(October 30, 2015)—Now that the Balloon Fiesta is over, us New Mexican’s like to get geared up for Halloween. Things like decorate the house, find that perfect costume, or even wear a Halloween costume. If you like to get the family out of the house instead of staying in, here are eleven things to do for the entire family:
About This Activity
The 12th Annual Great Pumpkin Chase is a must for any runner or walker. This fast and flat loop course runs through the heart of the historic Albuquerque Country Club neighborhood–an ideal setting for this fun event. We are encouraging all participants to wear a costume in recognition of Halloween. Age group and Overall awards including Best Costume and chip timing.
Event details and schedule
GREAT PUMPKIN CHASE 2015
Kit CarsonPark: 1744 Kit Carson SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
Saturday,October 31, 2015
Runner Packet Pick-up and Late Registration:
Friday,October 30, 2015
FLEET FEET SPORTS
8204 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
PLEASE NOTE:THERE ISRACE-DAYREGISTRATION; HOWEVER,ALL PRE-REGISTERD PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PICKUP THEIR EVENT
If you are not able to pick up your packets in person, you must make arrangements for a representative to pick up your packet. Any out of town participants may pick up their packet on race morning at the registration area between 7:30-8:30a.m.
Race Day Registration will belocated at KIT CARSON PARK. NOTE:ALL PARTICIPANTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE ENTERED IN THE RESULTS AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR AWARDS MUST WEAR A TIMING CHIP (MUST BE ZIP-TIED OR LACED TO SHOE–ZIP TIES PROVIDED IN CHIP ENVELOPE).
PLEASE USE DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS ONLY. DO NOT PARK ON KIT CARSON DRIVE.
Bathrooms are located near start/finish—east side of park (Kit Carson Park Parking area). Please allow plenty of time in order to get to the start on time.
ALL events start near finish– Immediately north of Kit Carson Park on Kit Carson Drive.
All races will start promptly at the designated times listed above. Allow plenty of time to get to the Start in order to seed yourself according to your projected pace time. If you are driving to the race plan to arrive early. See parking information above.
This race is a Gun Start with a Timing Chip finish. The”official time” will start when the gun/horn goes off.
Race (Bib) Number Requirements:
Each participant will receive a Race (Bib) number that must be worn on race day. DO NOT alter your race number in any way. Your bib number must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race so that it may be clearly seen. Bib numbers are non-transferable and MUST be worn by the runner to whom it is assigned.
Medical staff members will be ready to assist you at any time. Radio communications personnel will be positioned at every aid/water station along the course.
The event officials have the right to withdraw any runner from the race that appears in distress or at risk. If you have a health or medical problem at the Finish Line, please notify event officials or volunteers. Please cooperate if you are asked to go for a checkup. If you feel that you need help at any point, please ask for it!
If you are unable to finish the race for any reason, please notify a race official of your bib number so that the medical personnel are aware.
When you cross the finish line you will be greeted by volunteers who will assist you with Timing Chip removal. Note: ALL CHIPS MUST BE RETURNED AT THE FINISH. The overall and division award winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on race day– immediately following the Kid K.
Overall prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women determined by gun time. Age group prizes will be given to the top three finishers in the following categories for men and women:
19 and Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+. Award times will be determined by gun time.
Overall prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women determined by gun time. Age group prizes will be given to the top three finishers in the following categories for men and
women: 1-8, 9-1-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,
50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ Award times will be determined by gun time.
Great Pumpkin Dash Kids K
All registered participants (12 and Under) are eligible to participate in the Kids K. The start of the Kids K will begin at 10:15A.M. All Kids K participants will start in the park. The race director will notify all runners as to where to meet prior to heading to the start. This is a non-timed event. T-shirts will be given to all youth entrants as well as finisher awards to all children who complete the Great Pumpkin Dash. Parents may accompany children in the Great Pumpkin Dash.
Awards will be presented to the best adult and kids costumes as voted on by the race director and Run Fit staff. Be original, and have FUN!
Post Race refreshments provided by Run Fit and House of Bread.
Results will be posted online: WWW.IRUNFIT.ORG on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
Review the Course and Support:
Decide where your family and friends can cheer you on when you most need the support. There are fluid replacement stations:
Water and Gatorade will also be provided for the 10K and 5Kevents:
see link below for water stop station.
(NEW 5K AND 10K COURSE…SAME START/FINISH! COURSE MAP LINKS (MAPMYRUN):
5K & 10K:
Note: The 10K route is 2-Loops of the 5K course.
Volunteers are still needed to help! Please contact
Stephen: phone: 505-217-4774
The Grea Pumpkin Chase is fortunate to have some of the friendliest and hardest-working volunteers around. Volunteers help us on race morning to ensure you feel welcomed, are fully informed…have a safe, successful and positive running experience, and more! When you have a chance, give a hearty and fun-loving thanks!
We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Fleet Feet Sports, NM Sports and Wellness, and House of Bread.
OTHER RUN FIT FEATURED EVENTS:
HOBBLER GOBBLER THANKSGIVING DAY RUN: NOVEMBER 26, 2015 KRINGLE JINGLE 12K: DECEMBER 5, 2015
FAROLITO “TRAILOFLIGHTS” 5K: DECEMBER 19, 2015
Race Questions and Information:
Are you participating in GREAT PUMPKIN CHASE: 10K, 5K AND KIDS K?
GRAB YOUR BICYCLE
Reward yourself for all those long hot summer days in the sun, with crisp air, picturesque landscape, and lots of fun! Join us Sunday -October 25th for family-oriented, Halloween-themed charitable bike rides (12, 26, 54, 64, 80, 100) The 2015 Day of the Tread has a treat for everyone!
Whichever path you choose, all participants will enjoy a Sunday pre-event motivation gathering, a post-ride celebration, courses full of music, entertainment, themed recharge zones and crazy contests. Costumes are encouraged but not required; we will be awarding prizes for the best human costumes and best bike costumes. So! If you like dressing up in costume, putting on face paint or wigs, come join us as your favorite witch, ghost, goblin or monster. Participation ensures a ghoulish-good time!
Come join the fun and show your support for Pegasus Legal Services for Children
Eat, drink and be Scary!
What to look forward to in 2015!
– Downtown Civic Plaza Location
– Beverage/Brat Gardens
– Family Health & Fitness EXPO (ABQ Convention Center)
– Themed Recharge Zones
– Music on ALL Courses
– Costume Contest
– An improved Finish Line and Entertainment on ABQ Civic Plaza
Not only are the BioPark divers expert fish care providers and excellent swimmers, they can carve an amazing jack-o-lanternunderwater! On Halloween, watch divers in the Shark Tank carve pumpkins, sea turtles snack on bits and curious fish swim through spooky eyes and triangle noses.
If you miss this special demonstration, you can still catchdivers feeding fish and cleaning in the Shark Tank every day around 2 p.m.
Same great Ghost Tour, at a spookier, later time!
Discover the darker side of Old Town by the light of the moon…
The Ghost’s of wild Saloons, roaring dance halls, illicit opium dens and private gambling tables (and the lynchings, hangings and gunfights which often accompanied the activity of these establishments) are detailed during our 90 minute adventures.
Friday – October 16, 2015
Saturday – October 17, 2015
Friday – October 23, 2015
Saturday – October 24, 2015
Sunday – October 25, 2015
Monday – October 26, 2015
Tuesday – October 27, 2015 ~ Full Moon
Wednesday – October 28, 2015
Thursday – October 29, 2015
Friday – October 30, 2015
Saturday – October 31, 2015 ~ HALLOWEEN
Sunday – November 1, 2015 ~ Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Friday – November 13, 2015 ~ Friday the 13th
Wednesday – November 25, 2015 ~ Full Moon
Friday – December 25, 2015 ~ Full Moon
Advance pre-paid reservations required!
Space is limited!
Call for reservations: (505) 246-TOUR (8687)
Reservations must be made and tickets purchased prior to 8:00pm
6.) Zoo Boo
It’s time for! We’re celebrating 27 years of safe Halloween fun this year with games, Haunted Habitats, costumes and, of course, candy! Trick-or-treat from dozens of sponsoring businesses and civic organizations at tables throughout the Zoo.
Zoo Boo is the Zoo’s busiest day of the year, and finding parking can be a challenge.
If you park in the neighborhood nearby, please be considerate and do not block driveways.
Consider these alternatives
FREE Park and Ride is available starting at 10 a.m. from the Civic Plaza underground parking garage at Marquette & 3rd Street. Buses will continue to run until 6 p.m.
You can also avoid the traffic by taking a city bus. (Route 53 stops a block from the zoo. Routes 766 and 66 stop outside the Aquarium & Botanic Garden.)
Want to Volunteer?
Many hands make Zoo Boo possible. Must be 18 or older, and costumes are encouraged! If you would like to volunteer forZoo Boo, please, call 505-848-7172.
Thank You, Sponsors!
A heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful people and businesses who participate in Zoo Boo! A portion of event proceeds go to the Zoo Boo Education Scholarship Fund, which provides Camp BioPark tuition assistance for under-served youth.
Zombie Dancers Wanted
all ages…all skill levels
Join us for
THRILL THE WORLD ALBUQUERQUE 2015
5840 Office Blvd
please bring non-perishable food donations to the event or join our
Zombie team and help us raise funds to feed the hungry.
163 Dancing Zombies
Dragons House Of Horror
Mile of Terror Haunted House
Free Parking at Gate 6 – Lomas & San Pedro – Across from McDonalds
The Legends are back! What would Halloween be without the gruesome foursome? Clown Butcher, Michael, Jason and Pumpkinhead are together again to invade your nightmares. They might just give you a hand an arm!
Dragons House of Horror: Which legend will give you your final scream??
This mile of terror is the longest walk-through haunted house in New Mexico. We’re attempting to be the longest in the world!
Open Thursday-Sunday 7-10pm, Friday & Saturday 7pm-midnight. Open every day the week – Halloween Week
Free parking through Gate 6 only, off San Pedro just south of Lomas.
Tickets are valid for one-time use on any date between Oct. 9 and Oct. 31
Buy 4 tickets or more and receive a $5 discount on each ticket!
Teams gather on the field. Teams harness their weapons and let fly, sending vegetable fodder into the air. And while flying isn’t a problem for these pumpkins, landing can be.
Started in 1995 by local farmers, the Estancia Pumpkin Chunkin contest in Estancia draws contenders from all over.
Records are sought and anyone who sets one has the chance to compete in the nationals. The national contest is held in Delaware every November, where the catapults are serious and people come worldwide to compete in the World Championship Pumpkin Chunkin Contest.
The 2015 Pumpkin Chunkin event will take place on Saturday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pumpkins that launch are between eight and ten pounds. The record distance was set in 2008 at the World Championship, when Young Glory III flew 4,483.51 feet. Launched by trebuchets and catapulted through the air, these giant bucket slings got their start in the Middle Ages as weapons of war. Catapults have been around even longer, since the days of Greek and Roman glory. Both work well to hurl, or chunk, pumpkins through the air.
At the Estancia Pumpkin Chunkin Festival, pumpkins fly from:
- Air cannons
But the pumpkin chunkin is just part of the day’s festivities, which also include a parade, a pie eating contest, the crowning of the Pumpkin Chunkin Festival Prince and Princess, and more.
You’ll Also Find:
- Carnival rides and entertainment
- Craft Booths
- Food vendors
- Pumpkin vendors
- Games for kids
- School arts exhibits
Prince and Princess
Each year, local kids from kindergarten through 6th grade compete for the title of Prince and Princess of the Pumpkinfest. Each child puts out jars and cans and asks for coin “votes.” The child with the most money wins the title, one boy and one girl.
Proceeds go to the Estancia Rotary, which awards it in scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Where to Find It
Estancia is east of Albuquerque and south of Moriarty. Take I-40 east to Moriarty, and go south on Route 41 about 18 miles to Estancia. The contest takes place at Cape Calabaza, 1.5 miles west of Estancia on NM-55.
Parking is $10 per vehicle, which admits up to six people. Or pay $5 per person. Kids 4 and under are admitted free.
The Pumpkin Chunkin Festival is put on by the Estancia Rotary.
The Rotary Club uses the money made at the festival for a variety of causes. Some money goes to scholarships for seniors graduating from Estancia High School. Money raised from the festival also goes to children participating in Girls/Boys State, Camp RYLA, a youth leadership camp, school supplies for needy children, and toys for children at Christmas.
The lawn of Fuller Lodge is filled with the eerie, flickering glow of hundreds of carved pumpkins lit for the annual Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow. In past years, over 2,000 people have gazed in wide wonder at glowing visions of scary creatures, funny faces, cute animals, and fancy flowers. We encourage people of all ages and artistic talent to participate. Everyone can carve a pumpkin! The annual Pumpkin Glow is generally held the Saturday before Halloween in conjunction with other Trick-or-Treat on Main Street events.
Pumpkin Glow will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015 in collaboration with Trick or Treat on Main Street which will be held on October 30. Pumpkin artists drop off their jack-o-lanterns in the afternoon and return after dark to view the hundreds of glowing gourds. Participants can pick up their pumpkins after the event (or choose from the unclaimed works of art). The Pumpkin Glow will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
As part of the “Halloweekend” the student Masquerade Recital will be held Saturday, October 31 at 3:30 p.m. just before the Pumpkin Glow in Fuller Lodge. Costumed music students will play some eerie selections.
Pumpkin Glow Gallery
Pumpkin Glow Tips
To make the most of your pumpkin carving experience, consider hosting your own carving party. A wide rage of carving patterns are available on the Internet and in home magazines for anyone interested in carving something more than standard triangle-nosed, gap-tooth jack. We suggest investing a couple of dollars in a simple pumpkin carving kit available at most grocery stores and discount retailers. The thin, child-safe pumpkin saws included in most kits make carving much easier.
Selecting and Carving a Pumpkin
• Decide on your design before selecting a pumpkin. Choose a pumpkin that is smooth as possible as free of scratches, dents, or gouges (unless you plan to incorporate these into your finished design.
• Draw your design on paper first. Transfer your design to the pumpkin by poking holes through the paper with a thumb tack to trace out the design.
•You can make the pattern of transferred dots easier to see on the pumpkin by rubbing flour into them. The flour will fill the holes and turn them white.
• To make sharp corners, always remove your saw completely and reinsert it at a different angle.
• To remove cut pieces, push them out from the inside with your finger or a poker. Cut
larger pieces into smaller chunks to make removal easier and avoid damage to your design.
• Toothpicks are great for adding extra features like ears and noses.
• As you cut the lid, bevel the cut so the lid will stay on. Cut one or two holes in the lid to allow the candle smoke to rise straight up.
Preserving your Pumpkin
• Washing the inside of you pumpkin with a mild bleach solution will slow the process of
• Coat the cut surfaces of your pumpkin with petroleum jelly to seal in water and make
your jack-o’-lantern last longer.
•To prevent mold, spray or rub the inside and cut surfaces with diluted lemon juice.
If you really want to make your creations last, put them in a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator when not on display. When pumpkins shrivel, it’s because they have lost moisture. You can usually restore them back to their original condition by soaking them in water overnight
All the elegance and glamour, all the brilliance of color and the mysterious flash of eyes from behind every mask in the room, daring you to name their faces. In the time of the Renaissance, royalty, nobles, and common folk mingled together under the cloak of disguise at masquerade balls. With whom are you really dancing? Could it be the king? Is that beautiful woman in black actually the farmer’s daughter?
Join us for the intrigue and romance of a masked evening at The St. James Tearoom!
Guests at our masquerade ball will enjoy live music, dancing, and socializing throughout the tearoom. Tray service will provide delicious savories, sweets and a glass of Gruet Champagne or Sparkling Martinelli’s non-alcoholic alternative.
An elegant way to celebrate the season.
Dress for this event is Formal or Semi-formal.
And, of course, a mask is required.
Ages 21 and over only.