Most kids love Halloween because they get to put on a costume and play-act. For the adults who haven’t forgotten their child-like nature, they may enjoy the holiday just as much. Fortunately Tucson is a playful town with several Halloween activities in store.
If you have been reading Tucson Places and Faces this week, you already know about the Halloween event at Old Tucson that lasts all month long. Here are a couple of events that take place mid-town worth checking out.
The Reid Park Zoo puts on its’ annual Howl-o-ween event October 22-24. From 6 to 8 p.m. each night the zoo will have lavish decorations, trick-or-treating, and costumed characters. Keeping up with their promise to provide less ‘boo’ and more ‘zoo’, the staff assures an enjoyable yet not so frightening evening. The price is $4 for members of any age and $5 for non-members. The Reid Park Zoo is located at 1100 S. Randolph Way.
On Wednesday October 13th, Tucson’s unique Valley of the Moon gets its 39th annual Halloween fundraiser underway. Their Haunted Ruins show runs Wednesdays through Sundays from Oct. 13 – Oct. 30. Guests are invited to witness the startling transformation of Jekyll and Hyde while trying to save Valley of the Moon with magic. The fee for the show is $8/adults, $5/kids 8-13 and children 7 and under enter for free.
Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E. Allen Road. According to the Valley of the Moon website, rehearsals for the Haunted Ruins are ongoing Friday and Saturday nights from 6-8 p.m. Volunteer actors, tour followers and stage crew are still needed. Family and friends are encouraged to volunteer together; if interested drop by a rehearsal and sign up.
For the uninitiated, the Valley of the Moon was built by George Phar Legler in the 1920’s. It was created to appeal to the magical imagination of children while bringing mental and spiritual relaxation for visitors to the site. Rock cliffs, caves, pool and garden miniatures blend with tropic and desert flora for the ‘Fantasy Touch of Three’ (Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson).
The site has recently undergone major renovations. Visitors are encouraged to tour the secret historic garden, which is available for weddings, birthdays and other special events. The park is 2 1/2 acres of winding paths, secret gardens. mythic statues and stone fairy houses open to the public.
The Valley of the Moon is run by volunteers and is a 501(c)3 registered Arizona historic site.
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