Best Things to Do This Fall in and around Rio Rancho

Best Things to Do This Fall in and around Rio Rancho

Posted on October 8, 2020

Fall is one of the best times of the year at Mariposa in Rio Rancho. With nearly perfect weather and numerous holiday festivals and activities, there are so many options to celebrate the season. Here’s a list of seven spooky and sweet fall events or activities around Rio Rancho that are near Mariposa or even from the comfort of your own home.

  1. NM Slaugter House Haunted Attraction

We are getting spooky this fall in Rio Rancho and celebrating all things scary. Attend the NM Slaugther House for a thrill worthy experience. Enter the home of the demented sadomasochictic couple, where you will meet the young female “Nina” who the couple believed to be the perfect child. This haunted house will have you scared but exhilarated on many levels. If you think you are up for the scare then you are ready to embark on the most extreme haunted house. Get ready to be spooked!

Dates: Oct. 1 – Oct. 31

Cost: $20-$40 per ticket

Address: 10000 Coors Blvd. Albuquerque NM, 87114

  1. McCall’s Pumpkin Patch

If you are looking for the full farm and pumpkin patch experience, McCall’s is the place to go. Experience the jumping pillows, animal barn, cow train, princess castle, and pedal kart track this year at the patch. Enjoy this sweet pumpkin patch experience this season. Due to New Mexico mandates and promoting safety measures, McCall’s Pumpkin Patch will be limiting daily attendance. All tickets must be purchased online.

Dates: Saturday and Sundays between September 26 and November 1

Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $15- $35

Address: 2 McCall Lane Moriarty, NM 87035, 20 minutes from Mariposa 

  1. Pumpkin Painting at Home

The excitement of Halloween this year is still there. The fall season is knocking and painting a pumpkin is a creative and fun craft that the whole family can enjoy without the mess of making a jack-o’-lantern. This activity can be done in the comfort of your home or at a family friends’ home. To do it right, you just need a pumpkin, the supplies listen below, and a little vision.

Supplies: Paintbrush, acrylic sealer, acrylic paints

  1. Porkys Pumpkin Patch

Rio Rancho Events center will be hosting Porkys Pumpkin Patch in the event center’s parking lot. This event will allow you to get the pumpkin patch experience from the comfort of your own car. With a drive thru feature, guest will be able to pick their pumpkins at the end. Porky’s BBQ will be serving up delicious food and beverages daily.

Date: Oct. 1 – Oct. 31

Hours: 12:30pm – 6:30pm Daily

Cost: Admission Free

Address:  3001 Civic Center Circkle NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144

  1. 11 Fun Minute to Win It Games

These 11 Fun Minute to Win It games are perfect to add to your home Halloween event this year. These games include an array of candy and edible supplies as well as everyday household items. A few of the games included are Pumpkin Stack, Trick or Eat, Skelton shake, Pumpkin toss, Cookie Face, Pumpkin Bowling, and more. Add these games to your list as you plan your family events. They’re super simple and still tons of fun.

Supplies: Depending on which games you play; supplies will vary see link for more

  1. The Ghost Tour of Old Town Albuquerque

Legends, folklore, ghost stories and history come to life as you depart on an intriguing excursion through 306 years of haunted history. Old Town was founded in 1706, and for more than three centuries people have lived and died around the Old Tow Plaza. The historic building and dark alleys conceal the long – forgotten secretes of battles, murders, hangings, and hidden cemeteries. Enjoy a fun ghostly walk of Old Town Albuquerque.

Dates and Times: Year Round

Cost: $20+

Address: 303 Romero St. NW Plaza Don Luis – Space # N-120 Albuquerque, NM 87014

  1. Halloween Gelatin Excavation Activity

An activity that will get everyone involved. This Halloween Gelatin Excavation activity is fun for your kids to pretend they are removing all these spooky Halloween gummy candies from the orange gelatin. The perfect amount of creepy, slimy, and fun. Get the kids involved and start building your excavation pit.

Supplies: Orange Gelatin, Halloween Gummy Candies, Glass Pan, Tongs

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