taos celebrates halloween

When: Tuesday October 31st, 2017
Where: Taos Plaza and Historical District


Children’s Halloween Party
Taos Historic District (Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, John Dunn Shops, Scheurich Lane and Bent Street), 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Spooky and Fun Halloweenies at Twirl
4:00 – 6:00 pm in the Twirl Courtyard
Be sure to stop by Twirl and grab a delicious dog to counteract the sugar crazies. We can’t wait to see all your cool, creepy, crazy costumes!  Visit website

Teen Costume Dance Party with DJ Chrystalline
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The Town of Taos Community Events, Taos Plaza Merchants, Teresina Lane Merchants, John Dunn Taos Halloween Community Event Flyer in black 2017Shops, Bent Street Merchants, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, and Taos Milagro Rotary Club will be hosting a Children’s Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, Scheurich Lane, John Dunn Shops and Bent Street.  The event will provide the children of Taos with a fun, safe, supervised Halloween Event.

The traditional costume contest has a little change this year to a costume contest parade staring 4:30 PM.  If you would like to walk in the parade, please line-up at Taos Plaza.  Everyone is welcome to walk in the parade, but, if you want to be part of the contest, participants must register. Prizes will be awarded to the child, family or pet with the Most Original Costume, Funniest Costume, and Best Costume.   The judging will be for children ages 2 and under, 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds, 9-12 year olds, Family and Pet. We will also be giving out Halloween bags filled with treats and goodies to the first 1,000 children.

Merchants from all the around the Taos Historic District

(Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, John Dunn Shops and Bent Street)

Merchants Handing Out Candy

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will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.  Merchants handing out candy on Bent Street are Chocolate and Cashmere, Dwellings Revisited, Emily Benoist Ruffin Goldsmiths, Ennui Gallery, FX/18, La Chiripada Tasting Room, Lambert’s of Taos, Mudd-N-Flood, Ortenstone Delattre Fine Art, Robert L. Parsons Fine Art, Sam’s Shop, Taos Blue, Taos Cookery and The Underground.   On Teresina Lane merchants are Kimosabe, Taos Adobe Quilting, The Alley Cantina and Twril Courtyard giving out Halloweenie hot dogs from 4 PM to 6 PM.

John Dunn merchants are Amina’s Children’s Boutique, Ammann Gallery, Bent Street Café & Deli, Clarke & Company Menswear, Inc., Coffee Cats, Common Thread, Coyote Moon, La Tierra Mineral Gallery, Las Comadres Gallery, Letherwerks, Little Place Boutique, Mariposa Boutique, Marshall’s Great Noodles, Monet’s Kitchen, Mooncat Fiber, Op. Cit. Bookstore, Seconds Eco Store, and Stepping Out.  On Taos Plaza South merchants are Atira’s Southwest, Coyote Club, Hotel La Fonda, Natural Accents Gallery, Pueblo Collection, and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  On Taos Plaza East merchants are At Home In Taos, Charles Collins Gallery, I Love Taos, Martinez Art, Parcht Bottleshop (candy given away at LMNOC Broadcasting, LLC. booth, Sage Fine Art, Santa Fe Olive Oil and

Halloween costumes and pumpkin lanterns at the John Dunn Shops Taos, New Mexico

Balsamic Company, and The Gorge Bar and Grill (candy given away at LMNOC Broadcasting, LLC. booth).  On Taos Plaza North merchants are Frank Seckler Gallery, Mesa’s Edge, Nambé, Taos Accessories, Taos Mountain Candles, Taos Mountain Outfitters, Taos Trading Company and Smoke Signals.  On Taos Plaza West merchants are Village Shop, Made in New Mexico and Taos Mountain Candles.

Local businesses and organizations will provide decorated “trunks” full of treats for trick-or-treating and various carnival games with prizes.  The Trunk-or-Treat and carnival game participants on Taos Plaza are NCRTD Blue Bus, Taos Mountain Casino, Kit Carson Electric, Kit Carson Energy, Inc. Choice Wireless, Peoples Bank, Fraternal Order of Eagles 3489 Ladies Auxiliary, The Taos News, The Potter’s House Christian Church, Mariposa Realty of Taos, Carson National Forest, New Mexico Gas Company, Robert Medina & Sons Concrete, Vigil’s Towing Unlimited, Taos Pueblo Department of Public Safety, Taos Milagro Rotary, Taos High School Photography Program, LMNOC Broadcasting, LLC and Pirate Ship.  On Scheurich Lane Trunk-or-Treat and carnival game participants are Taos County Crimestoppers, Big Brother Big Sister Mountain Region Taos/Colfax, LULAC and Taos Milagro Rotary.  On Bent Street Trunk-or-Treat and carnival game participants are Taos Lions Club, Children, Youth and Families, Northern Regional Housing Authority, Taos Foursquare Relentless Youth Group, Taos Youth Hockey Association, Taos Swim Club Inc., Taos Ski Valley, Smith’s Food and Drug, El Monte Sagrado, Rio Grande CPA, and VFW #3259.  On John Dunn Pathway Tatyana will be doing Face Painting compliments of the John Dunn Shops.

Taos Plaza and Bent Street will be closed from 5:00 AM to

12:00 AM; however, the Taos Plaza Merchants and Bent Street Merchants will be open

Map of Halloween events and Trick or Treating for Taos 2017

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to foot traffic. FREE event parking will be available at our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Loretto Parking Lot, Town Hall, and Taos Public Library. AFTER 5:00 PM all metered parking lots will be free. For handicapped parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, there will be extra parking at Guadalupe Parking Lot and the area next to the McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the old County Courthouse.

Every year the community event keeps growing in attendees, games and “trunks.”  The Community of Taos thanks everyone participating in this wonderful Halloween event that is so successful for the children and families of our Taos Community.  This event is made possible because of all the numerous volunteers, staff, judges, security, merchants, business owners, organizations and sponsors that help put it together.  We are a team working together to bring the community a fun, safe, and supervised Halloween event.

For more information or if you would like to help, please call Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or contact her via e-mail at



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