If you're traveling to Albuquerque during October and looking for a fright to put you in the Halloween spirit, the city has plenty of ways to celebrate the season. From haunted houses and ghost walks to pub crawls and family-friendly events, Albuquerque knows how to celebrate.
Take a stroll through Old Town Albuquerque and discover its deep, dark secrets with this guided adventure led by Tours of Old Town. During Ghost Tours, you'll learn where the battles were fought, where murders and hangings took place, and where there might even be a hidden cemetery in town.
All month, the Galloping Grace Ranch's annual pumpkin patch is a local favorite that features a corn pit, harvest maze, scarecrow dress up, tractor races, roping, pumpkin bowling, and many more games and activities. This annual event is the biggest fundraiser for Galloping Grace, whose youth leadership and agricultural education programs offer kids a chance to get involved in raising livestock, growing crops, and exploring the outdoors.
Every year, the historic KiMo Theatre hosts a Halloween movie marathon and haunted tours over Halloween weekend. Check their website to see which spooky and kid-appropriate films they'll be playing during your trip.
The Duke City Pedaler is Albuquerque's premier pedal pub, a mobile bar steered by a guide and powered by 10 passengers pedaling from their inward-facing seats. Each October, this unique attraction hosts a series of pub crawls during which guests are invited to dress up in costume and travel to various bars around town for discounted drinks and entertainment.
Each October, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum hosts BOO-lloon Mania, an annual Halloween party. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own decorated pumpkins to contribute to the main collaborative exhibit. If you don't have a pumpkin yet, you can decorate one when you get there.
This family-favorite annual event features costumed shenanigans, kid-friendly games, animal habitats decorated for the holiday, and trick-or-treating tables throughout the zoo. 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, but once the doors open, the line moves quickly.
You can take a tour of downtown's most haunted places to learn about the city's history and hear the stories of the deceased on the Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk. This daily tour happens all month long in October and continues on the weekends through November. The tour will guide guests through the KiMo Theatre, the old Bernalillo County courthouse, the Wool Warehouse, and more for 90 minutes of ghost stories.
According to Guinness World Records, this haunted house is the "World's Longest Walk-Through Horror House" with over 7,000 feet of suspense. It's open on weekends throughout October and also on Halloween itself. Dragon's House of Horror has zombies, fog, uneven floors, and other chilling experiences, so enter at your own risk. This limited-time attraction is located at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds and attracts a lot of people. You can also look into purchasing a fast pass or a behind-the-scenes tour.
RunFit Albuquerque hosts an annual race every October where participants are encouraged to wear costumes. The Great Pumpkin Chase 5K, 10K, and Kids' K runs begin at Kit Carson Park and continue on a flat course through the city's Country Club neighborhood. To participate, register online at least one day before the race.
The annual Day of the Tread bike ride and running event benefits local charities and takes place every October, starting at the Civic Plaza Convention Center. Participants of the various races are encouraged to dress in Day of the Dead costumes and enjoy music, food, and a day of healthy fun.