Halloween night in Taos – it’s frightful, delightful and always a sight full! Whether you are looking for some low-key fun or desiring to be in the thick of it, Taos has something for everyone. Here is a rundown of things you can do to celebrate.
Town of Taos Community Events Department joins up with merchants from Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, John Dunn Shops and Bent Street – as well as with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and Taos Milagro Rotary Club – to host this year’s children’s Halloween party from 3-6 p.m. on Halloween, Tuesday (Oct. 31), at Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, Scheurich Lane, John Dunn Shops and Bent Street.
This year, there will be a parade, starting at 4:30 p.m. at Taos Plaza. Everyone is invited to walk in the parade, but costume contest participants must register. Costume prizes will be given out for the best-dressed child, family or pet in the following categories: most original, funniest and best overall costume. The contest is open to children from tots to 12 years old and new this year is a pet costume contest.
“It’s the community event in one place for a fun, safe and supervised Halloween event,” says Judy Esquibel, Town of Taos Community Events Department coordinator.
From 6:30-9 p.m., a teen costume dance party with DJ Chrystalline will take place at Taos Plaza. “This is a great time for the teens to get together and hang out with other teens their own age,” Esquibel said. “This teen dance is just for you, teens.”
There will also be a costume contest for teens ages 13-18 with the following prize categories: most original, funniest and best overall costume.
Esquibel emphasized that this event is made possible because of the numerous volunteers, staff, judges, security, merchants, business owners and organizations that help put it together. “We are a team working together to bring the community the fun, safe and supervised Halloween event,” she said.
Free event parking will be available at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Loretto parking lot, Taos Town Hall and Taos Public Library. After 5 p.m., all metered parking lots will be free. For those requiring handicap parking and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access to the event, extra parking at Guadalupe parking lot and the area next to the McCarthy parking lot directly behind the Historic Taos County Courthouse will be available. For more information, contact Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 4-6 p.m., Twirl will be providing tasty food and sensational sensory surprises. Twirl is located at 225 Camino de la Placita. For more information, call (575) 751-1402.
The spookiness continues as Black Mesa Winery - Taos Tasting Room hosts its usual open mic from 6-9 p.m. with signup at 5:30 p.m. There is no cover charge and a different performer takes the stage every 15 minutes for a short set of music, usually in the Americana, folk, country, soft rock, blues, jazz and classical genres. Halloween attire is encouraged. The night will be hosted by Wayne McKinzie and René Janiece. They perform as Bittersweet Highway, but for this Halloween event, they will entertain as The Newly Deads. Taos Tasting Room is found at 241 Ledoux St. Call (575) 758-1969.
At the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado, there will be a Halloween bash featuring nine-piece Latin band Nosotros and a costume contest with more than $400 in cash prizes from 8-10 p.m. Cover is $5 for people 21 and older. Call (575) 758-5826. Nosotros plays original Latin music with elements of rock, salsa, jazz and cumbia. The band has been going strong for more than 20 years and is one of the more popular Latin bands of the Southwest.
“We played the [KTAOS] Solar Center on Halloween a few years back and it was a really, really great time!” exclaimed Nosotros drummer Dennis Javier Jasso.
“Halloween shows are always fun to play,” Jasso reflected. “There’s something about being in a costume. People seem to let their guard down and kind of take on a new persona for one evening. We’re really looking forward to bringing our music back to the beautiful city and people of Taos."
Wherever you choose to be this Halloween, enjoy the ride and keep your eye out for trick-or-treaters along the roadsides. Please don’t drink and drive.