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Halloween Returns to Meow Wolf with "Freak or Treat"
Halloween is a very special holiday for the artists of Meow Wolf.
Billiam Rodgers
July 20, 2020

We're professional freaks, so Halloween is a very special holiday for the artists of Meow Wolf. We like to go as big as we can to honor this weirdest of days.

Last year we presented House of Halloween. This performance series put guests in the middle of an exhibition-spanning science fiction story.  We filled the House with actors, music and more than a few creeps from outer space.

We're refining what we offered last year with Freak or Treat, a multi-tentacled Halloween series that guests can experience all together or à la carte. Freak or Treat will have five nights of performances, our first-ever Trick or Treat inside the exhibition and three nights of music designed to appeal to your inner dance monster. Read on to see what we've been building inside the lab...

Photographs by Kate Russell. Graphic by Kayla Wooldridge.

Live Halloween Performances

From 6 - 8 p.m., October 26, 27, 28,  29, and 30. (Free with the cost of admission.) Fans of House of Halloween will want to return for Freak or Treat. We loved the chaotic, experiential theater so much that we decided to reanimate it with new performers, new characters, and a new storyline that digs up our favorite themes from sci-fi and weird fiction. During the live show guests are free to interact with performers who will tell you a Halloween story that only Meow Wolf can execute.

The performance is, of course, appropriate for all ages, but your kids may be slightly weirder at the end of the night. Our performances last year were separate ticketed events, but this year our Halloween story is free with the cost of admission. You can spend the entire day with us and come back when things boil over around 6 o'clock. Guests get the most out of the show through exploration so annual pass holders are in a unique position to experience the chaos again and again. They may gaze into this tangled piece of non-Euclidian theater as often as they dare.

Halloween 2017 at Meow Wolf

Trick or Treat

All Day, October 31 (Youth tickets only: $14, $12 - NM residents. Up to two adults may accompany a child for free).Want to go Trick or Treating in the strangest neighborhood imaginable? We're hosting Trick or Treat inside the exhibition. Kids ages 12 and under can knock on doors throughout the exhibition and meet costumed characters who will richly reward them with treats. When we were growing up kids would often tell tall tales about what they scored on Halloween. We're more or less certain that experiencing Trick or Treat inside the House of Eternal Return will give kids playground bragging rights for eternity. To keep things focused on the kids, we'll only be selling youth tickets on Halloween and admitting 100 tickets each hour. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. The Golden Dawn Arkestra is headlining our party Halloween Night.

Live Music and Parties

Our awesome concert venue, recently named one of the top ten places in the country to see a show, is outdoing itself with nightly parties leading up to the big day. We also want to encourage people to costume as hard as they possibly can, so in order to do that we're offering $500 cash prizes for the best costumes. Cash is killer, but trophies are forever. So best costumes at each of the Halloween parties gets a trophy, too. Here is a list of our Halloween parties, along with prices. Follow the links for tickets:

October 27, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. — Melt Shake Halloween with Alexander Lewis and Defunk. Featuring the $500 Costume Contest.

October 28, 9 p.m. — 2 a.m. — Dance Monster Halloween with Catz 'N Dogz and Billy Kenny. Featuring the $500 Costume Contest.

October 31, 8 p.m. - Midnight — Golden Dawn Arkestra, a cosmic afro-psych cult band, and Santa Fe's Partizani Brass Band. Featuring our final $500 Costume Contest

Halloween Art Workshops

Kids will want to have their costumes set and ready to go ahead of time, so our Learning Center gets going early this month with Halloween-themed workshops. Dates, prices and workshop descriptions are listed below.

October 13, 6 - 9 p.m. — Halloween Costume Workshop: Super Heroes and Super Monsters, hosted by Hester Sunshine. Guests under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. ($TBA).

October 20, 6 - 9 p.m. — Halloween Facepainting Workshop: Create a Character, hosted by Ariana Throne. Guests under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. ($TBA).

October 28 & 29, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Family and Child-focused Halloween activities and crafts at the Learning Center. (Free with general admission).

Sweet Samhain, but that's a lot of Halloween! Check back either here or on our Facebook page for more information as we conjure the coolest fall events this side of the Great Pumpkin. See you soon, boils and ghouls!

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