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Out of town events to entertain all

If getting out of Tucson is your game this weekend, there are a few events not far from home that are sure to entertain. Make sure to bring a jacket though, the days are shorter and the air is crisper and it wouldn’t be worth it to drive all the way out to Willcox to chatter your teeth all night.

Halloween Howl 

If you aren’t already in the holiday spirit with ghosts, witches, and skeletons popping up everywhere, Halloween Howl at Colossal Cave this weekend is sure to get you cackling like a witch at the end of the night. Bone-chilling candlelit ghost tours of the cave are available as well as haunted hayrides, each costing $7. Or bring a can of food for the community food drive to get $1 off. Reservations for the hayrides are preferred. There will also be pony rides, a petting zoo, games, food, and much more.

www.colossalcave.com, Colossal Mountain Cave, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail AZ

Helldorado Days

Ever wish you could just jump into an old Clint Eastwood western, well at Helldorado Days in Tombstone, from Friday to Sunday, you can come close. Miners coming to Tombstone to get their golden nugget, seeking an “Eldorado” of riches were faced with the harsh reality of washing dishes, and other low end jobs to make money. They inevitably nicknamed their journey to Tombstone to be a journey to Helldorado, hence the name. The festival is the town’s oldest, and features gunfight reenactments, street entertainment, a fashion show, and plenty of family friendly events. The event is free.

www.helldoradodays.com, Tombstone, AZ

HalloWEEn at the Mini Time Machine

HalloWEEn at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures offers different Halloween projects and events for kids on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. The whole museum has been decorated for the holiday, and at 4 there are flashlight tours, where the gallery lights will go off and docents will lead tours of the haunted miniatures. This Saturday’s craft project will include making mini tombstones for decoration. Everything, including the flashlight tours are all included with the regular museum admission which is $9 for adults and $6 for youths ages 4-17.

www.theminitimemachine.org, 4455 East Camp Lowell Drive

Willcox Wine Country Tasting

It may not be a Napa Valley Wine tour, but for being only an hour away it’s a good second. This Saturday and Sunday is the Willcox Wine Country tasting, featuring wines from around the area that will delight the palette of any wine lover, especially with only a $15 tasting fee that includes 8 tastings, a commemorative glass, and live entertainment. Aside from the wine and live music food will be provided by Dragoon Café and there will be art giveaways and a silent auction and film screening.

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www.willcoxwines.com, Historic Railroad Avenue Park, Willcox AZ

Jazz Under the Stars

The Tucson Jazz Society will present the third of their fall series, Jazz Under the Stars this Friday and Tohono Chul Park at 7p.m. featuring the Matt Mitchell Group and Pan Dulce with steel drum jazz. Food and drinks can be purchased after 6 p.m. and tickets range from $25 for non-member, $20 for members, and $15 for student, don’t wait till the day of the show to buy your ticket because the price for non-members will rise to $30.

tucsonjazz.org, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte

Geeks Who Drink Present: The Third All Simpsons Quiz

Do you wait every Halloween for the annual Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode? Do you watch the Simpsons religiously? So you think you know all there is to know about Homer? Well then sign up for the Third All Simpsons Quiz presented by Geeks Who Drink. This quiz will test your devine knowledge of everything in Springfield. RSVP online, get a team together, and study hard because there will be cash prizes between $200 and $500. The event starts at 7 p.m. at The Hut on Sunday, and admission is $5.

www.geekswhodrink.com, 305 North 4th Ave.

Friends of Pima County Public Library Book Sale

This weekend Friends of the Pima County Public Library will host a book sale. The event is Friday through Monday, with half priced books on Sunday and $7 bag day on Monday. The mission of the organization to support library services and programs, promote literacy and a love of reading, and encourage community involvement. The income of the organization is dependent on the book sales and donations, and the event is a great way to get a good book for a bargain price.

www.ftppl.org, 2230 N. Country Club

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