Both events run from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday


FARMINGTON — Families in search of a safe trick-or-treating experience can take their children to downtown Aztec or downtown Farmington on Halloween.

The Aztec Chamber of Commerce and the city of Farmington partner with businesses in their respective downtown areas to provide a safe place for trick-or-treating.

Both the Aztec Safe Treats and Farmington's Boo-Palooza will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Both events end at 6 p.m.

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Some of the businesses in Aztec will display images of teal pumpkins to let families know that they have nonfood treats for children who have food allergies.

Christa Chapman, spokeswoman for the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, said Boo-Palooza does more than just provide a safe activity for children. It also gets people downtown and visiting businesses.

"It's a way for us to give back to the community," Chapman said.

She said the costume contests are one of the popular features of Boo-Palooza.

"People really seem to get involved in that and go all out," she said.

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This year the pet costume contest will be replaced with a group costume contest.

Chapman described Boo-Palooza as the biggest Halloween celebration in the county.

"It's just a great Halloween experience for people of all ages," she said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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