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From candy drops, haunted museum and poetry readings

Las Cruces offers up wide range of fiendishly fun events for Halloween


For some people, Halloween weekend is something they look forward to starting in November each year and await with devilish anticipation for 11-plus months. And there are plenty of fiendishly fun events slated for Halloween in the Las Cruces. Here is a look at some of them.

Halloweekend: Poetry readings in Las Cruces

Just in time for Halloween, local poets will participate in poetry shows Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 28-30, in Las Cruces.

All events will be held 6 to 8 p.m. All are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, Oct. 28: Woody’s Gift Gallery, 309 E. Organ Ave. Participating poets will be Lizard King, Tim Staley, Mel, Saul and St. Nobody, with music by Desiralashae.
  • Friday, Oct. 29: CAV Gallery, 128 S. Main St., Suite B (upstairs), next to Blues Coffee Shop Downtown. This event will include a costume contest and spooky gallery show. Participating poets will be Maeve, Lizard King and Saul, Cassie HP, with music by Desirae Price.
  • Saturday, Oct. 30: Spirit Winds, 2260 S. Locust St. Participating poets will be Chauncey, Cristian, Mel and Alain, with music by Robertha and Acid Waves.

Contact Liz Liano at lizliano13@gmail.com.

Borderlands Ballet hosts Halloween Bash

Borderlands Ballet’s Halloween Bash will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Las Cruces School of Dance and Music, 1390 N. Main St. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Children under age 5 are admitted free. Here is the time of each event: costume contest, 4:15 p.m.; musical chairs, 4:45 p.m.; dance-off, 5:15 p.m.; Borderlands Ballet Company performance, 6 p.m.; dance with company members immediately after the performance; games, 6:30 to 7 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit borderlands-ballet.com.

City hosts ‘haunted museum’

Celebrate Halloween with slimy and creepy and get ready for fall with cozy and earthly activities at “Haunted Museum,” hosted by the Las Cruces Museums, 411 N. Main St. Downtown, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30.

 Entry into the museum is free and there is no charge to attend the event. Registration is not necessary.

Visit the city Museum of Nature of Science to get up close and personal with slime mold and make your own glow in the dark slime, the city said in a news release. Meet the creepy crawlies from the Nature Center. Make a Halloween boo balloon with the Museum of Art in the museum’s atrium.

Paint a pumpkin with a fall design and take home a traditional pumpkin pie recipe for your fall events. Celebrate Samhain, the Celtic New Year, by playing games and making a Celtic wreath in the courtyard at the Branigan Cultural Center.

The Museum of Nature and Science is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 1.

Visit www.las-cruces.org/museums and follow city museums on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

City’s Great Pumpkin Candy Drop

From high in the sky, a Great Pumpkin will drop free candy!

The City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department, Weaver’s Welding and Friends of the Community will hold the annual Great Pumpkin Candy Drop beginning at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, at Maag Field, 1700 E. Hadley Ave. The candy drop happens at 1 p.m.

The event will include live music, information booths, games and goodies, the city said.

There will not be a drop for children age 1 to 4 years of age. Children in this age group will be given a goodie bag and can participate in all the free activities.

To donate candy for the event, contact Weaver’s Welding at 575-524-2990.

At its Oct. 18 meeting, the Las Cruces City Council declared Oct. 31 as Friends of the Community Candy Drop Day in Las Cruces.

For more information, call 575-541-2455.

Halloween Fest returns

Adams Radio Group of Las Cruces is asking everyone to “rock your costumes on the Plaza” in Downtown Las Cruces from 3 to 6 p.m. on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31, as it hosts the return of Halloween Fest 2021 after a one-year hiatus.

Radio personalities from Adams’ member stations Hot 103, KGRT, Classic Rock 98.7 and Kool Oldies 104.5 FM will be on hand for the event, which is free and open to the public. It will also include a costume contest, dancing witches, Nothing Bundt Cakes Cake Walk, photos with Beetlejuice and Lydia and Zombie laser tag.

Vendor booths will include King Zahs Pizza, La Ristra Express, Enchanted Sweets, Lalos Hot Dogs, Emmy’s Elephant Ears and Kona Ice. There will also be free candy provided by A Real Man (Mesilla), Walmart Neighborhood Market, Pioneer Bank and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.

Plaza de Las Cruces is located at 100 N. Main St. Downtown.

Visit https://adamsradiogroup.com/.