Spooky season is upon us and there is no shortage of opportunities to get your chills and thrills in the weeks leading up to Halloween.
Enter the World of Stranger Things
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Tractor Brewing is hosting another evening of the Strangest Things in Albuquerque on Saturday, October 26. Dance to 80’s beats in the early afternoon or jam out to rock n roll later in the night. Play one of the 23 arcade or pinball games and munch down on some waffles.
Get Weird at the Reptilian Lounge
Cabaret & Variety Show is really only the half of it: featuring a slew of local poets, musicians, actors, performance artists, fire-breathers, butter dances, shrimp acts, contortionists, burlesque acts–really, it depends on the night–and accompanied by some of the city’s finest bands, The Reptilian Lounge is Albuquerque’s longest-running-late-night-debaucherous-fabulous showcase of all sorts of this we call talent.
Get Your Tastebuds on Brand New Craft Beer
21 New Mexico breweries have concocted brand new, never before released brews specifically for this Halloween themed Beer Premier happening at Rio Bravo Brewing on October 26! Three hours of tasting, a halloween costume party to show of your wild side.
Spend a Day on the Farm
There are a few farms around Albuquerque with plenty of wholesome Halloween activities for the whole family. Rio Grande Farm features the ZiaMazing Maze in the North Valley, which is a 3.8 mile, 8 acre corn maze cut in the shape of a zia symbol and is open October 11 – 31 from 10am – 10pm on Fridays – Sundays. The farm also features a pumpkin patch, hayrides, games, live music, food trucks and adult beverages. Halloween night features a spooky experience inside the Maze on one of the darkest nights of the month plus a beer garden and more.
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty is well known for it’s thrilling Halloween activities. In addition to the 16-acre corn maze with a short, medium, and long trail, the farm boasts a pumpkin patch, farm animals, a pedal kart track, plenty of games, food and more. In the evenings, McCall’s has plenty of thrills and chills as you wander through the farm filled with undead, scary clowns, and a pitch-black maze that you’ll need to navigate to escape a bloody fate. Daytime activities are open from 10am – 6pm Saturdays & Sundays while nighttime hauntings take place Fridays & Saturdays from 7 – 10pm with some additional days sprinkled in throughout the month.
Boasting an alien-themed, 2 mile corn maze, Wagner’s Farm in Corrales includes hayrides, a petting zoo and pumpkin patch. Wagner’s is open daily from 9am – 6pm through October 26.
Show Off Your Pups Cutest Costume
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On Sunday, October 27, head to Boofy’s Best for Pets for Howl & Growl, an annual Halloween pet celebration with costume contests, trick-or-treating, games, photo sessions and more.
Price: $5 Suggested donation
Marble Brewery invites pups to strut their Halloween stuff at The Mutt Masquerade on Sunday, October 27. Prizes are awarded to the best-dressed pooches on the patio. Marble donates $1 from every pint sold during the event to the Watermen Mountain Ranch, which will be onsite with dogs that need a new fur-ever homes.
Howl-Oween is a day-long event on Friday, October 25 at Boxing Bear Brewing Co. with food trucks, a multi-category doggie costume contest, Halloween theme belly dancing plus on-site adoptions. Pints for Pitties is also hosting a pet costume contest on Sunday, October 13 at Boxing Bear with proceeds benefiting Babes for Bullies, a nonprofit advocating for bully breed dogs.
Listen to Local Bands Cover Their Favorite Artists
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Night of the Living Cover Bands gives bands a chance to belt out songs from some of their favorite artists. Watch local musicians do their best impersonations of the Spice Girls, AC/DC, The Pixies and many more while having a good time. Saturdays & Sundays, October 11 – 26.
Party At The Museum Sans Children
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Fright Night at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science promises an adults-only night of the living dead good time! Enjoying dancing, drinks, food trucks, and special access to the new exhibit on brains, plus a costume contest with categories for Best in Show and Best Zombie. It’s all going down on Friday, October 25.
Hop Aboard the Creepy Trolley
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Partake in an evening of ghost stories brought to life on a narrated Trolley of Terror through haunted destinations. This year’s tour is a combination of history and ghost stories featuring the following haunts: historic Old Town Plaza, KiMo Theatre, Wool Warehouse, Hell’s Half Acre (former Red Light District), Mount Calvary Cemetery and more. Tour dates on October 24 – 30.
Show off Your Thriller Moves at an 80s Zombie Bash
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Returning for it’s fifth year, Sister is hosting its 80s themed Halloween Zombie Apocalypse on Saturday, October 26 featuring all your favorite videos and music from the decade that brought you Big Hair, MTV, A-Ha, B52’s, David Bowie, Devo, Madonna, Prince, Soft Cell, Violent Femmes, Dead or Alive, Rick James, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Rick Springfield, Cyndi Lauper, Modern English, Joan Jett, and so many more!
Price: $15 with costume | $20 without costume
Try to Survive a Six Story Haunted House
Nightmare on Nine Mile Hill is a haunted house taking place on all six floors of Albuquerque Fire & Rescue Training Academy on Saturday, October 26. The family friendly event includes carnival games, food trucks, Trunk or Treat, face painting and more. Don’t have a costume yet? Spirit Halloween Store has donated hundreds and a pop-up store will be set-up for kids to shop for a new costume.
Don Your Best Costume At A Pub Crawl
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Hop on the Pub Crawl Trolley for a Halloween-themed hop-on, hop-off 3 hour brew cruise featuring some of the best brews in Burque. The Trolley makes stops at 7 breweries every 30-45 minutes. Riders get discounts at each brewery plus prizes for the best costumes. Saturday, October 26.
A second downtown crawl on the same night, the Halloween Bar Crawl begins and ends at the Library and includes drink and food specials at five venues and a professional photographer, after party and costume prizes.
Price: $20 – 30
Investigate the Paranormal
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On Halloween night, a Ghost Hunt & Haunted Adventure invites visitors to explore the Albuquerque Little Theater, which has reported many instances of paranormal activity. Local paranormal expert, skeptic and 8 time author, Cody Polston is your host. Southwest Ghost Hunter’s Association, Anomaly Research of the Southwest & local Paranormal Investigators: Kristin, Carl, Holly or Wendy help conduct electronic voice phenomena recordings.
Dance it Out at a Halloween Night Bash
Rub elbows with the witches, ghouls and other dark creatures who lurk at Launchpad’s Wicked Witches Ball featuring Darkwave, EBM, Electro, Gothic & Industrial music.
Swing by Marble Downtown for a DJ Battle & Halloween Dance Party with DJ Flo Fader & DJ Bryan Davidson battling it out. Gift cards awarded to best costumes.
Effex is hosting a Haunted House Party for a wild night featuring a custom haunted house from Dragon’s House of Horror, costume contests, live music from DJs Ian Evan, Cody Fragua, FreaknStitch and special guest Dj Chris De Jesus.
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