Halloween is right around the corner. Here's a look at five ways you can celebrate this year
FARMINGTON — San Juan County families have plenty of Halloween-related events to choose from this year.
Here are five ways people can celebrate the holiday in San Juan County.
1. Attend Boo-palooza in Farmington
Get in the Halloween spirit by trick-or-treating with family or friends in downtown Farmington. Boo-palooza draws thousands of people to Main Street each year as businesses hand out candy. The City of Farmington sets up various games for children to play and there are a variety of vendors. Highlights include the Monster Mash Dance at Orchard Park and a costume contests for children and pets.
Boo-palooza will go from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31.
2. Zombie 5k, Battle in the Badlands challenge runners and bicyclists
The Bloomfield High School Class of 2020 is challenging other regional high schools as well as community members to a Zombie 5K starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the river trails in Bloomfield.
While the event starts at 4 p.m., Autumn McMurry, an event organizer, recommends arriving by 3:30 p.m.
McMurry said a traveling trophy will be awarded to whichever school wins the race.
Community members of all ages are welcome to participate and can choose a school to represent.
McMurry said there will be zombies standing along the course, however the zombies will not chase people because the school wanted to create a family-friendly event.
Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and there will be prizes for the top finishers as well as the best costumes.
Registration is required in advance and can be done through Facebook events or by calling McMurry at 505-801-7308 or Katye Vayre at 505-634-3428. The entry fee is $10 for individuals and $40 for teams.
Meanwhile, the City of Farmington is teaming up with 505 Cycles, The Strike Zone and Alien Bike Shop to host the Battle in the Badlands — an event for mountain bicyclists and trail runners of all levels.
Battle in the Badlands begins with a 34-mile ultramarathon starting at 5 a.m. Oct. 26 at Pinon Mesa, located off of the La Plata Highway in Farmington.
Three hours later, runners participating in a 17-mile trail run will begin their race. A four-mile trail run will begin at 9 a.m. Both dogs and children are welcome to participate in the four-mile race.
There will also be a one-mile, trick-or-treat fun run for children starting at 9:30 a.m.
Registration is $50 for the ultramarathon, $40 for the 17-mile trail run, $20 for the four-mile trail run and $5 for the trick-or-treat fun run.
Meanwhile, the mountain bike races will start with a 17-mile pro race beginning at 7 a.m. That will be followed by a four-mile fat-tire mountain bike race starting at 8:30 a.m.
Registration is $40 for the 17-mile race and $20 for the fat-tire mountain bike race.
Competitors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
People can register online at Eventbrite.com.
3. Attend a fall carnival
Several organizations throughout the county will be hosting Halloween-related carnivals this year. These include the Bloomfield Boys & Girls Club's annual carnival and the carnival at San Juan College.
The 16th annual Boys & Girls Club's carnival will include several of the favorite activities from previous years such as a cake walk and costume contest. It is also adding new activities like a mad science lab and a fire safety trailer hosted by Bloomfield Fire Department. The entry fee is $1 and the carnival goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Boys & Girls Club, 701 S. 2nd St. in Bloomfield.
Meanwhile, the San Juan College Student Activities is hosting its Halloween Carnival from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Health and Human Performance Center. The event includes a haunted house and a costume contest.
The costume contest will begin with babies and toddlers from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Children ages 3 to 5 will compete from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. and children ages 6 to 8 will be judged from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
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Children ages 9 to 12 will compete in the costume contest from 3 to 3:45 p.m. and teenagers 13 to 17 years old will compete from 4 to 4:25 p.m.
The group and family costume contest will be from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
Admission is free, however people must purchase tickets to participate in some of the events. Tickets are 25 cents. Entry into the costume contest is four tickets or $1.
4. Find the perfect pumpkin
Stop by Sutherland Farms from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday during October for the pumpkin festival. Check out the corn maze and petting zoo before you head out on a hay ride to find the perfect pumpkin.
People can also purchase fresh produce, including Animas green chile at the Sutherland Farms market while attending pumpkin festival. Admission is $5, however children younger than 12 years old can get in for free. More information can be found at sutherlandfarms.net.
5. Visit a haunted house
Carnevil's Demented Circus will thrill visitors while benefiting San Juan County Special Olympics. The haunted house opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at SunRay Park and Casino. It will be open until midnight on opening day. Then it will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 and from 8 p.m. to midnight on Nov. 1 and 2. Tickets for adults ages 16 and older are $10. Admission for children is $5.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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