Halloween events set for Conejos and Costilla counties

CONEJOS-COSTILLA — Halloween is right around the corner and there are several festivities planned in Conejos and Costilla counties.

San Luis has its Halloween festival on Oct. 29 starting at 1 p.m. Come with your decorated cars and costumes and get a prize for the best one.

La Jara has a Trunk or Treat Oct. 31 at the town hall from 4-8 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their decorated cars filled with goodies for the children.

The Conejos Library District is holding its annual pumpkin carving-decorating event at several locations: Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon at La Jara and Antonito libraries, and Oct. 31 at the Capulin branch. Pumpkins will be available, as well as carving tools, decorations and paint.

The Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center is hosting a number of events. Be sure to check out the spooky maze Oct. 28, 29 and 30. This year, the local 4-H club, Silver Sage, helped build the maze out of straw bales.

The Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center in partnership with Spindrift Sandboards in Blanca is holding its second Trunk or Treat on Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m. There will be booths representing different organizations, like the 4-H club, face painting, snow cones, and age-appropriate prizes for the best-decorated trunk. Everyone gets to vote. Children in their costume can get their picture taken for free from local photographer Joe Graff.

Amy Raney of Spindrift Sandboards explains, "...kids don't know their neighbors...(this event)...is a chance to socialize and meet neighbors. It's a fun family activity."

The community will have the opportunity to meet the first responders, sheriff, police and fire departments of Costilla County. The town of Blanca is sponsoring the Bouncy House. Local businesses are donating time and prizes. This year the theme of the Trunk or Treat at the Blanca-Fort Garland Community Center is on Oct. 30 from 4-6 p.m. is the Wizard of Oz. Call 719-379-3450, to find out more about programs and events.

The Fort Garland Museum is holding Fright Night at the Fort on Oct. 28 from 4-7 p.m. Start the Halloween season with a Halloween carnival at 4 p.m., run by the Sierra Grande council with a bake sale and Bouncy House. Get ready for a spooky evening with Ghost Tours of the Fort Garland Museum, starting at 5 p.m., running 30 minutes, the last tour is at 6:30 p.m.

Jack Rudder, author of Ghosts of Fort Garland, will share spooky stories. There will be a booth available if people want to tell their own scary tales. Be sure to come back to the Fort Garland Museum on Nov. 2 for Day of the Dead to honor and remember loved ones, starting at 5 p.m.

The Fort Garland Museum will have a guest lecturer on Nov. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. Susan Harness, author of “Bitter Root: A Salish Memoir of Trans-Racial Adoption,” will discuss her birth on a Flathead Indian reservation in Montana and her subsequent adoption. The Fort Garland Museum is still looking for vendors for its Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 10. Call Antonia Ortiz at 719-379-3512, for more information.