Halloweekend returns to haunt Los Alamos Oct. 29-31 with a variety of family-friendly and COVID-safe activities in lieu of the popular Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet, which has been canceled this year due to state-issued mass gathering restrictions.
Some staple Halloweekend events are back for 2020, just in a new format. The community can partake in a virtual pumpkin carving party, hosted by the Los Alamos Arts Council, and the annual Scarecrow Contest — in line with this year’s Halloweekend theme of “Monsters Take Over MainStreet” — will see “movie monster” creations commandeer the downtown streetlights. Families also can go on a “monster hunt” downtown to find monsters hiding in the windows, and be entered to win some monster bags of goodies.
The Bradbury Science Museum will be hosting a virtual high-tech Halloween Friday evening Oct. 30, complete with ooey gooey explosive fun that attendees can partake in from afar. And Pet Pangaea is partnering with the Los Alamos Creative District to host the annual Pet Costume Parade, but the monster mutts and other costumed creatures will instead be showcased via an online photo contest. Those who want to get creative in a different can also can make their own monster (face) mask, with free white cotton canvas masks available, and prizes awarded by the Creative District.
The Los Alamos County Library will be offering some free Halloween activity bags at both Mesa Public Library and the White Rock Branch Library (while supplies last), as well as broadcast spooky stories for elementary-aged kids. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a month-long spooky animals of New Mexico series, brought to families remotely since the Los Alamos Nature Center continues to remain closed for now.
Other Halloween activities are available throughout the community in October, including Paper Circuit Pumpkins courtesy of Family Strengths Network and the Los Alamos STEAM Lab; a virtual Trick-or-Trot 5k by Barranca Elementary PTO; Pumpkin Patch at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church; special Halloween movie rentals at Film Festival; and a Halloween Farmers’ Market complete with spooky, locally recorded music.
For more information on these and other Halloweekend activities Oct. 29-31 and throughout the month of October, including registration information for applicable virtual events, visit www.LosAlamosMainStreet.com/halloweekend.
Scarecrow entries will be accepted through Saturday, Oct. 10 and the application can be found on the Los Alamos Arts Council website.
Los Alamos MainStreet partners with the Los Alamos Creative District, Los Alamos Arts Council and other community organizations to organize Halloweekend. Thank you to Los Alamos County, Enterprise Bank & Trust and Del Norte Credit Union for their sponsorship.