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Never too old for Halloween

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By Kirsten Laskey

The magic of Halloween is something anyone at any age can experience. It’s not just kids who get excited about it. Adults get in on the fun, too. For instance, the RE/MAX staff starts planning their Halloween decorations in July and Aspen Copies closes the store at noon on the day of Trick of Treat on MainStreet to transform into a haunted house.

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James Cline, who co-owns Aspen Copies with his wife, said the whole staff and even volunteers prepare the business to spook youngsters beginning at 5 p.m.

Cline said they have been going crazy with Halloween festivities between three and four years. Despite any insanity that results from covering all the windows with black plastic to shut out the light, Cline said they have a good time.

“We really like seeing the kids having a good time,” he said. “We really enjoy it. We have a fun time.”

RE/MAX owner Kendra Henning said the real estate agency has gotten into the Halloween spirit since the very beginning of Trick or Treat on MainStreet. “We love it,” she said. “We especially love it because we think it is a great opportunity to visit with our clients … it’s kind of like a reunion every year.

This year, Henning said, RE/MAX staff has selected a football decorating theme with the local RE/MAX office as the home team. “We’re really looking forward to it,” she said. “We love it.”

They’re not the only ones; the entire Los Alamos community will turn shades of black and orange in celebration of Halloweekend.

It all begins with Trick or Treat on Main Street, which will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday along Central Avenue.

Jeremy Varela, events and marketing coordinator for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, said 50 businesses and nonprofits are expected to take part in the program.  

The festivities will include a performance by New Mexico Dance Theater at 6 p.m. on Central Avenue and Main Street.

There will also be candy, of course. Varela said with a booth every few feet and Central Avenue closed to traffic, families are getting a lot of bang for their buck. In fact, if he was a kid, Varela said he would totally be hitting the scene for some goodies.

It’s not just kids who enjoy the fun. Trick or Treat on MainStreet is a benefit to the businesses, as well.

Varela said. “I think for businesses it gives them a chance to talk to the consumer … it gives them visibility during a community event (and) gives kids a nice, safe place to trick or treat.”

The Halloween celebrations will continue Friday with the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Pumpkin Glow. Carved pumpkins will decorate the lawn at Fuller Lodge from 6-9 p.m.

Additionally, the Bradbury Science Museum will feature a Hi-Tech Halloween from 4-7 p.m. and the Family YMCA will host a costume climb from 5:30-8 p.m. Aspen Copies, located at 1907 Central Ave., will have its haunted house from 5-7 p.m. and the community can take another haunted tour from 6-9 p.m. at the Knights of the Columbus, at 401 Trinity Drive. The Knights of Columbus will host the haunted house as a fundraiser.

The festivities do not end Friday. Saturday, MainStreet will host a costume party featuring The Nomads from 7-10 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. For more information, visit www.lamainstreet.com.