Halloween has become one of the most celebrated holidays of the year in the United States. Houses are often decorated in elaborate fashion, and as always, the kids make the most of this holiday that means dressing up in costume, collecting bags of candy, and getting permission for a little bit of revelry. Albuquerque has no shortage of ways to celebrate. Check out this list for ways to mark this spookiest of holidays in the Albuquerque area in 2017.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch: The Galloping Grace Ranch will have a pumpkin patch at the Star Center parking lot in Rio Rancho. See the lot transformed into a pumpkin world from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. The patch will close at 12:30 p.m. on Halloween.
Pub Crawl-Oween: There's a costume ride taking place at this Halloween party that takes to the road. The Duke City Pedaler's pub crawl takes you pedaling downtown for tricks, treats, and discounts at bars. And all this is done in costume. Choose your day: Oct. 26, 27, 28, 30 or 31.
BOO-lloon Mania: The Albuquerque Balloon Museum will have a community created Boo!-luminaria and Jack-o-Lantern Glow to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Bring your own carved pumpkin or decorated Boo-luminaria or make them there. There will be luminaria and pumpkin decorating and trick-or-treating around the museum.
Zoo Boo: At the Zoo Boo, kids can safely gather candy, visit the zoo animals, and participate in lots of Halloween-themed fun.
This is an extremely popular event, so expect to stand in line. Once the doors open, the line moves quickly. It's happening on Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ABQ BioPark Zoo.
Ghost Walks and Haunted Houses
Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk: Take a tour of downtown and discover the history and stories of those who have passed over to the other side.
You'll learn about the KiMo Theatre, the old Bernalillo County courthouse, Wool Warehouse and more. You'll get 90 minutes of ghost stories to get you into the season. Tours happen through Nov. 1 and then on weekends through November.
Ghost Tours of Old Town: Take a stroll through Old Town and discover its deep, dark secrets with a tour from Tours of Old Town. Find out where battles were once fought, where murders and hangings took place, and where there might be a hidden cemetery. The 90-minute walking tour will introduce you to the resident ghosts and their tales. If you like a mystery, this tour is for you. Bring a camera and see if you can find your own ghosts.
Dragon's House of Horror: The haunted house has zombies, fog, uneven floors, and other chilling experiences. Enter at your own risk. It's at New Mexico Expo weekends in October and is open on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Halloween at the KiMo: Scary movies will play at the KiMo Theatre on Halloween weekend in a tribute to Boris Karloff. See "Frankenstein" on Oct. 27, "The Mummy" on Oct.28, and "Bride of Frankenstein" on Oct. 29. Take a Haunted Tour of the KiMo on Oct. 28 at 4 or 5 p.m., where you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the dark legends of the theater, its history, and tragic moments.
Walks and Runs
The Great Pumpkin Chase: The course is fast and flat and crosses through the Country Club neighborhood, beginning at Kit Carson Park. Wearing a costume is de rigueur. Prizes are awarded for overall for age group winners as well as best costume. There's a Kids K, 5K, and 10K. The Great Pumpkin Chase is on Oct. 28.
Day of the Tread: The annual Day of the Tread bike ride and run/walk event benefits local charities. Dress in Day of the Dead costumes, enjoy music, food, and a day of fit fun. The event starts at Civic Plaza and the Convention Center at 7 a.m. on Oct. 29.