We're not sure what the city of Colorado Springs is expecting your trick-or-treating children to encounter on Halloween night, but here are some of its tips for those handout-seeking freeloaders: "Wear shoes that fit, even if they don't go with your costume"; "Don't cut across yards or driveways"; "Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know." To that last one, we'd add: Especially if they're offering Sugar Daddys to get into a van — those things are disgusting.
But if you're skipping the house-to-house route (or you're tired of being the only six-foot Hermione on the sidewalk) we've got a full roundup of haunted hootenannies that oughta keep you busy. For more info on any of the events below, see the calendar box at csindy.com.
Let's open by talking about Saturday's inaugural Monster Brews Ball, which begins at 5 p.m. at the City Auditorium (showclix.com/event/14285). It's going to be costumes and (all-you-can-drink) consumption of the adult variety, so dress appropriately and either bring a designated driver or go home with one.
If you're feeling more Manitou, there's the Emma Crawford Festival (manitousprings.org). It's an all-day affair: 10 a.m. brings costumed mourners racing wheeled coffins, just like Emma would have wanted. The noon parade is followed by a 6 p.m. after-party/costume contest at Swirl Wine Bar (swirlwineemporium.com), where the grand old dame shall be fêted once again.
The 30th also goes performance art with Murder at Macabre Manor, a 6:30 p.m. whodunit at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (trilakesarts.org); Psycho, a "thrill-harmonic" from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic (csphilharmonic.org) at 2:30 and 8; and local artist Spika's Dia De Los Muertos Viventes, a show featuring paintings of "death ferriers" at the blacKiowa Gallery (471-4215), also at 8. Finally, Saturday and Sunday bring the last two days of Werewolves of Poverty Gulch, a Halloween melodrama at the Butte Theater (butteoperahouse.com) in Cripple Creek.
Lastly (but not leastly), we think of the children. At 10 a.m., Saturday, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (wmmi.org) offers a scavenger hunt and more; the Colorado Springs Conservatory (coloradospringsconservatory.org) has a candy-laden open house at noon; and Mr. Biggs Family Fun Center (mrbiggsffc.com) promises family-friendly treating at 4 p.m. Not to be forgotten: The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's (cmzoo.org) Boo at the Zoo runs all weekend long, 5:30 to 8:30, Friday through Sunday.