It's haunted house time and there are plenty of scary attractions in town that are dying to have you."MUHAHA!!"
Here's a list of some of the ghoulish entertainment happening in Tucson that's sure to satisfy your biggest thrill-seeker and littlest werewolf. We even made a terrifying scale system to help you out.
Good luck out there, and Happy Halloween!
The spook scale:
👻 — Happy haunt for all.
👻 👻 — Like the the PG rating of haunted houses. Parental discretion for the younger kiddos.
👻 👻 👻 — You'll jump back a least once. Parental discretion for the older kids and those who are easily spooked.
👻 👻 👻 👻 — You'll scream at least once. Not the best place for kids or the friend who thinks "Hocus Pocus" was too scary.
👻 👻 👻 👻 👻 — Extreme haunting! Not for the easily repulsed or people who just want to stay at home on Halloween and eat candy corn.
Nightfall at Old Tucson
The old town of Nightfall returns again to scare and entertain during the month of October.
This year it's bigger and better with an expanded footpath, haunted houses, live-action performances and family friendly attractions for both the young and those faint of heart.
Choose your scare level from "I'm just going to hang out on the Monster Safari train all night" to "Let's go through all of the haunted houses five times!!"
Find more information here.
Spook factor: 👻 👻 👻 👻
When: Open the month of October, Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Thursday and Sunday, 6-10 p.m., and Halloween, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Nightfall at Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road
Cost: $29.50 general admission, $22 kids 9-11, ages 8-and-under get in free. There are also a number ways you can score discounted tickets, check out Nightfall's website for details.
Terror in the Corn at Buckelew Farms
Get chased by sinister clowns, chainsaw-wielding monsters and demented dolls at Buckelew Farm's Terror in the Corn — a haunted corn maze sure to shock and thrill even the toughest of cookies.
Each year the haunt team creates a new foot path and scares, so you don't know what's waiting for you around the corner. And after the spooky portion of the maze, guests will have to have to find their way out of the 11-acre cornfield using their wits and sense of direction.
Children under 12 will not be admitted without a parent or adult.
Feel like running away in fright in a more athletic way? Buckelew Farm also hosts a yearly Zombie Mud Run where you can concur obstacles, get dirty and escape the undead, all while getting fit. Sounds like a no brainer to us! 🧟♀️
Spook factor: 👻 👻 👻 👻
When: Open every Friday and Saturday in October plus Thursday, Oct. 25, and Halloween night, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Where: Buckelew Farm, 17000 W. Ajo Highway
Cost: Tickets start at $25
Pro tip: If you're all about the corn maze and not about the scare, try Buckelew's Flashlight Nights, which happen every weekend after 5 p.m. In the daytime the farm offers pumpkin picking and fun activates to do with the kids.
The Slaughter House
Get terrified in not one, not two, but FIVE haunted attractions at The Slaughter House. This is has to be one of the most terrifying options on the list so choose your team wisely — you want to make it out alive, don't you?
Attractions this year include the "Voodoo Bayou," "Cirque Du Slay" and "The Boiler Room." But the most scariest haunt of them all has to go to "City Meats," as the performers are allowed to touch and chase visitors. They've also have mini escape rooms and an interactive haunt called "Apocalypse" where guests can defend themselves against zombies.
And if you didn't know, The Slaughter house is the place where you can find Tucson's first and only axe-throwing arena, the Axe House. Come for the haunted houses and stay to throw some real life axes!
Spook factor: 👻 👻 👻 👻 👻
When: Open through the month of October, Thursday and Sunday and from 7-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7p.m. to midnight, excluding Oct. 12 and 13 when it's open from 7-11 p.m. Open Halloween, Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, from 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Slaughter House, 1102 W. Grant Road
Cost: Tickets start at $23.
RavenHearse at Trail Dust Town
This year-round haunt located in Trail Dust Town has created a new experience for the Halloween season called "Out of the Shadows, Into the Dark."
To accommodate everyone's spook factor scale, RavenHearse offers a number of tours:
• The Green Tour is suitable for kids under 7 and those with special needs, it's considered not scary at all, but fun and educational, there's even candy at the end.
• The Yellow Tour is for kids 7-and-older and people who want to experience a haunted house without being scared.
• The Orange Tour is the typical haunted house experience, BUT with a safe word.
• And the Red Tour is not recommended for kids under 14 and some adults who don't like to be spooked.
Spook factor: Green tour — 👻 ; Yellow tour — 👻 ; Orange tour — 👻 👻 Red tour— 👻 👻 👻
When: Open regular hours Thursday from 6-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 5-9 p.m. Check RavenHearse's Facebook page for up-to-date seasonal hours.
Where: Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road —look for the green building in front of the park.
Cost: $6 per person
Valley of the Moon's Haunted Ruins
A magical fairy at Valley of the Moon is learning all about the importance of love and kindness and wants us to come along for the adventure.
Go on a 45-minute walking theater performance of "Haunted Ruins: The Magic of Dawn" through Tucson's enchanted fairyland for an evening that's sure to be magical and mystifying. It's fun and for all-ages.
ASL interpretation will be provided on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Spook factor: 👻
When: Open during the month of October on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6-9 p.m. Shows begin every 20 minutes.
Where: Valley of the Moon, 2544 E. Allen Road
Cost: $10 general admission, $5 for students, kids under 7 are free. Members of Valley of The Moon and their kids get in free.
Terror Trail at Tomb Town
Every Halloween, the house at the end of this Tucson street transforms itself into Tomb Town — an otherworldly community filled with lively (or should I say deadly 💀) neighbors that can't wait to have you over for a walk through the Terror Trail.
Younger kids should visit before dark as it might be too intense when the lights go out.
Spook factor: Before sundown —👻 👻 After sundown— 👻 👻 👻
When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Halloween from 5-10 p.m.
Where: Tomb Town, 8343 N. Wanda Road
Cost: $1 donation to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Ghost Tour at the University of Arizona
Get spooked and Bear Down with a guided ghost tour around the University of Arizona campus.
An otherworldly spirit, or UA student, will guide you through the mysterious and dark history of the university.
The free event is hosted by the UA Alumni Ambassadors.
The tour begins at 6 p.m. with a meet-up location on the east side of Old Main. This is walking tour so be sure to wear comfortable shoes or your feet will be howling at the moon by the end of it.
Spook factor: 👻
When: Friday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Old Main, 1200 E. University Blvd.
Cost: Free. RSVP here.