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Spooktacular highlights: Taos Halloween events

Spooky goblins, princesses and monsters galore

By Tamra Testerman and Taos News staff
Posted 10/24/18

Halloween is a coveted tradition in Taos with many venues hosting celebrations and live music. See our Tempo calendar for a full listing of events throughout the county.  The following events are some Halloween highlights for Wednesday (Oct. 31).

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Spooktacular highlights: Taos Halloween events

Spooky goblins, princesses and monsters galore

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Halloween is a coveted tradition in Taos with many venues hosting celebrations and live music. See our Tempo calendar for a full listing of events throughout the county.  The following events are some Halloween highlights for Wednesday (Oct. 31).

Plaza pandemonium – free community event

According to Judy Esquibel, town of Taos Community Events Coordinator, merchants in town are pulling out all the stops to make this year's trick-or-treating tradition in the downtown Taos Historic District "the best place in the world for Halloween." She continued "This year the community is invited for an exciting evening of Halloween fun, in a safe and supervised environment, where our community gathers for Halloween with the most creative costumes."

Esquibel said the community event "will be bigger than last year with more games and merchants giving out the candy and more "trunk-or-treat" participants.

The full Plaza event details

Judges for the costume contest will circulate throughout the event from 3-6 p.m. No registration is required, so everyone attending will have the opportunity to be in the contest. Esquibel said the judges will wear a sash labeled "Costume Judge."

This year there will be a fun house on the plaza, and the first 1,000 children receive a treat bag filled with treasures from local merchants. All the shops in the Taos Historic District -- Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, Juan Largo Lane, John Dunn Shops and Bent Street -- will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Local businesses, organizations and church groups will provide decorated "trunks" full of treats for trick-or-treating and carnival games with prizes.

Following the event, teens are invited to a Teen Costume Dance Party with DJ Oliver Night from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Taos Plaza.

Parking for the event will be available at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Loretto Parking Lot, Town Hall, and Taos Public Library. After 5 p.m. all metered parking lots will be free. For handicapped parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, extra parking will be available at Guadalupe Parking Lot and the area next to the McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the Historic Taos County Courthouse.

Esquibel added, "This event is made possible because of volunteers, business owners, and sponsors that help put it together. We are a team working together to bring the community a fun, safe, and supervised Halloween event. This is a way our community works together to prove our love and support for our children and families of Taos."

Music mayhem at the Mothership – concert

Ravenous Slap Frost puts on a hip-Halloween at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on Wednesday (Oct. 31). The all-ages show starts at 8:30 p.m. and doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road or at taosmesabrewing.com.

Since it's Halloween and all, you may be wondering -- is this a costumed event, or not? Yes, indeed it is! Costumes are highly encouraged; however, no prizes will be given out. So, leave your competitive spirit at home and dress for the pure fun of it.

A note on the vibe of the evening from the event producer: "It's gonna be awesome! There are a lot of really great performers. When it comes to live performance some of these are the best there is in the U.S. It's gonna be hip-hop culture, not so much rap -- a lot of peace, love and unity."

Lunacy in the 'Living Room of Taos' – free live music

The Adobe Bar, otherwise known as the 'Living Room of Taos,' will be freaky fun with Brent Berry and The Neighbors playing their rocking tunes. Show is from 6:30 to 9: 30 p.m. with no cover charge. The Adobe Bar is in the The Historic Taos Inn at 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in downtown Taos.

Solar Center screams – reggae concert and costume party

The KTAOS Solar Center is celebrating with a Jah-lloween Costume Party on Halloween night, Wednesday (Oct. 31) at 7 p.m. The legends of roots reggae, The Meditations, are the playing and there are cash prizes for the costume contest. According to Ktao.com, The Meditations have been an integral part of the roots reggae scene since 1974, so this show is sure to go down as legendary.

Over the years, the Meditations have worked alongside such reggae Legends as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Gregory Isaac to name a few. Tickets may be purchased for $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado. All ages are welcome with a parent or guardian supervision.

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