Get Into Halloween Spirit With Los Alamos Arts Council

Volunteers gut pumpkins during the 2017 Pumpkin Carving Party. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LAAC News:

Halloween is almost here and the Los Alamos Arts Council is getting into the spirit of the holiday with a number of programs.

The festivities kick off with the Annual Scarecrow Contest, which is co-sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council and Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District.

Scarecrows will remain on display through Nov. 1 for the community to enjoy.

The fun continues Oct. 27 with the annual pumpkin carving event, Masquerade Recital and Pumpkin Glow. The events are sponsored by Los Alamos MainStreet and Creative District. The carving event will be 10 a.m. to noon on the south patio of Smith’s Marketplace. Some pumpkins will be donated by Smith’s for the event, and Los Alamos Arts Council will provide stencils, carving tools and creative guidance. All pumpkins carved at the Carving Party will be displayed at the Pumpkin Glow that evening.

The Masquerade Recital is an annual event presented to the community by the Los Alamos Music Teachers Association and the Los Alamos Arts Council. Students of LAMTA will present musical pieces, dressed in their costumes, 5-6 p.m. in Fuller Lodge.
The Pumpkin Glow, 6-9 p.m. on Fuller Lodge Lawn, is a free event. Patrons can see the pumpkins they carved at the carving event that morning, or the pumpkins they dropped off between noon and 4 pm before the glow. This event was picked up by the Food Network in 2017, and this year, it was a special feature in the October edition of New Mexico Magazine.  In addition to jack-o-lanterns lighting up the landscape at Fuller Lodge, Chartwell’s Catering will sell warm food and drinks, and Houdini’s Kettle Corn will offer its amazing Kettle Corn Flavors.

There is no admission to any of these events but donations will be accepted.
The Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in 1968, with a mission to support and foster the arts in Los Alamos County and Northern New Mexico.

Visit or call 505.663.0477 for more information.

A display of colorful jack-o-lanterns during last year’s Pumpkin Glow. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

An entry from the 2017 Los Alamos Arts Council Scarecrow Contest. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/