|by Kate Appleton||Colorado||79|
On Saturday, October 27, locals in Manitou, Colo., will celebrate Halloween as only they know how—with the kooky Emma Crawford Coffin Races.
Costumed impersonators of Emma, a 19th-century gal buried on nearby Red Mountain, ride on coffin-like contraptions pulled by teams of four mourners. (Emma supposedly still haunts the mountain even though her coffin washed away years after her burial.) A parade and awards for the best Emma, the most creative coffin, and the best overall entourage complete the daylong event.
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A photo of three-time champions, The Crystal Hillbillies, courtesy of Andra DuRee Martin.