El Pasoans spend Halloween weekend at Spooky Moon Music Festival

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JD Ybañez performes at Spooky Moon Music Festival Oct. 29

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter

El Pasoans had the chance to experience a new type of show called Spooky Moon Music Festival that celebrates EDM music and Halloween. The new music festival welcomed various national and international EDM artists that rocked the night until 2 a.m.  

The music festival began at 12:30 p.m. and was held Oct. 29 at Ascarate Park located at 6900 Delta Ave.. Some of the artists that performed included GRYFINN, AUDIEN, GHASTLY, SNBRN, OOKAY, BONNIE X CLYDE, WIN AND WOO, SEVENN. SHADEZ, ROBE GUYS, and INDAZE. The winner of the local DJ contest also had the opportunity to perform earlier on in the festival. 

The highlight of the night, besides the talented artists performing, was the 400-drone light show. Drones covered the night sky and created various shapes and colorful messages. Some of the shapes the drones made included ghoulish ghosts, spooky witches, scary skulls, blood sucking vampires, the El Paso Strong sign, Paydirt Pete, the El Paso Star on the mountain and other fun shapes.  

The light show occurred three times during the night and was 20 minutes long. Drone shows are a new form of entertainment that not many people can get their hands on. Many patrons thought it was the most spectacular part of the festival.  

“The light show was definitely my favorite part of the night,” said festival attendee Yuzurie Dominguez. “This is a new experience for me, I’ve never been to an EDM concert like this before. I’ve loved listening to all of the music tonight as well.” 

There were various food vendors feeding the patrons during the evening. Vendors included Casico Water, El Merendero, Clasico Kitchen Bar, Sabertooth,Taste of Miami, Rib Hut, De Nile Food and many others. The Vapory Premium Vape Store also made an appearance and provided a wide assortment of vapes and vape related products for patrons attending the festival.  

There were also tents with masseuses giving 10-minute massages, hair stylists offering five-minute haircuts and face painting. In the decorative area of the festival there were 20 spooky blow-up figures in all shapes and sizes and live graffiti-style paintings as well. Fireworks lit up the night sky and ended the festival with a bang. There was something for everyone at this unique music festival. 

“I enjoy listening to music and I love EDM music,” said festival attendee Vanessa Chavez., “I wasn’t familiar with all of the artists who performed but I still had fun either way.” 

The venue had an electrifying 120-foot stage that lit up the night with skeletons and ghost dancing across the screen. The main stage had colorful lasers shooting out as well. There was also a VIP area for guests. Tickets for regular entrance were $79.99 and were available for purchase at Eventbrite.com.  

“El Paso always has something to give and something to show,” said festival patron Emmanuel Aldrete. “We realized that there was something special here on Halloween weekend. We wanted to come and support local. There’s a lot of amazing people here locally and it’s been fun so far.” 

Alyson Rodriguez is a staff reporter and may be reached at [email protected]; @alyson_rod1127 on Twitter.