Albuquerque Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 24, 2013 by  
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Albuquerque Zoo Boo

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Albuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with the annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo on October 26, 2013, and kids get free admission!

The 25th annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 26, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $9 for New Mexico residents with ID. (Adult admission is $12.50 for non-residents.)

If you want to do the math another way, if one New Mexico resident grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for less than $2 per person!  ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets. Make sure the small humans go in costume though! (As if you could stop them.)

Expect to spook it up at the Albuquerque Zoo Boo with:

  • Games and Haunted Habitats
  • Trick-or-treating with candy from local sponsors
  • Backyard Boo for tiny tots
  • A costume parade and judging for children aged 12 and under. There are three different contests at various times. Baby Boo & Cutest is at 11:30 am, then Best Boy Costume & Best Girl Costume at 1:30 pm, followed by Scariest & Funniest at 3:30 pm.
  • A screaming contest with the first round starting at 12:30 pm. Boy, I should enter that. Especially if they have any of those creepy-crawlies on the loose at the zoo!
  • A Jack-o-lanterns display from the BioPark’s staff pumpkin carving contest.
  • Entertainment from KISS-FM.

Halloween is such a special occasion for kids and the Albuquerque Zoo Boo at the ABQ BioPark provides a fun alternative to trick-or-treating.  Zoo Boo has been the zoo’s busiest day of the year in past years, and it gives the parents a price break! It’s great that the event is celebrating its quarter century.

A free Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot from 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Albuquerque Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying adult.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania


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Free Admission to Albuquerque BioPark for Kids

May 30, 2013 by  
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Free admission to Albuquerque Bio Park for kids this summer

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Update 5/31: Cancelled! Sorry guys, it turns out that although this information was still showing on the ABQ BioPark website on May 30 when I posted this deal, I’ve learned from the press office people that they’ve discontinued the “Summer Mondays” discount that has been running for several years. They will NOT be offering free admission to kids on Mondays.

The BioPark has now removed that info from their FAQ page. I’ll leave this post up for a couple of days as a correction before removing it from ABQ on the Cheap.

Here’s a great way for children to enjoy free admission to Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden without breaking the bank this summer 2013!

Every Monday starting Monday June 3 through Monday August 26, 2013 , one paying adult can bring up to FOUR children into the ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) or to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden with FREE admission to Albuqurque BioPark   for the kids.  The admission for the paying adult is $9 for New Mexico residents with ID, and $12.50 for out-of-state visitors. If you bring four kids with you, that adds up to a saving of $16. What a bargain!

This is a great summer deal for a family outing. Or use it for a playdate for the young ones. Or just turn up on the Mondays if you’d like to take advantage of an affordable option for visiting the zoo or aquarium. Note that the deal only applies to the admission price, and a child admission is for ages 3 to 12.

The offer (which is tucked away in the BioPark’s FAQ under “School Field Trips and Group Scheduling”!) begins the Monday after Memorial Day and ends the Monday before Labor Day.

Children aged under 3 always get free admission to Albuquerque BioPark, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

Mama’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow… Let’s all sing along and enjoy this great summer deal that gives parents and others offering child care a price break this summer!

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 26, 2012 by  
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Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark ZooAlbuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with Zoo Boo on October 27, 2012, and kids get free admission!

The 24th annual Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 27, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission to the event with a paying adult, and adult admission is $10. If you want to do the math another way, if one grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for $2 per person! (ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets.)

Expect to spook it up at ABQ Zoo Boo with:

  • Games and Haunted Habitats.
  • Backyard Boo for tiny tots.
  • A costume parade and judging for children aged 12 and under. There are three different contests at various times. Baby Boo & Cutest is at 11:30 am, then Best Boy Costume & Best Girl Costume at 1:30 pm, followed by Scariest & Funniest at 3:30 pm.
  • I Scream for Funky Monkey Ice Cream Contests at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.
  • A Jack-o-lanterns display from the BioPark’s staff pumpkin carving contest.
  • Entertainment from KISS-FM.
  • PLUS they promise “sweet treats” from local sponsors handing out candy throughout the zoo.

Halloween is such a special occasion for kids, and the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo Boo provides a fun alternative to trick or treating.  Zoo Boo is the zoo’s busiest day of the year, and it gives the parents a price break!

A free Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot from 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying ($10) adult.  Taking more kids? It’s an additional $4.50 per child.

The ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, is located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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Take Kids Free to Albuquerque BioPark

August 11, 2012 by  
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I mentioned this Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden deal earlier this summer, but if you haven’t taken advantage of it yet, you have just three Mondays left. The final day is Monday August 27, 2012.

On Mondays until August 27, one paying adult ($7) can take up to FOUR children into the ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) or to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden with FREE admission for the kids! That’s a savings of $12. What a bargain!

This is a great summer deal for a family outing, playdate, or for anyone who would like to take advantage of an affordable option for visiting the zoo or aquarium. Note that the deal only applies to the admission price, and a child admission is for ages 3 to 12.

The offer (which is tucked away in the BioPark’s FAQ under “School Field Trips and Group Scheduling”!) begins each summer on the Monday after Memorial Day (not Memorial Day itself) and ends the Monday before Labor Day.

Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged under 3, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

–Tania

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Free Kids’ Admission to Albuquerque BioPark

May 22, 2012 by  
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Here’s a great way to enjoy Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden without breaking the bank this summer! We’re giving you the heads-up now so you can plan ahead.

Every Monday starting Monday June 4 through Monday August 27, 2012 , one paying adult ($7) can bring up to FOUR children into the ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) or to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden with FREE admission for the kids! That’s a savings of $12. What a bargain!

This is a great summer deal for a family outing, playdate, or for anyone who would like to take advantage of an affordable option for visiting the zoo or aquarium. Note that the deal only applies to the admission price, and a child admission is for ages 3 to 12.

The offer (which is tucked away in the BioPark’s FAQ under “School Field Trips and Group Scheduling”!) begins the Monday after Memorial Day (not Memorial Day itself) and ends the Monday before Labor Day.

Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged under 3, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

All together now:  Mama’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow…

–Tania

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Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats

October 27, 2011 by  
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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!

–Tania

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ABQ BioPark Zoo Boo: Kids Go Free

October 21, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque BioPark celebrates Halloween with Zoo Boo on October 29, 2011, and kids get free admission!

The 23rd annual 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, and adult admission is $7. If you want to do the math another way, if one grown-up takes four not-yet-grown-ups, you all enjoy Zoo Boo for $1.40 a piece! (ABQ BioPark defines a child as aged 3-12 for its regular tickets.)

Expect to spook it up at ABQ Zoo Boo with:

  • Games
  • Haunted Habitats
  • A costume parade and judging
  • PLUS they promise “sweet treats” from local sponsors

They usually have some kind of entertainment, but no word on that yet. Halloween is such a special occasion for kids, and the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo Boo provides a fun alternative to trick or treating.  They reckon the 2011 Zoo Boo will be bigger than ever before, and it gives the parents a price break!

Park and ride will be available from the Aquarium and Botanic Garden parking lot between 10 am – 5 pm.

New Mexico BioPark Society members get free admission (as they always do to all ABQ BioPark facilities).

Go scare yourself at Zoo Boo:

  • When: Saturday, October 29
  • Time: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Where: ABQ BioPark Zoo
  • Admission: 4 costumed children get free admission with a paying ($7) adult.

Visitors to Albuquerque – see the map for the ABQ BioPark Zoo, formerly the Rio Grande Zoo, located at 903 10th St. SW.

–Tania

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Free Kids’ Admission to Albuquerque BioPark

June 3, 2011 by  
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Here’s a great way to enjoy Albuquerque BioPark Zoo, Aquarium, and Botanic Garden without breaking the bank this summer!

Every Monday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, one paying adult ($7) can bring up to FOUR children into the ABQ BioPark Zoo (formerly the Rio Grande Zoo) or to the Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Garden with FREE admission for the kids! That’s a savings of $12. What a deal!

This is a great deal for a family outing, playdate, or for anyone who would like to take advantage of an affordable option for visiting the zoo or aquarium. Note that the deal only applies to the admission price.

The offer (which is tucked away in the BioPark’s FAQ under “School Field Trips and Group Scheduling”!) begins the Monday after Memorial Day, June 6, 2011 and usually ends the Monday before Labor Day, although this year it looks like it might run through Labor Day. We’ll update on that nearer the time.

Albuquerque BioPark admission is always free for children aged under 3, and of course the BioPark’s Tingley Beach is also always free for everyone.

All together now:  Mama’s taking us to the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow, the zoo tomorrow…

–Tania

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Halloween Weekend Free & Cheap Tricks

October 30, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Halloween weekend events that are free, cheap, discounted, or just plain good fun &  good value.  Happy ghost busting!

Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo today, Saturday October 30, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission with a paying adult – adult admission is $7.  Zoo Boo includes haunted habitats and live performances, games, a costume parade, and “sweet treats” from local sponsors.

Old Town Fall Festival on Saturday October 30 from 3 pm to 7 pm, with a pet parade at Old Town Plaza at 5:30 pm followed by a pet costume contest, and then a human costume contest! Expect Halloween and Day of the Dead displays in the galleries, caramel apples in the shops and halloween themed food and drinks in the restaurants. Tickets on sale at the Gazebo for activities such as hay rides around the plaza, pumpkin painting, face painting, balloon animals and Trick or Treat bags are $1 each or 6 for $5, to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Primitive Fear and 13th Street Manor are two haunted house PF13 productions. Use this coupon for $1 off admission to the haunted houses. They each tell a different story, performed by actors in elaborate sets to scare the living daylights out of everyone.  We think the coupon only works on General Admission tickets, which are $15 for each haunted house. Cheaper still, get a $25 combo ticket to both Albuquerque haunted houses. (There’s a VIP ticket too at $20 per event, which puts you at the front of the line so VIPs can get scared faster. ) 

  • When: Saturday October 30 from 6 pm to midnight. Sunday October 31 from 6 pm to 10 pm.
  • Where: Primitive Fear is located at 6600 Menaul Blvd NE at the Coronado Center Mall on the East side between Fuddruckers and Barnes & Noble. 13th Street Manor is located at 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE On the East side of the Winrock Mall between Sports Authority and Bed, Bath & Beyond

Halloween Hitchcock Festival at the KiMo Theatre  Weekend Alfred Hitchcock films are Rear Window and The Birds (Saturday) and Psycho (Sunday). Tickets are $8.

The Guild Cinema is showing The Addams Family  (Saturday & Sunday) in a Mom’s Matinee for $5 a ticket, and the late night Saturday movie is The Horde – lots of cannibal zombies for $7 a ticket. ($5 for Burning Paradise members.)

Discount tickets for Cirque Mechanics Boom Town show at Popejoy Hall tonight, Saturday October 30 at 8 pm. All the details to get the reduced rate $25 tickets are in our earlier post at the link.

Corrales Mentor Center Costume Ball and Perry Meadows Haunt $5 on Saturday October 30, from 6:13 – 9:13 pm with a horror movie for just $1 at 10:13 pm. (Parents must provide approval for under 18s to stay and watch the horror film!) The halloween party includes a haunted attraction, costume contest, games, and a dance.

Bookworks Halloween Party Free on Sunday October 31 at 4 pm. A costume contest includes the scariest, funniest, best book character, etc. and meet local children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators Carolee Dean, Lois Ruby, Chris Eboch and Kirsten Hamilton, with refreshments themed to the foods in those authors’  books. (This event also celebrates the Gift of Reading Project. They’re collecting donations of new or gently used books for Albuquerque’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Program, Barrett House, and Metro Detention Center to December 6 .)

Albuquerque Maize Maze Haunted Maze on October 30 and 31. They’re staying open late till 10 pm, and admission is $7.50 for adults (aged 12+), $4 kids (aged 4-11) , and free for children under 4.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience Halloween Night Maze on Sunday October 31 at the 6 acre corn maze in Corrales. $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for kids aged 3 – 11, and free for children under 3.

Día de los Muertos Free Art Reception Sunday October 31 from 2 – 5 pm, at the South Broadway Cultural Center, including performances by El Dueto Los Trovadores, Rosalia De Aragon as La Llorona. The art show itself continues to November 26. One of my friends has her work included again this year and I’m looking forward to seeing it, the SBCC Día de los Muertos art exhibit last year was pretty terrific!

Día de Muertos Ofrenda Installation at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Free admission to see the display of altars (ofrendas) in tribute to loved ones. Visit the ofrendas at the Pete V Domenici Education Center until November 3, 2010.  The Despedida Día de Muertos community gathering will be on Tuesday, November 2, from 5 – 8 pm, with a blessing, food and music.

Free Halloween Pumpkin Stencils Check out our earlier post for free templates to make the carving a little easier…

Jackalope Monster Sale A bit of furniture shopping could make a refreshing change when you’ve had enough staggering around with the zombies! Everything in store is at least 10% off, with rugs 50% off, furniture up to 50% off, 30% off outdoor pottery, and 20% off trees, shrubs and perennials on Saturday and Sunday October 30 and 31.

Halloween Food Freebies & Deals See yesterday’s post for lots of ‘kids eat free’ deals for Halloween and freebies and discounts for all ages!

After Halloween, maybe enter the Thrift Town Halloween Costume Contest  Costumes or party decor must be secondhand or be made from used items. Categories range from most creative costume to best pet costume and best home or party decoration and prizes are $50 or $100 Thrift Town gift cards.

Happy Ghost Busting!

–Tania

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Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats

October 25, 2010 by  
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Albuquerque Halloween celebrations put a tingle in your spine. (And not because you’ve spent the rent – now that would be scary!) Here’s are some free, cheap, or just plain good fun / good value Halloween events for all the family.

Primitive Fear and 13th Street Manor are two haunted house PF13 productions. Each haunted house has a different story to tell,  performed by actors in elaborate sets to scare the living daylights out of everyone.  Use this coupon for $1 off admission. We think the coupon only works on General Admission tickets, which are $15 for each haunted house. Cheaper still, get a $25 combo ticket to both Albuquerque haunted houses. (There’s a VIP ticket too at $20 per event, which puts you at the front of the line so VIPs can get scared faster. ) 

  • When: Daily to October 31, 2010
  • Time: 6 – 10 pm Sunday to Thursday, 6 pm to midnight Friday and Saturday
  • Where: Primitive Fear is located at 6600 Menaul Blvd NE At the Coronado Center Mall on the East side between Fuddruckers and Barnes & Noble. 13th Street Manor is located at 2100 Louisiana Blvd. NE On the East side of the Winrock Mall between Sports Authority and Bed, Bath & Beyond

Halloween Hitchcock Festival at the KiMo Theatre from October 26 – 30 presents eight Alfred Hitchcock films including the chillers Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Tickets are $8, or a festival pass at $50 saves $14 if you intend to watch all 8 movies. (And if you intend to watch all 8 movies, tip to the wise: no going up Sandia Peak Tramway this week, and I’d steer clear of motels too.) A weekend pass for Friday and Saturday is $35.

Corrales Mentor Center Costume Ball and Perry Meadows Haunt $5 on Saturday October 30, from 6:13 – 9:13 pm with a $1 horror movie at 10:13 pm. (Parents must provide approval for under 18s to stay and watch the horror film!) The halloween party includes a haunted attraction, costume contest, games, and a dance.

Bookworks Halloween Party Free on Sunday October 31 at 4 pm. A costume contest includes the scariest, funniest, best book character, etc. and meet local children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators Carolee Dean, Lois Ruby, Chris Eboch and Kirsten Hamilton, with refreshments themed to the foods in those authors’  books. (This event also celebrates the Gift of Reading Project. They’re collecting donations of new or gently used books for Albuquerque’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Program, Barrett House, and Metro Detention Center to December 6 .)

Michaels Stores Free Halloween Crafts Make it and take it events include Free Halloween Glow Explosion (October 25), Free Quick and Easy Costumes (October 26) and Free Halloween Mask (October 28) all from 6 – 8 pm while supplies last. On Saturday October 30 make a free Duck Tape cuff (10am – noon) followed by free face painting (noon – 1:30 pm) and a Halloween parade (1:30 – 2 pm.)

Albuquerque Zoo Boo haunts the Albuquerque BioPark Zoo on Saturday October 30, from 11 am to 4 pm. Four costumed children get free admission with a paying adult – adult admission is $7.  Zoo Boo includes haunted habitats and live performances, games, a costume parade, and “sweet treats” from local sponsors.

Old Town Fall Festival on Saturday October 30 from 3 pm to 7 pm, with a pet parade at Old Town Plaza at 5:30 pm followed by a pet costume contest, and then a human costume contest! Expect Halloween and Day of the Dead displays in the galleries, caramel apples in the shops and halloween themed food and drinks in the restaurants. Tickets on sale at the Gazebo for activities such as hay rides around the plaza, pumpkin painting, face painting, balloon animals and Trick or Treat bags are $1 each or 6 for $5, to benefit the American Cancer Society.

ABQ Trolley of Terror on Friday October 29 at 7 pm. The 90 minute tour of Albuquerque’s haunted hot spots (Old Town, Albuquerque Press Club, Barelas Rail Yards, etc) is a joint venture by ABQ Trolley Co with the expert ghost hunters of Tours of Old Town. Even if you don’t spot a ghost they promise Albuquerque Halloween trivia and prizes, and you’re welcome to dress in costume (I’d suggest WARM costume, as the trolley is open air!) The tour is rated R for adults, and tickets are $35, with a $5 discount for seniors (65+) and students. Take ID to get the $30 discount rate. Book fast as only 12 seats remain at time of posting.

Albuquerque Maize Maze Haunted Maze on October 30 and 31. They’re staying open late till 10 pm, and admission is $7.50 for adults (aged 12+), $4 kids (aged 4-11) , and free for children under 4.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience Halloween Night Maze on Sunday October 31 at the 6 acre corn maze in Corrales. $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for kids aged 3 – 11, and free for children under 3.

Shop for party clothes at 30% off in tonight’s Thrift Town Monday Night Sale between 6 – 8 pm. The Monday night sale is ongoing to December 27.  After Halloween, maybe enter the Thrift Town Halloween Costume Contest  Costumes or party decor must be secondhand or be made from used items. Categories range from most creative costume to best pet costume and best home or party decoration and prizes are $50 or $100 Thrift Town gift cards.

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 all week…

Happy Ghost Busting!

–Tania

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