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Pumpkin Carving Party, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Ln., Fountain. Free. Pumpkins, patterns and some carving tools provided. More tools and extra pumpkins always welcome. Sat., Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call 520-6745.

Frankly Fun: meet a magician, have fun with a Frankenstein craft, and prepare to be monstrously surprised. East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free. Sun., Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m.

Samhain ritual, Community for Spiritual Living, 3685 Jeannine Drive. $3. Samhain, the Pagan New Year; a time for honoring the dead. Open to all interested. Social and events after ritual. Please bring food or drink to share, something comfortable to sit on, a votive candle in a fireproof container and divination tools. Fri., Oct. 31, 7:30-11 p.m. Canned goods/clothing are also needed. For more, call 800/731-2650.

Jack-'o-Lantern Trail, Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Pepper Grass Ln., Fountain. $10 per vehicle. A 3/4-mile trail lit with 250 jack-o-lanterns, a show about bats and candy treat. Sat., Oct. 25 and Sun., Oct. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more, call 520-6745.

The Thirteen Ghosts of the Haunted Hearthstone, Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $6, partial proceeds go to Fine Arts Center. Be prepared for the most ghoulish of sights in the darkened stairways and historic halls of the Hearthstone Inn. Guided tour; not recommended for kids under 12. Fri., Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. For more, call 473-4413.

Blue Moon Haunted History Tours, 108 Canon Ave., #2, Manitou Springs. $10 and up. Walking tours, haunted mansion, ghost museum. Museum open Wed.-Sun., 3-9 p.m. For more, call 685-2409.

Planet of Terror and Misery Mile, Joyrides Family Fun Center, 5150 Edison Ave. $5-$12. Planet of Terror indoor/outdoor adventure; Misery Mile, a two-acre haunted corn maze. No-scare activities also available for those under 12. Fri. and Sat., 7 p.m. to midnight. Extended days and hours Oct. 23-31. For more, call 573-5500.

Murder at Buffalo Chip, Creeker's Casino, 274 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek. Free. Interactive murder mystery by Red Herring Productions. Complimentary appetizers and drinks. Sat., Nov. 1, 5-6 p.m. For more, call 719/-689-3239.

Manitou Springs 5K Mayor's Cup and Emma Crawford Coffin Races, Sat., Oct. 25. Kids 1K run, 10 a.m. Adult 5K run, 10:30 a.m. Parade of coffins 12:30 p.m., races at 1 p.m. Lantern-lit walking tours in the evening; tickets at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, 354 Manitou Ave. For more information, call 685-4433.

Holiday art shows and fairs Artisans Studio: Gifts of Simple Pleasure, 726 N. Weber St. Handbound journals and albums, decorative papers, hand-dyed scarves, herbal and floral soaps. Fri., Oct. 31, 1-6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more, call 633-9076.

Black Forest Arts & Crafts Guild Fall Show and Sale, Black Forest Community Center, Black Forest and Shoup roads. Free admission. Locally made gifts and decorative items, food. Please, no strollers. Thurs., Nov 6 through Sat., Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Own Your Own Holiday Art Show and Sale, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Mon. through Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (holidays excluded). Original artwork. Public reception with the artists, Wed., Nov. 19, 5-8 p.m. For more, call 719/295-7200.

Handwoven Holiday 2003, 217 S. Grand (Union and Grand), Pueblo. Handweavers Guild of Pueblo annual sale. Fri., Oct. 31-Sat., Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more, e-mail

Christmas Arts & Crafts Bazaar, Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Dr. Free admission. Handcrafted items, homemade baked goods recipes, raffle. Sat., Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call 520-6470.

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