Oh, to be a kid again.
Making the transition of putting down the mask and standing on the other side of the candy bowl is one we wax nostalgic about. But then again, that spandex costume was pretty tight. We don’t particularly miss that part.
But once you kids (or you) are well into the depths of a candy coma, consider these sugar-sobering local events that are going on around ABQ. Some might even get your heart rate up to a healthy level. Happy Halloween!
Dia De Los Donations
What could be better than catching a sweat while competing against other runners? If it’s for charity, of course, which is the focus of the first-annual Sugar Skull Fun Run.
The event–held on Dia de los Muertos–consists of a 5k and a 2.5k fun run, which starts at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 outside the National Hispanic Cultural Center and snakes along the shady expanses of the Bosque Trail. Proceeds for the run will directly benefit The Storehouse; the largest food pantry in the state of new mexico.
Every year, The Storehouse provides over 3 million meals to hungry New Mexicans of all ages. Similarly, all ages are welcome to participate in the run with their guardians (even if they’re in a stroller). Participants who dress up can win ribbons in the costume contest, but if you’re not a human parent, don’t worry.
There will also be prizes for the spookiest pooch. And with entry fees sitting at only $15, the run is a steal; you may even have a few bucks left over to buy a $15 commemorative t-shirt. Hey, it’s for charity, right?
Dog On It!
Speaking of facetime with Fido, feel free to unleash your four-legged friend upon the 32nd annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle. More than 2,000 fuzzy canines of all shapes and sizes are expected to show up, along with 4,500 conspicuously hairless humans.
The event is Animal Humane New Mexico’s biggest fundraiser, and proceed go towards taking care of and adopting out dogs to loving homes. Proceeds even go towards helping cats (unbelieveable!).
The gates at Balloon Fiesta park open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 and the event ends at 2 p.m. The 5k doggie “dash” race begins at 9 a.m., while the “dawdle” rolls around at 11 a.m. The race portion keeps track of participants via electronic chip, and prizes will be awarded according to age, gender, and the participation of a pooch.
If you’d rather not stretch your paws, you and your fur baby can peruse the “Barketplace” for every item imaginable to suit your dog’s fancy–you might even find something worth chewing on! There will also be a doggie carnival complete with prizes and games, an off-leash dog park area, and the ability to rent one of the organization’s homeless dogs for the day for just $10. Registration for the dash and dawdle can be completed at the gates on the morning of the event.
Pastel Me All About It…
Let the pastel party begin! Well, how about at 1 p.m. on Saturday at EXPO New Mexico’s Hispanic Arts Center, instead?
That’s when the 23rd Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition will begin; a celebration of all art-related aspects of pastels. The exhibition will run from Nov. 1 until Nov. 30, starting with an opening reception at 1 p.m.
It will include unique art from talented painters across North America–and even Europe–who will be recognized at the award ceremony at 2 p.m. In addition to getting the first peek at the show’s featured pastels, attendees can also watch free pastel demonstrations by Fran Odum and Barbara Clark.
How could you “pastel” up an opportunity like this? Okay, we promise the puns are done. What are YOU planning on doing this weekend?