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Halloween and Dia de los Muertos events happening across El Paso

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EL PASO, Texas -- This year there are dozens of family events to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Below is a list provided by the City of El Paso on the various activities hosted by different City Departments:

Parks and Recreation Department 
Parks and Recreation invites families to dress up, collect candy and play games during the free, "Halloween Happiness" celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, at the 14 recreation centers below:       
Armijo, 700 East 7th St.
Don Haskins, 7400 High Ridge St.
Galatzan, 650 Wallenberg St.
Gary Del Palacio, 3001 Parkwood St.
Leona Ford Washington, 3400 E. Missouri Ave.
Marty Robbins, 11620 Vista Del Sol
Multipurpose, 9031 Viscount Blvd.
Nolan Richardson, 4435 Maxwell St.
Officer David Ortiz, 563 N. Carolina St.
O'Rourke, 901 N. Virginia St.
Pavo Real, 9301 Alameda Ave.
Rae Gilmore, 8501 Diana Dr.
Seville, 6700 Sambrano St.
San Juan, 701 N. Glenwood St.

Gus and Goldie Pumpkin Patch Pool Dive
Saturday, October 26
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa
In the free event, children 5 to 12 can get floating pumpkins while they last in the zero-depth pool. The pool is open for swimming at no charge. 

Public Library events

Fall Fest and Costume Contest
Friday, October 25
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Memorial Park Branch Library, 3200 Copper

Children's Halloween Carnival
Games, Candy, Prizes - wear your costume!
Saturday, October 26
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Judge Marquez Library, 610 N. Yarbrough Dr.

Nightmare on 7th Street Haunted House
Thursday, October 31
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Armijo Library 620 E. Seventh Ave.

Halloween Party for Children and Teens
Wear your costume and enjoy costume contest, games, crafts, and goodie bags.
Thursday, October 31
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Richard Burges Library, 9600 Dyer

Día de los Muertos Celebration
Decorate your own sugar skull.
Monday, November 4
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Richard Burges Library, 9600 Dyer

Teen Hangout: Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas
Mini Dia de los Muertos ofrendas (Teens 12 to 18)
Thursday, October 31
4:30 p.m.
Dorris Van Doren Branch

Stranger Thursdays
Stranger Things program for teens dress up party!
Thursday, October 31
4:30 p.m.
Jose Cisneros Branch

To see the full list of events happening at libraries across the city click here.

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department

El Paso Museum of History
La Catrina Streetcar Tour with La Calaca Maldonado

Thursday, October 17 & Thursday, October 24
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Ride the streetcar downtown with La Calaca Maldonado as she tells the history of Dia de los Muertos
and La Catrina. Join us afterwards for hot chocolate, pan dulces, and a photo op with La Calaca
Maldonado.

Día de los Muertos Altar & Sugar Skull Workshops
Saturday, October 19
Noon to 3 p.m.
Learn about the symbolism behind Dia de los Muertos altars, then create your own sugar skulls,
paper flowers, and other altar decor. Take the crafts home or contribute to our community altar,
hosted at El Paso Museum of History through November 2.

El Paso Museum of Art
Evening of Border Art & Literature

Thursday, October 31
6 p.m.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña presents a unique perspective on the immediate future of the Americas. Combining spoken word poetry, activist theory, radical storytelling, and language experimentation, Gómez-Peña performance with Balitronica is what he calls "imaginary activism," a form of radical democracy and citizenship.

Altar de Muertos
Thursday, October 31
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Dia de los Muertos Kicks off with a celebration of life by the Consulate general of Mexico in El Paso. The event will feature a Dia de los Muertos altar, music, hot chocolate and pan de muerto. Altar will be on view through November 3.

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Saturday, November 2
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. (parade starts at 5 p.m.)
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with free hands-on activities, music and artisan vendors located throughout the arts district. Activities will be presented by the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History, the Downtown Art and Farmers Market and the Mexican American Cultural
Center.

El Paso Zoo
Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family-friendly event features pumpkin bowling, a creepy crawly glow in the dark bug room, a haunted house, live entertainment and more! The first 2,500 kids each day will receive a trick-or-treat bag. For admission prices click here.

Fire Department and Police Department
Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 26
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5415 Trowbridge Dr.

Brittany Carlock

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