Marcos Ortega had a little ghoulish company atop a ladder in the Portales Recreation Center. Ortega was helping set up the center’s haunted house.
Robert Hagan examines three heads from a whole sack full of Halloween prop heads Wednesday at the Portales Recreation Center. Hagan and other volunteers were creating a haunted house which opens today at the center.
Once again it is the time of year for ghosts, goblins and ghouls to be out particpating in Halloween activites that have been planned throughout the community.
For the sixth year, the Portales Recreation Center will host a public haunted house featuring two venues.
Geared for younger children, the Barney Tour offers little ones a non-scary alternative to the haunted house, said Johnny Ledbetter, center director.
“Paranoid Delusions” is the theme for this year’s haunted house geared for the older kids and adults. Since Monday, more than 20 volunteers have been building the haunted house. The haunted house itself will cover approximately 22,000 of the 27,000 square foot facility, Ledbetter said.
“It takes a long time (to build) because we’re always trying to perfect stuff,” Ledbetter said of the haunted house.
Beginning tonight at 6 p.m., the haunted house will open to the public. The haunted house will continue to run through Saturday night, opening each night at 6 p.m., Ledbetter said.
Across town, Roosevelt General Hospital will once again open their doors for the community children to come in and trick or treat.
Beginning about 5 p.m. Wednesday, children will be able to visit the nurses station. Many of the staff will be dressed up and ready with two red wagons full of candy to hand out, said Pam Bernier, RGH dietary manager.
“It turns out pretty good. It’s a lot of fun,” Bernier said of the evening.
From 6 - 7:30 p.m., on Halloween night, children will be able to Trick or Treat at the Trunk-N-Treasure, sponsored by the First Baptist Church. Held in the church parking lot, children will be able to go around to the different vehicles that will be decorated in biblical theme, said church secretary Susan Berry.
Calvary Baptist Church will host a Fall Harvest Festival for children through sixth grade. The festival will take place from 6 - 8 p.m.
During the festival, children can participate in activities such as cake walks, bean bag tosses and face painting, said church secretary Carmen Thompson.
“It’s to give the kids a good safe time in a good environment,” Thompson said of the festival.
Members of the Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity will host a haunted house in the Music Building, located on the Eastern New Mexico University campus. The event will take place beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Admission for the haunted house will be $5 for adults and $3 for children. A warning has been passed along that the haunted house is not for the young or faint of heart, said Music Department secretary Kathie Fraze.