Haunted roundup: Where to celebrate Halloween
Spooky events in Tucson promise fun and frights
Pumpkins, ghouls, candy and costumes: Halloween is almost upon us and there are many family-friendly and adult options when it comes to celebrating in Tucson this year.
Halloween Spooktacular—Children's Museum Tucson, 200 S. 6th Ave.
Children's Museum Tucson invites you to experience the Museum's spooktacular fun as they celebrate Halloween with a day of games, crafts and trick-or-treating stations. Don't forget to come in costume for this ghoulish good time. Friday,, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $8 for kids 1-99. 792-9985
The Beetlejuice Halloween Spooktacular—Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway
Bring the kids to the Loft Cinema to celebrate Halloween the "Beetlejuice" way with a "Trunk or Treating" in the Loft parking lot starting at 6 p.m. (bring your own "trick or treat" bag to carry home the candy). The costume contest and film start at 7 p.m. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and you could win a scarifying prize! 795-0844
House Rockin' Halloween—El Casino Ballroom, 427 E 26th St.
The Paladins and Candye Kane will co-headline "House Rockin' Halloween" at the historic El Casino Ballroom, a fundraiser for nonprofit community radio station 91.3 KXCI-FM. The night will include hot music, cold drinks, El Casino’s dance floor, even a costume contest. Friday, doors open at 7 p.m., show from 8-11 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for KXCI members, $15 general public, and $18 at the door.
Halloween at Hotel Congress—427 E 26th St.
Billed as the biggest Halloween party in Tucson, HoCo is where the creeps and ghouls come out to dance. There will be two stages of music featuring Chicha Dust, accompanied by DJ’s Dirtyverbs, PC Party, and Rip Dee. Wear your best costume for a chance to take home a piece of the $1,000 in cash and other prizes. Friday, 8 p.m., tickets are $5. 21+ only, 622-8848
Spooky Prom—Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.,
Join "Spooky Prom" Halloween night for a rock n' roll freak show with Prom Body, Neon Eon, Altrice, Ghostal, Numb Bats and Sun Bones at the Rialto Theatre. Friday, 7 p.m. Tickets $5. This is an all ages event. 740-1000
HalloWin Celebration—Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Join Casino del Sol's HalloWin celebration for a ghoulishly good time with costume contests with $5,000 in cash and prizes, hot seat drawings, half-off buffet special, live (undead) entertainment and cosmic bingo with KLPX. Friday, 21+ only, 765-7829
Celtic Halloween Party & Pub Night —Rillito Raceway Park, 4502 N. First Ave.
This year's Tucson Celtic Festival & Highland Games kicks off on Friday. The Halloween Party features trick or treating, Samhain story time, games, a scavenger hunt, a kid's costume contest, a fortune teller, a family-friendly movie, and bouncy houses (not included in price of admission). Celtic Halloween Pub Night features music by Mad Haggis, a Best Legs in a Kilt contest (18+), Clan Torchlight Ceremony, and a village pub, food vendors and Celtic market place. Admission is free from 5-6 p.m. and $8 for adults from 6-10 p.m. The Celtic Festival continues through the weekend.
Nightfall at Old Tucson Costume Contest—201 S. Kinney Rd.
Does your average Halloween haunted house leave you wanting? Come to the one and only real haunted town ... Nightfall! Bury yourself in a totally terrifying town with outrageous live shows, disturbing haunts, and a collection of hideous live characters, including the Gargoyles! Old Tucson is transformed into the haunted township Nightfall. On Friday, Nightfall is hosting two costume contests for cash and prizes; one for adults (12 and over) and one for kids (11 and under). Register in the contest and have your picture taken, 6-8:15 p.m. Winners will be announced at 8:45 p.m in the Grand Palace. General admission is $26 for ages 12+, $21 for ages 9-11, and free for children 8 and under.883-0100
The Slaughterhouse—1102 W Grant Rd.
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. There are five attractions this year including the Twisted Tree Mortuary, Carnevil, The Boiler Room, City Meats, and Apocalypse. Friday, 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets to each attraction are $21-75. All tickets are some type of combo ticket and include more than 1 attraction.
Terror in the Corn—Buckelew Farm, 17000 W. Ajo Way
Like a haunted house in a cornfield, the experience combines props and live actors. Not recommended for children under 12. Buckelew Farm is 30 minutes from downtown Tucson. To get to Buckelew Farm: from I-19, take Ajo Way (US 86) west for 22 miles and you can't miss it. Friday, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, tickets are $25 for all ages. Wear a costume and get $5 off.