Beyond conversation; ESOL tears down language barriers

By Daniel Montaño, Managing Editor | Photo by Daniel Montaño

Beth Giebus-Chavez specializes in teaching academic english and writing to those whose first language is not english.
Beth Giebus-Chavez specializes in teaching academic english and writing to those whose first language is not

Every Tuesday and Thursday, a symphony of twangs, inflections and accents come together in harmony in Beth Giebus-Chavez’s classroom, she said.
Last Thursday, the long, thick syllables of an eastern Turkish accent could be heard explaining English verb tenses to a lush, vowel rich Jordonian cadence that sang understanding, which was interrupted by a quick-syllabled Mexican inflection asking for clarification.
Because she is the only full-time English for Speakers of Other Languages Instructor at CNM, those sounds are typical in any of Giebus-Chavez’s classrooms, she said.
“It’s great! It’s wonderful! It makes for a really interesting class when you have people from all over, and they’re all speaking English but learning about the world from each other,” she said.
ESOL courses differ from traditional English as a second language (ESL) classes because they focus on academic English, Giebus-Chavez said.
While ESL classes teach students general conversational English for day to day living, ESOL classes are traditional English classes, such as practical writing or essay writing, that are tailored to students for whom English is a second language, she said.
“We’re able to address the challenges that are unique, or the problems that are unique, to speakers of other languages,” she said.
Giebus-Chavez said that some students who already speak basic English can sometimes struggle in college level English courses, particularly in a classroom full of native English speakers.
ESOL classes help those students by delivering the same information in a clearer manner, ensuring that students do not get lost in the din of conversational American English, she said.
“When you’re with native speakers you get to hear all the nuances of American way, American culture, and there’s some validity to learning that way, but for others it can be overwhelming,” she said.
All ESOL classes count as regular English credit because the instructors are trained to teach traditional English classes and traditional ESL classes, Giebus-Chavez said.
Their special training allows these instructors to provide support for their students, and allow students to learn at a pace that might be easier when dealing with a second language, she said.
“In ESOL we’re trying to provide a safe atmosphere where if, for example, you’re mispronouncing a word, it’s OK, because we’re all kind of struggling with it,” she said.
Because all the students learn together at the same pace, and oftentimes take the same series of classes together, Giebus-Chavez said there is a community mentality among the students in ESOL classes.
The instructors help to foster this feeling by hosting book clubs, and throwing parties and events just for ESOL students, she said.
“We offer a lot of support to those students, because they’re new. They feel vulnerable sometimes. So we try to find ways to make it into a community, so they feel comfortable, and so they have people to come to if they have any questions,” she said.
Nasser Alhajali, Business major and one of Giebus-Chavez’s students, said he has issues trying to keep up with what native English speakers are saying because they speak too fast.
“When American speakers speak fast, I can’t catch anything. It’s hard to me,” Alhajali said.
But in his ESOL classes, Alhajali has been able to improve on his English speaking while also learning the basics of academic writing, he said.
“In this class, all the teachers speak slowly. They’re patient with students. It helps a lot,” he said.
Although Giebus-Chavez is the only full-time instructor who devotes all of her time to ESOL classes, there are two full-time English instructors and six part-time instructors who teach some ESOL classes, she said.
That is a total of 10 teachers, including the chair of the ESL/ESOL department, who can teach these classes to the 862 international students at CNM this semester, which may not sound like much, but many of those international students are not signing up for classes, she said.
“I think a lot of people aren’t aware of it. I think our only difficulty has been informing people about it,” she said.
ESOL classes are offered every semester, and are held mainly at Main and Montoya Campuses, she said.
Those interested in the program can feel free to email Giebus-Chavez anytime at with questions, she said.

Ghost Hunter; A former student’s glimpse into the other side

By Martin Montoya, Staff Reporter

Interested in the unex­plainable? Former web design student Bryan Higgins said he was a paranormal investigator, who retired after years of encounters with the unknown.

After about 50 paranor­mal encounters throughout his life and all his local inves­tigations, Higgins still shows pictures and videos of what he claims is his scariest encounter, he said.

In November 2011, Higgins investigated a sup­posed haunted house with a few friends along to help, he said.

To make the study as thor­ough as possible, a daytime walkthrough was required to catch anything unusual before night fell, Higgins said.

Searching through the house with a video camera, Higgins said he and his team spent a long time in a particu­lar room, where a member of his team spotted a red sub­stance on the floor right before they were going to leave.

Higgins told his team that it was probably only candle wax because of its shiny red appearance, he said.

In a video shown to the Chronicle, a member of Higgins’ team can be seen crouching down to touch the liquid, which wicked up onto his finger and caused him to drag his finger across the floor in confusion while he desperately tried to rid himself of what they now believe to be blood.

In the video, Higgins pointed out how the team’s footprints were underneath the red liquid, which had not been there previously and seemed to be undisturbed and fresh, he said.

“We didn’t spot it, didn’t trample it, step on any­thing, all of a sudden this red stuff shows up on the floor,” Higgins said.

Later that night, traveling back to the house again, the team wandered into the attic of the abandoned house, and Higgins said that he and his team were tearing up floor boards when they came across old newspaper articles.

In the articles were sto­ries discussing appearances of blood. Higgins said the articles called them “blood miracles,” and a church was calling it the “blood of Christ.”

Also among their find­ings were books and other documents containing blood appearances, and the descrip­tion of the substance in the documents correlated to exactly what they saw, he said.

“This place is so damn haunted,” Higgins said.

Upon another visit to this house, Higgins said their equip­ment, infra­r e d cameras, electromagnetic force detector and regular cameras, which had been charged up and ready to go, no longer had sufficient bat­tery life 20 minutes after arriving at the house.

The only piece of equip­ment working was the voice recorder, Higgins said, which allowed him to continue his investigation by going into the blood room alone.

H i g g i n s was going into the room to t r y and record an Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, a technique used by ghost hunt­ers who want to try and com­municate with entities not of this world, he said.

Higgins said to conduct an EVP session, everyone present must remain as still and quiet as possible while someone asks a question out loud and then falls immediately silent, so as not to contaminate anyone’s recordings, making sure to note any sounds made.

This allows investigators to turn up the white noise in the recording around the silent area, where essentially no noise should be in the house, he said.

“It’s real as hell. It’s not a joke, I thought it was and found out the hard way,” Higgins said.

After his team made their thoughts clear that Higgins is crazy to go in the room by himself at night, he went into the blood room alone, only equipped with his voice recorder, he said.

“I have the scariest stuff you will ever hear,” Higgins said.

In the room, Higgins started talking in a not-so-friendly way to whoever may have been listening, and as he spoke a shadow moved across the back window of the room, he said.

“Don’t go there, NO! Chill,” he said in the recording.

Higgins can be heard in the recording saying the encounter was creepy and leaving the room, afraid and aware that he was not alone.

“You should hear this, there is this unearthly voice,” Higgins said.

Upon later examina­tion of his EVP session when Higgins turned up the white noise on the recording, a voice can be heard plain as day, he said.

“I told you not to come in here, AHHHH!” said a voice heard in the EVP recording.

Higgins said his thoughts are that the voice heard is not a person who has passed from our world.

“It sounds like a damn demon,” he said.

Shortly after his investiga­tions, Higgins said something started following him, and messing with him.

Higgins said noises were coming from all cor­ners of his home, the door was being knocked on and the doorbell rang with no one around and no lights on outside triggered by the motion sensor.

Higgins said a streak of blood came out of his wall, which he has left there for the chance to be able to test it.

“Things don’t make sense, but there is some kind of supernatural expla­nation as well,” he said.

After having these encounters persistently occur over time, Higgins said he decided to have a medium accompany him and his team to the investigation site to perform a cleansing.

Higgins said the medium did her own walk around through the house, when she came to the filthy basement, she entered alone.

Upon ascending back into the house, Higgins said the medium was crying uncontrollably, because she had sensed bodies buried down in the basement.

As the team and the medium continued through the house to go on with the cleansing, she began to com­municate with something in the house.

Higgins said that she told him, “It’s here. It’s right behind me.”

Higgins said he has video and photo evidence of the medium becoming inhabited by something not of this world, and said he had to perform an exor­cism on the medium, who was there to cleanse the house and yet needed to be cleansed herself.

“I didn’t think I was going to have to participate in the actual exorcism,” Higgins said.

Using oils and holy water the medium brought with her, Higgins said he and his team started saying prayers and burning sage while sprinkling the inhab­ited medium to rid her of whatever invisible evil was making her jerk violently and make wretched faces.

“She was a nice lady until she became possessed,” Higgins said.

After exorcising the medium, Higgins said they then consecrated the house so no evil spirits could escape.

“It scared me. I was pretending I wasn’t scared, but I was deathly afraid,” Higgins said.

Higgins said he can’t explain what happened at the investigation site that night, but he thinks it was a demonic entity.

“Everybody has their demons, I just think it’s part of our own experiences we have to deal with,” he said.

Having had encounters with the unexplainable at a young age, Higgins said he first came across a ghost at the age of five.

Higgins said he used to live in a house that was itself haunted, and living there definitely affected his out­look on life.

“All those experiences really affected me as a kid and it kind of left stains in my mind,” he said.

The house that horror built; High schoolers put trades to work at haunted house

By Jonathan Baca, Staff Reporter

On a Saturday after­noon, a group of high school students were standing out­side a North Valley night­club, wearing all black and covered in blood and gear­ing up for a night of pop­ping out from behind walls, doing their best to scare the wits out of people.

The House of Freakz and Beatz, a haunted house in Gravity Nightclub that was designed and built by the students of the Academy of Trades and Technology (ATT) charter high school, has a dual purpose, said Gravity owner, Andrew Cordova.

The brainchild of Cordova and ATT president Henry Lackey, the haunted house was a way to give the stu­dents real world experi­ence in the trades they have learned, wh i l e giving them a real paycheck and creating a safe, all-ages place for young people to party during the Halloween season, Cordova said.

“Bringing them in here has been a blessing. They got to design and build it, and it stands for itself. It’s crazy to think that it was done by high school stu­dents, and I’m very proud of that,” Cordova said.

According to atths. com, ATT is a charter school geared toward stu­dents who have struggled with or even dropped out of other high schools. Students graduate with a diploma and experience in the trades of Construction Technology and Graphic Design.

After deciding to go ahead with the project, the students had blueprints ready a few days later, and after being paid to build it, nearly two thirds of the stu­dents stayed on as volunteer actors in the haunted house, Cordova said.

“The ones that have stuck around are the ones that are really, truly into it, and they’ve been great. It is great to see them have fun with the acting, scaring people,” said Kenneth Cornell, club pro­moter and one of the organiz­ers of the event.

Cornell said he has had double duty as an actor himself, playing a bloody ax-wielding psycho, a guard in the house’s insane asylum room, and his personal favorite; wielding a real, working chain saw.

They had to remove the actual chain for safety, but Cornell said it isn’t any less terrifying.

“You hear that chain saw, and you can smell it, it’s right there in front of you and your brain doesn’t stop to think ‘is there a chain on that?’ You just freak out,” Cornell said.

The haunted house fea­tures ten scenes, including the Lonely Cabin, the Psych Ward, and The Graveyard, and at least a handful of zom­bies, Cornell said.

The sets were inspired by classic horror films like the Exorcist and the Omen, which Cornell said are some of his favorites.

Aside from the handmade sets and some lights and sound effects for atmosphere, the house relies mainly on the makeup, costumes, and skills of the actors for the big scares, said volunteer, Ashley Harris.

Harris said for her there is no better feeling than popping out and knowing she really made someone jump.

“It just gives you the jollies inside,” she said.

On Halloween night, in addition to the haunted house there will be a dance party and costume contest, with DJs, and go-go danc­ers, Cordova said.

Cash prizes will be given out to the scariest, funniest, and sexiest cos­tumes, Cordova said.

On Friday and Saturday night after Halloween, there will be 16 and over dance party events, and on Nov. 1 Brazilian DJs Darth and Vader will be spinning house music at a Star Wars themed party, he said.

For Cordova, host­ing events for the under 21 crowd is important, because when kids have nowhere to go, they will create their own events, where drugs and alcohol flow freely and people get hurt, he said.

“I believe that the kids should have a safe environ­ment to come and party, with the right security policy and safe atmosphere. Instead of doing things out in the middle of a field in the West Mesa and overdosing, they’re in a controlled environment with supervision,” Cordova said.

Every night since the haunted house opened, ATT has had a booth out­side, giving kids informa­tion about the school and letting them know that it is never too late to go back and get a diploma, Cordova said.

After running out of funds in the middle of renovations to the night­club, Cordova said he spent $30,000 on the haunted house, hoping to raise some money to finish his club, and hopefully help some kids in the process.

“We’re really crossing our fingers that, one, we’ll get stu­dents to ‘drop back in’ to high school, and two, that we’ll at least get back some of our capi­tal investment,” Cordova said.

For more information, check out houseoffreakzan­, and for more information on the Academy of Trades and Technology, visit

Letter to the Editor in response to Volume 19 Issue 20, ‘Part-timers seek more respect’

Dear CNM Chronicle,
Thank you for turning the spotlight on the working lives of Part Time Faculty at CNM. Chronicle reporter Daniel Montano did a great job gathering different perspectives on their compensation and working conditions. It’s really a pity that CNM representatives are unwilling to comment meaningfully on a story that focuses on the people who teach more than two-thirds of the classes at our campuses. Prior to being hired as a Full Time instructor in SAGE, I spent two years teaching as a part timer and I can remember the uncertainties associated with the position. I taught unfamiliar courses on short notice and waited anxiously to see if I would be fortunate enough to get a schedule for the next semester. And my paycheck was a lot smaller than it is now. It’s time that CNM administration acknowledged the contributions of Part Time faculty.
There are more than 750 Part Time Faculty teaching classes at CNM this semester. Information the Union has gained through surveys of these employees indicates that more than a third of this group seeks to make their living solely from employment at CNM. Labeling these employees “Part Time” is a damaging misnomer. It creates an impression that these are transitory employees who ‘fill in’ for the institution when needed. In fact, many of the faculty have taught at CNM for years and often teach more courses annually than their “Full Time” counterparts. Given the ratio of Part Time to Full Time faculty at CNM a student could quite likely complete a 2 year Liberal Arts at the College and take all of their coursework from Part Time faculty.
Recently CNM President Kathie Winograd has publicly stated that CNM needs to address the competitiveness of Full Time Faculty compensation “to attract and retain great employees”. As Union President I couldn’t agree more. But why no mention of Part Time Faculty? This is the group of employees that does the heavy lifting of the teaching load at CNM. Shouldn’t there be an urgent focus on attracting the best faculty at CNM across the board? As I stated in the article, underpayment of Part Time faculty is part of a national problem. The Governing Board and CNM administration should act locally by seeking to compensate, hire and retain the best faculty period. The students at CNM deserve no less.
Andy Tibble


Thanks for the memories

Editorial, By The Chronicle Editorial Board

A group of us here at the Chronicle just got back from the Associated Collegiate Press Convention in beautiful New Orleans, and we would like to thank everyone who helped make this trip possible.

The Chronicle is run by a small group of students still learning how to write, design, and produce weekly newspa­pers, and it really is beneficial when CNM allows us to go to conventions like these so we can bring back what we have learned and make our paper better.

We hope to inform, enter­tain, and educate our readers even better now that we have learned so much at the bi-annual convention.

Even though the cost of these conventions comes from our own budget, the people here at the Chronicle would still like to acknowledge everyone who helps us to get to these conventions, who help us to achieve more and make the paper better with each issue, as well as allowing us to learn beyond our campuses.

CNM is truly a special school, because of the people who work here who believe in the students, and give students opportunities they would not otherwise have if they did not attend this great school.

So again, thank you to everyone who helps us achieve our goals of making a better paper for all of us to enjoy.

Making the goods; Terrifyingly tasty Halloween recipes

By Stacie Armijo, Staff Reporter

One of the best parts of Halloween is eating decadent candies, and home-made treats can be tastier than knocking on doors and hoping for some­thing good to eat, Chef and part-time Culinary Instructor Julian Griego said.

Griego shared with the Chronicle one of his favorite recipes, full of tricks to make delicious treats for Halloween parties.

After Griego graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, NV, he came back to his hometown of Albuquerque, where he worked at some of the most highly regarded res­taurants in the city, including Savoy, Seasons and Marcello’s Chophouse, he said.

Pumpkin Espresso Creme Brulee
1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup whole milk
8 oz. fresh pumpkin (Avoid larger jack-O’-lantern varieties, stick to smaller pumpkins such as Baby Pam, Autumn Gold and Ghost Rider)
½ tsp vanilla extract or 1 fresh vanilla bean
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
½ oz. fresh ground Espresso beans
4 egg yolks
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup coarse sugar or raw sugar
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
For the fresh pumpkin
Halve pumpkin and remove seeds by scooping them out with a large spoon.
Rub butter on the inside of the pumpkin and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and Roast espresso grounds at 400 degrees until soft, remove, and chill for 10 minutes.
Scoop roasted flesh out of pumpkin with a spoon and mash using food processor or large spoon.
Heat cream, milk and vanilla over medium heat in a medium sauce pan, stir occasionally.
Once it begins to boil, immediately remove from heat, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Whisk in pumpkin puree and pour mixture into 4 ramekins.
Arrange in hot water bath and bake in center of the oven for about 30 – 40 minutes.
The custard should be mostly firm when you shake the pan; it will firm up more as it cools.
Remove from the water bath and cool for 15 minutes.
Tightly cover each rame¬kin with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
When ready to serve, preheat broiler to very hot, uncover chilled custards and pour course sugar on top.
Place custards on baking sheets and broil until sugar is golden brown.
Cool, crack the sugar shell and enjoy!

Broken Glass Cupcakes From
The Cupcakes:
One box Red Velvet cake mix, any brand
Milk (in the same amount of, and instead of, the water called for by mix)
Eggs (in the same amount called for, plus one extra egg)
Butter (twice the amount of oil required by mix – for example, if the box calls for ½ cup of oil , or use 1 cup of butter instead)
Measure and then melt before adding to the mix
The Frosting
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
½ cup of butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt
4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
Candy Glass
1 cup of granulated sugar
½ cup of light corn syrup
1 teaspoon of clear flavoring
The Edible Blood
1 (14oz) can of sweeten condensed milk
Red gel food coloring
Black gel food coloring
1 teaspoon of clear flavor¬ing extracts such as vanilla
Make the decorations first (the glass and the blood) and keep them until just before your party to decorate. They will both keep for several days so you can make them ahead of time.
Follow the recipe on the box, with the altered ingredi¬ents provided above
Divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
Bake at 350 degrees according to times on box.
Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely.
Candy Glass
Mix together granu¬lated sugar and corn syrup in microwave safe bowl.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for three minutes, mix, cover with fresh plastic and microwave for another three minutes.
Watch carefully after two minutes to make sure mixture does not change color, remove from microwave.
Pour contents onto cookie sheet covered in wax paper that has been liberally sprayed with cooking spray.
Let sit for two hours until completely hardened.
Once dry, break apart and remove from wax paper
Edible Blood
Mix together sweetened condensed milk, red food col¬oring and flavoring in small bowl until a bright red color develops.
Add a very small amount of black food color to make a blood red color.
Store in a zip-top bag in refrigerator.
Beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt on medium speed.
Gradually add powdered sugar, while beating until smooth
Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring between, until smooth.
Add melted white choco¬late to icing and beat on low until completely combined
Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled cupcakes
Decorate on plat¬ter you will serve on, which makes for nice blood splatter.
Place frosted cupcakes on protected surface and press two to three pieces of candy glass into the top of each.
Clip the corner on the bag of edible blood and drizzle over the top of the glass and the cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides of both.


Getting the goods Albuquerque’s best and safest places to trick-or-treat

By Daniel Montaño , Senior Reportermaps

For parents, keeping their little monsters from running into something truly scary while trick-or-treating means knowing the safest neighborhoods to go to, and Albuquerque has some of the best neighborhoods in the country for Halloween fun according to

Zillow annually ranks the best cities in the United States, and although Albuquerque just narrowly missed making the top 20 this year, our fair city has held that honor in the past, according to their website.

Beside which neighbor­hoods tend to be the most generous with candy treats, the website’s real-estate data experts calculate which neigh­borhoods top the list by look­ing at home values, how easy it is to walk the streets, population density, and most importantly crime statistics, according to their website.

According to Zillow’s most recent data, topping the list for Albuquerque is the Altura Park neighbor­hood, which consists of homes surrounding Altura Park on Morningside drive and bordered by Indian School Road to the north, Washington Street to the east, Constitution Avenue to the south and Carlisle Drive to the west.

The data said the Oso Grande neighborhood on the southwest corner of Spain Road NE and Eubank Boulevard NE, is the next best place to go, and Academy Hills on the southwest corner of Academy Road NE and Eubank Boulevard NE came in third.

Fourth and fifth place went to Peppertree-Royal oak, west of Tramway Boulevard NE, between Academy and Spain roads NE, and Embudo Canyon east of Tramway Boulevard at Indian School Road NE, according to the website.

Even for trick-or-treat­ers who live in another part of town, the drive to these neighborhoods should prove worth it in pounds of glorious candy, chocolate and other sugary snacks.

Winner & honorable mentions of front page Art contest 2013

Here are the artworks entered for this years Halloween Cover Contest

Winning Photo By Kristin Torres Gurule
Winning Photo By Kristin Torres Gurule
Mario Jaramillo Watercolor Joker
Mario Jaramillo Watercolor Joker
Jac Louis Paint Program art
Jac Louis Paint Program art
Letisha Bustamante, Insidious
Letisha Bustamante Suncat skellington
Letisha Bustamante Suncat skellington
Letisha Bustamante Ghost in the background
Letisha Bustamante Ghost in the background

Local haunts; What to do around town this Halloween season

By Nick Stern
Staff Reporter
Halloween is right at Albuquerque’s doorstep and that means kids and families in costumes, hoping for “something good to eat,” will be as well.
Instead of spending the fall holidays at home it could be nice to get out and experience some of the many events this city and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Dragons House of Horror is a very spooky haunted house in Rio Rancho and is occupied by horror legends such as Michael, and Jason who make scaring their guests a personal affair, according to the website.
“If you’re looking for high quality and personal service in scaring you, you’ve come to the right place. At Dragons House of Horror we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy and fear,” the site said.
The Haunted Scarecrow is another place for a good scare and is in downtown Albuquerque at Warehouse 508, according to the website.
The Tours of Old Town has exciting ghost tours to offer anyone looking for a scary outdoor experience and even offers moonlight ghost tours that are held at 10 p.m. The nightly tours involve a 90 minute walk with ghost stories, history, and investigations of the paranormal within the haunted locations of Old Town, according to
“Legends, folklore, ghost stories, and history come to life as you depart on an intriguing excursion through 306 years of haunted history…founded in 1706, and for over three centuries people have lived and died around the Old Town Plaza,” the site said.
The tour is led by a professional tour guide and is lit by lanterns while guests search for lost souls who have made Old Town their eternal home, according to the website.
The site said that tourists, residents, and employees have all experienced unexpected phenomena from sightings of vanishing apparitions to voices without bodies within one of the most actively haunted locations in North America.
Many people who have taken the tour have had good experiences and have taken a lot from it, according to customer feedback on the website.
“I’ve lived in Albuquerque for 20 years and learned more about Old Town during this tour than all my years in the city,” said Mark and Taylor M. of Albuquerque.
If students are looking to enjoy a show in the spirit of the season, the Albuquerque Little Theatre is performing Mel Brooks’ classic, Young Frankenstein, according to
Tickets can be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office and is being performed until the third of November, according to the events schedule.
The production features classics like “the Transylvania Mania” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and is guaranteed to be a great time, the site said.
“Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made!” the site said.
Dia de los Muertos will also be celebrated in many ways this season, and Old Town will be hosting Dia Del Dulce on Halloween this year, according to the Albuquerque Old Town website.
The page encourages guests to dress in costumes and to bring family members for trick or treating, a pet parade and animal costume contest, Halloween performance, as well as a people’s costume contest.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) also has an annual community gathering called the Dia de los Muertos Despedida that celebrates with music, traditional food, poetry, and chocolate, according to the webpage.
“Music, poetry, Mexican chocolate, and pan de muerto. This is a great event for all ages,” the site said.
The 2013 Marigold Parade is also happening this year on November 3, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., according to the website. The site said the parade begins at the Bernalillo Sheriff’s substation at Centro Familiar and Isleta, and ends at the Westside Community Center at 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW, where there will be music, altars, food, and art vendors.
There are many events in Albuquerque to choose from and the Chronicle hopes everyone will be safe and find something awesome to do for this year’s Halloween holiday.