Albuquerque Maize Maze & Pumpkin Palooza

October 25, 2013 by  
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The Albuquerque Maize Maze hasn’t been quite itself this year and it hasn’t been open in the regular way. However, the Rio Grande Community Farm has now created a 7-acre maize maze and we can enjoy it this weekend!

The main event is the Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday October 26 from noon to 5 pm.  There is a suggested donation of $5 to join the fun. Pumpkin-themed activities will be accompanied by live music from The Saltine Ramblers and Chuck Hawley. They’ll also have pumpkins for sale and artists painting outdoors. Highlights include:

  • 12 noon to 3 pm: Pumpkin painting contest ($2 to enter with the purchase of a pumpkin)
  • 12 noon to 4:30 pm: Pie Eating Contest for speedy eaters ($5 entry fee, $3 for kids aged 12 and under)
  • 1 pm to 4:30 pm: Pumpkin Olympics on the obstacle course ($2 entry fee)
  • 4 pm: Halloween Costume Contest, including a costumed canine category

There are some pretty good prizes in the contests, including packages and gift cards from Hinkle Family Fun Center, Vinaigrette Bistro, La Montanita Co-op, Leisure Bowl, Annapurna’s and lots more.

If you want to visit the Albuquerque Maize Maze at another time this weekend, the opening times are:

  • Friday October 25 from 3 pm to 7 pm
  • Saturday October 26 from 9 am to 7 pm (The Pumpkin Palooza takes place in the middle of that, from 12-5pm)
  • Sunday October 27 from 9 am to 7 pm

Admission is $5 and kids aged under 3 go free.

The 2013 maze is actually a mix of corn and tall sorghum. I don’t suppose many of us will mind.

Rio Grande Community Farm is located at 1701 Montano Road NW, with access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)

–Tania


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Halloween Cheap Tricks and Terrorific Treats

October 29, 2012 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 2012 events and deals…

Halloween Dia del Dulce in Old Town on October 31 starts at 4 pm with trick-or-treating through 7 pm at the Old Town merchants. Other fun includes a pet parade and animal costume contest at 5 pm at the Gazebo, Interplay School of Music and Art giving a Halloween performance at 6 pm, and a costume contest for humans at 7 pm at Plaza Don Luis.

Bookworks Dog Tarot Reading is free on October 31 from 6 – 8 pm, with Heidi Schulman telling fortunes for pooches with her doggie tarot deck.  (I can predict ANY dog’s future: You will chase a ball, you will wag your tail when your human comes home, you will lick everything in sight….) Bookworks  is at 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, next to Flying Star Cafe.

Albuquerque Maize Maze Haunted Maze on October 31 at the Rio Grande Community Farm Maze is from 7 pm – 10 pm, 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.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open with free admission through October 31, from 9 am – 6:30 pm daily. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Dragon’s House of Horror haunted house in Rio Rancho costs $15 per adult and $10 for kids aged 12 and under. They’re located at 3900 Southern Blvd, open tonight through October 31, and for latest info on times you might want to check out their Facebook page or call (505) 450-6421.

Tours of Old Town Ghost Tours has ghost tours as usual at 8 pm plus moonlight tours at 10 pm each night from October 29 – 31.  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 make the carving a little easier. The stencils from the Better Homes and Gardens website includes a wide range of designs, from classic scary faces, ghosts, and spiders, to cute dog and cat themes, smiley faces, trendy designer looks, and high tech ‘text me’ stencils (LOL!) You need to register at the Better Homes and Gardens website (it’s free!) in order to print the stencils, then attach them to the pumpkin, prick out the shape with a pin, and get carving!

Halloween Candy Buy Back program starts on November 1. If your kids are laden down with more Trick or Treat candy than you know what to do with, they can trade it in and help a good cause.  Some Albuquerque dentists are participating, although dates vary by dentist, and the swap value of the candy can vary too – dentists might offer cash, coupons, or other types of prizes. The candy is sent via Operation Gratitude or a similar group in care packages to deployed military. We know that Cosmetic Dentristy of New Mexico is one of the dentists participating in the Halloween Candy Buy Back, offering kids $1 per pound of candy after 3pm on November 1 and 2. Find other dentists in the Halloween Candy Buy Back by plugging in your zip code

HALLOWEEN FOOD DEALS

Kids Eat Free at Outback Steakhouse on October 31, with the purchase of an adult entree. The free Kids’ Meal is for ages 10 and under, on Halloween only, for dine-in and take-away at participating restaurants. If you dine-in on October 31, look look in the beverage book on your table to see if you find a note saying “You have found the treat.” If you do, tell the server – it’s worth a free steak dinner on your next visit between November 1 and November 29.

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut on October 31. To get the Halloween deal, wear your Halloween costume to participating Krispy Kreme locations on October 31 and get a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut with no purchase required.

Snag Sonic 50 Cent Corn Dogs all day on October 31 for the Halloween “corndogpocalypse” :-)

Get a Chili’s Kids Eat Free coupon from their Facebook page, valid October 29-31. You have to be Facebook user and ‘like’ their page. The freebie is with the purchase of an adult entree, and each coupon is good for up to two kids’ meals per adult entree.

This Chipotle Boo-Rito Halloween Deal offers customers in costume a $2 burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos, on October 31 from 4 pm until closing.

Buca Di Beppo Halloween Coupons give you 10% off Buca To Go famiglia meals serving 4 people or more, plus a bonus free large garlic bread. Or get a free large garlic bread with a dine-in purchase of a pasta or entree.

Fuddruckers Halloween Deal is a $1.99 kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entree, on October 31 only. According to an email, it’s for kids aged 12 and under, with a limit of two kids’ meals at the $1.99 price for each adult entree ordered.

Subway Free Frankenweenie Halloween Bag with a glow stick comes with the purchase of a Fresh Fit for Kids meal.

McDonald’s Free Trick or Treat Scooby Doo Pail when you buy a kid’s Happy Meal, with Halloween stickers for the kids to decorate their pail. Available at participating locations while supplies last through November 1.

See other general restaurant promotions this week at our regular Food Freebies & Deals post.

As usual, not all locations may be participating in restaurant promotions, so call ahead if you want to be sure!

Know of any other Halloween deals or free, cheap, discounted events we should add? Let us know, we’ll keep updating…

Happy Ghost Busting!

–Tania

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Free and Cheap Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

October 5, 2012 by  
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It’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta time (hurrah!) but there are plenty of free Albuquerque events this weekend too.  We’ve mentioned some of them before, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-budget ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on October 6 and 7, 2012. 

Saturday October 6

Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to make a Fire Truck. (From 10-11 am parents can also join a free fire-safety workshop to make a fire prevention plan for the home.)

Big Top Chocolate Festival at the Balloon Museum from 7 am to 4 pm. Get 40% Off Adult Tickets making them $6 each when you buy tickets online in advance using the promo code Chocolate – the discount only works on adult one-day tickets.  Otherwise, admission is $10 for adults (aged 13+), $1 for kids aged 4-12, and free for tots aged 3 and under. This includes entry to the Balloon Museum where there will also be live entertainment, and parking is free from 10 am – 2 pm, outside the busy Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta hours.  If you pay on the door take cash – they’ll add a $2 per ticket fee to any credit card payments.

Kirkland’s Grand Opening on Saturday and Sunday at the Coronado Center includes a free personalized design consultations with interior designer Deborah Smith from 1 – 4 pm both days. Take floor plans or photos of the rooms you’re decorating. They’ve also got some giveaways. (More info at our previous post.)

Author Karen Baldwin Meet & Greet from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at Barnes & Noble in the Coronado Center. I have to declare favoritism here, as New Mexico writer Karen Baldwin wrote her wonderful book Ruby’s World while taking one of my writing seminars so I know how good it is! Karen was recently appointed American Ambassador to the Rural Women’s Movement of South Africa. Go hear her read from Ruby’s World and say hi for me!

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Albuquerque Old Town Plaza from 9 am to 5 pm, with traditional Spanish religious arts, and music and dancing at the Gazebo. It’s all free – unless you buy something!

Albuquerque Grecian Festival offers all things Greek with live entertainment, cooking classes, Greek language classes, and (of course) food vendors. Admission is $5, or $2 for Seniors 62+, and free for kids under 12. It’s also free for police, fire, emergency, and military personnel. Find it at St George Greek Orthodox Church (308 High Street SE) on Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is open through October 31. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, and admission is free from 9 am – 6:30 pm.  Find it at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival runs all weekend. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon – regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.  Browse the arts, enjoy the entertainment, and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre frog-themed corn maze is open on Saturday from 1o am – 9 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. However, here’s a  50% off Albuquerque Maize Maze admission deal at $7 for two people or $14 for four people, available via Groupon till Sunday, for a maze visit through October 14.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7.50 for adults, $5.50 for kids aged 3-11. On Saturday they open from 9 am to 10 pm, and in the evening they host a night maze with a campfire. (Sunday is 9 am to 6 pm.)

Albuquerque Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show is free to visit this weekend, from 9 am to 5 pm both days at EXPO New Mexico Creative Arts Center.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History when vistors show a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID. The offer is also at around 150 museums nationally. The free admission is only for the card holder, but Albuquerque Museum children’s admission aged 4 – 12 is only $1, and it’s free for kids under 3.

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Right now you can get a 50% off Tinkertown Museum deal of Family Four Pack of four admissions for $7, at the link via SweetJack. FAQ’s say they’ll email your admissions certificate within 10 minutes of purchase.  Otherwise, admission is $3.50 for adults,  $3 for seniors aged 62+, and just $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm, seven days a week, with the last admission at 5:30 pm.  But go much earlier – you need at least an hour (two!) to explore this extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, including a model circus, a miniature Wild West town that stretches the length of a room, animated wood-carved figures, and arcade-style wonders such as Esmerelda the fortune teller.  These and an amazing collection of American ephemera are housed in a rambling building constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles.  Head to the highlands and Tinkertown Museum, on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail).

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2012 You might have heard of this event 😉 The evening session starts at 5:45 pm, with the Twilight Twinkle Glow and the launch of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, followed by the fantastic fireworks!  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Free Star Party from 6 pm to 10 pm, by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor Center. Study to the heavens with the astronomers’ telescopes, get a green laser guided tour of the night sky, and hear talks on amateur astronomy and asteroids.

Poesía de México Free Performance at 7 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. The trilingual Náhuatl, Spanish, and English production with music presents 500 years’ worth of Mexico’s best poetry. Although the event is free, reservations are recommended (505-724-4743). The production repeats on Sunday at 2:30 pm.

It’s the Zuni Pueblo Fall Festival this weekend, October 6-7,  if you’re in the mood for a day trip (about 150 miles west of Albuquerque via I-40). Expect traditional dances, a human and horse relay race, and a horseshoe tournament.

Sunday October 7

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Dawn Patrol is at 5:45 am, the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30 am, then the morning mass ascension takes to the skies at 7 am.  (Arrive good and early! Basically don’t go to bed the night before…) That’s followed by the Fiesta of Wheels Car Show. The evening session starts at 5:45 pm with the Balloon Glow, followed once again by fireworks. Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Big Top Chocolate Festival at the Balloon Museum from 7 am to 4 pm. Get 40% Off Adult Tickets making them $6 each when you buy one-day adult tickets online in advance using the promo code: Chocolate.  Otherwise it’s $10 for adults (aged 13+), $1 for kids aged 4-12, and free for tots aged 3 and under.  Other details are the same as in the Saturday mention of this event, above.

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walks A bird walk at 8:30 am and another naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Poesía de México Free Performance at 2:30 pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. Although the event is free, reservations are recommended (505-724-4743). See the Saturday show above for more details.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza continues, from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, with traditional Spanish religious arts and live entertainment. New Mexico santero Adan Carriaga gives a lecture at 12:30 pm at the San Felipe church.

A ChamberCHOPS Free Concert at 2 pm on Sunday includes Mozart’s Serenade No. 11. ChamberCHOPS is the Chamber Music Cooperative of the Southwest and while admission is free, they accept donations. The concert is at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Boulevard NE. Find any updates on the Chamberchops Facebook page.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this week – Sunday October 7. Take your New Mexico ID. From 11 am – 3 pm it’s Meet The Experts Day with behind-the-scenes insights from curators and staff in the museum atrium

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon (Print one coupon per person.) Regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.   Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday and other details are as per the Saturday mention above.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all from 9 am to 4 pm, for hiking and wildlife-spotting, and viewing the sun with solar telescopes! A presentation on Family Nature Mapping is at 10 am.  This property is usually closed to the public, you can only visit on the first Sunday of the month.

Albuquerque Maize Maze is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. See the Saturday mention above for details and how to get 50% off tickets.  

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission for all on Sundays from 9 am – 1 pm.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm

Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.

Hope you find some cheap or free Albuquerque fun in there to enjoy your weekend!

–Tania. There are some affiliate links in this post.

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Half Off Albuquerque Maize Maze

October 5, 2012 by  
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Get up to 50% off Albuquerque Maize Maze admission in a limited time deal. You have to buy the discount maze admission online at the link by Sunday, and then visit the maze through October 14.

The Rio Grande Community Farm 7-acre corn maze leaps is cut into a frog shape this year, and for a limited time you can get what’s basically a buy-one-get-one-free deal on adult admission with this Albuquerque Maize Maze Groupon deal:

  • $7 for two people to go to the corn maze (up to a $14 value)
  • $14 for four people to go to the corn maze (up to a $28 value)

Usual admission to the 2012 maze is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 for kids aged 3-11, and it’s free for kids aged 2 and under. So clearly you get the best 50% off return on the discount deal if you use the admission for adults aged 12+, and pay separately for your kids. But even if one adult and one child goes, you’re saving $5.

The Maize Maze deal is available now, and you need to use the admissions by October 14, 2012. The maze is open on Friday to Sunday only, so that means a visit this weekend or next.

PLUS: If you pick up the Leap ‘n Maze leaflet while you’re at the maze (like I did) and get it stamped, you can get a Buy One Get One Free BioPark admission, valid until December 31, 2012.

I’ve already posted about the Albuquerque Maize Maze and all the details of what’s happening there, so you can check out that post and also see readers’ comments with feedback on the maze.

–Tania FYI – I’ve given you my Groupon affiliate link.

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Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012

September 26, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Maize Maze is dubbed Leap n’ Maze this year, with a whole froggy theme going on until October 31, 2012.  I mentioned this just before they opened and I went on the opening day, so now I’ve got more information for you.

The Rio Grande Community Farm 7-acre corn maze leaps is cut into a frog shape this year and they’ve also teamed up with the ABQ BioPark. If you pick up the Leap ‘n Maze leaflet while you’re at the maze (like I did) and get it stamped, you can get a Buy One Get One Free BioPark admission, valid until December 31, 2012.  The leaflet also has a game on the back to spot photos of amphibians scattered throughout the maze and guess whether each critter is native to New Mexico or not.

For this 2012 season, the maze is not open every day to the public, just from Friday to Sunday. Other weekdays are for groups who schedule in advance, such as school groups, family reunions, or club and company outings.

Activities over the 2012 maze season include hay bales to climb on (they abandoned the planned 20 foot slide due to concerns about safety after hours when no one is in attendance) and visits from farm animals and ABQ BioPark Zoo’s BioVan.  

Admission to the Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012 is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 for kids aged 3-11, and it’s free for kids aged 2 and under.

The corn was very tall (Mr Cheap is well over 6 foot tall and it towered over him) and it was fun to tramp around the maze field, but I do wonder if the admission price is a deterrent for families. I didn’t mind paying $14 for the two of us and I really want to support the Rio Grande Community Farm as it’s such a wonderful place in the city, but if you’re a family with kids the maze admission adds up. For the same money (or less for kids) you can have an entire day out at the Zoo or Aquarium.

What do you think about the value for money at the Maize Maze? Is it worth it to you for this seasonal experience? Let us know in the comment box below.  

Special events at the 2012 Maize Maze are:

  • The evening Moonlight Maze is on September 29 and October 27 and 28.
  • The Pumpkin Patch returns in October.
  • The Haunted Maze is on October 26 to 28 and October 31.

If you’re a stickler for punctuation, please don’t correct me for how I’m spelling their name. It’s spelled Leap n’ Maze on their website and as Leap ‘n Maze in the leaflet. The apostrophe placement doesn’t make sense to me either way.

Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012

  • When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday to October 31
  • Time:  Fridays from 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 9 pm. Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm
  • Where: Rio Grande Community Farm, access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, 1701 Montano Road NW. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)
  • Admission: $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Rio Grande Community Farm is a non profit partnered with the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012

September 13, 2012 by  
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The Albuquerque Maize Maze is dubbed Leap n’ Maze this year, with a whole froggy theme going on. It opens on September 15 and continues to October 31, 2012.

The Rio Grande Community Farm 7-acre corn maze leaps frog-like into life this Saturday September 15, with a grand opening from 9 am.  As you may be deducing, they’ve cut the corn maze into a frog shape this year and they’ve also teamed up with the ABQ BioPark to create amphibian games and educational activities for visitors. Hence the Leap n’ Maze name, although the apostrophe placement really doesn’t make sense to me, whether it’s a contraction of ‘leaping’, or ‘leap and’. But hey, that’s what they’re calling it so I’ll get off my punctuation high horse.

The difference in 2012 is that the maze is not open every day to the public, just from Friday to Sunday. Other weekdays are for groups who schedule in advance, such as school groups, family reunions, or club and company outings.

On this opening weekend they’ll have a baby churro ewe at the site with her mom, Annabelle, and they’re inviting input on what to name the baby.  Other activities over the 2012 maze season include a Hay Bale City with tunnels and a 20 foot slide. Update 9/17: The slide is not happening after all. The Pumpkin Patch returns in October, and on some dates they’ll open late for the evening Moonlight Maze and (around Halloween) for the Haunted Maze.

Admission to the Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012 is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 for kids aged 3-11, and it’s free for kids aged 2 and under.

Right now they just need to get the maze open but I’m hoping to get there this weekend so I’ll gather more details and update! 

Albuquerque Maize Maze 2012

  • When: September 15 to October 31
  • Time:  Fridays from 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturdays from 10 am – 9 pm. Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm
  • Where: Rio Grande Community Farm, access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, 1701 Montano Road NW. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)
  • Admission: $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Rio Grande Community Farm is a non profit partnered with the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

–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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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

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There are lots of free Albuquerque events this weekend again, although we’ll have to watch the weather… so here’s a mix of indoor and outdoor fun stuff. We’ve mentioned some of them before, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-budget ways to spend the weekend, here are our picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on October 8 and 9, 2011. 

Saturday October 8

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum during Balloon Fiesta is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm daily.  Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. See the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for details. Highlights today include a US Navy flight simulator, pet adoptions, and kite flying.

Who’s Who in the World of Black Birds Bird walk and presentation by Ranger Karen Herzenberg at 8:30 – 10:30 am. Free at the Rio Grande Nature Center, but parking is $3 per vehicle.

Albuquerque Just Between Friends maternity & childrenswear consignment sale from 10 am to 2 pm.  Admission is free, and most items are half priced today, at NM Army National Guard, 600 Wyoming Blvd NE.

ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden Harvest Festival on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am – 2 pm each day. Activities include cider making and sampling, crafts and games, building scarecrows, sawhorse steer roping, demonstrations by farriers, quilters, bakers and chicken keepers, and live music. It’s free with Botanic Garden admission. (Which also covers admission to the Aquarium.)

Albuquerque Museum family art workshop from 1 – 2.30 pm on Saturdays are open to all museum visitors and included in museum admission.  Supplies are provided, and budding artists of any age can show up to create art inspired by the Museum’s exhibits.

Poe’s Weekend of Woe from 1 – 3 pm at Cherry Hills Library with family activities including Spin the Wheel of Misfortune (ha!), creepy puzzles, scavenger hunt, and readings.

Turning NO to ON: The Art of Parenting with Mindfulness book talk and signing at 2 pm with Author Dr. Beth Gineris at Page One Bookstore, 11018 Montgomery NE. While you’re there, use this Page One $5 Off Coupon to save $5 on any $30 or more purchase, whether new or used.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is a cute space and lovely for kids, open daily to October 31. Admission is free from 9 am – 6 pm, at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival runs all weekend. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival couponregular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.  Browse the arts and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show. Take one coupon for each person in your party! Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-11, and tots aged 2 or under go free.  See directions to Wagner’s Farmland Experience.

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Admission is $3 for adults,  $2.50 for seniors aged 62+, and $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9 am6 pm, last admission at 5:30 pm.  But go much earlier to explore this extravaganza of folk art, including a model circus, a miniature Wild West town, animated wood-carved figures, and arcade-style wonders such as Esmerelda the fortune teller.  Tinkertown Museum is on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail), about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011 The evening session starts at 5:45 pm, with the Night Magic Glow, followed by fireworks!  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Albuquerque Maize Maze UPDATE: CLOSED SATURDAY. You might want to check in advance that they’re open, as they were closed on Friday Oct 7 due to rain/mud in the fields. Otherwise the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Abiquiu Studio Tour If you feel like a trip out of town into red rock country, the Abiquiu Studio Tour runs over the Columbus Day weekend from October 8 – 10, from 10 am – 5 pm daily.

Sunday October 9

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Dawn Patrol is at 5:45 am, the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30 am, then the final mass ascension takes to the skies at 7 am. (Arrive good and early! Basically don’t go to bed the night before…) Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm. Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. See the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for the latest details. Highlights today include Irish and African music, a US Navy flight simulator, pet adoptions, and kite flying.

Kirtland AFB Open House from 9 am – 4:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join Kirtland’s free 40th anniversary celebrations, with aircraft exhibits and aerial demonstrations including the Thunderbirds at 3 pm.  See the schedule at the link.

Local Food Festival and Field Day from 11 am to 4 pm at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House and Demonstration Farm. The free festival offers free workshops and talks on food preservation, gardening and urban farming; chef demos and food samples, free face painting, agames, and live music. See the full Local Food Festival and Field Day schedule.

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

Traveling Poe Performance 2 – 3 pm as part of Albuquerque’s The Big Read. Campbell ‘Lou’ Harmon presents a dramatic reading about Edgar Allan Poe with audience interaction, at Cherry Hills Library.

Arts in the Park at Ventana Ranch Park from 1 – 5 pm with free music and entertainment and the Artisan Market. Learn to drum and play music with Drumfest, free face painting and arts and crafts for kids, magic from Pink Elephant Theatre and teaching kids juggling skills.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival couponregular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve. Browse the arts and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show.  (Print one coupon per person.) Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

Albuquerque Maize Maze You might want to check in advance that they’re open, as they were closed on Saturday October 8 due to rain/mud in the fields. Otherwise the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm. Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.  Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 pm. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm.

Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.

Hope you find some cheap or free Albuquerque fun in there whatever the weather! Happy Columbus Day weekend!

–Tania

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Free Things To Do In Albuquerque This Weekend

October 1, 2011 by  
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It’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta time (hurrah!) but there are plenty of free Albuquerque events this weekend too.  We’ve mentioned some of them before, but if you’re looking for free entertainment, free things to do with the kids, or other easy-on-the-budget ways to spend the weekend, here are our top picks of free and cheap places to go and things to do on October 1 and 2, 2011. 

Saturday October 1

Albuquerque Mothers of Twins Club garage sale from 7:30 am – 2 pm with free admission to hunt for baby and kids’ clothes, nursery equipment and gear for children like car seats, toys, furniture, plus maternity clothing and household items. Find the fall sale at Montgomery Church of Christ, 7201 Montgomery Boulevard NE.

Free Home Depot workshop for kids aged 5 – 12 from 9 am to noon to make a Fire Rescue Helicopter, and take home a free child’s workshop apron, commemorative pin and a certificate of achievement.

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs throughout the period of the Balloon Fiesta to October 9, and is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm daily.  Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. The theme and activities change each day, so see the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for the latest details. Highlights today include the Smokey Bear Mascot, a US Navy flight simulator, a 1970’s Car Club, pet adoptions, and kite flying.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, with traditional Spanish religious arts, music and dance at the Gazebo, food vendors, and activities for kids.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch is due to open today October 1, through the end of the month. It’s a cute space and lovely for kids to play there, and admission is free from 9 am – 6 pm.  Find it at 4349 Irving Boulevard on Albuquerque’s Westside, on the corner of Eagle Ranch Road and Irving.

Albuquerque International Festival is free for all from 10 am – 5 pm at Talin Market (corner of Central Avenue/Louisiana Boulevard.) The Festival includes crafts, a kids’ zone, world foods, and entertainment from country artist Kathryn Soapes and others.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival runs all weekend. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon – regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve.  Browse the arts and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show. Take one coupon for each person in your party! Hours are 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience corn maze and pumpkin patch in Corrales costs $7 for adults, $5 for kids aged 3-11, and tots aged 2 or under go free. On Saturday evening they host a night maze with a campfire. See directions to Wagner’s Farmland Experience.

Museums on Us program gives free admission this weekend to a visitor showing a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and SITE Santa Fe (and around 150 museums nationally.)

Tinkertown Museum is open daily until October 31, then it closes for the season. Admission is $3 for adults,  $2.50 for seniors aged 62+, and just $1 for kids aged 4 to 16. Tots aged 3 and under get in free. Hours are 9 am – 6 pm, with the last admission at 5:30 pm.  But go much earlier – you need at least an hour (two!) to explore this extravaganza of folk art by the late Ross Ward, including a model circus, a miniature Wild West town that stretches the length of a room, animated wood-carved figures, and arcade-style wonders such as Esmerelda the fortune teller.  These and an amazing collection of American ephemera are housed in a rambling building constructed from over 50,000 glass bottles.  Head to the highlands and Tinkertown Museum, on the road to Sandia Crest off Highway 14 (the Turquoise Trail), about 25 miles east of Albuquerque.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011 You might have heard of this event 😉 The evening session starts at 5:45 pm, with the Twilight Twinkle Glow and the launch of the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, followed by the fantastic fireworks!  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under. Pick up a coupon at the Maze for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (and make sure to get it stamped at the Maze to get the deal.)

It’s the Zuni Pueblo Fall Festival this weekend, October 1 – 2,  if you’re in the mood for a day trip (about 150 miles west of Albuquerque via I-40). Expect traditional dances, watermelon eating contest, and on Saturday a free Street Dance from 8pm. On Sunday there’s a horseshoe tournament. Call (505) 782-7238 for info.

Sunday October 2

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta The Dawn Patrol is at 5:45 am, the Krispy Kreme Morning Glow at 6:30 am, then the morning mass ascension takes to the skies at 7 am.  (Arrive good and early! Basically don’t go to bed the night before…) That’s followed by the Fiesta of Wheels Car Show. The evening session starts at 5:45 pm with the Balloon Glow, followed once again by fireworks. See the Balloon Fiesta schedule for today and the rest of the week.  Admission is $8, and kids aged 12 and under go free.

Lighter Than Air Fare on the lawn of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs during Balloon Fiesta to October 9, and is free to all, from 6 am – 2 pm daily.  Expect live music, arts, crafts, and food vendors. Activities change each day, so see the Lighter Than Air Fare schedule for the latest details. Highlights today include the Smokey Bear Mascot, a US Navy flight simulator and static helicopter, pet adoptions, kite flying, Model T Club antique automobiles, and (from 9 – 10 am) the New Mexico Territorial Band playing antique and repro instruments.

San Felipe de Neri Santero Market around Old Town Plaza continues, and New Mexico santero Carlos Otero talks at 2 pm on “‘Perspectives of Traditional Spanish Religious Arts – A Santero’s Experience.’

Rio Grande Nature Center Nature Walk A naturalist-led tour at 1 pm through the bosque. The walk is free, just pay the park admission fee of $3 per vehicle at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW.

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is free to New Mexico residents on the first Sunday of every month. That means this week – Sunday October 2. Take your New Mexico ID.

Arts in the Park  at at El Oso Grande Park from 1 – 5 pm with free music and entertainment and the Artisan Market. Learn to drum and play music with Drumfest, free face painting and arts and crafts for kids, magic from Pink Elephant Theatre and teaching kids juggling skills,  and picnic in the park with your own basket or buy food from vendors.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival continues. Save $1 on admission with this Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival coupon – regular admission is $7 for adults, free for kids aged under twelve. Browse the arts and children can create their own art in the Kids Creation Station, and enjoy a magic show.  (Print one coupon per person.) Hours are 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all from 9 am to 4 pm, for hiking and wildlife-spotting. A presentation on Seasonal Changes in the Sandias is at 10 am, and solar telescopes to view the sun from 11 am – 2 pm. Admission is free.

Museums on Us program gives one free admission this weekend to a visitor showing a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card or debit card and a photo ID at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and SITE Santa Fe (and around 150 museums nationally.)

Albuquerque Maize Maze with the 7-acre dinosaur-themed corn maze and a Dino Hunt game is open on Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm.  Admission is $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free admission from 9 am – 1 pm.

National Hispanic Cultural Center Torreón fresco Free tour from noon – 4 pm. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum also offers free admission on Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm

Coronado State Monument Admission is free on Sundays for New Mexico residents with ID.

Hope you find some cheap or free Albuquerque fun in there to ease you into October!

–Tania

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Albuquerque Maize Maze

August 30, 2011 by  
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The Albuquerque Maize Maze is dubbed the Dino Maize this year, and it opens September 3.

*** UPDATE: September 3: The Dino Maize opening has been delayed (another thing to blame Hurricane Irene for, apparently).  They’re now saying it’ll open at noon on Monday September 5.  Meanwhile, you can get a Buy One Get One free maze ticket deal this weekend, to be used on another weekend through October 31.  Other activities all proceed as usual. ***

The Rio Grande Community Farm 7-acre corn maze features a bunch of new activities in 2011, due to a partnership with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

The Dino maze design includes a massive T-Rex, a stegosaurus and a sauropod, and visitors can play a Dino Hunt game, find life-sized dinosaur tracks, a dinosaur nest and eggs, and dig for fossils. There’s also a petting zoo at weekends, although presumably NOT including dinosaurs 😉

2011 ticket prices are slightly lower than last year for adults, but slightly higher for kids, so maybe that’ll all balance itself out.  Admission to the Albuquerque Maize Maze is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 for kids aged
3-11, and it’s free for kids aged 2 and under.

PLUS, Maze visitors can receive a coupon for 50% off admission to the Planetarium at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. You get the coupon by picking up a brochure either at the museum, or at the Maize Maze itself, and then make sure to get it stamped on your visit to the Maze.

Albuquerque Maize Maze opens daily from Saturday September 3 through October 31, 2011.  As well as the corn maze, dino hunt and other dino fun, activities include:

  • A haybale labyrinth
  • Family photos – take your picture against a mural of a dinosaur
  • Petting zoo with farm animals on Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, and Sundays 1 – 6 pm
  • Kids Story Time with Bookworks at the Maze on Saturdays at 10 am
  • Organic farm produce and food vendors at the weekend
  • Moonlight Maze evenings on September 9 and 10, and October 14 and 15, when the Maze stays open until 10 pm.
  • The Pumpkin Patch returns in October.

Albuquerque Maize Maze 2011

  • When: September 3 to October 31
  • Time: Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 3 pm. Friday and Saturday from 9 am – 9 pm. Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm
  • Where: Rio Grande Community Farm, access at Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, 1701 Montano Road NW. (1.1 miles west of 4th Street.)
  • Admission: $7 adults (aged 12+), $5 kids aged 3-11, and free for kids aged 2 and under.

Rio Grande Community Farm is a non profit partnered with the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Division.

–Tania

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