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 […]

Holiday safety tips important

Halloween, the one night of the year where children and adults get dressed up, try to scare each other and get an old fashion sugar buzz from all the candy they collect, is quickly approaching. The men and women of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron along with support from local volunteers will have […]

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 […]

Safety manager pushes for safe Halloween

Airman Thomas Trower With more than half of the nation’s traffic fatalities over past Halloween weekends related to alcohol, Mr. Richard Peterson, 27th Fighter Wing ground safety manager began a strong push toward a safe Halloween season and to remind all party-goers to always remember to designate a sober driver. “Halloween is most often thought […]

One last Halloween adventure for the boys

Bob Huber: Local Columnist When I was a kid, Halloween was the high-water mark on the calendar of my life. Oh sure, I fiddled with Christmas to please parents, but Halloween allowed me to shake down neighbors, tip over outhouses, and remain anonymous. Oh, it was a wonderful time. Costumes were no big problem. They […]

Weird Harold learns to talk

Bob Huber: Local Columnist Our son Glen brought home a baby raven one day, and we named it Weird Harold. Glen claimed it had fallen from its nest on a ledge of the Federal Building in Santa Fe, and it was his notion to teach the bird to talk dirty by Halloween so he could […]

Area clothing merchants see march of Halloween purchases

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Two decades ago, it was E.T. Last year, it was Spiderman. This year — and almost every year, actually — it’s Darth Vader. Popular characters come and go as Halloween costumes, and local retailers counted on those sales yearly. With about two weeks left before the holiday, experience tells area […]

Legend of ‘Ooo’ fills out holiday

Bob Huber: Humor Columnist Let’s take a look at Sasquatch in New Mexico, because October is Halloween Month — a 30-day celebration commemorating the grand opening of the first Wal-Mart Scary Costume and Candy Store, a time when traditional gangs of masked dwarves roam the streets, extorting candy from their neighbors. And that’s just the […]

Be careful who you trick and/or treat

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, and at the same time extort candy and tear down our neighbors’ mail boxes. Of course, in those days costumes […]

Elections can be better than Halloween

By Jim Lee Here we are at Halloween again, munchkins begging for munchies while dancing along the street in quasi-Mardi Gras outfits. As a matter of fact, some may be coming for the second consecutive evening because of the occasion falling on a Sunday. I would really look forward to Halloween if I were allowed […]