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7 of the Best Halloween Events in New Mexico for the Whole Family



Halloween is a month-long holiday as far as I’m concerned (actually it’s more like a year-round thing with me), which brings me much pleasure. Not only do I enjoy the magic of the season but so do many children. They have October 31st to go out with friends and family trick-or-treating for candy. But there is so much more that they can take part in to celebrate this magical holiday. Halloween events in New Mexico are some of the best in the whole country. Here are 7 of the best Halloween events in New Mexico for the whole family to attend this year.

1. BOO!lloon Mania – Albuquerque, New Mexico

BOO!lloon Mania at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico
BOO!lloon Mania at the Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Oct 28, 2016. 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE
AlbuquerqueNM 87113
This free event is fun for the whole family. The BOO!-luminaria and Jack-o’- Lantern Glow event is one of the few community-created Halloween events in New Mexico. It’s full of many fun activities, including a unique balloon glowing experience.
Other activities at this event will include:
  • Free to attend!
  • Storytime courtesy of Albuquerque Public Libraries
  • Pumpkin carving for all ages
  • BOO!-luminaria making and decorating
  • All ages costume contest for pets and humans
  • Crafts and other Halloween treats
  • Safety and community information
  • Visiting our exhibitions, displays, and the Tim Anderson 4-D Theater
  • And much more

2. The Monster Squad at the Guild Cinema – Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Monster Squad
The Monster Squad

From October 28th through October 30th, take the family out to see this classic 80’s monster movie. What better way to celebrate Halloween is there than family movie time? Checking out a classic movie is one of the more interesting Halloween events in New Mexico.

Showtimes and Prices:

Friday 10:30pm, Saturday 12 Noon, 10:30pm, Sunday 12 Noon

Noon screenings $5 / 10:30pm shows $8 general / $6 students

Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes – the Monster Squad (a group of pre-teens!) are the only ones daring to stand in their way!  Like The Goonies and The Lost Boys, this is a kid’s movie at heart with some great special effects by the legendary Stan Winston!

Movie Trailer:


3. Albuquerque Jack-O’-Lantern Fest – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque Jack-O'-Lantern Fest
Albuquerque Jack-O’-Lantern Fest

Where and When:

Friday, October 28th 2016
Sandia Speedway, 100 Speedway Park Blvd SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87121
At The Lantern Fest, thousands of revelers join together armed with lanterns for one unforgettable spectacle. Before sundown friends and families can enjoy food, live music, a stage show, familiar princesses, face painters, s’mores, balloon artists and more. Then, when the time is just right, we will light the sky with our highest hopes and fondest dreams.


Gates open at 3 pm. Lanterns will fly when the sun goes down. Be sure to arrive early enough to park, check-in and find a place to enjoy the event.

4. Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk: Halloween events in New Mexico
Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk

Take your brave family for a stroll through the haunted streets of downtown Albuquerque this Halloween. The Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk is a great way to learn about the sinister history of the city while taking in the creepy fresh air and getting some exercise while you’re at it. This isn’t great for the little kids but ages 13 and up will get a kick out of it.

Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk Schedule:

The ghost walks begin at 8 pm every evening from October 21st through October 31st. The prices range from $16-$20. And the walk is approximately 100 scary spine-tingling minutes long.

5. Pumpkin Glow Festival – Los Alamos, New Mexico

Pumpkin Glow in Los Alamos, New Mexico
The Pumpkin Glow in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Pumpkin Glow will be held Saturday, October 29, 2016 in collaboration with Trick or Treat on Main Street which will be held on October 28. At one of the most creative Halloween events in New Mexico, pumpkin artists drop off their jack-o-lanterns in the afternoon and return after dark to view the hundreds of glowing gourds. Participants can pick up their pumpkins after the event. The Pumpkin Glow will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

As part of the “Halloweekend”  the student Masquerade Recital will be held Saturday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. just before the Pumpkin Glow in Fuller Lodge. Costumed music students will play some eerie selections.

6. Zoo Boo – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Zoo Boo in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Zoo Boo in Albuquerque, New Mexico

It’s time for Zoo Boo! Celebrating 28 years of safe Halloween fun this year with games, Haunted Habitats, costumes and of course, candy! Trick-or-treat from dozens of sponsoring businesses and civic organizations at tables throughout the Zoo. As for Halloween events in New Mexico, there are none more family-friendly than this one.


Oct 29, 2016. 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM


ABQ BioPark Zoo
903 Tenth SW
AlbuquerqueNM 87102

7. Maize Maze – Albuquerque, New Mexico

Maize Maze in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Maize Maze in Albuquerque, New Mexico

It’s time for the Rio Grande Community Farm’s Fall Festival & Maize Maze! They’ve got all sorts of fun lined up, so be sure to attend each event and get in on all the action. From pumpkin games and activities (with prizes) and getting dirty on the farm, you name it- They’ve got it!

The Events:

Corn Maze and Amphibian Scavenger Hunt 

Explore a 7-acre corn maze and learn about amphibians and how important they are in our ecosystem and society. Also, check out Hay Bale City, interactive games, and livestock, which will have different varieties throughout the season.

Amphibian Activities

ABQ BioPark will be at the Maze for many of the weekends during the season, and in addition to the amphibian-themed maze. They feature an amphibian “Guess Who” and other all-ages-friendly games to play.

Pumpkin Patch

Come out every weekend to find your perfect pumpkin.

Farm Animals

Every week, they’ll have different animals – farm and otherwise – on exhibit at the Maze. Featuring sheep, llamas, amphibians, waterfowl, and horses, they’ve got the whole barn on show!

Moonlight Maze

September 29th and October 27-28th, explore the maze by the light of the moon. Open until 10pm

Haunted Maze

October 26-29th and 31st. Wear your costume for a scary good time.

This year’s maze, in the form of a frog, is cut into a field of heirloom corn which will feed flocks of migrating birds this winter. Rio Grande Community Farm is a 50 acre, non-profit urban farm located at the Los Poblanos Fields Open Space in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They grow healthy, organic food for the Albuquerque area, offer community gardening opportunities, support local food networks, and maintain wildlife habitats.

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