If you're traveling to Albuquerque this October and looking for a fright to put you in the holiday spirit, the city has plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. From haunted houses and ghost walks to pub crawls and family-friendly events at local attractions like the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, you're sure to find something to add a thrill to your trip in 2018.
Take a stroll through Old Town and discover its deep, dark secrets with this guided adventure led by Tours of Old Town. During Ghost Tours, you'll find out where battles were once fought, where murders and hangings took place, and where there might even be a hidden cemetery in town. The 90-minute walking tour will introduce you to the resident ghosts and their tales, so if you like a mystery, this tour is for you. You can even bring a camera and see if you can find your own ghosts.
From October 1 to 31, 2018, the Galloping Grace Ranch's annual pumpkin patch will return to the upper south parking lot of the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all month long, this local favorite features a corn pit, harvest maze, scarecrow dress up, tractor races, roping, pumpkin bowling, and a variety of other games and activities including putt-putt golf and a mud pie kitchen.
Admission to the event is $4 per person (kids under 2 free), but you can also pay an extra $3 each for access to the petting zoo and paintball target arena on Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
Although dates have not yet been announced for 2018, the historic KiMo Theatre hosts a Halloween movie marathon and haunted tour over the holiday weekend each year. In 2017, the miniature film festival took place from October 27 to 29 and featured a tribute to Boris Karloff with features including "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," and "Bride of Frankenstein." Halloween at the KiMo is appropriate for all ages, but you will need to purchase tickets in advance to attend.
The Duke City Pedaler is Albuquerque's premier pedal pub ("party bike"), a mobile bar steered by an Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF) employee and powered by 10 passengers pedaling from their inward-facing seats. Each October, this unique attraction hosts a series of pub crawls during which up to 14 guests will travel to various bars around town for discounted drinks and a variety of entertainment all while in costume for Halloween. Pub crawls will take place from October 26 through 31, 2018.
One of the most unique attractions in the city, the Albuquerque Balloon Museum will host its annual Halloween party on October 26, 2018, from 4 to 8 p.m. BOO-lloon Mania will feature a community-created luminaria and Jack-o-lanterns where guests are encouraged to bring their own decorated pumpkins and balloons to add to the collaborative exhibit. During the event, guests can also decorate pumpkins and balloons and go trick-or-treating around the muse um.
The 30th anniversary of the Zoo Boo returns to the ABQ BioPark Zoo on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-favorite annual event features costumed shenanigans, kid-friendly games, animal habitats decorated for the holiday, and trick-or-treating at tables throughout the attraction. 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 those who have passed over to the other side on the Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk. This daily tour happens all month long in October (then on weekends through November) and guides guests through the KiMo Theatre, the old Bernalillo County courthouse, the Wool Warehouse, and more for 90 minutes of ghost stories to get you into the season. The tour starts at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.
According to Guinness World Records, this haunted house is the "World's Longest Walk-Through Horror House," which will be open to the public on weekends all month long as well as on Halloween itself, Tuesday, October 31, 2018. 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; admission is $25 per person, but there are also a behind-the-scenes tour and a fast pass option available for a little extra.
RunFit Albuquerque is hosting its 13th annual Great Pumpkin Chase 5K, 10K, and Kids' K runs starting at Kit Carson Park on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The course is a fast and flat run through the city's Country Club neighborhood, and anyone who wants to compete will need to register online before the day of the race. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes in honor of the holiday.
The annual Day of the Tread bike ride and running event benefits local charities and takes place on October 27, 2018. Participants of the various races are encouraged to 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.