Let’s keep Halloween safe for children

The fall season, where I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, brought a lot of superb things from the viewpoint of a child. There was the changing colors of the leaves, which I think I was aware of from a very early age; teachers would often build class projects around this. There was the likelihood of […]

Halloween not for mocking other cultures

Freedom New Mexico Halloween is in large part an escapist holiday, allowing people of all ages to dress up for scares or for laughs. But the joking stops and damage is done when costumes center on racial or cultural stereotypes. As reported by the CBC News, Ohio University’s Students Teaching About Racism in Society, or […]

Local churches put own spin on Halloween

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Alisa Boswell For many organizations and individuals, the end of October marks a holiday when the monsters and goblins come out to play. But many local church groups may be changing the face of the Halloween season. The pastor of 21st Street Church of Christ in Clovis, Larry Tittle, said his church, in conjunction with […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Gala set and Halloween fun

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Gala set The annual Clovis MainStreet Gala Fundraiser is 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Underground Embassy, 321 First St. Tickets are $25 per person at the Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce. Information: 309-8370. Screaming fun Some real scary Halloween fun awaits at a Haunted […]

Authorities seek vandals

Freedom New Mexico Authorities are searching for whoever drove through two New Mexico pumpkin patches and caused $4,500 in damages just weeks before Halloween. Curry County deputies say someone drove through a fence Tuesday night in Curry County and damaged the pumpkin patch and corn maze at Davis Farms. Two nights later, someone did the […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Scary stuff, a food distribution and cocaine for cars

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Scary stuff Get prepped for Halloween at the Boy Scouts Fright House 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Matt 25 Hope Center. They’re giving away helmets from the Clovis Fire Department and you can also bring bikes for a free safety inspection. There […]

Farmers predict fewer, smaller pumpkins

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Benna Sayyed Pumpkins will be fewer and smaller in size this Halloween, according to local farmers. Eastern New Mexico farmers are experiencing drops of 20 to 30 percent lower than usual. Extreme drought and heat took its toll, they said. “We irrigate our pumpkins, but there is just nothing you can do about 100-degree days,” […]

My turn: Halloween events unforgettable

Last week was probably one of the most fun Halloween weeks I have ever had in Clovis and Portales. Preparing the event calendars for one of our local newspapers pays off, because I now know most events happening in Clovis and Portales. Saturday night, I checked out Mark’s House of Horror on the outskirts of […]

Local groups host Halloween, fall harvest events

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Alisa Boswell ‘Tis the season for candy, costumes, and fun. Several Halloween, Harvest and fall events are happening in the Clovis/Portales area this week to celebrate the holidays. Pre-schoolers dressed in their costumes Thursday morning for story time at Clovis-Carver Library. Crissie Carter, a library staff member, read the children stories with Halloween and fall […]

Halloween chance for fun

Glenda Price Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’m not pressured to buy a gift for anyone, it’s okay for me to wear ragged clothes and for my hair to look scruffy. I can pretend to be everybody’s worst nightmare for a few hours. Really. What’s not to like? I grew up out in the country, […]

My turn: Reporters have sick senses of humor

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist The best Halloween costume party I went to was in 1998, hosted by a fellow newspaper reporter in Hobbs, who instructed us to come as a “news story.” After I describe the news stories we were, you may think we were sick-minded, overworked, underpaid, cynical journalists. You’re right. In our […]

Cancer fundraising dinner set at VFW post

Freedom New Mexico The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 3015 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a cancer fundraiser and Halloween Feast 7 p.m. today at the post. A $6 donation will be collected at the door. The menu is spaghetti with meat sauce, chicken alfredo, garlic bread and salad. Auctions and raffles will be held during […]

Halloween festivities fun for everyone

Freedom New Mexico ParentDish.com advises that one of the “cool” candies to hand out this Halloween is white chocolate skulls filled with gummy worms. Call us old-fashioned, but we’ll take the Fun Size Snickers bar and be content. Halloween as we know it today was derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in), […]

Variety of festivals planned for Halloween

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Clovis and Portales ghosts and ghouls this Halloween have a lot of places to choose from to scare up some family fun. A number of places have events planned for Halloween and the day before. The Portales Recreation Center is one of them. “We’re going to have people jumping […]

Halloween hijinks

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico

Clovis animal shelter closes black cat adoptions

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico Black cats in Clovis get a holiday, too. Animal Control Supervisor Louisa Maestas said black cats are not available for adoption until Monday, after Halloween has passed. The intention is to protect them from abuse in connection with Halloween, Maestas said. Interest in black cats perks up around Halloween, […]

Professor offers Halloween history lesson

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The origins of Halloween are vastly different from the holiday celebrated today in America, according to an Eastern New Mexico University history professor. He promises to enlighten people on the holiday’s origins and myths in a noon lecture today in the Sandia Room at the Campus Union Building at […]

Candy should come with warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the […]

Halloween tips listed

Compiled by Casey Peacock The PNT spoke with Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department regarding safety on Halloween night. Q. What are the best hours for children to be out trick-or-treating? A. “We would like for them to go about 5:30 p.m. or so, to give the five o’clock traffic time to die […]

House of horrors

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Eeriness oozes from the old building — even without all the props and hands that reach toward you from hidden nooks. For Halloween, John Duval has turned the building at 1313 Waldhauser Ave. into a haunted house. He didn’t have to do much. The two-story, gray building was once […]