There are certain times in your life when wetting your pants is OK. Tonight is one of them, because only the most courageous of the courageous will leave Terror in October without letting out at least a scream. The trio of haunted houses will be subjecting fun-seekers to thrills and chills from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the Citadel Plaza, 600 N. Chelton Road. Admission is $8-$20. Those of you who are, shall we say, fragile, but still want to visit the inside of the houses can check out the No-Scare Festival on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Otherwise, Terror in October will be freaking people out on a regular basis until Oct. 31. Call 637-5136 for more.
Kweli Eusi: Black Truth is a coffeehouse setting of dance, theater, music, art, rap, open mike and much more. Hosted on the last Friday of every month, Kweli Eusi celebrates the legacy of the African American through art. Admission is free, and all are welcome. The events begin at 8 p.m. at Tutmose Academy, 1205 Shasta Drive. Call 450-1210 to find out more.
When spiritualist Emma Crawford came to Manitou Springs at the turn of the century, she became "infatuated" with Red Mountain. The cheerful girl thought she saw her Indian guide waiting for her there and decided that, when she passed on, she wanted to be buried on the mountain. Just before Emma was about to marry her lover Mr. Hildebrand, she died, breaking Hildebrand's heart. He knew her wishes and arranged for 12 men to carry his fiance's body up Red Mountain, where she was laid to rest. Emma remained there peacefully until years later, when, after numerous storms, the granite of the mountain gave way, and what was left of Emma's coffin was washed down the side. Emma was re-buried in Manitou Springs cemetery, but her legend has intrigued the residents of the mountain town ever since. Manitou honors the memory of Emma Crawford every year with the Emma Crawford Coffin Festival, featuring coffin races, a parade, foot races, a haunted-house tour and entertainment. This year's fest begins at 10 a.m. in Manitou Springs. Call 685-5089 for details.
Far out, man ... Halloween Cosmic Bowling at Circle Lanes, 999 N. Circle Drive. Get down while the black lights and lasers come up at the benefit for Easter Seals. Music, games and prizes will be featured. Free child care for infants to 5-year-olds. The bowling begins at 12:30 p.m. Call 574-9002 to reserve a lane.
Tejano dances, including the Nortea, Quebradita and Cumbia, will be the order of the evening at the 1999 Noches de Baile (Nights of Dance). The club championships will weed out the most elegant, proficient and fiery dancers, who will go on to the regional finals in Phoenix. The amateur Latin dance competition begins at 10 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Lounge, 2308 E. Platte Ave. Official rules and entry forms are available at the Wagon Wheel. General admission is free. Call 520-0004 for details.
Volcanoes, ancient forests, killer whales, river rafting, eagles, the Grand Coulee Dam, houseboats, Lewis and Clark and rain forests -- all can be found in the beautiful northwestern portion of North America. Narrator Gray Warriner has created an intriguing cinematic journey titled North by West, which will be shown this evening as part of the World Horizons film series. The filmmakers will be present for the screening at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $6, call 634-5583.
Not only will they play beautiful music, they'll act it out. Members of the American Guild of Organists will dress in costume for a Halloween concert at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. The Phantom will perform Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, the Lone Ranger and Tonto will play the William Tell Overture, Dracula and a victim will provide Saint-San's Danse Macabre, a trio of clowns will perform the Widor Toccata, along with many more. Admission is free, and the audience is invited to come in costume. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Call 633-8888.
Remember those high-strung women in old movies who were constantly "having a spell" and fainting? Someone always had a little bottle of something that was guaranteed to bring them around. Turns out there really is something to activating the sense of smell for health purposes, hence the popularity of aromatherapy. Essential oils are, well, essential to creating those helpful fragrances and tinctures, and Judie Gephart will explain the basics of working with them tonight from 7 to 8:30. An Introduction to Essential Oils for Health and Well-being is free and will be held at 1945 Carlton Ave. No reservation is required, but call 475-1141 for more information.
Grania Devine lives in the backcountry of British Columbia, on the Albert Icefield. She knows all about Adventure Skiing in the Selkirks and will share her knowledge at 7 p.m. at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St. Discussions and slides will touch on Selkirk history, route selection and natural hazards, bad-weather issues, camping vs. the lodge, and skiing on Rogers Pass. Admission is free. Call 633-0732 for details.
Butoh is an avant-garde form of dance created in Japan in the '50s. The dancers wear white body makeup, and their movements combine the meditative, flowing styles of traditional Japanese theater and German expressionist art. The result is dance that is sometimes intriguing, sometimes grotesque, sometimes simple, often strikingly beautiful. Acclaimed choreographer Maureen Fleming will present After Eros, a multimedia performance featuring butoh, live music, video, costumes, photographs and light, with music by Philip Glass and text by David Henry Hwang. The performance, for mature audiences, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Colorado College's Armstrong Theater, on the northeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 389-6606.
We've discussed what we want and what we've got, and now we need to figure out What's Next? Sculpture and Public Art Perspectives is the third and last in a series of three public forums focused on public art in the Pikes Peak region. The forum will convene at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., at 7 p.m., for a discussion with a panel of local artists. Admission is $3. Call 634-5583 for more.