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Halloween madness in Tucson

Halloween-themed events in Tucson promise fun and frights over the weekend

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The days are shorter, the nights are crisper, there's ghouls around every corner — it's Halloween weekend. Since the holiday lands on a Wednesday this year, most people are celebrating over the weekend, and with the number of festivals, parties, haunted houses and hayrides it's hard not to put on that witch hat and join in.

Spooks and thrills

For a more laid-back Halloween adventure that has nothing to do with blood and gore explore Pantano Riding Stables' Spooks and Thrills Haunted Hayrides. The rides run Friday-Sunday, sundown until 9 p.m., with haunted hayrides ($6), a maze ($5), pony rides ($5), food and games. Don’t forget your cowboy hat.

4450 S. Houghton Rd. www.horsingaroundarizona.com

Fall Festival at Agua Linda Farm

One of the many kid-friendly Halloween events this weekend is the Fall Festival at Agua Linda Farm. The farm will be open to families Friday-Sunday, featuring a kid-oriented movie on Friday and Saturday night. $5 admission gets you hayrides, a petting zoo, a maze, pumpkin picking, haystack climbing and famous pumpkin pie (featured in Better Homes and Gardens).

2643 E. Frontage Rd. Amado AZ, www.agualindafarm.net

Spooktacular Science at the Plane 'Scare'ium

Who would have thought that science could be creepy and eerie? Well the mad scientists at the Plane “scare”ium did. They have a whole list of concoctions including exploding pumpkins, supernatural chemistry, and slimy fun for children and adults to all take part in. The Plane “scare”ium is open Thursdays through Sundays and anyone who dresses up in their Halloween best will take home candy and prizes. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children and UA Catcard holders.

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, University of Arizona Main Campus, uanews.org

Nightmare on Congress Street

Nightmare on Congress Street on Saturday night is where college students and adults party for Halloween. Costumes are a must, and with a big-money costume contest why wouldn’t you wear one? Free zombie face painting will add a little gore to any costume that isn’t scary enough, and this year, for the first time, there will be a haunted house. It’s a night where the creeps and ghouls come out to dance. There will be five bands performing including 80s and Gentlemen and The Modeens. This event has sold out in the past, so buying tickets ahead of time is a good idea: they range from $8-10.

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311 E. Congress St., hotelcongress.com

All Hallows Movie Night at the Fox

For anyone looking to be scared and probably have nightmares, the Fox Theatre will be screening one of the scariest movies ever made on All Hallows Eve, "The Exorcist." Come in costume and you will receive a free small popcorn. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $7, $5 for students.

17 W. Congress St., foxtucsontheatre.ticketforce.com

Night of Fright at the Pima Air and Space Museum

When you hear of the Bone Yard, you might think of a graveyard possibly, skeletons, or the perfect setting for a spooky party. Well, it actually has nothing to do with skeletons, unless you are talking about the skeletons of planes, in which case you would find yourself at the Bone Yard at the Pima Air and Space Museum. The museum presents a Night of Fright on Saturday from 4-8p.m. where anyone can enjoy old fashion carnival games, a costume contest, paratropper landing and much more. The Flight Grill will be transformed into the Fright Grill offering Halloween themed dishes. Children under 12 are free, adult tickets are $13.75.

6000 E. Valencia, www.pimaair.org

The Slaughterhouse

If a little blood and gore doesn’t freak you out too much, or even if it does, the scariest venue in Tucson to spend a night this weekend has to be The Slaughterhouse. It has been voted the best haunted house in Tucson for the past five years, and was recently voted as a Top 10 haunted house in the country. This venue is not for the faint of heart. Tickets to each attraction are $7.

1102 W. Grant, slaughterhousetucson.com

Zombies in the Desert

Pima Community College will be hosting Zombies in the Desert from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday. This is an event for all ages and will include face painting, a haunted house, a haunted train ride, story telling, and arts and crafts booths. The event will take place at William Clements Center, admission is $3.

8155 E. Poinciana Dr., www.pima.edu

Hall-O-Ween at the Reid Park Zoo

Everyone has been to a zoo at one time or another, but how many people have been to a zoo completely decorated for Halloween? Hall-O-Ween at the Reid Park Zoo, Friday through Sunday from 6-8 p.m. includes costumed characters, trick-or-treating, and tons of decorations. The event is intended to be fun but not too scary so little children can enjoy it without getting nightmares. Tickets are $7.

1100 S. Randolph Way, www.tucsonzoo.org

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