Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats
Albuquerque Halloween celebrations put a tingle in your spine! Here’s are some free, cheap, or just plain good fun, good value Halloween events for the next few days and over the weekend.
Primitive Fear is a haunted house production, with catacombs and crypts, and usually some surprises to scare the living daylights out of everyone. Tickets are $15, and the haunted house is at the Coronado Center Mall on the east side by Fuddruckers. Seems they’re getting mixed reviews this year, so if you’ve been to the 2011 Primitive Fear, let us know in the comments box below if it’s worth the fifteen bucks!
Manor of Mayhem haunted house stars kids from local high schools, with some proceeds going to the schools and charity. Admission is $15, and the haunted house at Cottonwood Mall is open 6 pm till midnight on Friday and Saturday, otherwise 6 – 10 pm, through October 31.
Michaels Stores Free Halloween Crafts Make it and take it event for kids to design a Halloween Clay Pot (pot costs 50 cents), October 28 from 6 – 8 pm while supplies last. On Saturday October 29 make a free trick or treat Duck Tape tote or pail (11 am – noon) followed by free face painting (noon – 1:30 pm) and a Halloween parade (1:30 – 2 pm.) On Sunday October 30, free make it and take it Halloween Crayola pumpkin patch event, from 1-3 pm.
Routes and Rentals Halloween tours by bike still have space on their Friday October 28 tour at 7 pm at time of writing, but book fast. The 2.5 hour freewheel around haunted Albuquerque is for adults and “open-minded” kids aged 12+, with refreshments. It’s $35 if you rent a bike for the tour, or take your own bike and the tour is discounted to $25. (You must sport front and rear safety lights.)
Bookworks Halloween Party for Kids Free on Saturday October 29, from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Cider, doughnuts and scary stories with APS librarian and storyteller, Jill Logan, and kids are welcome to go in costume. I guess adults could too. It’s a free country. Bookworks is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.
Quelab’s Haunted Lab on Saturday October 29 from 6 – 10 pm looks like it’ll do just about everything but recreate Frankenstein. The creepy chemistry lab promises animated ghosts, realistic corpses, a moving severed animated head, LED pumpkins and more, at $10 per person, kids under 12 go free. They’re at 1112 2nd Street NW.
SAGA Tricks and Treats Halloween Carnival The Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy Halloween event on October 29 from 5 – 7:30 pm includes a haunted house, games, contests, prizes, gymnastics and trick or treating. Adults go free, and it’s $5 admission per child for 5 tickets.
Old Town Fall Festival on Saturday October 29 from 3 pm to 8:30 pm, with a pet parade and costume contest at Old Town Plaza at 6 pm followed by a costume contest for humans at 6:30 pm! These are free and there will also be strolling musicians. Other activities such as hay rides around the plaza, the Carnival Area at Patio Escondido, an Art Make & Take and Magic Show at Poco a Poco Patio, pumpkin painting, face painting, balloon animals and Trick or Treat bags require tickets at $1 each or 6 for $5, to benefit the San Felipe de Neri church.
Thriller New Mexico on Saturday, October 29 at 8 pm in the Old Town Plaza. This technically follows on from the Old Town Fall Festival, but as I’ve been following the rehearsals of Thrill the World Albuquerque, I have to give it a separate shout-out! A bunch of people have learned Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance, and will perform it (free) on Saturday, as part of the Thrill the World effort to break the global record of the largest ever simultaneous dance of Thriller. I’m not sure how it can be simultaneous globally when everyone in Europe will be in bed, but maybe it’s just the same day. ANYWAY, it should be a thrill to watch!
Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 29, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult – adult admission (aged 13 up) is $7. Zoo Boo includes haunted habitats, games, a costume parade, and “sweet treats” from local sponsors. (Although one ABQ on the Cheap reader said the treats were underwhelming on her visits, so maybe enjoy the free admission and take a few back-up treats of your own.)
Albuquerque Maize Maze - Haunted Maze on October 29 – 31 at the Rio Grande Community Farm Dino Maze. They’re staying open late till 10 pm each night, get togged up in costume if you wish. Admission is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 kids (aged 3-11) , and free for age 2 and under.
Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales stays open late till 10 pm on October 29 and 31. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-11, and tots aged 2 or under go free.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch adds a fall festival to the mix on October 29 and 30, with chainsaw carving and a crafts fair. It’s a great space for kids to play, and admission is free through October 31, from 9 am – 6 pm daily.
Hinkle Family Fun Center Fall Festival on Sunday October 30 from 2 – 5 pm. Kids in costume get free admission to go trick or treating at sponsors booths on the mini golf course. A $20.95 Pumpkin Pass gives three hours of unlimited play on attractions.
Tours of Old Town Ghost Tours take place as usual at 8 pm nightly (and 10 pm some nights) in October. Tickets for the 90-minute walking tour are $20 with a price break at $18 for seniors 55+, military personnel, and college students. Take ID. Children aged 13-17 pay $16, or it’s $10 for ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under go free. You have to book and pay in advance, so make Ghost Tour reservations online or call (505) 246-TOUR.
Free Halloween Pumpkin Stencils Check out our earlier post for free templates to make the carving a little easier…
Know of any other Halloween free, cheap, discounted or good fun events we should add? Let us know, we’ll keep updating…
Happy Ghost Busting!