Mama always said that nothing is scarier than Pueblo. Of course, she was wrong, but that doesn't change the fact that you should visit Halls of Horror at Bessemer Historical Society (1612 E. Abriendo Ave. in Pueblo). Take a tour through a complex of hundred-year-old buildings with ghosties, ghoulies and assorted freakazoids. Proceeds from the tours will help to restore the buildings, so this may be your last chance to get the stuffing scared out of you. Tours run from 6 p.m. until midnight, and admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students with student ID, and $5 for kids under 12. For more, hit up www.cfisteel.org or call 719/564-5533.
Speaking of spooky, truck on out to Cañon City to witness the transformation of Buckskin Joe Frontier Town and Railway (1289 County Road 3A) into -- wait for it -- Buckskin Joe Town of Terror! Said tourist attraction has a history of creepy things, including faceless cowboys, crazed gunslingers, evil miners and murderous funnel cakes. Also, a diabolical and homicidal innkeeper. Oh, and a film crew who vanished. And some other stuff. All scary, regardless. The fiendish fte is taking place up through Halloween, and starts nightly at dusk. For admission prices and more information, head to www. buckskinjoe.com.
Closer to home, today through Halloween from 5:30 to 8 p.m., take your little spooks to Boo at the Zoo at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Volunteers will hand out candy and treats, there's a spooky bat cave, a lighted pumpkin path, the Boo Theatre featuring Halloween cartoons, magic shows, the creepy carousel, carnival games and select animal exhibits. Free shuttle rides to the zoo depart every 15-20 minutes from the Sears parking lot at Broadmoor Towne Center, as zoo parking is limited. Bring your flashlight. Tickets are $5, and are available in advance at King Soopers.
The Optical Reverb Art Gallery, 3125 Sinton Road, hosts a charity art show to benefit the Peak Ballet Theatre of Colorado Springs and its project "Tour Jete" promoting ballet in public schools. The show features photographic images of dancers by Alberto Leopizzi, complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres and live music, starting at 7 p.m. At 8, enjoy live dance performances, then stay for Jana Lee and the Bigger Band's show at 9 p.m.
Homestead House Museum in Cripple Creek will play host to the release party of local historian Jan MacKell's Brothels, Bordellos and Bad Girls: Prostitution in Colorado 1860-1930. MacKell's book, dealing with the role of prostitution in mining towns throughout Colorado, talks about the importance of the Homestead House to Cripple Creek's boomtown era. The open house, running from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature book signing, hors d'oeuvres and champagne, topped off by ghostly sightings of Homestead House Madame Pearl DeVere.
Tonight, learn to swing! Dance, that is. The Colorado Springs Dance Theatre's inaugural fall fundraiser, Swing in the City, is an evening of music with local dance instructors who will teach how you to swing, cha-cha and jitterbug. The event will set you back $45 in advance, $50 at the door, but it's for a good cause -- to promote quality dance performance in the Springs. Head over to Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3725 Broadmoor Valley Road, at 7:30 p.m. Call 630-7434 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more.
Pack yourself and your offspring off to the Colorado Spring Philharmonic's Halloween Spooktacular this afternoon at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). The family-friendly program features hair-raising works by Aram Khachaturian, Igor Stravinsky, Camille Saint-Sans, John Williams and Paul Dukas and will be partially accompanied by theatrical dance from the Peak Ballet Theatre. Children are invited to participate in pre-concert activities beginning at 1:30 p.m. The concert starts at 2:30 and tickets are $9 for kids under 18 and $15 for all others. Get yours through the PPC box office by calling 520-SHOW or hit up www.ticketweb.com.
Less family-oriented but equally as creepy is the Halloween double feature taking place at the City Auditorium this afternoon. Todd Browning's Freaks, the 1932 circus-centered thriller that injected both Zippy the Pinhead and "gabba gabba hey" into the modern lexicon will be followed by The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come in costume for the 2 p.m. show, and be ready to shout at the screen, hurl rice and question your sexuality during the second feature. Oh, Rocky. Admission is $5, and props for Rocky Horror are available for an additional $5.
Take a night out tonight with Junior Brown, playing at 32 Bleu (32 S. Tejon St.). Brown is a veteran of the honky-tonk, bluesy rock 'n' roll scene and will be in full force wielding "Big Red," his double-necked 12-string guit-steel (a combination of electric and steel guitar). He's touring on his newest release, Down Home Chrome, which is a wicked mlange of country and rockabilly jams. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $20 to $28.50 and are available at
-- Aaron Retka