Los Alamos, “the best small town in the country” (Livability.com, July 2014) – is disguising itself as the spookiest place to be with their two-day “Halloweekend” featuring hair-raising events Oct. 24 and 25 and on Halloween Day.
“Halloweekend” begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. with Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, when businesses along Central Avenue and MainStreet keep their doors open until 6 p.m. and hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters. Expect to see a few haunted houses along the way. A special performance by Dance Arts Los Alamos begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by the High Flyers Gymnastics at 5:15 p.m. A “Halloweiner” parade will march down Central Ave. at 5:30 p.m. followed by the NM Dance Theater.
The Los Alamos Medical Center will be transformed into a giant candy dispenser as they hand out candy to costumed trick-or-treaters 3-5 p.m. Bradbury Science Museum will bring out their creepiest critters – including owls, millipedes, spiders, and snakes – and present an interactive show involving optics, dry ice and lights as part of their “High Tech Halloween” 4-6:30 p.m. There is no charge to be a part of the well-attended event. Finally that evening, 6-8 p.m., the Family YMCA will host a “costume climb” at the Los Alamos YMCA.
Halloweekend continues Saturday, Oct. 25 with a pumpkin carving event at 10 a.m. on Fuller Lodge’s patio. Hayrides to the Los Alamos County Pumpkin Patch at the Posse Lodge will be available 4-6 p.m. At 4 p.m., Fuller Lodge will host a Masquerade Recital on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, followed by a Pumpkin Glow 6-9 p.m. Finishing off the two day event, Los Alamos MainStreet is bringing live entertainment to Fuller Lodge with music by The Nomads 6:30-9 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet typically attracts as many as 3,000 over the course of the weekend.
Fuller Lodge Art Center is hosting a disturbing yet creative and fascinating exhibition of artwork by more than 70 artists, depicting the masks we wear. The exhibition titled, “Masquerade” continues through Nov. 15.
“The exhibition gave artists a chance to creatively depict the concept of a mask which, for some, meant creating art that illustrated the idea of putting on or taking off a mask, wearing another identify, or turning away from who they are – it’s a chance to unveil who they feel they’re hiding from,” Art Center Director Ken Nebel said. “This is one of our ‘darker’ shows of the year that takes on the heaviness of human emotion, which is fitting around Halloween.”
Nationally acclaimed artist and webmaster at New Mexico Tourism Department, Max Lehman, helped curate the exhibition which drew more than 100 entries from across the U.S. and Canada.
Artwork in the show comes in a variety of mediums including woodwork, photography, mixed media, clay, wall work, paintings and photography.
Fuller Lodge Art Center is asking the public to vote for their favorite piece of art at the exhibition. The artist with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will receive the “Viewer’s Choice Award.”
Halloweekend is presented by the following sponsors: Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center, The Education Plan, Central Park Square and Los Alamos County.
On Halloween Day, Friday, Oct. 31, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites children and their parents to experience a “Nature-Themed Halloween” which involves not-so-scary nature oriented activities for kids of all ages. No advance registration required. Cost is $5 per adult; kids are free. Visit pajaritoeec.org for more information.
Grownups can get in on Halloween and enjoy barbecue, live music by The Nomads, costume contest, and sip beer brought from home with the Los Alamos Beer Co-op’s fundraising event at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Shack. Cost is $35 per couple or $20 per person at the door. Revenue raised will go towards building Los Alamos’ first and only brewery. Visit losalamosbeer.coop for details.
The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, “And Then There Were None” opening night at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. The play continues each Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through Nov. 22. Tickets are $14 adults, $12 students & seniors Call 505.663.6105 or go to lalt.org for details.
Downtown Los Alamos’ light poles will be decorated with Scarecrows between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26, as part of the Los Alamos Arts Council’s annual Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrows were created by local businesses, clubs, individuals, families, schools and organizations as part of the 2014 contest which will be judged by the Arts Council to determine winners in a variety of categories. Visit losalamosartscouncil.org for details.
For a comprehensive summary of all Halloweekend and Halloween related events, see losalamosmainstreet.com/events.