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 at this spooky time of year. Plus, since the city is so close to the Mexican border and has a large Latinx population, you can expect some exciting Day of the Dead celebrations throughout town.
Take a Ghost Tour of Old Town
Take a stroll through Old Town Albuquerque and discover its deep, dark secrets with a guided lantern-lit adventure led by ABQ Tours. During one of their highly-rated Ghost Tours, you'll learn about historic battles that were fought in town, where murders and hangings took place, and the location of a hidden cemetery in town. Public ghost tours all take place after sunset with nightly options at either 8 p.m. or 10 p.m., although you can also book a private tour for more options. These tours cover some gory pieces of history, but they are not meant to be scary and are considered by ABQ Tours to be "family-friendly."
Pedal Around on a Pub Crawl
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. Typically, October brings a special Halloween pub crawl where participants pedal around in costume while drinking, but health restrictions have made that not possible in 2020. However, the Duke City Pedaler team has created an all-new event for a fun Halloween activity while staying safe.
It's called The Amazing Chase and participants can play in groups of up to five people. You'll embark on a haunted scavenger hunt across Albuquerque in your own car, receiving clues to your phone via text message. The total game is expected to take between two and three hours, and chasers will need to visit 13 different spooky locations around the city.
Go Riding at the Day of the Tread Bike Ride
The annual Day of the Tread bike ride event starts at the Civic Plaza Convention Center and benefits local charities including Pegasus Legal Services For Children and Zia Freewheelers. Participants of the various races are encouraged to dress in Day of the Dead costumes during their ride. Instead of a singular event, the 2020 Day of the Tread is taking place virtually from October 24 until November 1, and participants can bike ride in whatever location they like. Even though the race won't be quite the same as other years, it's a great way to take part in a local holiday tradition while also supporting organizations that need help now more than ever.
Get Scared Witless at Dragon's House of Horror
According to Guinness World Records, this haunted house is the "World's Longest Walk-Through Horror House" with over 7,000 feet of suspense. Dragon's House of Horror has zombies, fog, uneven floors, and other chilling experiences, so enter at your own risk.
Dragon's House of Horror looks a bit different in 2020 and instead is called "The Mile of Terror". You can still experience all of the same scares as in previous years, but from inside of your own vehicle while driving around a terrifying course at the Santa Ana Star Center. It opens September 4 and runs until October 31, 2020, with tickets available to purchase online with a credit card or at the door with cash. Your admission covers the price of the entire vehicle, so you don't need a ticket for each individual.
Make a Jack-O'-Lantern at Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch
The Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch is closed in 2020.
All October, the Galloping Goat 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.
Run the Great Pumpkin Chase
The Great Pumpkin Chase is canceled in 2020.
RunFit Albuquerque hosts an annual race known as The Great Pumpkin Chase 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.
See a Halloween Flick at the KiMo Theatre
The KiMo Theatre has canceled all events in 2020.
Every year, the historic KiMo Theatre hosts a Halloween movie marathon and haunted tours over Halloween night. See which spooky and kid-appropriate films they'll be playing during your trip.
See Animals During Boo at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo at the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo is canceled in 2020.
This family-favorite annual event features costumed shenanigans, kid-friendly games, animal habitats decorated for the holiday, and trick-or-treating tables throughout the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo. At Boo at the Zoo, 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.
Attend a Party at the Balloon Museum
In 2020, all events at the Balloon Museum are canceled until further notice.
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 at BOO-lloon Mania.