Halloween on the cheap

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be lurking around the valley for the next week. These spooks, arranged from bedsheets and lights, are typical of local send-chills-up-the-spine decorations.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Tucson is in a Halloween state of mind. • Cobwebs cover trees, gravestones pepper yards, and wispy ghosts, eerily lit from within, float beneath tree limbs. • And there’s plenty of festivities happening around town. • We’ve done the legwork on Halloween-and fall-themed happenings around town. The costume is up to you:


HalloWEEn — The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. The museum is decorated for Halloween. Explore spookier miniatures with guide or join a Flashlight Tour at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 . 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today-Oct. 26, Oct. 29-31; noon-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Included with $9 admission. 881-0606.

Nightfall at Old Tucson — Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road. Live shows with stunts, pyrotechnics and effects for Halloween. Also, comedy and magic shows. 6 p.m.  Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 31. $25; $20 kids 4-11. 883-0100. nightfallaz.com

Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Halloween Stunt Show — Pinnacle Peak/Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. “Sam and Latch’s Haunted Halloween” Wild West Stunt Show. Wristband nights Sundays-Thursdays, $8 includes show and attractions. Shows: 7 and 8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 3. $4; free kids 4 and under. 398-5618.


Pumpkin Carving by Southwest Woodcarvers Association — Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. Faces carved on pumpkins. Purchase carved pumpkin with donation to the Square and Compass Children’s Clinic. 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26. Free. 743-1717.

Sugar Skulls Decoration — Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave. Decorate and keep  a sugar skull in commemoration of loved ones who are no longer with us. Create another for the library’s altar of remembrance. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 594-5305.

Halloween Howl at Colossal Cave Mountain Park — Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail. Candlelight ghost tour of the cave and haunted hayride at the La Posta Quemada Ranch. Purchase tickets for games, jumping castle, maze, pony rides and petting zoo. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 25-27. $1 admission or can of food for the Community Food Bank. Cave tour or hayride: $7. 647-7275.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Party — La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive. Costume contest for pets and people. $10 contest entry fee. Kid’s crafts, prizes, tricks and treats. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 327-6088.

2013 Gladden Farms Fall Festival — Gladden Farms Community Park, 12205 N. Tangerine Farms Road, Marana. Costume contest with awards by age group, carnival games, inflatables fun zone, face painting, rock wall and DJ. Food available. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 682-1357.

Howl-O-Ween — Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court. Trick-or-treating at the zoo with decorations and costumed characters. Limited spooks and scares. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 25-27. $7. 791-4022.

La Paloma Academy Annual Harvest Fest — La Paloma Academy — Lakeside Campus, 8140 E. Golf Links Road. Purchase tickets for inflatables, games and food. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 733-7373.

La Paloma Academy Annual Harvest Fest — La Paloma South, 5660 S. 12th Ave.  Jumping castles, dunk tanks, food and candy. Dance presentations including Folklorico and hip-hop. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Free. 807-9668.

Ott YMCA Trunk or Treat — Ott YMCA, 401 S. Prudence Road. Food, monster Zumba, games and face painting. 6-8 p.m.  Oct. 25. Free. 885-2317.

Spooks and Thrills — Pantano Riding Stables, 4450 S. Houghton Road. A 25-minute haunted wagon ride through the desert with spooks and thrills for $6. Haunted maze for $5. Pony rides for $5. Games and food available. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and 31. Free. 298-8980.


Arivaca Fall Harvest Festival — Arivaca Community Center, 16012 Universal Ranch Road, Arivaca. Mesquite pod milling, artwork available and presentations. Features the result of local harvest such as prickly pear juice and syrup, Stockwell honey, Gadsden Coffee and produce. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 955-0823.

Family Halloween Painting — Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road. Paint with your family and friends. Follow easy instructions as you create your own masterpiece. 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 26. $35; includes all art supplies. 271-5023.

Fall Festival for the Furries — Hope Animal Shelter, 2011 E. 12th St. Carved or decorated pumpkin contests with prizes, $2 entry per pumpkin. Also, baked goods, jewelry and Halloween decorations available. Proceeds go directly to the care of the animals at Hope. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 792-9200.

Fall Fiesta — Church of the Painted Hills, 3295 W. Speedway. Hot dogs, drinks, popcorn, jumping castle, kids activities, cake walk, Mariachi and Folklorico presentations and drawing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 624-5715.

Bookmans Hobnob with the Dead — Bookmans, 6230 E. Speedway. Celebration and zombie fair for Halloween and Diá de los Muertos. Pet and Kid Costume Contest, ghost hunt with candy prizes and zombie face painting. Have your picture taken with your favorite dead celeb. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 748-9555.

Zombies Revealed — Xerocraft, 101 W. Sixth St. Presenter Elias Langner explains why zombies are popular. Find out what zombies can reveal about you. Some content may be inappropriate for children. Noon-12:45 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 749-7333.

Halloween Party and Magic Show — Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road. Dress in costume for pictures, crafts and music with Mr. Nature (Anthony Aldinger), snacks and cookie decorating. Also, Halloween magic show starts at 4 p.m. Party: 3-5 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 579-0303.

11th Annual Trunk or Treat — Pima Community College Northwest, 7600 N. Shannon Road. Food truck round up starts at 5 p.m. Crafts, games, face painting, story time and car decorating contest. Tickets for train rides, inflatables, pony rides and climbing wall. Tickets 50 cents in advance at YMCA Northwest, $1 at event. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 229-9001.

Feast with the Dearly Departed — Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Mariachis, sugar skulls, luminarias, kids’ activities, workshops and Sonoran food available. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26. $8; $4 children 4 to 12. 326-9686.

Halloween in the Wild Family Event — International Wildlife Museum, 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. Games, crafts, haunted house, treats and a costume contest. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 26. $8; $3 children 4-12; free aged 3 and under. 629-0100.

Halloween Trunk or Treat — Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell Ave. Crafts, costume contest and scary movies. Chili available. For kids 12 and under. 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 26. Free. 327-6521.

Painting & Wine: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Acrylic painting — Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E. Tanque Verde Road. Follow easy instructions to create your own masterpiece. Includes all art supplies and first drink. 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 26. $35. 271-5023.


Halloween Dress-up Pet Fair — Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Road. Local pet-oriented vendors, pet adoptions, petting zoo, a pet costume contest, and a pet and companion costume contest. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 578-4272.

Playdate in the Park — Reid Park, South Country Club Road and East 22nd Street. Petting zoo, pumpkin carving and painting. Presented by Integrated Touch for Kids. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 303-4992.

HallowSteam: A Ghouls and Gears Party — Amazing Discoveries, 2410 E. Broadway. Trick or treating, costume contests for all ages, tea dueling and local artisans. Come in costume or do a steampunk take on a classic monster. 2-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 982-0556.

20th Annual Halloween Bash — Trail Dust Town and Golf N Stuff, 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road. Halloween block party with a costume contest, live performances, trick or treating, a magic show and a live fire show. Presented by Bear Essential News, Golf ’N’ Stuff and Trail Dust Town. 3-7 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 792-9930.

Trunk or Treat — Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. Handing out candy for Halloween. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27. Free. 624-2509.


Teen Zombie Prom — Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Food, a fun zombie movie and activities. Toss a brain, make a zombie magnet and zombify a stuffed animal to take home. Ages 12 to 19. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. 594-5420.


Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull Craft — Flowing Wells Branch Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Road. Decorate a sugar skull in celebration of Día de los Muertos. 2-4 p.m. Oct. 30. Free. 594-5225.

Next Thursday

Tomb Town Tucson — 8343 N. Wanda Road. Haunted trail winds through a creepy grave yard with live actors and a few dead ones. Benefits the Tucson Community Food Bank. 5-10 p.m. Oct. 31. $1 donation. 360-5899.

Boo Bash — Vision Church and Rock N Java Coffeehouse, 7555 W. Twin Peaks Road. Trunk or treating, live music with the Vision Band, food, dog and kid costume contests and jumping castles. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. 572-5238.

Greet ’N’ Treat — Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road. Trunk to trunk treating, hot chocolate, popcorn, live music and prize drawing. 5:45-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. 327-7121.

Community Trunk or Treat — Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church, 8445 E. Tanque Verde Road. Fall activities. Only child-friendly costumes. For children in fifth grade and younger. Bring a canned food item for a local food pantry. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. 327-2390.

Trunk or Treat — Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 4520 W. Ajo Way. Games, prizes, music and snacks. Decorated vehicles including cars and motorcycles from AMVETS Motorcycle Club and Westside Rides Car Club. Also, canned food drive for the church’s food bank. 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. 883-0627.

Nov. 1

Park After Dark — Tohono Chul Park, 7366 North Paseo del Norte. The Día de los Muertos exhibition will be open. Visitors can leave a memento or message for a loved one. Music by Rafael Moreno and Descarga. Face painting. Mexican street food and beer available. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1. $10; free kids 12 and under. 742-6455.