June 12-16 2019
Cripple Creek, CO
Colorado's biggest Amtgard event

Nightmare Before Rakis

Boys and ghouls of every age, wouldn't you like to see something strange?
Come with us, and you will see! This our town of Amtgard Halloween!

Come one, come all, to the Empire of the Iron Mountains event of the season. Nightmare Before Rakis will feature themed battle games, feasts of plenty, A&S workshops galore, and the amazing Best of the Best Arts & Sciences competition! Preregister now and get a monogrammed belt favor featuring your favorite Nightmare characters! Gates open Wednesday at noon, so be there to get your campsite through Sunday morning.

This year we'll also be honoring two Amtgarders with knighthood. So come out to Lost Burro and join in the revelry! So if there's an empty place in your bones, heed that longing and witness Jack take on Oogie Boogie! Don't miss out!


A full and exciting set of events awaits.

12:00 PM
Gate Opens

Show up early to claim a prime camping spot and start having fun.

Every year at Rakis, top artisans enter a single item in our bracketed Arts & Sciences tournament. Entrants present or perform directly to the panel of judges and receive immediate feedback about their entry. After the judges have seen everything, the entries get sorted into a double-elimination tournament bracket where the judges have to look at each set of entries to determine what moves on to become the Best of the Best.

Meatball subs.

12:00 PM
Site Closes

We're sure it will have been great to have you, but it's time to pack up and go home. We'll see you again next year!

All attendees must be off site by 12:00 PM.


Children 13 and under get in for free. Pre-registration ends June 7, 2019.

Full Event - At the Gate
  • Admission for the full event
  • All scheduled meals and activities included
Day Pass
  • Admission for one full day
  • All scheduled meals and activitiesfor that day included