Best Bets: Scares range from mild to terrifying

Compiled by JAMIE VERWYS

Looking to loosen your mummy gauze and monster mash through Halloween festivities?

Fear not. There are only so many cheesy Halloween one-liners I can summon from beyond the grave.

On second thought, though, be afraid. Be very afraid.

Nightfall
Through Oct. 31

Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, tranforms into a haunted town filled with ghoulish live performances.

Tickets can be purchased at the Nightfall Gate. General admission is $26, and $21 for children 9-11.

Nightfall is open Thursdays and Sundays from 6-10 p.m. Hours on Fridays and Saturdays are 6 p.m.-midnight.

Details: nightfallaz.com

Slaughterhouse
Through Nov. 1

Slaughterhouse, located at 1102 W. Grant Road, hosts four haunted houses and a zombie apocolypse Thursdays-Sundays until Nov. 1.

Ticket prices range from $23 to $35. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the closing time varies by date.

Details:slaughterhousetucson.com

Pumpkin Festival/ Terror in the Corn
Weekends in October

Two weekends remain for the annual Pumpkin Festival at Buckelew Farm, 1700 W. Ajo Way.

Visitors can take a wagon ride to pick pumpkins and enjoy other kid-friendly activities such as a corn maze.

Admission costs $4 and gates open at 10 a.m.

Remaining dates for Terror in the Corn are Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31. College Nights Out will be held Oct. 23 and 30. Admission costs $25, with discounts available.

The terror begins after dark at about 6:30 p.m. and ends at midnight.

Details: buckelewfarm.com

Nam Jam
Oct. 18

The 27th annual Nam Jam Rockin All Vets concert will be held on Oct. 18 at Rillito Downs, 4502 N. First Ave., from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The concert will feature live music, military vehicles, a children’s area and plenty of tasty food and beverages.

Vietnam Veterans for America, a non-profit organization, utilizes Rockin for All Vets and other events to gather onsite resources for all veterans while providing a fun and friendly atmosphere.

This free concert is open to all former and active military, their families and the public.

Details: namjamtucson.org

Tucson Pride
in the Desert
Oct. 18

Tucson’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community will gather to celebrate diversity on Oct. 18 at the 37th Pride in the Desert.

The event will take place from noon-9 p.m. on south soccer fields at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

Activities will include live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, a dance tent and a “drag depot.” Drag performer Tempest DuJour and comedian Sandra Valls will host the event.

This year’s grand marshal is local hero Daniel Hernandez. He helped save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords during a mass shooting on Jan. 8, 2011.

The cover charge is $10, or $5 with student ID. Children 12 and under are free.

Details: tucsonpride.org

Tucson Terrorfest
Oct. 23-25

If the movie “Scream” taught us anything, it’s that you don’t want to be caught dead without a favorite scary movie.

Tucson Terrorfest, Southern Arizona’s only horror film festival, offers independent horror and genre films from around the world.

Along with premieres, exclusives and screenings, the festival will bring filmmakers, actors and special guests for Q&A sessions.

Screenings will be held at various times at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. Tickets to each show cost $6 and are available online or at the box office.

Festival passes cost $25 and provide access to all screenings and a scary goodie bag. Supplies are limited to 75 passes.

Details: tucsonterrorfest.com

Nightmare on Congress
Oct. 25

You know what they say about having your trick and treating it too?

Nothing. No one ever says that, but at Hotel Congress’s annual Halloween party, you can have as much of both as you like. As long as you are of the legal drinking age, of course.

Nightmare on Congress, located at 311 E. Congress St., features carnival games, live music, DJs and a $1,000 costume contest. The party runs from 9 p.m. until last call at 2 a.m. Buy advance tickets online for $8 or pay $10 at the door. Early is better, since the event is expected to sell out.

Details: hotelcongress.com

Spooktacular
Oct. 24-26

The University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center, 1601 E. University Blvd., turns science and math into creepy fun with slime, squid dissections, chemistry and Halloween laser shows.

General admission costs $7 for adults, $5 for students, military, seniors and children ages 4-7.

The event begins Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Additional times are:
• Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
• Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Oct. 30, 5-9 p.m.
• Oct. 31, 5-10 p.m.

Details: flandrau.org

Howl-o-Ween
Oct. 24-26

Families can find mild scares for little goblins at Reid Park Zoo, 1100 S. Randolph Way, from 6-8 p.m.

Children and seriously wimpy adults can enjoy a safe walk around the zoo complete with costumes, characters and decorations.

General admission costs $7, with children under age 2 admitted free.

Details: reidparkzoo.org

Feast with the
Dearly Departed
Oct. 25

Celebrate the traditions of Dia De los Muertos from 5-8 p.m. at Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way.

The feast will feature mariachi music, sugar skulls, kids’ activities, workshops, Sonoran-style food and a Day of the Dead parade through the grounds. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-12.

Details: tucsonbotanical.org

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