Halloween Event “Spirits of New Mexico’s Past”

Meet the ghosts of history who lived and died in the land of enchantment! Step back in time and encounter a diverse assortment of characters from New Mexico’s illustrious and often little known past. Listen to their amazing stories and experience intriguing bygone events. Lit by lantern light and campfires, our wondrous historic site takes on a family-friendly but spooky Halloween atmosphere.

2017
Saturday, October 28

Time: 5:00pm — 8:00pm
Adult Admission: $8
Seniors (62+), teens (13–18): $6
12 and under: FREE!

  • Enjoy mulled hot cider courtesy New Mexico Hard Cider, fresh horno baked goodies & other light refreshments
  • Watch historical candle-lit skits featuring Spirits from New Mexico’s Past
  • Meet the infamous La Llorona!
  • Visit with a Curandera!
  • Music by Lone Piñon!
  • Dr. Nasario Garcia, storyteller, New Mexico’s Stories of Magic and Mystery & book signing
  • Warm yourself by luminarias
  • Performances by the Red Turtle Dancers 
  • Make your own spooky medallion or get your face painted
  • And more!

Schedule for the Evening:

5:00 pm – Gates open

5:15–6:00 pm—Meet these Spirits of New Mexico’s Past through historical vignettes!
William C. McDonald, First Governor of the State of New Mexico
Billy the Kid, Notorious New Mexico Outlaw
Estevanico Durante, First African American in New Mexico
Catherine Antrim, Mother of Billy the Kid
Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, 1st bishop & archbishop of the
Diocese of Santa Fe
*The Spirits will continue to haunt the placitas following their formal appearances to mingle with our guests

6:00–6:30 pm—Performance by the Red Turtle Dance Group 

6:30–7:00 pm—New Mexico’s Stories of Magic and Mystery

7:00–7:30 pm—La Llorona shares her tragic story, presented by Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley

7:30–8:00 pm—Performance by the Red Turtle Dance Group 

Ongoing (5:00—8:00 pm)

Lone Piñon Performs!

Kids can make their own spooky tin medallions

Face Painting

Visit with traditional New Mexican Curandera, Veronica Ramos

Support provided by:


Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Arts
& Santa Fe Country Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board (LTAB)