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FARMINGTON — Several businesses in downtown Farmington and Aztec will open their doors to trick-or-treaters on Monday.

Both the annual Farmington Boo-Palooza and the Aztec Safe Treats events will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday.

During Boo-Palooza, Main Street in downtown Farmington will be closed, and there will be a variety of games for children to play, including a candy carnival.

Both events provide a safe alternative to the traditional door-to-door Halloween trick-or-treating.

The Aztec Chamber of Commerce organizes the safe trick-or-treating in Aztec.

"We all want our children to be safe," said Theresa Bailey, the chamber president.

Bailey said the two events will be held at the same time but are not necessarily competing against each other.

"I think the kiddos will have enough time to do both," she said.

Christa Romme, the spokeswoman for Farmington's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, said Boo-Palooza is a community event that provides a safe and fun place for children to trick-or-treat and participate in games and costume contests.

"Mostly, it's about candy and costumes," she said.

The Aztec Chamber of Commerce has continued its Teal Pumpkin Project during the Monday Safe Treats. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people who are handing out candy or goods for Halloween to provide small toys for children with food allergies. The people and businesses participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project display an image of a teal pumpkin to signal that they have toys rather than candy for children who have food allergies.

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

If you go

What: Boo-Palooza

When: 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Downtown Farmington

More information: 505-599-1419

What: Aztec Safe Treats

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Downtown Aztec

More information: new.aztecchamber.com

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