It’s spooky season in Manitou Springs

It’s the season to be scared.

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center will host its 18th annual “Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” walking tour Oct. 27.

The Heritage Center has launched a new website, the Emma Crawford Festival, with information about the  events.

Each year, Deborah Harrison of the Heritage Center leads ghost seekers on walking tours through the historic town, telling stories of the real former residents who lived, and died, in remarkable ways in Manitou Springs. Tours are 45 minutes and depart from the Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and depart every 15 minutes until 9 p.m.

The event raises about $1,000 for the Heritage Center, which is run entirely by volunteers. Harrison makes about 10 stops and tell stories of a miner who roams the hillside and a nanny who saved children from a fire; and, of course, the star of the Manitou ghost show, Emma Crawford — a woman buried at the top of Red Mountain. As the story goes, following stormy weather, her remains washed down the side of the mountain in 1929 and some say Emma still haunts the area.

Harrison adds a new ghost every year because there are so many in Manitou.

For details, tickets and volunteer opportunities, visit the Emma Crawford Festival site.