Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s almost that time of year—you know, the time when it’s not alarming to see a group of zombies saunter past. Hooray for Halloween! If you haven’t thought about what costume you’re going to wear—well, better get on it.

But there’s good news: There’s still plenty of fun stuff to do in Albuquerque before Oct. 31. As always, we’ve got you covered. Whip out your calendar and get ready to plan!

It’s The Great Pumpkin Carve-Off

On Oct. 31, 2005, 965 Canadians each faced down a pumpkin, carving utensil in-hand. They simultaneously carved each pumpkin and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. Since that chilly Halloween night, they’ve been sitting on their pumpkin-carving thrones. But their reign as record holders for “Most People Carving Pumpkins Simultaneously” may soon come to an end.

That is if the City of Rio Rancho Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Harvest Festival can gather enough squash sculptors. Tomorrow, Oct. 26., the Harvest Festival will take its shot at the record during The Great Pumpkin Carve-Off. People can sign up to join the slice fest online. The only thing participants need to bring is themselves, and carving-ready fingers. Help bring some Halloween history to New Mexico.

Tread Lightly

If you see a handful of ghouls and goblins running, biking, or walking through Albuquerque, don’t worry. It’s the Day of the Tread on Sunday, Oct. 27. There are cycling, running, and walking events for monsters of all ages and abilities.

Participants will be able to choose from five different cycling routes, from a 12-mile to a 100-mile route. Those preferring the pata-mobile can pick from nine different events, all of which are USA Track & Field Certified. There’s everything from a “Kids K” to a full marathon.

Register online or or drop off a registration form at REI. Same-day event registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel & Spa (1000 Woodward Place NE). The event benefits Casa Esperanza.

A Spooky Puppy Pageant

We all know how fun it is to get dressed up for Halloween. But it’s just as fun to dress our pups up in ghost gear.

This Sunday, the Camp Bow Wow Howl-0-Ween Paw-ty and Canine Costume Contest will be taking place. The event will be held at Tractor Brewery in Nob Hill from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dogs of all shapes and fur length are welcome, but only if they’re sporting their canine costumes. First place will take home a $30 gift certificate, so try and go further than cutting eye holes in a sheet. But no matter what, all costumed pups win. They each get to pick from a trick-or-treat bag full of coupons and prizes. Humans, don’t feel left out—there will be bobbing for weenies and carrots for everyone.

The costume contest is a fundraising event for the non-profit Luvin Labs Rescue.

The Mad Chatter

If your Sunday morning schedule is open, head over to The Kosmos (1715 Fifth St. NW) for Chatter Sunday. This weekend welcomes Vespus Marimba Band with special guest Heidi Swedberg (“Susan,” for all you “Seinfeld” fanatics) of the Sukey Jump Band.

The show starts at 10:30 a.m., but arrive by 10 a.m. to enjoy the espresso.

Now you have no excuse to say, “I’m bored,” this weekend.

Tell us what you’re going to be up to this weekend!