Appearance.
1st Place — The Manitou Art Center
2nd Place — Manitou Springs Real Estate
3rd Place — Mountains West
Best First Time Business — Toasted
In addition to our top 3 skeleton displays selected by our judges, we also made you the judge in our People’s Choice vote. The People Choice vote was tallied based on 300+ digital and write in votes.
People’s Choice Winner — Mountains West
First place will receive a $250 Gift Card, second place a $100 gift card, a $50 gift card for third, and a $100 gift card for our People’s Choice winner, all from Ace Hardware Store. This year’s new category, best first time business, receives a six-person wine tasting party from Manitou Winery.
This year’s enthusiasm and effort by participants truly helped make this competition fun and exciting. Some honorable mentions include: Green Horse Gallery, La Henna Boheme, The Hemp Store/Escape Manitou, and Mountain High Gallery and Gifts. People’s Choice favorite scary movie is tied between Halloween and The Shining.
Local businesses are preparing for another month of Skeleton Craze window displays throughout our business corridors. Each participating business will once again decorate a skeleton in their storefront. Kicking-off Arts Month in the Pikes Peak region (October 1) and concluding on El Dia de Los Muertos (November 1), this event continues to be a great way to support local businesses and organizations.
The judges (TBD) will grade the displays based on creativity and visual impact. Ballots for People’s Choice will be available as paper ballots printed by the Chamber of Commerce team and online through the Creative District website or via in-store QR code short links on posters and in weekly Pikes Peak Bulletin ads.
Paper ballots can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce office or the ballot box at the Wichita parking lot.
The winning displays will receive gift cards:
1st Place $250
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $50
People’s Choice $100
Winners will be announced in the first week of November.
This event is sponsored by: The Manitou Springs Creative District, The Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, Office of Economic Development and Visitors Bureau, and the Pikes Peak Bulletin.
Businesses can still register to participate until Friday, October 7.