ABQ Mom’s Guide to Halloween


Halloween may seem even spookier and more mysterious than usual this year. But fun will still be had. I mean, it IS on a Saturday! Whether you visit one of these events or decide on a DIY Halloween night, it is sure to be SPOOKtacular.

We’d like to thank Manzano Day School for sponsoring this Guide to Halloween.

New World. New Way. Same Manzano Day School. Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition to the core subjects of reading, math, science, and social studies, the six co-curricular subjects of art, library, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology are part of every student’s schedule. Manzano Day School is implementing a reopening strategy that allows the school to remain flexible while responding to the changing situation around COVID-19. They are providing the best educational experience possible while also mitigating risk of exposure or outbreaks of COVID-19 in the community.

Check out some Halloween events happening in and around Albuquerque. Events are listed by date.

Howl-O-Ween Days at the Zoo

903 10th St SW, Albuquerque

October 24, 25, & 31

Kids who come in costume will receive a goody bag plus enjoy other festivities with the price of admission. In case your eerie interests aren’t quite peaked, there’ll be music, decorated habitats, and more!

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat at Balloon Fiesta Park

9401 Balloon Museum Drive NE, Albuquerque

October 31

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat at Balloon Fiesta Park – this year as a drive-through event with COVID-safe practices in place on Saturday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. $2 per car. Purchase tickets ahead of time.

McCall’s Haunted Farm

34 McCall Lane, Moriarty

Sept. 26 – Nov. 1

Because of NM mandates & to promote safety measures, McCall’s Pumpkin Patch will be limiting daily attendance. All tickets must be purchased online. They anticipate selling out on popular dates and encourage you to purchase tickets in advance.

Pick your own pumpkin from the field, try to find your way through the 16-acre corn maze, see the farm animals, race a pedal kart, launch a pumpkin, glide down our giant slide, mine for gemstones, shop, eat, and much, much more!

Dragons House of Horror

3001 Civic Center Cir NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Sept. 4 – Oct. 31

Rio Rancho’s own mile-long, drive-thru haunted house. COVID safe practices utilized and price is per vehicle. There’s a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience on the 31st.

NM Slaughter House

Cottonwood Mall, 10000 Coors Blvd. Albuquerque

Opens Sept. 25

Times vary

Admission varies

This event may be unsuitable for young children.

COVID Safe practices in place

Community Day & Halloween at Cottonwood Mall

10000 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque

October 31

Drive-thru Cottonwood Mall’s East parking lot and celebrate our community! Come wave to some of the incredible first responders, local entertainers, and more! Of course, you’ll need to remain in your vehicle for the duration of the “drive-thru” experience. The first 300 children to bring in a donation of a pair of socks will receive a “BOO” bag full of goodies! Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes!

Day of the Tread

Sawmill District – 20th St.

Live event Oct. 25

Virtual event Oct. 24 – Nov. 1

Admission varies

Halloween Costumes encouraged

At-Home Halloween Ideas

Check out this post for all kinds of fun, COVID-safe Halloween ideas. And find out how to “boo” your friends and neighbors here.