Time to get spooky in Tucson: Halloween roundup

From spooky to terrifying, here is a list of local Tucson events to go to for a fright.

Halloweek at Hotel Congress

  • Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.
  • When: Oct. 25 – Oct. 31

Hotel Congress is hosting a full week of events in honor of Halloween. Starting Wednesday, Oct. 25, NOT.GREENDAY and the Noah Martin Band will play at the Hotel Congress Plaza. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. NOT.GREENDAY will perform over an hour of Green Day jams. The event is for people 21 years old and older. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on day of the show. 

On Thursday, Oct. 26, there will be a drag show titled “Attack of the HallowQueens.” The performer lineup includes Na-il Ali Emmert, Elecktra Shock, Hypoxia and April Ironlung – hosted by Fulta Burstyn. Tickets are $10. This is a 21+ event as well. 

The Nightmare on Congress Street will take place on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The Halloween party will include vendors, food and drink specials, music by DJs Fat Tony and Humphouse, Swigfoot, Funky Bonz and King Quice as well as two costume contests with $2,000 in cash and prizes. This is also a 21+ event. Admission prices are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. 

The Band of Heathens and The Watson Twins will take the Hotel Congress Plaza stage on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a concert at 7:30 p.m. This is a 21+ event and tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show. 

Congress Cookout: The AmoSpehere! Halloween Edition will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Hotel Congress Plaza stage. The concert is open to people of all ages. Admission is $10. 

The weekly Metal Mondays is also in the schedule. It will go from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Club Congress on Monday, Oct. 30. This is a 21+ event. The drink specials include $2 PBR, $3 well drinks and more. 

To top off the whole week, there will be a Halloween dance party – Halloween Night at Hotel Congress – on Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 9 p.m. There will be drink specials, two stages with music and two costume contests. Only 21+.

Trick-or-Treat the Avenue

  • Where: Mike Haggerty Plaza, 316 N. 4th Ave.
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This family and pet friendly event will take place on Sunday, Oct. 29. It is a free event. There will be a costume contest at 1 p.m. for five age groups with prizes for each group. The age groups are 0-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17, and 18 and over. Plus, there will be trick-or-treating opportunities in the avenue. 

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics

  • Where: Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.
  • When: Friday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. as well as Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.

The Listeso String Quartet will be playing a selection of Halloween-inspired songs for their Candlelight concert. The doors will open 45 minutes before starting time – late entry will not be allowed. Only attendees that are 8 years old or older are allowed. Ticket prices vary per seating zone.

A Weenie Halloween

  • Where: Live at Unscrewed Theater, 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39 or online live stream
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.

Active Imagination Theatre’s family friendly play, “A Weenie Halloween: A Children’s Adventure,” tells the story of Fairy Princess Sweetie Poo as she outlawed Halloween in the Kingdom of Niceness because “she only likes pretty things and white dresses.” And although everyone has forgotten Halloween, one girl remembers her black cat had been banished from the kingdom when they outlawed all scary things. Now, she must go on a journey to find her cat, “she faces adventure and rediscovers the fun of Halloween.” T

he Unscrewed Theater website said children of all ages will be invited to go up on stage and participate in the stories. They are encouraged to wear costumes as there will be prizes for the best costume. Tickets for the in-person experience are $5 per person. For those who would like to watch the livestream only need a ticket per household, also $5.

Dia de los Muertos/Halloween Family Funda

  • Where: Fort Lowell Museum, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd.
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fort Lowell Museum is hosting an event where children will be able to learn about both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume or sport some face paint as there will be selfie stations. There will be activities such as creating straw skeletons, making Dia de los Muertos candle holders, decorating plaster skulls and more. There will also be a face painters on site. No RSVPs are necessary and everyone is welcome.

Spooktacular Science at Flandrau

  • Where: Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd.
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium is hosting an event full of “terrifically spooky science fun for the whole family.” Experiences include activities, laser and light music shows, planetarium presentations, chemistry curiosities, as well as arts and crafts. Tickets are $18.95.

Boo at the Zoo

  • Where: Reid Park Zoo, 3400 Zoo Court
  • When: Sunday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to Boo at the Zoo for an “enchanting time with the whole family at this Tucson Halloween tradition.” Costumes are encouraged. There will be meet and greet photo-ops, games in the Fall Festival Zone, trick-or-treating stations, a Pumpkin Patch and the Alien Alley: Is it Alien or Animal? Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tucson Terror in the Corn

  • Where: I-10 and Marana Rd. Exit 236, 11820 W. Marana Rd.
  • When: Weekend Nights through Halloween

Take a stroll in a haunted cornfield for a good scare. Terror in the Corn includes different haunts such as the Nightmare Bayou, The Carver’s Crypt and the Bloodbank as well as additional activities such as the Corn Maze, an escape room and a Zombie Gellyball Shootout. General admission is $28.

Sahuarita Spooktacular Trunk-or-Treat

  • Where: Sahuarita Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way
  • When: Friday, Oct. 27 from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This free event is an opportunity for families to trick-or-treat. Volunteers at the event will be handing out candy from their decorated cars. Show of your costumes and bring candy bags. There will a live DJ, a kids’ zone and food trucks.

HallOVeen Spooktacular

  • Where: James D. Kriegh Park, 23 W. Calle Concordia
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Oro Valley’s HallOVeen Spooktacular is a free, family-friendly event. There will be trunk-or-treating, kids crafts, music, jumping castles, food trucks and more.

Skate Country Late Skate: Halloween Skate

  • Where: Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd St.
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 p.m.

The late skate is an 18+ event. General admission includes entrance and skate rentals. They will host a costume contest during the skate session too. General admission is $15.

Nightfall Resurrected

  • Where: Old Tucson, 201 Kinney Rd.
  • When: Through Sunday, Oct. 29

Nightfall Resurrected includes four scare zones, two stunt shows, five haunted mazes, a seance, four family-friendly attractions and more. Ticket pricing varies.

The SlaughterHouse

  • Where: The SlaughterHouse, 1102 W. Grant Rd.
  • When: Until Tuesday, Oct. 31

The haunted house is set in a 1950s meatpacking plant and it includes experiences such as axe throwing, live zombie shooting, Nerf archery and haunts. The haunt is recommended for children ages 13 and older. Children under the age of four will not be permitted in the haunted house – the staff may assist with stroller swapping so everyone in the party may participate. They have a clear bag policy and it must not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″.

Glowing Pumpkins: A Tucson Jack-o-Lantern Adventure

  • Where: 7366 N. Paseo del Norte
  • When: Until Wednesday, Nov. 1

Attendees will be able to explore a path with more than 5,000 individually carved pumpkins as well as light sculptures finished with music and sound effects to add an immersive touch. This event is suited for all ages. Tickets for adults are $20 and children under the age of 10 enter for $15.