Scream Extreme at Breakers Water Park features multiple attractions of high impact scares, strobes and distorted images. Attractions include "Jason's Revenge", a paintball-shooting galley, "Dr. Mesmer's Traveling Hypno-Techno Show," "The World Famous Forbidden Military Zone," the 3-D "Maze of Tortured Souls" and fortune teller Madame Rosie. Scream Extreme is open Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. until Oct. 27 and nightly after that date until Halloween. Admission is $11.90 with $2 coupons available at all Safeway stores and three Zia Record locations. 682-2530.
Keith Stewart and family have turned their house into a creepy haven for scary characters. With old favorites like Freddy Kreuger and Pinhead, plus some new additions like the giant ants, this experience is sure to scare the bejesus out of anyone. Stewart's house is located at 8343 N. Wanda Ave., east of La Canada Drive between Hardy and Magee roads. Free.
A Haunted House/Safe House will be held by the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3572 at the former Gotham, 4385 W. Ina Road (next to Hooter's restaurant). The haunted house will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 31 and is meant to thrill those who enjoy serious fright, however a separate Safe House will be available for those who prefer fun and games. Admission is free, however a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Community Food Bank or a dollar for the Southern Arizona Burn Association. 293-1411.
Nightfall at Old Tucson Studios will run until Oct. 31. This year's haunted estate features an all-new story with new characters, sets and haunted adventures, plus an all-new Discovery Institute for children, and a "Scream Zone" with county-fair style carnival rides. Nightfall is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight. Admission costs range from $12.95 to $16.95 with tickets for the amusement rides available for $8 for unlimited rides or for 50 cents a ticket. www.nightfallaz.com
Amphitheater High School's Haunted House from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Amphi High, 125 W. Yavapai Road. Cost is $1 for adults and students, 50 cents for children 12 and under. Attendees also receive a bag of candy. 696-5340.
Funtastick's Atlantis Laser Tag Odyssey has become a haunted ship filled with scary characters and decorations. The area is open through Oct. 31 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Mondays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 per 30 minute game ($4 for members). Funtasticks is located at 221 E. Wetmore Road. 888-4653.
Northwest Community Church's Fall Festival will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 505 W. Hardy Road. The festival will feature games, food and illusionist Adrian Van Vactor. Bring your best carved pumpkins for judging and prizes. 742-5122.
The Ina Road Church of Christ is offering a safe alternative to trick-or-treating on halloween. The church will be providing a number of activities including carnival games, food, treats, a jumping castle and more. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 2425 W. Ina Road. No scary costumes please. 742-9727.
Prepare for the holidays at Tucson Children's Museum. Children can decorate their trick-or-treat bags or make paper calacas to hang in their windows. Trick-or-treat bags will be made from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26, while paper calacas will be made from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985.
A D.A.R.E. Halloween Safe Night for Kids will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way. The event features a haunted house, a costume contest, free pizza, games and prizes. The event is free, however voluntary donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the gate.
Reid Park Zoo's annual Howl-o-Ween event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25-26. The event includes costumed characters, trick-or-treating, decorations and haunted caves (animals will not be on display). Cost is $3 per person 791-3204.
Rural/Metro will host it's annual safe house from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 31 at 700 E. Palisades Road in Oro Valley. 297-3600.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra's Discovery Family Concert Series opens at 11 a.m. Oct. 26 with "Halloween Spooktacular." A bewitching program will be played with excerpts from "Phantom of the Opera," "Star Wars," and "Harry Potter." Interactive Exploration Stations, hands-on experiences in music including storytelling, dancing and an "instrument petting zoo," will be held before the performance. The Exploration Station will be open at 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Cost is $10.25 for adults, $7.25 for children 16 and under, and a family four-pack is $27 plus TCC user fees. 882-8585.
Buckelew Farms pumpkin festival and corn maze will be held Oct. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event includes a horse-drawn wagon ride to and from the 45-acre pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, pony rides and a variety of food booths. The 11-acre corn maze has over four miles of trail and contains 12 checkpoints to help gauge the navigator's progress. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children, free for children five years and younger. Buckelew Farms is located near Three Points on Ajo Way, 22 miles west of Interstate 19. www.buckelewfarm.com
Bear Essential News For Kids' eight annual Free Safe Halloween Bash will be held from 3:45 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The event, which runs from Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde and Grant roads to the "Dinosaur" McDonalds across the street, will feature games, dancing, goodies, a magic show, a costume contest and free train and carousel rides. 792-9930.
Author Anne Broyles will read from her book "Shy Mama's Halloween," 11 a.m. at Barnes and Noble in the Foothill Mall, 7325 N. La Cholla Blvd. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes to the event. 742-6402
Pima Community College's Safe Halloween V will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the El Con Mall, 3601 E. Broadway Blvd. The free event is intended to provide children under 10 with a safe and fun way to enjoy Halloween and trick-or-treating. Children are invited to come in costumes for a costume contest at 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the cutest costume for kindergarten through first grade, most creative for second and third grades, and most creative for fourth and fifth grades. 206-4500.
The Fifth Annual Tucson Harvest Festival featuring over 17,000 hand-crafted gifts will be held Nov. 1 to 3 at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors age 62 and up, $4.50 for children ages six to 12 and free for children 5 and under. 1-800-321-1213.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona presents "Fearless Dogs and Phantom Cats," an hour-long look at "animal urban legends." The tongue-in-cheek program will feature some of the most chilling animal legends, explaining why dogs, cats and wild beasts are perceived in such unflattering ways. Children will also participate in a group project to create their own animal urban legend and receive a Halloween goody-bag. The event will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at Bookman's, 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. 321-3704, ext. 168.
Amphitheater High School Drama presents "The Bad Seed," 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Amphi High, 125 W. Yavapai Road. Cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students with ID. 696-5340.
The Gaslight Theatre is performing "Frankenstein Lives!" ("The Jolt's On You!) through Nov. 2 at Gaslight, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Performances are held Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m. Cost is $14.95 for adults, $12.95 for military, students and seniors over 50, and $6.95 for children 12 and under. Dinner is also available for purchase in the theatre or next door at Little Anthony's Diner. Reservations required. 886-9428.
"Seance of Death," an interactive murder mystery, will be presented by Act One Theatre Corporation Oct. 30. Seating for the production begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hidden Valley Inn, 4825 N. Sabino Canyon Road. Cost is $13.95 with optional dinner and drinks available. Reservations required. 299-4941.
The Tucson Swing Dance Club will be holding its annual Halloween Party from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at 6245 E. Bellevue. Festivities include two dance classes, a costume contest and general dancing. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non-members. 745-0255.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
The Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson's Fifth Annual D'a de los Muertos festival features an afternoon of stilt walkers, musicians, dancers, activities for the kids and a colorful exhibition of alters and calacas. The event is free and will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Tucson Children's Museum, 200 S. Sixth Ave. 792-9985.
D'a de los Muertos Community Altar on exhibit through Nov. 8 at Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Visitors to the park are invited to contribute fresh-cut or paper flowers, a simple memento or object in honor of a loved one or leave a note on a recuerdo (memory card) to become a part of the altar. 575-8468.
Arizona Historical Society's Day of the Dead exhibit featuring this year's special "Two Towers: Viva los Muertos," two three-dimensional, 12-foot-high towers memorializing the events of September 11, 2001. The exhibit will open Nov. 1 with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arizona Historical Society Museum, 949 E. Second Street. 628-5774.