22nd annual Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze Buckelew - Buckelew Farm, Three Points, 17000 W. Ajo Way. This year's maze is a new design that lets you test your navigational skills or simply stroll. More than four miles of trail wind through 11 acres of corn and forms two mazes, each of which takes about an hour to complete. Admission is $8 for adults from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or $13 if attempted by flashlight on Friday, Saturday and Halloween from 5 until midnight. Treat yourself to a scare for $20 when a section of the cornfield becomes Buckelew Farm Terror in the Corn, with props and actors. Parental discretion is advised, and kids 12 and younger are allowed only with an adult. From dark to midnight Friday, Saturday and on Halloween. 822-2277.

Halloween Howl - Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. Tour the ancient cave by candlelight as you learn about the area's supernatural history. There's also a haunted hayride. Tours and hayrides are $7 and offered from 6-8:45 p.m. A Halloween carnival with kiddie horse rides, a petting zoo, a hay maze and a jumping castle runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are 25 cents Friday through Sunday. Parking is $1 or one can of food per car. 647-7275.

Spooks And Thrills - Pantano Riding Stables, 4450 S. Houghton Road. Take a 25-minute haunted horse-drawn wagon ride. On the mellow side, there are pony rides, a hay maze and a jumping castle. 5:45-8:45 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free admission, charges for some activities. 298-8980.

Fall Festival - Agua Linda Farm, 2643 E. Frontage Road, Amado. Explore the pumpkin patch and pick your favorite one. You'll also find hayrides, a petting zoo, a hay maze, music, movie nights, pony rides and a farm store. Take I-19 to Exit 42, take the east frontage road south. More info at www. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $7 per car. 1-520-398-3218.

Children's events

Spooktacular Science at the Plane"scare"ium - UA Science: Flandrau, 1601 E. University Blvd. A changing schedule of activities includes making masks and Halloween bags, exploding pumpkins, "supernatural" chemistry and slimy fun. Adults $7.50, kids $5. There's also the haunted plane "scare"ium theater where you can watch music laser shows. Adults $10, kids $7.50. Through Sunday - go to for times, or call 621-4516.

Halloween Trunk or Treat - Sabbar Shrine Center, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. This is an annual event held by the Sabbar Shriners. Bring the kids in costume to receive candy from the trunks of vehicles. 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Free. 624-2509.

Sahuarita Halloween Safehouse - Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way, Sahuarita. Bring the little ones to a spooky haunted house. There will also be a carnival area, some games and candy. You can also buy food and drinks. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. 822-8896.

Halloween Hootenanny For Kids - Bookmans, 1930 E. Grant Road. Kids can get their face painted, play spooky games and sit in for Mrs. WitchWay's story time. There will also be prizes, treats and a Groovy Ghoul's Day Parade through the store. 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 325-5767.

Fall-O-Ween Extravaganza - Oracle Crossings, intersection of North Oracle and West Magee roads. Costume contests, pumpkin tosses and treats for the kids. Adults can enjoy food samples and win thousands of dollars in prizes. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. 797-3959.

Rio Vista Elementary Fall Festival - Rio Vista Elementary School grounds, 1351 E. Limberlost Drive. Sixth annual fundraising festival with jumping castle, haunted house and carnival games. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. $1; $3 for a family of three or more, or a canned food item per person, with up to three cans per family. 696-5339.

Kid's Halloween Party with KidzArt/Costume Contest - Bookmans, 3733 W. Ina Road. Halloween-themed crafts and costume contest. 2-4 p.m. Saturday.Free. 579-0303.

St. Francis in the Foothills Halloween Carnival - St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, 4625 E. River Road. Games, jumping castle, slide, trunk or treat. 5-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is an item for food pantry. 299-9063.

Halo-Win Event - Tubac Plaza Main Stage, 29 Tubac Plaza, Tubac. There will be face painting, games and more for the kids. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 520-398-2542. www.Global


Surgeons vs. Chefs: pumpkin carving contest and auction - Embassy Suites Tucson-Paloma Village, 3110 E. Skyline Drive. Chefs from Tucson restaurants take on the surgeons from Tucson Orthopaedic Institute for a live pumpkin carving. There will be treats for children and adults and pumpkins that will be auctioned off. Costumes are encouraged . 6-8 p.m. today. Free. 917-7070.

Buckelew Farms Pumpkin Festival - Buckelew Farm, Three Points, 17000 W. Ajo Way. Admission includes wagon rides to and from the 50-acre pumpkin patch where you can find the perfect pumpkin. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $4; pumpkins are 45 cents per pound. 520-822-2277.


"Dracula" - Marroney Theatre, University of Arizona Fine Arts Complex, near North Park Avenue and East Speedway. New adaptation of the Dracula tale, presented by Arizona Repertory Theatre. Final performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $28, with discounts available. or 621-1162.

Old Time Radio Theatre - Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. Sixth Ave. Old Time Radio Theatre presents classic spooky stories in honor of Día de los Muertos and Halloween with staged "radio" performances. 7-8:45 p.m. Nov. 2. $8; $5 age 12 and under. 882-0555.

The Haunted Ruins Halloween Show - Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road. Come to 39th annual Haunted Ruins and take a tour of the historic gardens at Valley of the Moon, while getting to know the magical denizens along the way. $8. Tours leave the gate every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. $8. 323-1331.

Sam and Latch's Haunted Halloween - Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. The Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros present a Halloween comedy-action stunt show for all ages. 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 and 8 p.m. today and Sunday. Free. 296-4551.

"The Vampire, or He Loved in Vein!" - The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. In this comedy, Count Dracula travels from Transylvania to England and develops a taste for the blood of the innocent Mina. 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 6:30 and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 6. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday Nov. 7. $17.95. 886-9428.

"A Weenie Halloween" - Beowulf Alley Theatre, 11 S. Sixth Ave. In a kingdom where Halloween has been banished, one little girl goes in search of her black cat and rediscovers the fun of Halloween. Children in the audience will be invited to participate. Noon Saturday and Sunday. $10 ages 13 and up; $5 ages 4-12. 882-0555.

"Ain't Nothin' But A Werewolf" - The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway. This is a family-friendly comedy about Rupert Lydecker who gulps down some icky goop and becomes a hairy and scary beast. 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. $12. 886-9428.


"Nosferatu" - Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. The quintessential silent vampire film. With live piano accompaniment by Suzanne Knosp, professor at UA School of Dance. 7:30 p.m. today. $6-$8. 547-3040.

Halloween Movie Night - Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. "Frankenstein" and "The Bride of Frankenstein" are Halloween musts. Admission ($8) includes both films. Showings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 547-3040.

The Rocky Horror Halloween Bash - The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will be screened and there will be games and costume prizes. Under 17 must be with parent or guardian. 10 p.m. today. $6. 795-0844.

Family Matinee Halloween Treat - Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress. Watch "Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein." 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; free for kids age 12 and younger. 547-3040.


Howl-O-Ween benefit for Hope Animal Shelter - Omni Tucson National Resort, 2727 W. Club Drive. Bring your dog (on a leash), visit with local vendors, get your photo taken and compete in the costume runway contest. No entry fee, but donations are appreciated. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Free. 297-2271.

Halloween Pet Fair with Pets in Costumes - Cat Mountain Station, 2740 S. Kinney Road. There will be a pet costume contest, adoptions from rescue groups, and pet-related items for purchase. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Free. 838-3775.


Run Like Hell to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - This 5K run starts at 7 p.m. Friday at O'Malley's on Fourth, 247 N. Fourth Ave. Registration is $18, or $30 for two, and includes two drinks at post-race party, food from Brooklyn Pizza Company and My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, a race T-shirt, music and parking. Costumes encouraged. Register at Performance Footwear, 5350 E. Broadway through today or at O'Malley's starting at 11 a.m. on race day.

Oracle Run - Oracle Historical Society-Acadia Ranch, 825 E. Mount Lemmon Highway, Oracle. Burn off some of the candy in this Halloween themed 10K run or a 1-mile fun run/walk. 9 a.m. Saturday. $35 race day. 326-9383.

Zumba Fitness Halloween Party - Sabor Tropical Latin American Restaurant, 1929 E. Grant Road. There will be activities for kids and a Zumba session. 6:45-8 p.m. Saturday. $8. 360-0320.


Faux Rock Opera - The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St. Fish Karma and the Love Generation perform "Halloween in America" about a Circle K night clerk beset by trials and tribulations. 9 p.m. Friday. $5. 882-0204.

Halloween Horrorcore - DV8, 5851 E. Kush Entertainment presents an all-ages show featuring performances by Doomsday Productions, Twisted Insane and Mars. 8 p.m. tonight. Admission $18.

Nightmare on Congress - Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. Mostly Bears, Gabe Sullivan, Holy Rolling Empire, The Ghost of 505, The Taraf de Tucson, The Generationals, and Shaun Harris. 8 p.m. Friday. $10 in advance. $12 day of show. Tickets available on

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. Halloween dance party with rock, surfbilly by The Mission Creeps and DJ Dan Shapiro. Presented by Powhaus Productions. 18 and older. 9 p.m. Oct. 30. $3. 740-1000.

Alice In Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party - Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. If you're too old to knock on strangers' doors, put on a costume and wear a hat and come listen to some punk and rock music. Less Than Famous, Ensphere and Blind Divine will perform Sunday. Cost is $5 at the door, which opens at 8:30 p.m. Show starts at 9. 798-1298.

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