Interactive map shows elaborate Halloween decorations in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Jared Trujillo’s homemade haunted house is not for the faint of heart.
“I’m looking for a scare. We like to hear as many screams as we can during the night,” said Trujillo.
Trujillo transforms his northeast Albuquerque front yard, and garage into a nightmarish destination every year. He knows he’s not alone.
“There’s hundreds of houses in Albuquerque that like to go all out for these holidays,” Trujillo said.
He’s making it easier to find those homes with an online map. It was first created to find Christmas displays during the pandemic, but Trujillo figured Halloween is just as popular.
“All the houses have volunteered to be on the map,” said Trujillo. “And these are houses that have one of the better displays in Albuquerque, so we have a lot.”
For Halloween enthusiasts like Doug Janiel and his daughter, the map is giving their 20-year collection a much bigger audience.
“We change it up every year. This year we’ve gotten more skeletons than anything for this year, said Doug Janiel.
That includes not one, not two, but three 12-footers. Not to mention all the witches, werewolves, and an animatronic dragon.
“I take a week off of work at the end of September, just to start the main setup,” said Doug.
It doesn’t take Star Sandoval as long to put up her display, but she starts just as early.
“We did it like a week before September ended because the guy over there started decorating, and I had to give him competition,” said Star Sandoval.
She made sure her “Pirates of the Caribbean” inspired display was on this year’s map.
“Not too many people do it. So I want the people that enjoy this kind of thing to be able to see it,” said Sandoval.
Despite the frightful sights, all three decorators say they put in the hard work for the smiles.
Trujillo says there’s a still a few more rooms he’s planning to add to the haunted house before Halloween.
For anyone wanting to check out Trujillo’s haunted house, he’s asking folks to bring a food item to donate to the local storehouse.