Luna Raley is dressed as an elephant at the Sonoita Fairgrounds party. Photo by Marion Vendituoli

Sonoita Fairgrounds Halloween Party

Sherlock Holmes, a giant dragon, unicorns, superheroes and even a chef were all part of the fun at the Sonoita Fairgrounds Halloween party, held Oct. 29. An estimated 250 adults and kids showed up to show off their costumes and to party. The Mustang 4-H Club hosted a haunted house, hot dogs, nachos, and drinks were served, donated by the Vera Earl Ranch, and piles of candy were given out. Volunteers decorated tractors that literally had buckets full of candy. Sonoita Elgin Fire District staff handed out candy in front of a fire truck, and the Elgin Sonoita Cowbelles gave out cupcakes, candy, and cookies as prizes at their cake walk game. There was a photo booth, face painting, a DJ on the ramada and a costume class to round out the evening. 

Morgan Hayes sports a floral decorated cow skull mask. Photo by Marion Vendituoli

The party was organized by Fairground’s manager Lacy Beyer, who thanked all the volunteers for helping with the event. “It doesn’t happen without the volunteers,” she said, “and it’s a nice way for the Fairgrounds to give back to the community.”

Patagonia Trunk or Treat

A fun evening was had by all at the annual Halloween Trunk or Trunk event held in and along Doc Mock Park. Festively decorated parked cars lined up along the edge of the park offering candy and games to the trick or treaters passing by. 

Inside the park near the gazebo, the Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center set up a table with hot dogs along with a pumpkin decorating station for the kids. 

Some of the costumes included aliens, lizards, witches, a fully lit up robot, and a giant taco. Even Mrs. Claus made an appearance handing out candy canes “to all the little good boys.” 

Local businesses also took part in the event. South32 handed out goody bags, while the Patagonia Market was a favorite with kids, as they were offering regular sized candy bars. The event was well attended and has become a Halloween tradition in Patagonia over the past five years.

Below photos by Marion Vendituoli and Robert Gay 

Ginnie Cosby shows up as a baker at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.
Celine Schlappy dressed as Sherlock Holmes.
Barbara Noon Harris brings her book of spells to the Cowbelle booth. 
A dinosaur visits the Patagonia Trunk or Treat party.
Samantha Carlson is a vampy witch in Patagonia.
Journee Hayes hands out pumpkins at the gazebo.
Jax, Sol, Luna and Coy Raley pose in the photo booth at the Fairgrounds.
Quincy Hughes sports a “League of Their Own” baseball outfit.
Tractors filled with candy line up at the Sonoita Fairgrounds.
Kannon Shore is a confused cyber kid in Patagonia.
Tiffany Armenta wears an elaborate ‘Day of the Dead’ inspired costume.