The ominous buzz of a bloody chainsaw. The dead stare of an evil clown. The shocking sight of a feasting cannibal. They'll all feel eerily real at Hell Scream Haunts, and that's because the creators are professionals who work the same magic for film and TV. Of the three spaces—the Screamatorium, VonHellton’s House of Horrors, and The Dungeon of Despair—the Screamatorium carries the spookiest story, as it's the rumored former site of a sinister hospital. But no matter which cutting-edge attraction you brave, each are bound to terrify.
In 1984, against the advice of certain friends and family members, a man named Frankie opened a pub on the East Side of Colorado Springs. He began with little more than a small storefront and a chalkboard on which he scrawled the day's burgers and sandwiches. But over the next three decades, to the surprise of everyone except the people who ate Frankie's food, the bar doubled in size. Frankie opened a patio, installed big-screen TVs, and, with the help of his wife—who was once just one of his patrons—began printing real menus. Today, Frankie keeps his visitors full with burgers, steaks, hand-battered onion rings, and other pub eats—most of which are recipes he's been making for years and some of which were inspired by dreams about storm clouds raining nacho cheese.
But Frankie's isn't just about food and beer, it's also about community. Throughout football season, his TVs broadcast the professional and college-level games in College Tickets, games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday Tickets and ESPN's Gameplan package, ranging from regular-season match-ups to special conference games. And every Saturday, live music draws newly formed friends to the dance floor, keeping them moving long into the night.
Look in any direction at Cleats Bar and Grill, and there's likely to be some kind of competition in sight. HD televisions peer down on visitors, casting football, hockey, and baseball games across their glowing faces. Friendly bouts of pool and darts break out elsewhere, while foosball players spin their miniature players until they vomit LEGO blocks. On the outdoor patio, guests surrounding the fire pit pass subtle bets on which log will be the last to crumble into ash. All the while, these varying gladiators take bites from team-themed burgers and hoist domestic and craft beers.
On any given night, during any sports season, fans can gather at Overtime Sports Bar & Grill to watch their team play on a host of flat screen TVs. But it's not just about the sports here. There's also a full menu of classic grill food and a full bar stocked with frosty brews and mixed drinks. The bar hosts 10-week long poker tournaments on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Occasionally, a murder mystery crops up, with bar patrons playing the role of suspects and sleuths simultaneously, meaning they all have to figure out how to use a magnifying glass as a shield.
The dance students at Danceworks of Colorado Springs learn more than just technique and grace. They also develop confidence and self-esteem, beginning with Tots classes for 2- and 3-year-olds and building all the way up through high-schoolers' graduation performances. In addition to traditional tap, ballet, and jazz classes, the studio offers hip-hop classes for teens, specialty classes such as musical theater and acro, and an intensive dance company for students aged 5 and older.
Sensory overload is the stock and trade at Rawkus. The massive venue, sporting 13,000 square feet for hundreds of regular-shaped feet to stand in, carries electronic accoutrements that range from a surrealistic laser system to a pro audio system for transcendent evenings out. While sprinkling its schedule with DJs, dance parties, and rock acts, the venue also serves beer and liquor from its bar and snacks from its kitchen.