Dia del Dulce Halloween Festival in Old Town Albuquerque

Dog in squirrel costume on Halloween.
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The Dia del Dulce Halloween festival in Old Town features candy giveaways and fun activities. The event brings together lots of old fashioned fun with trick or treating, a costumed pet parade, a costume contest, and other activities for the kids. If you're looking for a safe Halloween event for your trick or treaters, this event is a good bet.

 Dia del Dulce Festival

The annual Dia del Dulce takes place on Halloween in Old Town.

Kids can go trick or treating with Old Town merchants and enjoy the free activities that take place on the plaza. Trick or treating, the pet parade and costume contest are free of charge. Families can visit Old Town restaurants or go shopping. 

A pet parade takes place, so bring your pets in their finest. Then, enjoy a concert in the gazebo, followed by an adult costume contest.

Things to Do 

Kids can go trick or treating while the grownups get in a little shopping. Some of the stops that kids might love include:

The Candy Lady's candy shop is a kid's dream come true. Behind the see through glass cases, there are chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate cherries, gummy bears, candy apples, fudge and many kinds of chocolate, both dark and milk. The Candy Lady sells Breaking Bad candy. Find her at 424 San Felipe NW.

The Christmas Shop has been in business for nearly 40 years. Open year round with Christmas items for sale, discover two floors of Christmas trees, each decorated with a different theme.

You'll find everything from southwestern themes to angels. One room has a variety of nativity scenes. Find it at 400 Romero NW.

If taking the kids to Old Town for Halloween, you have to stop in the Covered Wagon. Step past the carved wooden Indian inside to find pop guns, multicolored rocks, dolls and toys galore.

Find it at 2034 South Plaza NW.

Like the Covered Wagon, the Basket Shop has a section full of fun articles for kids. Find it at the back of the store. Find it at 301 Romero.

La Casita de Kaleidoscopes: Kids love kaleidoscopes, and this store has a wide variety of them. They are high end scopes, so children should be supervised carefully. After looking through a few, they can find small kaleidoscope kits for kids to take home and decorate themselves. Peer through at 400 San Felipe NW.

Steve's Ice Cream and Java: Kids love ice cream, and adults love a mocha or hot coffee. They offer malteds, milkshakes, sundaes, bottled water and of course, ice cream. Find them at 323 Romero #17.

Final Considerations

For those who take kids anywhere, it's important to know where the bathrooms can be found. Old Town offers public restrooms in the west end of the plaza area. Cross from the plaza and the San Felipe Church to the paved brick area where there is a fountain. Walk past the shops and the Weems Gallery to find the public restrooms.

Other considerations with kids could be the weather, and how the temperatures drop quickly. Dress in layers or bring extra layers in case it gets cold, which it sometimes can when the sun goes down.

If possible, bring a wagon or at least a large bag for carrying trick or treating loot. 

Park at any of the Old Town parking lots, or in the area around the Albuquerque Museum. There is sometimes parking around Tiguex Park, or even in Old Town along the streets, if you get there early enough. Or take the bus to the Rapid Ride stop at Central and Rio Grande.

Happy Halloween!