Mora County Notebook: Haunted house and so much more

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By Ruth Fort

Halloween was well celebrated in Mora last weekend.


There was the haunted house on Sunday. The Little League players, board members and parents went all out to make a spooky haunted house at the elementary gym. The lobby was even spooky with a witch at the popcorn machine and a ticket taker beside her.

A doorman escorted the participants to the entrance then the zombie guide took them through the dark scary cave filled with life-size bats, spiders, snakes and werewolves. They then entered the devil’s domain as they walked through a cemetery of horror with devils of all shapes and sizes lurking. Then the participants held their breath as they entered the room, overcome by toxins and flesh eating zombies. The guests met up with a ship-wrecked pirate’s ship and its captain and his crewmates as they were attacked by evil clowns. Then they walked through a haunted playground with ankle biting babies. The event was a success, and all of the proceeds will go to the Mora Little League. A special thanks to Cynthia Aragon, the queen of screams and all of the volunteers that made the event a spooky fun time.

Saturday, the VFW held a Masquerade Ball at the VFW Hall. There was a large crowd of participants. They had a dinner supplied by Melvin and Margaret Vigil. They then danced to music provided by the Agua Negra Band. They all had costumes and or masks and enjoyed the fun of identifying each other. This was a fundraiser for the building fund for the VFW’s building addition. They wish to thank all of those who helped make the event possible and those who came to support the VFW.

Saturday afternoon the Christian Center held a Halloween Carnival at the Helping Hands. Children and parents came dressed in costumes.

They had a good time playing games and eating a good snack of nachos and hot dogs. They played ring toss, darts to bust a balloon, sucker tree, a puppet show and a cupcake walk.

They did have a costume contest and gave out prizes to six different children. Some of the costumes were very original such as a Lego, domino and robot, all made with boxes, foil and paint. There were cute little girls and handsome cowboys as well as desperados.

The senior citizens put on a great party for the seniors. The senior center building was decorated attractively. One window-like area decorated by Diana Trujillo won first prize in the best decorated window in Mora.

The Senior Care Program at the Mora Valley Community Health Services brought their clients to join the festivities. The staff at the court house came over during their noon hour to visit, dance and show off their attractive funny and scary costumes. The music was supplied by Savino Garcia of the Solo Band. He played all afternoon for listening and dancing.

They did a cake walk in which the winner received a cake and the rest of the participants got a cupcake or fudge. A pumpkin was used to bowl a stack of gallon cans. The music was good for dancing so people danced until the end of the party.

The Mora Elementary School children had their party at the gym. They were served nachos and radishes that were from one of the janitor’s garden. In the gym games were set up for the children to play. The teachers led them in ring toss, cupcake walk, bingo, putting macaroni on a stick held in their mouth, bowling, bean bag toss, and more. The children and staff were dressed in costumes some pretty some ugly and scary. Every booth had prizes for the winners.

In the meantime, the junior high students had a dance in their common area. The music was supplied by the electronic music devises of the students. They had a contest for the best decorated door and Roberta Garcia’s room won the prize of a pizza party.

The high school had a dance in their commune area and Mark Montoya supplied the music. They enjoyed a fun afternoon dancing and visiting with friends.             

That was not all, the members of the VFW were at their building from 5 to 8 p.m. giving out candy and treats to the trick-or-treaters who came by. They had more than 150 kids.

Mora knows how to celebrate Halloween and to share especially with the young people.

Salute to our veterans

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Mora Post 1131 would like to thank veterans for their service to our country. Veterans Day gives Americans the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all United States veterans. Deceased veterans who died in the service are also remembered on Veterans Day.  Thanks for the freedom we have today because of your sacrifice and service to our country.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may
be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@ yahoo.com.