Boo-Palooza attracts families to downtown

Hannah Grover
Quinntessa Wauneka with the Sycamore Park Community Center hands out candy on Monday during Boopalooza on Main Street in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Families with little ghosts and zombies and other Halloween ghouls crowded downtown Farmington to participate in the popular Boo-Palooza this evening.

Boo-Palooza is an annual Halloween tradition put on by Farmington's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department. The PRCA, downtown businesses and vendors handed out candy and offered activities like pumpkin bowling and a costume contest.

The popular costume contest is one of the main attractions for Lorinda Lee, who took her son, Brennan Lee, 1, to Boo-Palooza. Brennan was dressed as a mouse caught in a mouse trap.

Brennan Lee is pulled on a cart by her mother Lorinda Lee on Monday during Boopalooza on Main Street in Farmington.

"We got the mouse costume and then Dad just came up with the idea to put him in a trap," Lee said.

Tayli Esquibel works on her makeup, Monday during Boopalooza on Main Street in Farmington.

Brennan's costume was among the more unique examples. Some popular costumes included Star Wars characters, Disney princesses, Day of the Dead themed costumes, ninja turtles and Pokemon characters.

Ethan Randall-Frank, 2, and his brother, Darius Randall-Frank, 6, dressed as superheroes.

Their mother, Ashley Randall, said the family attends Boo-Palooza every year.

"They love coming out here," she said. "They have fun."

Before the event officially started, Tayli Esquivel, 9, put on Day-of-the-Dead-themed make up in H&R Block, where her mother works as a manager.

Jamey Esquivel, Tayli's mother, said she got H&R Block involved in the event last year after she became a manager. While the business has only been involved in the event for a couple of years, The Esquivels have attended since Tayli was a toddler.

Darlene Martinez collects candy on Monday during Boopalooza on Main Street in Farmington.

H&R Block handed out business flyers as well as candy to the trick-or-treaters.

Esquivel said the event not only provides a family-friendly activity, it also benefits downtown businesses.

"It's a good way to advertise," she said.

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

Ethan Randall-Frank prepares to roll a pumpkin on Monday during a bowling game hosted by the Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs during Boopalooza on Main Street in Farmington.