SANTA FE, N.M. — Instead of scoring candy from their human neighbors, kids this Halloween can fill their bags with treats from characters inside Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return.
Trick-or-treaters aged 12 and under will be admitted in one-hour intervals – a limit of 100 kids will be admitted per hour – to travel through the permanent art installation, where performers in costumes will be waiting behind the exhibition’s doors with candy. Tickets are $12 for residents and $14 for nonresidents. Kids must be accompanied by at least one adult or a maximum of two adults who can go in for free. Trick or treating is one of several new additions to Meow Wolf’s Halloween programming this year, titled “Freak or Treat.”
“[We realized] there’s lots of kids who live nearby, [and] just remembering when we were kids, you would try and trick or treat in funny places or creatively think where I could trick or treat … anyone who lives in our neighborhood may want to knock on our door, and we need to be ready,” said Meow Wolf spokesperson John Feins. He also said the House of Eternal Return will not be haunted or horror-themed, but rather focus on the strange or science-fiction elements of Halloween. Workshops for children on costume-making, face painting, and arts and crafts were also added this year on Oct. 13, 20, 28 and 29. Oct. 13 and 20 prices have not been determined, and the workshops the week of Halloween are free with admission.
The week of Halloween will also include kid-friendly evening shows throughout the installation that tell the tale of two friends trying to get to a Halloween party, but instead end up in the House of Eternal Return and are met by various characters. Feins said these performances are free with admission, rather than the additional $35 fee for last year’s “House of Halloween” shows performed all month.
“It was extremely popular (last year), but we’re always mindful of how expensive it is to do stuff with kids,” he said. The shows are from 6-8 p.m. on the Thursday through Monday nights leading up to Halloween.