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Halloween events set

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2008

Photo by Ruth Heide Inflatable Halloween decorations such as this one at 2301 Carroll Street in Alamosa are popular this year.

Frights and treats to

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SAN LUIS VALLEY — Many events are planned for the Halloween holiday throughout the San Luis Valley, and some harvest festival events are planned as alternatives to the traditional trick-or-treating.

Following are some of the activities planned in the Valley:


The VFW Post 899, American Legion Post 113 and the Marine Corps League will sponsor a Halloween trick-or-treats for children ages 2-12 on Fri., Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. at the VFW bingo hall, 519 Main St. Enter through the alleyway. Each child will receive a bag of goodies.

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Enter “Terror Motel” for a terror-ific haunted house experience. Terror Motel is located at the old Wagon Wheel Motel on the frontage road beside Highway 285 South, just south of Alamosa. It is open Thurs., Oct. 30, from 7-10 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 31, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. midnight. It features 13 rooms. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for students; and $4 for children.

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Alamosa High School is hosting its 1st Annual Halloween Safe Night from 5-7:30 p.m. on Fri., Oct 31. The halls will be transformed into dozens of trick-or-treat stops for little ones. The entry fee will be $2 per child. It’s a family-friendly, safe place for children ages 10 and under. All children must be accompanied by a parent or adult 18+. For more information, please contact Sue Rowley at 587-6010.

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ASC Art League presents “Picasso ‘n Pumpkins Contest” with creatively carved pumpkins displayed at the college from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. midnight on Fri., Oct. 31. The pumpkins will be displayed on the east side of the art building along the steps and sidewalk.

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The Alamosa Family Recreation Center will host a Junior High Halloween Dance on Friday, Oct. 31, from 7-9 p.m. at the center. Cost is $3 for singles and $5 for couples. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. For more information call 589-2105.

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Adams State College will host three 1960s horror movies from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 in Carson Auditorium. The movies are free and open to the public and students. The evening begins with the 1962 film, “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.” Next will be a French film from 1960 entitled “Eyes Without a Face” (Les yeux sans visage). (The film is in the original French with English subtitles.) And finally, from 1962 comes, “The Manster.” For more information contact Dr. Juan Gonzalez at 587-7804.

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The Alamosa Family Recreation Center will host a Halloween Carnival on Friday, Oct. 31, from 4-6 p.m. at the center. There will be edible goodies, “Fear Factor,” a fun maze and door prizes. For more information call 589-2105.

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There will be a Harvest Festival at the Christian Reformed Church in Waverly on Fri., Oct. 31. A chili/soup supper will be served beginning at 5 p.m. for $3 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and younger. Game booths will be open for the children beginning at 6 p.m. All children will go home with a bag of candy. For more information, call 589-2072.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church is having a Fall Festival and youth ministry benefit raffle on Fri., Oct. 31, from 5-8 p.m. in the church gym with the raffle taking place at 7 p.m. The Fall Festival will include games, treat walk and sale, concessions, 50/50 bingo, costume contest with categories for saint costume or Disney costume. Entrance to the Fall Festival is one canned food item per person or $1 per person which will allow participants to play all the games. Concessions and treats will be sold.

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College Heights Baptist Church, 2045 Church Ave., Alamosa, invites the public to celebrate a Harvest Festival on Fri., Oct. 31, from 6-9 p.m. Youngsters Pre-K through 5th grade are invited to enjoy games and treats. Children who wish to wear costumes are asked to dress in Bible or animal characters. For more information call 589-6814.

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Mountain Valley Church Women’s Ministry at 408 State Street is having a Harvest Fest Party on Fri., Oct 31. Trick or treat in the church parking lot is at 5 p.m. with free hotdogs and hot drinks to follow. There will be prizes for the best costume at 6:30 p.m. Call 589-4672 or 588-0266 for more details.

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The First United Methodist Church youth will host a “Trick or Treat Street” at the church at the corner of Murphy and Mullins, on Fri., Oct. 31, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. It is a safe alternative for parents to bring their children for a safe and fun Halloween. There will be lots of candy and some fun activities.


A Halloween dance will be held on Fri., Oct. 31 from 1:30-4 p.m. at the Northerners Senior Center in La Jara. Music will be provided by Donald Garcia. Admission is $2.50 per person. Dress up in Halloween costumes.


Monte Vista Main Street and merchants are sponsoring “Moonlight Madness” on Thurs., Oct. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at Fullenwider Park where free treat bags and free pumpkins will be distributed and other activities will be held.

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Tri-County Senior Citizens, 311 Washington Ave., will host a “Halloween Breakfast” of ham, hash browns, pancakes, scrambled eggs and beverage, from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 31.Cost is $5 per person.

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Juniper Village, 2277 East Drive, hosts a Haunted Hay Maze through October 31 from 6-9 p.m. nightly. Maze only admission is $5; maze and ride to the veterans’ center to visit the haunted house, $8. Free cookies and cocoa or cider will be offered.

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No Mercy General Hospital will be held at Monte Vista City Hall on Fri., Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. City Hall is located at the corner of Highway 160 and Chico Camino (across the street from ALCO). Tickets will be available for $6 at Monte Vista City Hall until noon on Oct. 31, the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce until 4 p.m. on Oct. 30, and Johnny B. Good’s until 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. Also purchase tickets online at www.montearts.com/hauntedhospital. Tickets will also be sold for $8 at the door. Those wearing wristbands from Friday night can get in Saturday for only $4. WARNING! No Mercy General Hospital is not intended for young children and people with heart conditions. It features graphic special effects and gore. Parental discretion is suggested for children under 12 years of age.


Instead of the standard Halloween party offered at the community building in South Fork the town invites children, parents, and the community to help bring back old fashioned trick or treating. Businesses and homes will participate. The night will start with children picking up maps of safe stops at the visitors center, and then they will go out into the community knock on doors and trick or treat. For more information call 873-5512.


For property owners: Make sure property is adequately lit before trick-or-treaters arrive. Make sure the path to the door is safe. Use artificial lighting instead of candles to reduce the risk of fire-related accidents. Keep pets inside, especially cats to prevent them from becoming targets of pranksters.

For motorists: Use extra caution while driving and do not drink and drive.

For trick-or-treaters: Always travel in small groups, accompanied by an adult or responsible teen if under the age of 12. Walk, do not run, from house to house. Travel only in familiar neighborhoods. Carry a flashlight. Only stop at houses or apartment buildings that are well lit. Remain on the porch and never enter a person’s house. Wear reflective tape on costumes and bags or wear highly visible costumes. Always walk on sidewalks. In neighborhoods with no sidewalks, always walk on the left side of the street, facing traffic. Always cross streets as a group on established crosswalks. Never eat candy before returning home and having a parent or responsible adult inspect it.

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