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‘Haunted Jemez’ promises Halloween thrills

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A local family is hoping to scare up a little Halloween fun in the small village of Cañon, near Jemez Springs.

“Haunted Jemez” features a roughly half-acre of private property featuring several scary scenes, with almost two dozen animated and non-animated creatures throughout the circular walk.

According to a news release, the outdoor attraction was started three years ago by Cañon resident Sharon Chism, who says her aim is to promote the “inner child.”

“My overriding goal in hosting a haunted graveyard experience is to encourage visitors to come up the area, enjoy the hot springs up in Jemez Springs and all there is to do in the area,” said Chism.

Chism’s son, Charlie Reagan, set up a similar graveyard at their Texas home. After moving to New Mexico, Reagan set up something similar in Cañon. He was later hired to set up and manage the well-known Haunted Corn Field at McCall’s Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty and his mother vowed to carry on the tradition in Cañon on her own.

The scary scenes on the property include a Western scene, English graveyard, witch’s tea party, werewolves, zombies, hearse, caskets, mausoleum and more.

The area is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and will stay open until 10 p.m. on Halloween.

Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Haunted Jemez is located at 2897 NM 485 on the road to the Gilman Tunnels.

From Albuquerque, take NM 550 to NM 4, continue until NM 485. Follow the signs to exit west on NM 485 approximately 3 miles until you see a line of pumpkins and the graveyard on the right.

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