Halloweekend to arrive in Los Alamos

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By Kirsten Laskey

Think Halloween just lasts a day? Not this year; the ghoulish celebration spreads out the whole weekend. Halloweekend, begins with Trick or Treat on MainStreet from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

Although this event has been held for more than eight years, Jeremy Varela, events and marketing coordinator for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corp., said a few new elements are being introduced to the program this year.

“We’re really excited about this,” he said.

The event will have a whole new atmosphere and everyone is encouraged to come and check it out.

One of the factors that is being enhanced are the youth programs. Varela said more are being added this year; the Los Alamos High School’s Olions Thespian Club is participating in Trick or Treat on MainStreet along with New Mexico Dance Theater.

Also the event’s appearance is getting an upgrade. Varela said more decorations will be displayed.

Sponsors for the event include Los Alamos National Bank, Buffalo Thunder, Southwest Office Solutions and Stewart Central Title.

In short, Varela said the MainStreet event is more spectacular and will leave a bigger impression.

Even without the additions, Varela said the event has also always been a popular event.

“I think primarily because how safe it is to go trick or treating.”

In addition to candy, there will be a haunting occurring at the corner of MainStreet and Central Avenue at 6 p.m. Children can check out the Hi-tech Halloween from 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum, participate in the YMCA Costume Climb at the Family YMCA from 5:30-8 p.m. and tour a haunted house at the Knights of Columbus building, located at 104 DP Road. The building will have an open house from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The whole purpose behind the event, Varela said, is to invite people to come to the downtown area.

Which, he said, seems to be working. “I think its taken affect because there’s a community element.”

The fun doesn’t end Friday. From 6-9 p.m. Saturday, the Pumpkin Glow will be at Fuller Lodge and the Nomads will perform from 7-10 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Additionally, a costume contest will be held while the concert is underway. Participants will compete to win prizes during the free concert.

Everyone is encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit. “I encourage people to go to Trick or Treat MainStreet, the Pumpkin Glow, the Nomads’ concert, the MainStreet Costume Contest,” Varela said. “It gives another opportunity to get into costume one more night.”

Plus, he said, people will have another use for their jack-o-lanterns, other than letting them rot.