Trick or Treat draws all kinds

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By Carol A. Clark

Treat or Treat on MainStreet Friday was a sight to behold. Creatures of every shape, size and age poured into downtown Los Alamos to see and be seen. From a 7-month-old pumpkin boy to a regal king walking an enormous gray poodle, the annual event had it all.

Retail outlets and other establishments joined in the fun offering candy and treats to anyone who stopped by with a bag in hand.

"We came out to build a strong relationship with the community," said Bandelier employee Shannon Dennison, who was manning a booth with her colleagues. "We are close to Los Alamos - Bandelier's our home - and we hope to make Bandelier the home of Los Alamos, too. We invite everyone to come out and see all the things we have going on."

Finishing Touch and Aspen Copies outdid themselves this year, turning their entire stores into elaborate haunted houses.

"This is our third year and we'll be doing it every year," said Finishing Touch employee Angie Maes. She looked bewitching in her flowing black outfit, stirring a steaming pot of witches' brew during the ghoulish event.

"We gear our haunted house towards the smaller kids with parents who like to take pictures, rather than for the older kids who really like the scary stuff," she said.

Aspen Copies owners Dawn and James Cline seemed to have as much fun as the kids.

"This is our 11th year giving out candy and our second year having the haunted house," "James the Gorilla" said. "We must have used some 60 pounds of candy. The kids are great and you can't beat the smiling faces."

"Dawn the Sultry Siren" agreed. "We love this event."

Another big part of Trick of Treat on MainStreet is the Bradbury Science Museum's 13th annual High-Tech Halloween.

This year's theme, to the delight and fright of many who participated, was "Skeletons."

High-Tech Halloween is geared towards elementary-school-age students. The museum has a human bone room where kids get a chance to put a human skeleton together, look at spines, skulls and the smallest bones in the human body: ear bones.

Families worked together to identify animal skulls, watch owl pellet dissections, examine dinosaur bone fossils, solve X-ray mysteries and other activities.

Canned goods were collected during the event to benefit northern New Mexican families in need.

As the sun began to set, crowds formed a large circle at the corner of Central Avenue and Central Park Square and stood in stunned silence as 27 creatures rose from the dead to perform a chilling dance, called "The Haunting," to part of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The dancers were from New Mexico Dance Theater and Performance Company.

Trick or Treat on MainStreet is sponsored by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and organized by downtown merchants.

It includes an annual Scarecrow Contest presented by Los Alamos Arts Council, a Mini-Halloween Carnival presented by Los Alamos County Recreation Division, a haunted house presented by the Knights of Columbus, and a Family YMCA Costume Climb.

The event now spreads over two days. Saturday activities included a pumpkin carving presented by Village Arts, the Arts Council's Pumpkin Glow, a Halloween carnival at Mountain Elementary and Gordons' Concert and costume contest at Fuller Lodge.